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Drew Reese’s History of Midwest Finesse Fishing by Ned Kehde


Drew Reese’s History of Midwest Finesse Fishing

by Ned Kehde   |  June 5th, 2014

These was in Ned Kehde’s In-Fisherman blog. Great article about Ray Fincke and some history on Kansas City bass fishing.

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Ray Fincke’s father, who was an avid fly fisherman, sold coal for home heating at a shop on Southwest Boulevard. Eventually, he turned the coal shop into a tackle shop, and it soon became the hangout for fly fishermen in Kansas City.

In the early 50s, Ray’s dad died unexpectedly, and Ray dropped out of school at 16 years old and took over the business.
Ray moved in next door to my family in 1960, when I was 13 years old.

One day after my dad used chenille-body-and-marabou-tailed jigs to catch a bunch of crappie at Bull Shoals Lake in the vicinity of Highway 125 Marina at Peel, Arkansas, he suggested that I ask Ray to show me how to make them. Once I started (Read This Rest of the Story Click Here)