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Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. The old saying is it takes 2 two Tango, well in this case it takes 6! The Rush Tango Trout Tango lure was a fly rod lure measuring 1 3/4″ in length and having a detachable small double hook. The lure meant to be cast with a medium weight rod and line. Stated on the side of the box, the maker recommends adding a small worm to the item if you must. The company had its roots in Syracuse NY around the same areas a few of the later contended lure makers were also from. The Rush Tango story and history of the company is a long convoluted mess mixing antique lure makers James Heddon, Leroy Yakeley, Fillmore Smith and JK Rush in patent warfare leading to court cases and legal interpretation. These legal issues not only would present themselves to JK Rush with the tango lure, they would also face Heddon with the Tadpolly and Welles Patent infringement. The assortment of 6 lures could be purchased direct or from purveyors such as Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett, who in 1922 offers this 6 pack for merely sum of $1.50, yes please send me a dozen.

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure was offered in a variety of solid colors such as Red, Gold, Black, Silver, and Gold. Or two tone colors such as Red […]

2017-12-27T07:43:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

Heddon Punkie Spook Lure

The Heddon Punkie Spook Fly lure was made no doubt due to the popularity of the now famous Heddon Punkinseed lure. This antique fly lure was a series 980, and shown in Heddon’s White Shore Finish Color Code XS and XRW. The lure was made in the in roughly a half dozen or so colors some shown in the second gallery. The antique lure is normally found in a red edge cellophane window box. The Punkie Spook was introduced in 1940, and was in and out of production a few times until it disappears in 1958. All having painted eyes, the earliest version below having a single affixed hook and the later a trailing treble hook and both versions having the line tie under the chin.

While not necessarily in reference to Punkinseeds alone, as I’ve discussed before in this hobby, as with all others in which that have monetary value, there are reproductions. Punkinseed’s in general have had a vast appeal to collectors both old and new, and young and old and have transcended gender boundaries as well. They have and do provide a vertical niche inside of antique fishing lure collecting.  So while gaining in popularity they also attract imitations. While some may say imitation is the purest form of flattery, educate yourself before making antique lure purchases. Right or wrong, that fact remains they are out there, and some fakes are pretty good while others lend to […]

2017-09-02T13:42:45+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection

We have a historic Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection in on Consignment, and available for sale over the next couple weeks. Over 40 Messinger Frog’s, no 2 exactly the same a life collection of a fellow NFLCC club member. We’ve been given an opportunity to not only help sell it, but to photograph it, and share the story and works of a legendary fly tier. I will add to this original post over the next few weeks and re-post as the items are photographed, roughly once a week so by the end the collection will be view-able on this one page.

Messinger is said to have begun tying Flies as early as 1910. Jim Dean Writes “He certainly had no inkling that his passionate love of fly fishing and deer hair frogs he’d been tying since 1910 would soon lead him to his life’s work.Nor would he have guessed his innovative bugs would influence the style of every deer hair frog pattern that followed”

Joe Messinger Jr tells us in a American Angler article

…”When my dad returned home to West Virginia from the US Army after World War I, he began working on a artificial Deer Hair Frog. He originated the technique he used to tie the frog and it resulted in a very effective imitation of the real thing. Although the lure became popular with anglers through out this country and […]

2017-09-02T14:04:18+00:00 August 10th, 2017|1 Comment

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

The South Bend Callmac Fly Bug was a series model number 860. The South Bend Bait Company of South Bend Indiana made this Antique Fly Rod Lure was made for over two decades. The lure was first produced beginning in 1921 and ending in or around 1942, you’ll note that this is very similar to when Heddon released the Wilder Dilg Fly rod lure.

This antique fly lure was available in 2 different lure sizes and were always well adorned or tied with bright colorful feathers and hair. The Callmac Fly was available in 32 different wing and body colors. This winged beauty came housed in various boxes and cards over the cataloged life span of this very popular South Bend Fly. Its a favorite among collectors, and can provide for a lifetime collection  given its possible variations to find. The antique fly in the gallery below is shown brand new in the correct box with the fly affixed to the Callmac carded insert. Included in this complete package it’s shown with correct era South Bend Antique Lure Catalog.

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-26T13:51:52+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

The Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure was first introduced in 1930. This pint sized Heddon lure, made in Dowagiac Michigan was very short lived. While introduced in 1930 this lure would disappear into obscurity by 1934 and not even make the lure line up catalog that year. This tiny little trout, bass, and other small game fish minnow was made of wood, measuring 1 3/4″ in length. This antique lure was assigned a model 80 if your lucky enough to find a matching box.

The lure has small painted eyes, a single tiny line tie at the front of the lure inset into the slightly concave mouth. You wont have to worry about throwing your back out carrying around this guy to fish with as he weighs in at just around 1/10th of an ounce. The lure would certainly float when not being drawn through the water. The catalog states “A lively little lure of many uses. Primarily designed as a fly-rod lure for large Trout, it is also very effective for Bass and pan fish. Floats and dives when retrieved with excellent action. One double hook so placed to insure hooking.”

