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Any fisherman should instantly recognize the name Rapala, since most of us have lost enough Rapala lures in the brush to fill our tackle boxes several times over. Rapala also makes fishing knives, which tend to stay around much longer. Although most are not collector quality, economical Rapala knives survive rough treatment and bad weather. In the 1930′s a Finnish fisherman named Lauri Rapala spent some time watching fish instead of trying to catch them in the same old way. Lauri observed predator fish charging into schools of minnows and targeting the ones that wobbled a bit — wounded minnows are easier to catch. Lauri thought that if he made a fishing lure with the action of a wounded minnow he might catch more fish, and Lauri was right. Of course he didn’t get it to work properly until 1936, when his whittled cork lure plated with tinfoil from a…

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