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Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

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 it to be enjoyed by collectors and American Fishing Historians a century later. I've always been fond of Antique Paper [...]

Pflueger Maybug Spinner Lure

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 lure was produced for around 3 decades or thirty years until 1916. The May Bug was made to be fished [...]

By | 2017-04-14T19:37:45+00:00 April 14th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|0 Comments

Comstock Flying Helgramite Lure

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 inventor Harry Comstock was not only a lure maker but at the time a noted gun enthusiast, salesman, inventor and [...]

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Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

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 fits better with it the Pre 1900 friends made by Chapman, Buel, Mann Loftie and the slew of others. This [...]

By | 2017-01-26T10:14:36+00:00 January 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Chautauqua Trolling Minnow

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann

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 not a lure, but it is to me an equal to most every lure in my collection. Ive always been [...]

By | 2017-01-21T08:54:19+00:00 January 21st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|1 Comment

Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

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 received. The last 12 Months with Fin and Flame has been fun. I have even bigger expectations and plans for [...]

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

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 tackle included. GM Skinner Clayton NY Silver Plated Oval and Kidney Pattern. These Baits are noted for superior workmanship and [...]

By | 2016-11-24T09:17:00+00:00 November 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

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 Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger. Enterprise Manufacturing [...]

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WD Chapman Photo

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 lure maker and would make a copy of her copy and mail it to me. Little nuggets of history come [...]

By | 2016-11-21T17:42:27+00:00 November 21st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on WD Chapman Photo

Antique Fishing Attire 1875

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 hobby. Simply put many people in early 19th Century America fished for food not for pleasure. In the span of [...]

By | 2016-11-19T07:34:53+00:00 November 19th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Antique Fishing Attire 1875

Antique Lure History Collage

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 from an article in 1986, from "The Florida Today" newspaper. How many can you find? The Heddon Slope Nose or [...]

By | 2016-11-04T16:46:52+00:00 November 4th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Antique Lure History Collage

Antique Fishing Photo Sam Wallace CDV

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 Tisdale the Black bass Man. The Carte De Viste CDV was invented and patented by France by photographer André Adolphe [...]

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Grover Cleveland Fisherman President

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 was one of our best presidents was arguably one of the better fisherman and outdoors sportsmen presidents of all time. [...]

By | 2016-11-01T18:56:04+00:00 November 1st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Grover Cleveland Fisherman President

1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead

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 riddles. If for nothing else the Bill head, and envelope provide a picture or window into business names during certain [...]

By | 2016-10-31T12:57:27+00:00 October 31st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on 1888 Thomas Conroy Billhead

Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

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, patent purchases, mergers and aquisitions as well as making things very much like other companies. This antique fishing lure was [...]

By | 2016-10-27T10:35:02+00:00 October 27th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Joseph Spoon Lure

Andrew Clerk Company

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 early ads such as below. Through mergers, acquisitions name changes, and more the Andrew Clerk Company was around for more [...]

By | 2016-10-24T18:57:52+00:00 October 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Andrew Clerk Company

Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

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 for Pike, Pickerel, Bass, Trout & Muskellunge Read the Testimonials: W.D. Chapman and Son, Theresa, New York: As an old [...]

By | 2016-10-27T12:56:43+00:00 October 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Chapman Combination Minnow Lure Ad

Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad

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 illustration. Don't Catch Weeds and Logs But Catch Fish Brush's Patent Trolling Spoons entirely overcome the defects heretofore found in [...]

By | 2016-10-18T12:09:31+00:00 October 18th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad

Pflueger American Spinner Lure

Pflueger American Spinner Lure The Pflueger American Spinner Lure was first introduced around 1894. The Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron, Ohio would not be the only one to make this lure. A very similar with notable differences was produced and patented by John B. McHarg in 1896 as well as The Hedryx Bait Company. With [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:06+00:00 October 15th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger American Spinner Lure

Pflueger Angle Worm Lure

Pflueger Angle Worm Lure The Pflueger Angle Worm Lure was first introduced in 1894. While the Angle Worm would be new, making rubber lures was not a new thing for the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger, of Akron Ohio. I've said for a before that I believe Pflueger's choice of rubber as a antique lure medium [...]

