Honorary Members:

The NFLCC goals are to foster an awareness of lure and tackle collecting and to preserve these items and fishing history. At the urging of member Rich Treml in 1984, an Honorary Member Program was established to honor and give special, ongoing recognition to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the pre-1960 fishing tackle era. This time frame has now been expanded to include the 25 years prior to induction.

Honorary Members have their name engraved on a permanent plaque that is exhibited at each year’s National Show, receive a one-year paid membership and a certificate of honorary membership. These individuals will also have their names listed on the NFLCC Web-Site.

The program’s Chairman is appointed by the club’s president. Frank Baron succeeded Rich Treml and then passed the torch to Dan Basore who currently serves in this role.

Candidates can be nominated by submitting a brief biography on an individual's achievements to the Honorary Membership Selection Committee Chairman. Members are urged to submit qualified nominees to Dan Basore with their qualifications, a short biography, address and telephone number. After qualifying, such nominee selections are submitted to the NFLCC Board of Directors. With their approval those judged to be appropriate are brought to the membership at their annual meeting.
Upon approval these Honorary Members are given a certificate suitable for framing along with an article about their accomplishments in the NFLCC Gazette. In addition, their name is engraved on a permanent plaque that is displayed at each annual meet. In this way these individuals are assured that their good works are now and will be appreciated far into the future.

Here is the list of the current Honorary Members:

Honorary Member Company/ Occupation Major Contributions
Charles D. Campbell Lure & boat designer/tackle dealer/fishing champion/conservationist Tackle executive/National Bass Hall of Fame member
Douglas Parker Lure Designer Rabble Rouser Lures

Here is the list of past Honorary Members in alphabetical order:

