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Heddon Luny Frog Lure

Heddon Luny Frog Lure

The Heddon Luny Frog Lure was introduced around 1927. This change in material would influence the way Heddon would do business for decades to come. Making a switch from the standard wooden material, Heddon would evolve into a colossal giant making artificial baits with plastics. It widely known that the original attempts and the product selected were a failure, however it would take less than a half dozen years for the bait company located in Dowagiac Michigan to find a viable solution.

The Luny Frog Lure has always been a collector favorite. While the lore of the Heddon Wood Frog still evolves and changes from each person you can speak to, for some reason it would take Heddon almost an astonishing 25 years to try to present a more life like specimen than the frogs to which are credited with the inception of the company.

The Lure Frog Lure was given a model series 3500, and as I noted first made its appearance around 1927. The larges of the series it measures 4 1/4″ in length and tips the scale at 7/8 of an ounce. The lure had molded painted eyes, a double front hook attached with the toilet seat rig, and in this example a single hook coming out its closed feet.

The Luny was available in a Meadow Frog and a Green Meadow Frog finish. Later Red and White would be added to the color selection. The […]

2018-02-06T07:50:04+00:00 January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Heddon Vamp Lure

Heddon Vamp Lure

The Heddon Vamp Lure is a series 7500 and measures 4 1/2″ in length. This antique lure was first produced in 1920, and from then on was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son fishing lure lineup for over 50 years. The antique fishing lure was made in a wide array of era specific colors and shades. During its time its seen body shapes vary from tapered to thin to fat.

The Vamp Lure was made from various materials wood as well as plastic. Through its lifespan the antique lure saw hardware configuration changes from the L rig, to Toilet Seat, and on to 2 Piece flap rig, and finally after 1948 they moved to surface rig. The fishing lure itself over time saw changes in its eyes from glass eyes, zinc eyes, tack nail eyes and finally painted eyes. Dependent on era the Vamp Lure even saw changes in the diving lip and was even available for a short time via special order without the lip. The antique Heddon Lure could be found housed in both down and up leaping bass boxes, brush boxes, banner, and even later cello boxes or window boxes.

Below I’ve only touched the surface on the variations of the wooden Heddon Vamp Lure. I will continue to add to this page as I pull more files out of my database, so book mark it and stop by often.

Here is a showcase of […]

2018-02-06T07:50:53+00:00 January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

The Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure was first introduced in 1927 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. Expanding upon the success of its straight uni-body predecessor the Heddon Vamp, the Jointed Vamp was given a model series 7300. This wooden, glass eyed vintage fishing lure would enjoy success and be in favor with fisherman in Heddon’s line up for decades to come.

While the Heddon Jointed Vamp Minnow would stay the same length, measuring 4 1/2″ it would go mirror the hardware and eye, and box changes of its brethren and of Heddon in general. Starting with L Rig hook hangers in the 1920’s it would move to Toilet Seat, Flap Rig, and on to Surface Rigging. The lure would begin with glass eyes, make a brief appearance in zinc, nail tack and on to the painted versions that would couple with the surface rig.

White all these other changes would take place certain things would remain the same. The Jointed vamp would employ the use of three treble hooks, a diving lip and a forward line tie placed below the nose and above the diving lip.

The Swimming Vamp (Jointed)

Now comes the newest member of the Vamp Family – the New Jointed Vamp. No. 7300 Series. The jointed feature of this bait gives an entirely new movement and provides additional luring. Dives, swim, and floats when at rest, the same as all […]

2018-01-12T11:21:26+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2″ in length. The lures main focus was the larger of the game fish, the Large Mouth  Bass, Walleye, Great Northern, Salmon on up. The lure has a pair of glass eyes at the front to add to the realism of this “Swims on Sides” genre or niche inside the fishing tackle industry. With the imitation being the dearest form of flattery, everyone was looking to get a piece of the giant market share that Creek Chub had garnered with its widely popular Injured Minnow Lure. It should be of no surprise then that Heddon would come forth and present 4 different sizes in this category.