By | 2016-10-14T10:28:58+00:00 October 14th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Angle Worm Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure The Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure is truly a beauty. This antique fancy metal Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Company fishing lure was made in Akron, Ohio. The Saint Clair was a model 691 and was the Non Luminous Tandem Spoon, its counter-part the St. Lawrence, model 690, was the [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 October 11th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory

Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory In this Pflueger Antique Lure 1893 Sportsman Directory advertisement we see the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger advertise its luminous lures. The Enterprise Manufacturing Co., out of Akron, Ohio had just a year earlier come out with the Success Spinner. The advertisement recants an anglers success and experiences with one of [...]

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JB McHarg Civil War Token

JB McHarg Civil War Token This great example of a JB McHarg Civil War Token is a prime example of what drives me to collect. Looking off the beaten path for neat items to compliment both my or other lure collections is something I've alway enjoyed. This drive or niche, or thinking outside the proverbial lure box [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on JB McHarg Civil War Token

WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition

WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition This WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition proves that life was simpler back then. In a day and age where everything seems to be complicated from our fishing bots to the equipment installed upon them we have come a long way. These two ads from 1884 are amusing, as they use [...]

By | 2016-09-21T13:30:34+00:00 September 21st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on WD Chapman Minnow Propeller Definition

Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait The Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait fishing lure was introduced some time after 1886. The Enterprise manufacturing Company of Akron Ohio is said to have purchased the patent rights to a lure. The antique lure called the Hamilton, originally made by the Nye Creaser Company. This antique lure can be [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 September 13th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Puritan Beaded Egg Bait

Pflueger Governor Lure

Pflueger Governor Lure The Pflueger Governor Lure was first introduced around 1892. This antique fishing lure was made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, of Akron Ohio. This fancy Pflueger Metal Spoon and minnow was given a series 792. The "Governor" was the Luminous version to its non luminous counterpart, "The Admiral". These lures were offered in [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 September 8th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Governor Lure

Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure

Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure The Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure is great piece of 19th Century metal. This antique lure was first made made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Akron Ohio around 1886. There were two different versions available in the catalog. The "Propeller" was given a model 691, and was the non-luminous version, and [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 September 8th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Propeller Antique Lure

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog is from 1893. Its one of my favorite antique fishing lure and reel catalogs. The company playing a major role in the outdoor sporting fields both hunting, fishing, and fly fishing for many decades. Acting as a major jobber and distributor of fishing tackle [...]

By | 2016-09-02T10:19:50+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

Hastings Frog Antique Lure

Hastings Frog Antique Lure The Hastings Frog Antique Lure was originally made by James T Hastings, of Chicago, Illinois. He patented his version of the fly eater, August 24th, 1895. However, this version of the antique frog lure was made by smiling Bill Jamison, also of Chicago, Illinois. Jamison acquired the rights to this patent somewhere [...]

By | 2016-08-18T13:05:10+00:00 August 18th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Hastings Frog Antique Lure

JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon

JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon This JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon is kind of a 19th Century fishing lure head scratcher for me. The spoon is marked JD Allen, South Otselic, NY and a size number 4. What is the confusing part is, in Arlan's book he lists JD Allen being from South Otselic [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 18th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Comments Off on JD Allen Antique Lure Fish Spoon

Hawks Ogilvy 1889 Fishing Tackle Catalog

Hawks Ogilvy 1889 Fishing Tackle Catalog Here we have a Hawks Ogilvy 1889 Fishing Tackle Catalog cover. I had posted another early Henry Loftie Catalog cover and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the others. I've always enjoyed being able to look back in time, to see the American Fishing Industries roots being [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 August 8th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Hawks Ogilvy 1889 Fishing Tackle Catalog

19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration

19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration These classic 19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration come to use from a William Blacker fly fishing portfolio. Black was a fishing and fly fishing distributor, and are of English origin. The Rocky mount illustration was done by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. I am uncertain of the illustrator for the other. The [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 August 3rd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on 19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration

John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon

John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon The John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon is an early Pre 1900's or 19th Century fishing Lure. The John H Mann Company of Syracuse NY is one of the most successful grocery, sundries, dry good and fishing tackle store central New York would ever have. Most don't know Mr. [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 July 31st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Comments Off on John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon

Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel

Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel This great little ad discusses the Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel. This comes to us from 1884, 137 years ago. Early advertising for lures mentioned in here such as the Crystal Minnow, and the Flying Helgramite are hard to come by so enjoy. Pflueger Flying Helramite [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 July 28th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel

