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Walter 'Poppee' Matan, whose ice fishing lures helped him achieve American dream, dead at 87

Feb 14, 2020 - Chicago Sun-Times

The Croatian immigrant ran Custom Jigs & Spins with his son out of a hair salon's basement in Glenview, hand-crafting lures sold online and at retailers including Bass Pro Shops, Dick's, Scheels and Walmart.   The Demon.

The Rocker.

The Ratfinkee.

The Slip Dropper.

Walter "Poppee" Matan made popular ice-fishing lures with names like amusement rides. He crafted perhaps a million of them over the years, hand-pouring the lead, hand-soldering the hooks.

Mr. Mata...