The lure would go through a series of hardware options and changes over time to hold its three trebles or 3T as its sometimes called. The first version would be the L Rig, then into the 1930’s the Two Piece Flap Rig, as shown in the gallery. The 170 lure would always come standard with its dual scripted props. The lure would be offered in an array of colors over the years from the standard or basic colored finishes to some great uncatalogued gems hiding out there. The […]

2018-01-12T11:22:36+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

The Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 is a tough little lure to find. The lure is larger in girth than say a Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure. The lure a Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan series 400 was made in 1908 and disappeared around 1909. The glass eyed, antique lure is comprised of wood and measures in at 2 1/2″ in length. This antique lure features a single forward rotating propeller, and two treble hooks. One treble hook being attached with cup rig hardware the other using a inserted looped pin screwed into the rear of the lure. The lure features a single belly weight just to the rear of the cup hook rigging.

This Heddon Surface Minnow lure had been found in a few colors, Yellow with a Sienna Skull Cap, White with a Blue Skull Cap, and Rainbow. The rear treble has been found in both a dressed feather and a stacked deer hair.

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 Photo Gallery Yellow with Sienna Skull Cap

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 Photo Gallery White with Blue Skull Cap

2017-12-19T08:22:16+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser lure was given a series model 8500. This glass eyed fishing lure was 4 1/4″ in length and traditionally came with the three treble hooks shown. The 8500 series was for the lack of a better term the base model. From the 8500 would come Basser lures that were longer, shorter, different hook type rigging , different face plate inscriptions to cover a wide array of fishing types. The Basser having its open smiling mouth be its most identifiable feature.

The first lure shown below in the gallery is a very tough colored lure, and is Circa mid 1920’s. The lure is Yellow with Gold Spots, and would have come in a red border down leaping bass box marked 8509 YG. The lure has L rig hook hardware and a scripted and screwed in metal mouth plate. At the top part of the mouth you’ll find the lures single forward line tie. Next Shown is a very clean Basser in Green Scale with red eye shadow. The featured lure for the article is a Goldfish Basser in correct box with paperwork.

The Heddon Basser antique lure would be made in dozens of different colors over the 3 decades both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a fun lure to […]

2017-12-19T08:21:27+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Basser Antique Lure

Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

The Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure was first introduced into Heddon’s Line up in 1960. This plastic spook lure is 2″ in length and tops the charts at 1/3 oz. The antique lure a model series #305 can be found in both white painted eyes, or with gold. The lure is a novelty type looking like a small guppy or “Whale” and has always been a big hit with kid collectors. The lure was not ever considered a great fisher and would soon be gone from the Heddon (Daisy) lure line up. The lure has a forward line tie, a diving lip and uses the Bell Hardware to connect it’s one treble hook.

The lure was available in a handful of standard colors and can also be found in a few coveted un-cataloged colors, such as the BWC or Winner, Indy Checkered Flag as shown in the gallery below. Any un-cataloged colors should be considered rare as they dont turn up that often.

Frog – F
Black – B
Silver Scale – SS
Perch – L
Yellow – Y
Red & White – 02

Un-cataloged
Shad – SD
Yellow Shore – XRY
Silver Shore – XRS

Black & White Checkered, Indy, Winner – BWC

In 1960 Heddon released the Hi Tail as part of it’s Big “Three”

Tantalizingly terrific! This new type of surface lure will make you the best top-water fisherman you’ve ever been. Neither […]

2017-12-19T08:25:02+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny Spook Lure is a model series number 310. This small spook antique fishing lure measure a mere 1 7/8″ in length. The lure only lasted for two years in Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure product line up starting in 1955 and gone by 1957.

This antique lure has painted eyes and uses Bell Rig Hardware to hold its 2 Trebles. The lure was available in a half a dozen colors including the one shown below in the Gallery. The lure is shown in its correct 2 Pc Plastic top box with red bottom. White with Black Spot as shown in the gallery is one of the more difficult finishes to find on the Tiny Spook.

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:16:21+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. The Heddon Crazy Crawler was a top water fished racket and noise making machine. The lure was not a lure that was fished if you were trying to keep quiet. Drawing this over the bass makes him furious and like the Jitterbug by Arbogast incites quite a hit.