Izaak Walton Colored Print

Izaak Walton Colored Print This Izaak Walton Colored Print is one of my favorites. I posted the other week a Currier and Ives Colored Trout photo and got good reception, so I thought another piece of art was apropos. This dates to the mid 1800's and was published by Dean and Company. There are as [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 July 27th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Izaak Walton Colored Print

Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 This Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 ad is one of those that I found off the beaten path. Recording media has been done since the beginning of time, its just the mode, methods and the medium for transmission have change. I found this great old Pflueger Antique Fly Fishing lure [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 25th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives

Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives This Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives is part of a series of lithographs I've always enjoyed. Currier and Ives created over 7500 different titled lithographs. They were made between 1834 to 1907. Some of their fly fishing and fishing series even appearing on calendars. The annals of American [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 June 25th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives

Joliet Spinner Lure

Joliet Spinner Lure The Joliet Spinner Lure was introduced around 1902.The Joliet Spinner would end up being made by both G. Bruton of Joliet, Illinois and later by New Jersey Aluminum Co. This metal spiral antique fishing lure is a simple twisting piece of metal that was offered in multiple sizes and had the patent [...]

By | 2016-06-24T22:50:26+00:00 June 24th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Joliet Spinner Lure

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

Harlow Casting Spoon Lure The Harlow Casting Spoon Lure was patented in 1888. This Pre 1900's fishing lure was made by John H Harlow, of auburn New York. The patent was for the use of the retractable hook and spoon. There isn't very much info out there about Harlow.There are lures out there stamped with [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Harlow Casting Spoon Lure

John Mann Trolling Spoons

John Mann Trolling Spoons This John Mann Trolling Spoons Ad dates to 1883. American Angler magazine gives us some great ads and stories. Im pretty partial to John Mann as I've collected his lures and miscellaneous items like tea tins from his general store, personal artifacts, and business items such as trade cards for over [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on John Mann Trolling Spoons

Pflueger Fish Scaler

Pflueger Fish Scaler This Pflueger Fish Scaler ad comes from 1892. The Chicago Journal of Commerce printed or show cased this new to market Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company item. Many people think Pflueger's reach ended at lures and reels, however Pflueger was trying to create a end to end fishing tackle company that could provide [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 21st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Fish Scaler

Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat

Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat This A.G. Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat is a classic example of a early float tube. I've always really enjoyed the old ads and find many of them amusing when your pursuing through an old catalog and you stumble upon certain one that make you wonder what the artist print block maker [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 18th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Spalding Pneumatic Sporting Boat

WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad 1883

WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad This great WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad comes to us from 1883. While this antique lure ad shows the WD Chapman Allure bait it also gives us some other clues to putting together the Antique Fishing Lure Puzzle. We see that it uses the name WD Chapman & [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 16th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on WD Chapman Brockville Ontario Lure Ad 1883

Holzwarth Expert Minnow Lure Ad 1901

Holzwarth Expert Minnow Lure This Holzwarth Expert Minnow Lure Ad dates to 1901 and was found in a Wisconsin Naturalist Magazine. Really a strange place to advertise the ad for his Expert Minnow lure so far away from Ohio. I say this as there is not much information out there about Holzwarth in general and [...]

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Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885

Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885 This Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad came out in 1885. This makes it 131 years old and a treat to still be able to see. Finding advertising that is this old is certainly a high point for those out there like myself that love old paper that has to do with [...]

By | 2016-12-08T11:35:44+00:00 June 13th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900's antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner or spoon bears the stamp Hibbard, Pat March 25, 84. Hibbard became part of the L.S. Hill Company in 1879 [...]

By | 2016-07-29T00:23:00+00:00 June 5th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad

Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad This Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad comes to us from a 1904 catalog. The Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Claims to have created the first artificial minnow production with its Crystal Minnow then on to the Flying Helgramite then to the Trory. Its hard to argue with them. The Trory minnow [...]

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:16+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad

W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893

W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893 In this W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893 we see WD Chapman say adieu to the fishing tackle industry in a Jewelers trade rag in 1893. Sorry for the blurry article. A lot of the older magazines and paper articles don't scan well. Fishing Tackle Proves a [...]

By | 2016-06-16T21:24:57+00:00 May 21st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on W D Chapman Lure Article Closure 1893

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad 1904

Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad This Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad comes to us from a vintage 1904 Enterprise Manufacturing Company; Pflueger Lure and Reel Catalog. The May Bug spoon itself dates back into the 1800's and can be fished bait casting as well as skittering. The May Bug has always been a favorite among [...]

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