How it all
Among the most prized possessions are one of the Lew's gold rings that Childre used to recognize special friends and achievements, the original pistol grip rod handles that Childre's fishing buddy Shag Shahid hand-carved from wood and that ultimately led to Lew's Speed Sticks being the country's best-selling bass rods in the 1970s, and some vintage movie footage of Lew Childre fishing.
The J.D. Fletcher White River collection consists of more than 5,000 lures, a variety of other antique fishing items and scores of old photos relevant to the late Fletcher's long history of guiding in and around the Table Rock Lake and White River area.
Additional collections include an on-loan assortment of Clark's Water Scout baits that were originally made in Springfield by the C.A. Clark Mfg. Co., and also a display of spinnerbaits from Springfield's old 3 J Bait Company.
Among the most prominent museum items by size are a float boat typical of the ones once common to the upper stretches of the White River, vintage outboard motors and trolling motors, and a 1975 Ranger bass boat.