FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the second time in three years, the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC) held its annual convention at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne.
The 38th annual show comes to a conclusion this Saturday, July 12
The club, which has more than 3,500 members in the U.S. and several foreign countries, promotes awareness of tackle collecting as a hobby, and the preservation of vintage and collectible tackle information, history, and artifacts.
“We expect over 1,000 collectors from every state in the U.S. to visit Fort Wayne during the three days of the show,” David Saalfrank, NFLCC Life Member and host of this year’s national convention said. “There will be about 600 tables filled with antique collectible fishing tackle of all kinds including reels, rods, lures, motors, and anything else related to fishing.”
Many lures and reels are developed in the Fort Wayne area, including a new style reel known internationally as the “Indiana-Style” reel.
Saalfrank said more than 75 % of all the “Indiana-Style” reels ever sold world-wide are made in the region. Also there are several local collectors that have some of the world’s finest collections of a particular brand or style of lure or reel.
“There have been lures that have sold for over a $100,000 and reels that have been sold for over $30,000,” says Saalfrank. “It’s estimated that there will be from $6 million to $10 million of tackle at the show this year.”
The event is open to the public with a $35 entry fee. The fee includes the attendee and significant other, their minor children, and a guest. The entry fee also includes six publications distributed throughout the next year dedicated to collecting old fishing tackle.