 The wooden body itself was 2 1/2″ in length and had a bulbous head that trimmed down the dowel as it went down towards the tail. The lure came standard with two trailing treble hooks and was available in the two hardware version, two piece flap rig and surface rig. It’s wings stretched out and were made of aluminum and held on with a clip device originally taken from Jim Donaly. The first version of this famous fishing lure was considered the cone tail like the Frog Spot Example in the gallery below.

The Crazy Crawler Lures were offered in a variety of standard finishes, including the yellow shore, color code XRY shown below. There are very few uncatalogued colors in the crawler line up except for the salt water finished. The Crawler in the […]

2017-10-29T09:28:44+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3″ inches in length. The lure was given a model series number 8400 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. This lure features 2 treble hooks instead of the standard 3 on the Heddon Basser 8500 series. The 8400 Plunking Basser is rather scarce in numbers and can be fun but very challenging to assemble a color collection.

The lure in the gallery below is shown with two piece hook hardware, dating it to the early to mid 1930’s through 1948. The lure has a single line tie that is mounted in the mouth above the typical Bass mouth plate. The antique fishing lure would have come in a H.R Brush box.

The antique fishing lure gallery below shows examples in both Perch Color; Code L and Rd and White; Code 02.

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:24:55+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4″ inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward line tie and a single spinner tail. This top water fished lure had two treble hooks the belly attached with surface rig hardware. The Magnum Torpedo is stenciled on the belly of the lure.

This antique lure was offered in many of the period or traditional colors used. The lure shown below in the gallery is an extremely tough to find Yellow with Black Bone or color code YBB on a Magnum. The lure was made in a few different series or runs and you can differentiate them by the color of their eyes or the actual molding of the lure. The lure is most often found in the green diamond Heddon antique lure bo but can be found in the red striped cello window box as well and on cards.

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure YBB Yellow Bloack Bone Photo Gallery

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure Antique Fishing Lure Color Example Gallery

2017-10-29T09:32:49+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure

The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6″ in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1933, was made for large fresh and saltwater fish alike. Large striper, Salmon Pike and Musky fish are its target. The antique lure took a few different turns as far as shape over the years and can be found with a blunt as well as a tapered tail. The eyes on the lure can be found in three different configurations, Zinc, Glass and Painted eyes. As far as the hook hardware the lure is found in two piece as well as toilet seat hardware.

 

Boxes that it will show up in are the Up Bass Box, the HR Brush Box (Shown Below ) and the Banner Box. Be on the look out as well, as I have seen treble as well as single hooks on the giant beast. The first lure in the gallery is the very hard to find Frog Scale Lure color, code J with the red eye shadow. The lure has a large diving lip and the line tie inserted under the nose pin and is rigged with the heavy duty toilet seat, and has the […]

2017-09-19T10:00:43+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan’s lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5″ in length. The lure can be found with different size glass eyes, even with tack as shown in the gallery. The lure comes with two larger treble hooks, both secured with heavy duty toilet seat hardware. The lure like its brethren gets its name from the rear trailing flasher attached.

In 1941 we see that the Musky lure was offered in 7 standard colors
BM – Brown Mouse
GM – Grey Mouse
S – Spotted
R – Natural Scale
02 – Red and White
SS – Silver Scale
P – Shiner Scale

At fair speed the “Flaptail Musky” creates the liveliest surface commotion and brings strikes from big lazy Muskies which only “followed” other lures. Fine reports come from everywhere on its luring and hooking qualities. Built extra strong for heavy duty. Length 5 1/4″, weight 1oz. Two Treble Hooks. Equipped with a wire leader. “Mouse” has ears and whiskers and fur finish.

Musky Flap Tail Lure Catalog Cut Musky Flap Tail Lure Catalog Cut

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Photo Gallery

2017-09-19T10:11:27+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

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

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

The Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure is one of Heddon’s most iconic, and identifiable golden age lures. The antique lure first was introduced in 1918 and wouldn’t last as long as most of the other under-water minnow versions. The Spin Diver made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 3000 and was made to float while at rest, and dive when retrieved. This wooden lure features a inscribed front spinner behind the forward line tie. This Spin Diver also has a inscribed signature metal diving lip. The antique lure has a wooden fish shaped tail and two traditional glass eyes. The lure shown has L rig hook hardware for the two belly mounted hooks and uses the tradition screw eye loop for the trailing treble. The fishing lure was rather large and used for larger game fish measuring in at 4 1/8″ in length. 