As far as color schemes go, you can find the Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Fishing Lure in a half dozen color finishes.

01 – Rainbow
02 – Red & White
BK – Brook Trout
N – Dace
P – Shiner Scale (Shown Below)
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2017-08-07T07:58:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure was a transition from its very popular Cork Bodied fly lures over to plastic, or spook bodied lures. The Wilder Dilg itself came to be 16 years prior to this culmination. The spook bodies began production in 1939 and were in the Fly lure catalog line up until 1954. These two examples shown are the larger of the Wilder Dilg feathered fly, and are a model number 910. The 910 series measures 3 1/4″ in length. The lure has painted eyes a feather hackle and the largest using a fixed, barbed No. 1 size hook to secure its catch.

The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly was offered in a half dozen cataloged finishes.

XRW Red & White Shore Minnow
XBW Black & White Shore Minnow
XRG Green Shore Minnow
XRS Silver Shore Minnow
XRY Yellow Shore Minnow
XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-08T20:06:54+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

The Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure was first introduced in 1937. Made by Heddon in Dowagiac Michigan this antique fly rod lure was given a series 750. The 1930’s was a time of transition for the America, and the fishing lure industry. In the early part of the decade America was gripped in the great depression. While this as seen as a negative and tough time for most all Americans and the businesses they ran this was also a time people and companies alike became more resourceful. Utilizing innovations and technologies that would revolutionize the fishing lure industry. One could argue that the 1930’s for Heddon was the companies decade of greatest change, as its products would begin their transition from wood to plastic.

This antique fishing lure, the River Runtie was made of wood, measured in at only 1″ in length. The lure featured painted eyes and a single #10 size fixed hook. What makes this lure rare is the fact it was only made for one year, between 1937 and 1938. There after being replaced by its spook, or plastic version that would go on roughly another dozen years before being discontinued. The 1937 catalog stated ” It floats and dives a few inches under water with an attractive wiggle. Cane-pole anglers tell us “it’s a honey” for pan-fish of all kinds.”

The Heddon Runtie was made in 5 Standard colors.

2017-01-17T09:37:33+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

The Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure was first introduced in 1937 and was assigned a model 950. This second coming of this Heddon from Dowagiac Michigan fly lure was like many of the other period lures made from plastic. Although first introduced in a wood variation it wouldnt take Heddon Long to phase it over like many or its brethren.

This small antique fly lure measured in at only 1 1/4″ in length. The lure had only a single #5 hook molded into its body. The lure has a single line tie at the front of the lure on the nose. Just below the nose you’ll notice a small diving lip to give it some action and depth when being striped. The antique fly fishing lure was made to catch the small pan fish type as well as small trout. The lure has Heddon Stenciled on its belly for identification.

This fishing lure was offered in less than a dozen cataloged colors, and there are some uncatalogued colors out there for those treasure hunters.

2 & RH White, Red Head
2XS White & Red Shore Minnow
L Perch Scale
P Shiner Scale
XRG Green Shore Minnow
XRS Silver Shore Minnow
XRY Yellow Shore Minnow (Shown in the Gallery Below)
9XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow
XBW Black & White Shore Minnow

Heddon River Runtie Spook Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:51:03+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

The Creek Chub Pop It Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Fly made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was made for almost a half of a century coming in just shy at 47 years. That is quite a run for any lure made by any of the big manufactures and it shows the success it had among fly fisherman.

The fly itself was a simple cork bodied fly which used buck tail and mallard feathers in its making. The lure in total measures 3 1/4″ in length. The Pop It lure was only ever made in three colors.

F100 Chub (Shown in the Gallery Below)
F101 Perch
F102 Brown Bug

Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog

Made with a Cork Body; No 1 Hollow Point Hook, Bucktail and Mallard Feathers. Feathers and Bucktail Permanently attached to the body without the use of thread guaranteed to stick tighter than if thread tied. Here is a lure which we guarantee to get the bass when pulled so as to make the bait go pop-pop on the surface. The reason it is such a killer is, that though it is a very small and light lure, when jerked it makes a big fuss on the surface, which the bass cant resist. When pulled fast it […]

2016-12-13T08:53:39+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930’s or early 1940’s. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn’t change from year to year and I didn’t have a late 30’s to rule it out. The model number its given in the catalog is a 6579. These little wooden pressed eye fly rod sized gems are not very easy at all to come by, or easy to put a collection together of. The lure is in the exact shape as its two larger sized brothers, has a line tie on the forehead and a single size 4 double hook.

