In 1938, an apprentice tool and die maker from Czechoslovakia, Richard Shubert, came to America with the dream of producing fishing lures. Richard’s American-born mother sent him to a relative in Montana to be tutored in the English language. The rivers and lakes of Montana and the surrounding Rocky Mountain region provided the perfect setting to test his prototypes and market his innovative new lures to customers.
During the mid-1940’s, he returned to family in New York City, and the young entrepreneur began producing Thomas Spinning Lures® in a small shop on Manhattan’s lower east side. For the next fifteen years, with the popularity of spin-fishing growing rapidly, so did the popularity of Thomas’ unique line of spoons and spinners, with sales eventually expanding into many other famous trout fishing areas of the United States. While vacationing at Lake Wallenpaupack in the late 1950’s, Richard discovered the tranquil beauty of the Pocono Mountains region and decided to move his thriving business to northeastern Pennsylvania.
In 1961, Thomas Lures began manufacturing fishing lures in Hawley, Pennsylvania, where they continue to operate to this day. It’s a small, privately-owned company with a handful of employees dedicated to providing American-made, high-quality fishing lures at reasonable prices. Their time-tested baits have satisfied many generations of successful anglers. Over sixty-five years in business is proof-positive Thomas lures catch fish - consistently, time after time. You can always rely on a Thomas lure to bring you a lifetime of fishing success and enjoyment.