The Spin Diver lure was made in quite a variety of cataloged standard colors from the perch scale shown below to colors such as goldfish scale or salt water flitter. This game fish minnow would be housed in the various versions of the down leaping bass box.

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-09-02T14:08:01+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel

Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel

The Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel was first introduced around 1927. Made in Dowagiac Michigan by James Heddons Sons, the Heddon NO.31 AB “WALTONIAN” Casting reel was produced. The level wind reel themselves made are of lightweight aluminum. The casting reels were first introduced by James Heddon’s Sons in their 1927 catalog and would only sell for a couple years. These were actually Trade reels produced for Heddon by the Meisselbach-Catucci Mfg. Co. of Newark, N.J. and were identical to their No.1000 “Superlite” models.

Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Photo Gallery

 

 

2017-08-07T08:03:07+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel

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 Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

The Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure was first introduced in 1953. This lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was given a model series number 350. This Plastic spook lure was made in the likeness of all the previous runt spooks yet just made smaller. The antique fishing lure was made of the later more stable version of plastic, thus adhering to it’s “spook” roots. The lure had two smaller treble hooks both attached via bell rig hardware. The lure was stenciled or labeled on its belly Heddon Tiny Runt.

The lure can be found in a vast array of colors both cataloged and uncatalogued making it a joy to collect. The lure shown below is in one of those uncatalogued finishes Crystal Shad, or CS, and a Green Crawdad GRA. The lure would have come houses in the red bottom two piece plastic topped box marked 350Cs.

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-07-25T07:25:04+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

Heddon 00 Lure

The Heddon 00 Lure is a 5 sided or flat sided underwater minnow fishing lure. The Dowagiac 00 is a wooden, glass eye 5 hook lure which first came in around 1915, making it one of the many classic Heddon antique lures that came out of the teen years and is over a century old. The wooden antique lure measure in at 3 3/4 inches, roughly the same size as the Heddon 150. I’ve seen a few variations of size of this and the 0, as well as some being a bit more refined or slim in stature. The lure was offered in a few different colors, and is a fun one to find in a uncatalogued color. Most of the time these lures are found in this color as well as the white or yellow strawberry spot.

The antique lure shown is lure photo gallery below is in the L Rig hook hardware . While shown below in L Rig, it did however come in cup rig, as well as toilet seat and up turned toilet seat hook hardware variations. The antique Heddon lure used belly weights to sink it below the surface. The Heddon 00 below has marked or scripted front and rear propellers. The Heddon 00 lure did eventually disappear from the catalog and never made it through the 30’s like its round body underwater minnow kin, the Heddon 150 minnow lure.

In one of my early 1920’s […]

2017-07-25T07:37:15+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

The Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure was first introduced in 1940. This antique fishing lure was manufactured in Heddon’s plant in Dowagiac Michigan and was assigned a model series number 2150. This giant lure makes quite a commotion coming across the top of the water. The lure lasted 17 years and was gone in the Heddon antique lure line up by 1957.

This wooden Crazy Crawler is the earliest version, black iris painted eye musky minnow, and measures 3 1/2″ in length. The Musky Crazy Crawler was the largest in length in the family of three. With a large reinforced wire through construction it has a single forward line, The lure has two large aluminum wings reinforced with larger screws. On the bottom of this antique fishing lure just aft of the head you see the first of two larger treble hooks. The forward is is held with the toilet seat hardware and the rear is attached to the wire though loop. Just behind the toilet seat hardware you see the red Heddon stencil.

The Musky Heddon lure was available in roughly 6 different colors:

BF Bull Frog
YRH Yellow Red Head (As shown below in Gallery)
RH Red Head White
CM Chipmunk
GM Gray Mouse
XRS Silver Shore

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure Photo Gallery

2017-07-10T07:57:25+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

This great Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad falls in line with our thoughts and thanks. For those that made the ultimate sacrifice we thank you.

