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The original floating Rapala remains a favorite among angling enthusiasts. Today the company produces about 20 million lures annually and still hand-tests every lure before it's packaged. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Rapala name, lures, are standards here

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If you own a tackle box, you probably have at least one Rapala lure in a tray.

Though many anglers recognize the original floating Rapala as a handcrafted item from Finnish designer Lauri Rapala, many don't realize the events that brought this lure into the U.S.

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It all started when a man named Ron Weber, who was once a regional sales manager for Pflueger Fishing Tackle, left his position in the late 1950s and started R.W. Weber sales.

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