 

The ad from the 1940 Shakespeare Antique Lure Catalog state: Fisherman wanted it so here it is….a fly rod size swimming mouse. Like it’s fish getting ancestors it brings home the fish. Weight 1/10oz Length of Body: 1 2/8″ inch No. 4 Double Hook. Six Assorted patterns on display card. BW – F – G – S – WR – YR”

BW – Black and White (As Shown in the Gallery)
F – Frog
G – Gray
S – Spotted
WR – White and Red
YR – Yellow and Red

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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2016-12-13T08:55:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Rod Lure

Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly

The Heddon Bubbling Bug fly rod minnow lure is Heddon’s Series number 90. The fly rod fishing lure is not your A Typical small trout Fly one thinks of, as you can see in the gallery against a ruler this fly measures 1 3/4″ in length. This antique Heddon fly rod lure was introduced in 1933 and however it was out of Heddon catalog’s by 1939. The Bubbling Bug Fly can be found in the up leaping bass box, as well as the cellophane window box. These fly’s are really quite fragile, and most of the time when found have most of the paint off the bottom due to the expansion and contraction of the belly weight on such a small wooden lure. The antique fly rod lure has a cupped face to make a wake when travelling across the water when being stripped.

The antique fly lure was available in only 4 different Heddon cataloged colors; GG: Gold and Green, BY: Black Body with Yellow Stripes, WR: White Body Yellow Stripes, and YB: Yellow Body Black Stripes. The lure could also be special ordered with the single hook turned downwards, as well as without wings. This Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Rod Lure is personally one of my favorite Heddon flies to find and collect.

Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Lure

Photo and Excerpt of a Bubbling Bug […]

2016-12-13T09:01:49+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Rod Lure

Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie

Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie

The Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie was fist introduced in 1924. This fly rod sized version of the classic Pikie minnow fishing lure came in both a bass and a trout size as so many of the Creek Chub Fly rod lures did. The Pikie Fly was only cataloged in three different colors, 00 Pike, 02 Red and White, and 05 Red Side. The lure was available in a trout size which was code 1200, and measured 1 1/4″ and a Bass size model 1400 measuring in at 1 5/8″. The lure was a pretty good replica of the original Pikie Minnow antique lure just in a miniature size. The lure has a single line tie and can be found with a leader attached. The antique lure uses a small size double hook to catch its prey.

The Fly Rod Pike

Our famous Pikie Minnow has the reputation of getting the most fish and the little darting wobbling Pikies carry on. Hooks Reversible.

Pikie Fly Lure 1931 Catalog Cut Pikie Fly Lure 1931 Catalog Cut

Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie Photo Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

The Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure has always been a favorite with collectors. Ned Danforth of Indianapolis, Indiana was the Owner and inventor of the Stormy Petrel. Ned began making his now famous fishing lures as early as 1935. The Stormy Petrel as it is referred to some as the Pac Man antique fishing lure would come years later. The lure touted on it’s box, it was made to “Fly Fish with a Casting Rod.” The Stormy Petrel shown is 1 3/8″ in diameter with two tufts of hair exiting the back of the head. The Stormy Petrel had two forward facing bulbous eyes on the top of the head. The single line tie was attached to the bottom of the open mouth. The lure has a single hook that has a weedless tine attached. The lure was made in various different colors and sizes including an even smaller Petrel, which I will do a later post on. The lure is shown here in its correct corresponding lure box.

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure Photo GAllery

2016-08-20T16:54:55+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown below. I apologize for the quality but it was the best I could present. This small wooden antique fly lure measures 1 3/4″ in length. The fly lure, a model No. 6377 bears a resemblance to a South Bend Trout Oreno. The antique fly had a front line line and a tapered cigar shape, and used s No. 4 size double hook to secures its catch. As we had seen with other major antique lure manufactures such as Creek Chub, and Heddon, and South Bend from the mid 1920’s to the 1930’s the tried to use smaller almost pan fish size or type fishing lures for fly casting. The Shakespeare Bait company did not quite have the vast wooden lure selection of the other three aforementioned makers, however, it also made a substantial effort in the Dry Fly market. Designed to cast with a fly this Midget Oregon lure would sometimes have a lead weight added to the front of the line to get the cast out farther. Obviously this lure was made to be used for a mid weight set up. The lure would evolve over its short period or life span and

I would also like to add a side note, the lure article below states it […]

2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass

Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass

The Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass size was a series F1400. This antique fly lure was first introduced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana in 1937. It would last less than a decade and be gone from the catalogs by 1946. This wooden lure mimics in shape its larger brethren and is the second to the smallest size fly that is why I added the bass and I refer to the smallest series the F1300 ast he trout. The lure has a single small forward line tie on the bottom of the chin , the round body and the a typical 2 tufts of hair exiting the rear lure. This antique fly has painted yellow eyes with a black iris. The antique fly lure has a single #6 size hook affixed to the rear of the lure. The lure wold come housed in a True to Nature box as shown below in the gallery and would be inset into a black card.