And thank you Mr. Bill Sonnet for finding this and allowing me to share it with my readers.

A Boy Fished and Went to War……A Man Came Back to Fish Some More!

In 1941 both Sam Jester and Heddon’s went to war. Sam packed his tackle away and came back a honored veteran of the North African and Italian Campaigns. Heddon stopped making tackle and won honors in war production.

Now Both are back doing what they love. Sam is using River Runts again and Heddon is Making them.

Be patient the River Runts are coming, the midgets, the sinkers, the floaters, also Crazy Crawlers, Chugger Spooks Lucky 13’s and others. Coming too are the famous Pal tubular steel rods and those made of tempered split Bamboo.

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

2017-05-29T14:31:45+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

The Heddon Big Tiger Lure is a model 1040 and was first introduced in 1968. The lure would only make a short run for 3 years until it was discontinued in 1971. Although it would make a brief appearance again in 1980 it would again be phased out in three years in 1983. This plastic lure is the largest in the Tiger series. Instead of the traditional names used to describe the largest in a Heddon Series Such as Muskie or Husky or Magnum, someone settled for simplicity using the word “Big”. This lure being plastic in construction, is often referred to as a spook, measures 5 1/4″ in length. The lure like its little brothers uses two trebles to secure its prey. These hooks are held to the body by a through body construction where the heavy duty rings are inset into the mold during construction.

Consistent in the family of tigers, the “Big” Tiger has a single forward like tie at the point of its nose. Its square staggered heavy duty diving lip molded within the construction of its body sets back about a inch onto the underside. The Big Tiger with its limited production is hard to find, its colors remain consistent throughout the line up made up of generally of Solid color backs with clear sides showing off a metallic insert. Once and a while it can be found in collector […]

2017-06-14T08:45:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

The Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure is the smallest size in this collector favorite series. The lure a model 3400 was first introduced by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan in 1927 and only lasted through 1931. The lure is made of a plastic, or pyralin substance and measures 3 3/4″ in length. The lures attempt using its life like shape is to reek havoc and solicit strikes from smaller size game fish in the bass family. The lure imitates a closed leg frog, from which a larger single hook trails from an eyelet or rivet in the the feet, and a double hook from it belly to secure its prey. The lure employs the use of the Toilet Seat Hardware rigging to hold the belly hook to the body. The lure has a single forward line tie which is stationed in the center of the face of the lure. Identifying this antique lure is pretty easy compared to most as its name is stenciled in black on its underside.

The Little Luny was only ever produced in two different colors a Green Frog and a Meadow Frog Finish.

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-08T20:04:56+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Little Luny Frog 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 Ice Decoy Antique Lure

Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

This version of the Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure is distinguished by its 4 point fin shape. Not all antique lures are technically lures, but they are all attractants of some type. This wooden 4 point Heddon Decoy was given a series model 400. This Ice fishing decoy would be around circa 1923. The lure or decoy measures 4 3/8″ in length. The lure has two sections of 90 degree pointed fins attached to its body. The decoy lure also employs the use of a metal tail fin that is braced into the rear tail section. The Heddon Decoy used the inch worm style of line tie on top so that you could attach at different points to affect the hang or the angle of suspension. The Heddon Ice decoy can be found in a host of standard cataloged colors to some that are definable or considered special order. The decoy uses multiple belly weights to help sink and maintain its centered buoyancy.

This would be the final wooden version or body and wing style of the Heddon Decoy before it tried its hand at making a plastic or Ice Spook. The Spook version would make the same impact on the fishing industry and or history. Many of the spook decoys found today have the typical shrinkage and plastic decomposition we see in the first version of Heddon Spooks.  The Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure below in the gallery is […]

2017-04-20T13:12:14+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

This Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure dates to 1925. The model Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan asigned this was a model 300 which had been being produed already for 20 years, just another version of it. This bohemoth of a antique lure was a wooden fat body 300, with 7 hooks attached in just about every spot you could with the exception of the front line tie.