Honorary Member Company/ Occupation Major Contributions
George “Boots” Anderson Handmade balsa baits-no Company name Tennessee Shad lure, later became Doll Top Secret
Jim Andrews Stan Gibbs Lures-Partner  -
Glen Andrews Andrews Bait Company-lure manufacturer and fishing guide. Early tournament pioneer, fishing guide and lure manufacturer
Lennart “Len” Borgstrom Record Reels and Lures Abu Garcia line of rods and reels, including the Ambassadeur Reel
Berkley Bedell Berkley-company founder Trilene fishing line, extensive fishing tackle research lab at Spirit Lake, IA headquarters
Tom Bedell Pure Fishing (later evolution of Berkley) PowerBait, Gulp
John Carino (see also-Charlie Jackson) Charlie O-Living Lures Charlie O lure
R. Glynn Carver Mister Twister Mister Twister soft plastic baits
Homer Circle Heddon, Sports Afield Magazine Tackle executive and outdoor writer
Herschel “Sonny” Clay Clay’s Bait Company Wooden saltwater/ freshwater plugs
Allan C. Cole AC Plugs-Lure manufacturer AC Plugs, helped start the swimbait craze.
Carl “Cotton” Cordell Cordell Lure Company Big O (plastic production model), Cordell Spot
W.J. “Bill” Cullerton W.J. Jamison Company Jamison whistling bobber, bottle lures and sub-contracting work for major tackle manufacturers
Ned H. Danforth Tropical Bait Company “Packman” baits like the Stormy Petrel and Bugeyed Babbler
Howard “Pop” Dean Handmade musky plugs-no Company name Sucker and Masterbait
Gordon Allen Dills Creek Chub Bait Company Tackle Executive, grandson of Henry Dills, one of the three founders of Creek Chub
Bill Edgar Lucky Strike Bait Company Tackle Executive-President of Lucky Strike Bait Company
Edward Eppinger Eppinger Tackle Manufacturing Daredevle spoon, 2nd generation owner
Karen Eppinger Eppinger Tackle Manufacturing Daredevle spoon, 3rd generation owner
Mike Estep Handmade balsa baits-no Company name Big E lure
Billy Ezell Handmade balsa lures Big Willie Round, et.al. Willie lures
Charlie Fox Author, lure maker Outdoor writer and author of "Advanced Bait Casting" in 1950
Wilson Frazier Handmade lures BASSO lures
Jim Frazier Lure inventor, and past NFLCC president 1982-1985 Whiz Bang feathered jig
Dan Gapen Sr. Gapen Bait Company, lure manufacturer, educator Muddler Minnow Gapen Bait Walker
Stan Gibbs Stan Gibbs Lures-owner, lure manufacturer Cast-A-Lures trade name
Jewell Gilliam Gilliam Lure Company Flying Tempter Lure, Gilliam's famous fly rod lures
L.C. “Daddy Luke” Gregory Daddy Luke Lures Daddy Luke Plug
Sam A. Griffin Custom Lures by Sam Handmade wooden top water plugs
Harry Heinzerling Creek Chub Bait Company Tackle Executive, son of Carl Heinzerling, one of the three founders of Creek Chub
Herbert "Otto" Henze Penn Fishing Tackle -
John, Alan and Mark Hildebrandt Hildebrandt Lure Company-Third (John and Alan) and Fourth (Mark) generation owners Hildebrandt Spinner, Snagless Salley lure
Charles “Charlie” Jackson (see also John Carino) Charlie O-Living Lures Charlie O lure
Phil Jensen Luhr Jensen & Sons, Inc.
Diversified tackle company that has taken ownership of a number of historic companies including Eddie Pope, Glen L. Evans, Les Davis, Kwikfish, and Tony Accetta
Houston A. Jones Carpenter and developer of lure making lathes Developed a modern, advanced lathe system to produce multiple, finished lure bodies in seconds
William R. Jones William R. Jones Company Tril-O-Bite and Tril-O-Frog lures
Fred Kerr Jr. Shakespeare-Divisional VP Tackle executive, former, NFLCC President
Stanley Koenig Heddon Company Chairman of the Board and CEO 1977-1984
Aloysius “Al” Kostielny Kostielny Bait Company The Chris Floater, The Kay Bee
Dick Kotis Fred Arbogast Bait Company Tackle executive, industry leader, author and radio show host
 Allan & Robert Krizenesky  Mr. Muskie Bait Co.  Musk-a-Luck, Baby Musk-a-Luck, & Black Beauty lures
Floyd H. Layfield Layfield Lures Small, hand-carved wooden baits, popular in East Texas that were a forerunner to today's modern crankbaits.
Jester L. Layfield Layfield Lures Small, hand-carved wooden baits,  popular in East Texas that were a forerunner to today’s modern crankbaits
Homer LeBlanc Musky Fishing Legend, known as “Mr. Muskie” Swim Whizz musky plug, inventor of “prop wash” trolling method
Vern "Frenchy" LeMay Le Lures -
Al Linder Lindy Little Joe-lure manufacturer, tournament fisherman, magazine publisher, educator and television personality Muskie mauler, Lingy Rig (lures) In-Fisherman magazine and television show Angling Edge television show
Ron Linder Lindy Little Joe-lure manufacturer, tournament fisherman, magazine publisher, educator and television personality Muskie mauler, Lingy Rig (lures) In-Fisherman magazine and television show Angling Edge television show
Trygve “Trig” Lund Heddon Tackle executive, researcher and lure preservationist
August "Augie" Machtig The Gopher Bait Company Gopher topwater lure, The Flock Mouse and Musky Duckling
Jack Masters Jack’s Lures, E Z Action Products Fly-rod Froggy (Jack’s Lures) maker of Paw Paw’s- Fly-rod Wotta Frog Popper, and Swim Jig (E Z Action)
Stanley F. Myers Springfield Novelty Manufacturing Company The “Reel” Lure
Leo C. Pachner P and K Incorporated Minnow Saver Hook, Whirl-A-Way
Elwood “Buck” Perry Buck’s Baits, Inc. Spoonplug, “Father” of structure fishing
Walter Pius P and V Fishing Lures-lure manufacturer Redwing Blackbird lures
Lynn Pulver Lure Manufacturer Pulver Riser lure
Jarmo Rapala Lure Manufacturer Rapala Company/Lures
Bud Renbarger Independent lure inventor Double-Whammie, Kick-N-Kackle, Sub-Whammie
James Rheinschmidt Mud Puppy Lures Mud Puppy Lure
Jim Rogers Rogers Lure Company Big Jim, Deep Jim, Craw-Pap, early tournament competitor and champion
Babe Rogers (wife of Jim) Rogers Lure Company Big Jim, Deep Jim, Craw-Pap, early tournament competitor and champion
Arthur Carl Schoultheis AC Shiner Lure Co. AC Shiner lure
Leroy K. Schultess Creek Chub Bait Company Tackle Executive, son of George Schultess, one of the three founders of Creek Chub
Helen Shaw - -
Rick and Carol Shepherd Old Wooden Bait Co. Canadian company
Lee Sisson Bagley lures, Lee Sisson lures. Lure Designer Bagley and Lee Sisson wooden crankbaits
Charles “Ike” Six Charles M. Six Tackle Company Toppy Popper, Crappie King Jig and Little Suzy. Also developed wood turning machine for wood bodies of C.A. Clark Lure Company
Russ "Smitty" Smith Smitty Baits-lure manufacturer and fishings guide "Smitty Bait" - Musky lure
Cliff Soward Lure designer YUM fish attractant
Elman “Bud “ Stewart Bud Stewart Tackle Company Famed Michigan lure maker of “folk art” baits like Stewart’s Crippled Wiggler and Crippled Mouse
Frank M. Stewart III Longtime NFLCC member, author and avid fisherman Author and lure preservationist
Oscar L. Strausborger Edon Bait Company Lure carver and inventor, most famous bait known as 711
Bill Stuart Jr. Bagley Bait Company, Florida Museum of Fishing Bagley Bait Company owner:1987-1993, Museum Director/Curator
Charlie Suthpin Suthpins’s Tackle Store, Indianapolis, IN Tournament caster, Suthpin Darter lure
Bill Szabo Lure inventor/manufacturer Cree- Duk lure
Frank Vonderheide P and V Lures-lure manufacturer Redwing Blackbird lures
Gilbert “Gib” Waite Mermade Bait Company Scatback lure
Ike Walker Bomber Bait Company Bomber, Bomberette, Waterdog lures
Lanny West Daisy/Heddon ,Pradco Tackle executive
Raymond Wiinikka R&K Tackle Company The Hollowhead lure
Walter Wiitala Bear Creek Bait Company The Tweedler, Sucker Minnow and Coho-King lures, ice decoys
Robert Withey Millsite Tackle Co., co-owner 1946-1967 "Spin Disk" chain fish stringer, Deep Creep lure
Gene Wilson Wright & McGill Company Tackle executive, Eagle Claw fish hooks
Ed Zumski Independent Lure Manufacturer Whip-Tail Sucker musky bait