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19th Century Fishing Lures

,19th Century Fishing Lures are one of my favorite things if you have been following for sometime or know me personally. Antique lures, reels and companies made before or just after the turn of the century.
While some agree in their passions or pursuit for these things the path isn’t an easy one. Not just the finding or procurement of these things, but the history behind or during the production of the lures and reels and other ancillary items you might enjoy.

One of the reason I had started the other web site was there wasn’t much information out there about 19th Century Fishing Lures. At the time there was only a few references about the makers and the lures. Anything beyond the basics was almost kept a secret or was difficult to find one person with the answers to all your questions. Pre 1900 antique lure makers are the foundation of not only American made lures and reels but of the American Fishing industry. There are millions upon millions of fisherman out there that owe a nod or a tip of the hat to these great pioneers and 19th Century Fishing Lures who paved the way for their livelihoods, and passions.

 We are only caretakers of the antique lures, antique reels and stories we get to enjoy. It’s our duty to make sure the generations that come have a place of reference to look, to read and to embrace and ultimately enjoy. If we as collectors don’t take our jobs as historians and troubadours for what we enjoy, the future cant be held responsible for not taking the torch we pass.

19th Century Fishing Lures
19th Century Fishing Lures
19th Century Fishing Lures

Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

By | April 18th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company This Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company, Henry Loftie catalog is a great early pre 1900's Catalog. Circa 1889, this cover has made it over a century protected for [...]

Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

By | April 14th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Pflueger May Bug Lure The Pflueger May Bug Lure was introduced in the late 1880's. The May Bug is one of the early quintessential Pflueger, or Enterprise Manufacturing Company Lure made in Akron Ohio.  The [...]

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , |

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure The Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure was made by Harry Comstock, Fulton, New York. Circa 1883. This is considered one of if not the first glass eyed antique fishing lures produced. The [...]

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Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Chautauqua Trolling Minnow The Chautauqua Trolling Minnow although looking the part is not a pre 1900's lure. Ive grouped it in there, as if to suggest while in truth it was made in 1909, if [...]

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Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann

By | January 21st, 2017|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann This piece a Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann has always been one of my favorite things in my antique lure collection. Yes, Yes I know its [...]

Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sam Sam the Black Bass Man Part I In introducing Sam the Black Bass Man, I must digress back a bit, and say thanks for all the views , likes comments, emails and texts I've [...]

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

By | November 24th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad Since today's motif is Turkey, I found  this apropos. This Skinner Turkey Wing Ad came from 1884. The Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Company was a large seller of many items fishing [...]

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Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

By | November 23rd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found in the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware [...]

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WD Chapman Photo

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , |

WD Chapman Photo This WD Chapman Photo is truly a great piece of history. In speaking to a local historian in Theresa New York Jefferson County she said she had a photo of the antique [...]

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Antique Fishing Attire 1875

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Antique Fishing Attire 1875 There have been may discussion over Antique Fishing attire in as much as the ability of the common layman to be able to afford to fish as a leisure or pleasure [...]

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Antique Lure History Collage

By | November 4th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , |

Antique Lure History Collage While this Antique Lure History Collage isn't very old all being published in 1986, the author took great care in inserting some wonderful "Easter Eggs" to find. This photo was taken [...]

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Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV This a great Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV. CDV or Carte De Viste is a photography format or medium like we a few have discussed before with Samuel [...]

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Grover Cleveland Fisherman President

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Grover Cleveland Fisherman President What do Grover Cleveland Fisherman President and Joseph Decatur, Dr Kassen Gibson and the small town I grew up in in Upstate NY have in common? Grover Cleveland, who in my opinion [...]

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1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead This 1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead is a great piece of Ephemera. Paper goods from the previous century provide us large cookie crumbs along our way to finding out some of the [...]

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Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure The Pflueger Joseph Spoon was said to have been introduced around the late 1880's. Pflueger, the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio expanded their metal spinner and lure offering through innovations, [...]

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Andrew Clerk Company

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Andrew Clerk Company This Andrew Clerk Company ad comes out of book published in 1885. One of the benefits of insomnia is I get to stay up reading and get rewarded by running across great [...]

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Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad This Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad is out of Forrest and Stream from January 25th, 1885. Chapman's Bait Still Ahead The "New Combination," Just Out. See Cut In Three Sizes [...]

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Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad Here is a great Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad. Taken from Forest and Stream the May 20th 1880 weekly edition. The ad actually uses the patent drawing in its advertisement [...]

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