This lure proves if you cant catch a fish, you certianly can catch yourself. I dont even enjoy holding this antique fishing lure when given the chance for fear of becoming prey to it myself as a antique lure collector. This version wouldnt even be legal to fish in many states today. The lure was used most certianly as a trolling minnow or atleast the people in the same boat as yourself would hope you were. This underwater minnow lure was used to bring up large game fish such as Northern Pike or Musky.

This wooden, glass eyed, fishing lure measure 3 3/4″ in length. The antique lure features two marked propellors, both fore and aft. It also uses 6 sets of L Rig hook hangers to secure them to the lure and sometimes yourself, the 7th free hanging from the rear screw eye. The antique lure was availble in the standard era colors. The fishing lure example shown is in green scale, Heddon’s, color code D. The lure […]

2017-04-18T10:28:35+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon 300 7 Hook Minnow Lure

Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

The Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow, was only ever cataloged in 1911. This was the smaller of the Swimming Minnows. This antique lure made by James Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was another in the part of a marketing series called “It Swims” or focusing on how the lure swims. The intro boxes for it’s big brother came in around 1909/1910 used the same verbiage. This wooden glass eyed antique lure measure 2 5/8″ in length with a single belly weight. The Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow only ever had a single treble hook hanging from the rear screw eye.

 

Heddon Swimming Minnow Ad Heddon Swimming Minnow Ad

The above ad is actually shows the 900 Swimming Minnow but highlights the multi-model benefit.

The New Dowagiac Minnow Actually Dives and Swims

This is the most successful and ingenious bait ever devised for taking Bass, Pike, Pickerel, and other game fishes. It’s a combination floating and sinking bait. It’s easy to cast and can be landed in just the right spot. It remains on the surface of the water until it’s reeled in. Then it dives and comes in at an average depth of two feet under the surface. The lure does not sink into the weeds.

This feature is a great advantage to beginners who cannot recover the lure quickly. When trolled or reeled at an ordinary speed […]

2017-04-17T16:13:32+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon 800 Series Swimming Minnow

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad


Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

This Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad is one of the earliest lure articles and ads I’ve seen or have run across for Heddon and their antique fishing lures. You just wont find many items in 1902, the same year the Dowagiac Underwater Casting lure and the Dowagiac Expert lures were said to have been made.

Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

“Dowagiac” Casting Baits

    James Heddon & Sons, Dowagiac Michigan are placing on the market “Dowagiac” Casting Baits, Illustrated. These baits are all hand made.

    The “Dowagiac Expert” bait is made for surface casting for bass etc., and is largely used in warmer waters in the southern parts of the Northern States, and also in the South, The “Dowagiac Underwater” bait is intended for use in deep waters and where the temperature is lower in shallow waters, as will be found in the Northerly parts of states bordering Canada and the lakes. All the baits which are of wood are finished with three preparatory coats and then with three coats of hard enamel which will not crack or rub off and then necessitate frequent painting. The surface is a glistening white that creates a reflection of light which makes it attractive and enables fish to see it a long distance. The sockets or inserts into which the hooks are fastened keep them always outward and presented to the fish. All hooks are […]

2017-04-13T13:27:04+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Dowagiac Underwater Lure 1902 Ad

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

In the Black Bass Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley article from 1904 printing of Angling Stories we get this great article from James Heddon, I think. The book is a compilation of Angling stories from other Magazines, such as Sports Afield. We see in the article penned by James Heddon describe his meeting a fish slayer, angler of poise Mrs. Janette Hawley on a trip to Mohawk Florida. The reason I say may have been written is, we see the author use  “Billy Bass” which was a pen name for Will Heddon, and we also see him introduce a person to whom hes never met, Mrs. Janette Hawley. Notice the name spelling difference, as Mrs. Jeantte Hawley is the pen name for Will’s wife Laura, who used the Janette Hawley name as a Pen name as well a year later in 1905. It may just be an accident or different spelling. Just strikes me as odd. We also see them use it on “The Mohawk Casting and trolling Bait” in 1905 as well on the box labels.