The Fly Rod Dingbat was available in 7 standard colors.
00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner
13 All Black
18 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
19 Frog (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass Size Silver Flash Photo Gallery

Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass Size […]

2016-07-22T13:40:50+00:00 July 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass

Heddon Widget Fly Lure

Heddon Widget Fly Lure

This Heddon Widget Fly Lure was first introduced in 1952. This antique fly lure was given model series number 300. This fly lure measures 1 1/4″ in length and has a #10 size treble hook. The lure has a small split shot ring attached to the front line tie on the lip of the lure.  The lure is stenciled with Heddon Widget n the belly of the antique fly. The lure was only in Heddon’s catalog for 5 years and was gone by 1957. The lure was meant to be fished with a light to light medium fly rod setup with a split shot set up inline.

This antique fly lure was only ever offered in 8 different colors:
BF Bull Frog
BO Black Orange Spots
GM Gray Mouse
L Perch
RH Red Head White Body
RHF Red Head Salt Water Flitter
SO Spotted Orange
SRB Silver Body Red and Black Spots

Heddon Widget Fly Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-10T23:22:59+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Widget Fly Lure

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

This Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box is a great example of a antique fly lure box. Collecting the lures themselves is just one piece of the Antique lure puzzle, or paradigm the boxes which house them and the paperwork inserts is another. Here is a classic example of a beautiful antique fly fishing lure box, dating back to the early 1930’s. For a short time in the 1930’s, less than a decade, Paw Paw fly rod lures were sold under a separate company than the regular lures. You will notice on the bottom of the box it states The Paw Paw Fly Company, from Paw Paw Michigan. Its said that this venture wasn’t of sound business sense or profitable so the fly fishing division or entity went back into the fold so to speak.

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box Photo Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:11+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure

We’ve come to know the Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure as Yellow Head Yellow Hackle fly. But, do we know who Bob Davis the American Editor and photographer is? Why is this a face on the cover of the intro Heddon Fly rod antique lure box. Robert Hobart Davis was born in 1869-1942 to George and Silvia Davis in Brownsville Nebraska. Robert was influenced early by his parents who served as missionaries to the American Indian tribes.

Robert got his first taste of the editing industry by following in the footsteps of his older brother Sam to publish and distribute the Carson City Daily Appeal. Robert not content with his destiny would set out to bigger and larger things first to San Francisco to become a typesetter for the San Francisco Examiner.

He would then double back across country to New York. Becoming an editor for the New York Journal and the fiction editor at Munseys Magazine. Munseys isn’t a name we hear often in the antique lure collecting circle so let me expound. Munseys is credited to being the first mass market magazine. In 1891 it sold as many as 40000 copies a week and by time 1891 rolled around it was up to a half a million a month. Bob was there from 1904 to 1925 and it is this time period his zest and zeal for writing and Photography would […]

2016-10-26T11:41:16+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

The Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure was a series model number F50 and F51. This antique fly rod lure was first introduced in to fly fisherman in 1924. The fly lure was a success for fisherman and for the Creek Chub Bait company out of Garrett Indiana. Fashioned after its larger brethren, the Fly Rod Crawdad lure was roughly one inch in length. The lure featured fur claw and feather legs. The antique fly lure was only ever available in two fishing lure color schemes. Tan Crab was model series the F5,1 and the model series F50 was Natural Crab color finish. The lure can be found housed in the typical green and white True to Nature Creek Chub lure boxes.

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure Photo Gallery

The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States:

A light little lure with body about an inch long, squirrel tail claws, feather legs and tail. No. 1/0 Shaughnessy hook. Made to float and fr use with a split shot.

Fly Rod Crawdad Page in Creek Chub Lure Catalog Fly Rod Crawdad Page in Creek Chub Lure Catalog

2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

Jacobs Polly Frog Lure

   The Jacobs Polly Frog Lure was patented in 1942, and as stated on its box “Being a lure for all game fish”. From the already famous maker of the Jacobs Hoss or Horse Fly lure, we see a new offering. The Polly Frog antique fly lure was available in 4 Size: 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 1/2″ and 3″ in length. This wooden painted eye, almost always yellow with black iris is a great little catch. The lure is multi-segmented, the front sphere shaped spots the forward line tie and a single double hook underneath the antique lure. The aft section of the lure being the legs, has two single hooks partially covered by colorful tufts of hair. The lure was made in a variety or an array of colors ranging from the traditional frog color to black and white, blue and yellow, red and white, black and yellow, solid gold and many others. Needles to say Edward Lee Jacobs or E.L. Jacobs to whom most refer had another great lure to add to his already Vicksburg Michigan fly and fishing lure offerings.

Jacobs Polly Frog Lure Gallery

2016-06-19T02:01:30+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Jacobs Polly Frog Lure