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