Could this be the introduction to the Pen name by James Heddon for Laura to use in later fishing articles as she became more prevalent in the Heddon Company? Could this bee Will writing under his dads name? Or, I ask, could this really have been the person who inspired the fictitious character? I don’t pretend to know early Heddon […]

2017-04-12T12:07:15+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Heddon Top Sonic Lure

Heddon Top Sonic Lure

The Heddon Top Sonic Lure was a Heddon Dowagiac Series number 300. This antique lure was made from 1966 to 1969, so it was a short run in comparison to some of its other sonic lure brothers. The Top Sonic fishing lure features a tail and a tiny dorsal fin the would allow the antique fishing lure to vibrate upon retrieval. The lure was made in some of the traditional Heddon lure color schemes as well as a few uncatalogued colors. The Top Sonic was always made of plastic, a spook, and measures about 1 /38″ in length. The antique fishing lure was stamped on the belly of the lure for identification, and had a line tie below the mouth but before the diving lip.

The Heddon Top Sonic Lure can be found in the following Color Codes

RH White Red Head
SUN Natural Sunfish
PUM Natural Pumpkinseed
NSP Natural Spotted Bass
NSD Natural Shad
BGL Natural Blue Gill
PS Purple Scale
BS Black Scale
Y Yellow
SD Shad
Uncatalogued  SF Silver Fish (in First Gallery)
Uncatalogued  Green and Gold Scale (in First Gallery)

Heddon Uncatalogued Top Sonic Lures

 

 

Heddon Top Sonic Color Gallery

2017-04-04T08:54:36+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Top Sonic Lure

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure

The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure is a collector favorite, and was first introduced around 1939-1940. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan purchased the patent rights to this winged creature from Jim Donaly, of Hoptacong NJ. This version is the Model 2100 series and is the second to largest in the Crawler family measuring in at around 2 3/4″. This version would would last until 1957 when it would be usurped by its plastic version brethren.

Looking like a giant bee with wings, the Crazy Crawler is a Bass catching machine. With its stamped aluminum wings fluttering as fast as one can reel it in, this top water lure makes a heck of a noise that is sure to incite any Bass near by. If you never have fished one, buy yourself a cheaper one and take to you local pond to see what I mean. Thankfully the lure has two hooks because when the bass knocks this thing for a loop you’ll need them to secure your catch. This is one of my favorite antique lures to fish and throw on late spring early summer. The anticipation and splashing of a top water strike of a Bass coming out of the water hitting this antique fishing lure is quite a rush.

This Heddon favorite was originally produced with two piece flap rig hardware, and later would make the transition to surface. The lure would be housed in the era specific H.R. Brush Box then […]

2017-03-30T08:49:23+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure

Heddon Darting Zara Lure

Heddon Darting Zara

The Heddon Darting Zara lure dates back to 1933 if not a little earlier. This straight bodied fishing lure was Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan’s series model number 6600. The wooden, glass eyed lure measure 3 3/8″  inches in length, and had 3 trailing treble hooks. The Frog Spot Zara’s three trebles are secured with L rig hooks hardware making it one of the earliest versions, while the Silver Scale example is using the two piece flap rig hardware. The Zara is most commonly found in 2 piece flap rig hardware or toilet seat hook hardware.

The lure shown in the gallery below is in a collector favorite frog spot color scheme.

The two cataloged colors seen most are:

00 – Green Crackle Back
BF – Bull Frog (Shown Below)
D – Green Scale
SS – Silver Scale (Shown Below)

A Heddon Antique Fishing Lure Lure catalog shows and states:

“Zara, one of the most popular Heddon minnows in Florida where it was first introduced a number of years ago, and has now gained popularity in all of the South Atlantic States both for fresh and salt water fishing. Excellent results in northern waters have been reported, especially for bass.

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Heddon Darting Zara Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-07T09:17:44+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Darting Zara Lure

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

The Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure is a neat lure released in the late 1920. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan gave it a model series number 140. The Flipper lure came about during a time the nation as well as the fishing industry faced mounting challenges. The Great Depression had begun its grasp on the countries citizens. Capitalism and the trickle down affect made ripples on just about any non essential purchase made including fishing tackle. We see this in many of the lures we collect during that time period in truth using what they had, and wasting nothing.

The Flipper antique lure is a scarce lure, that was produced during only a few years at the end of the 1920’s. This wooden, glass eyed fishing lure measures 3 3/4″ in length. You can find the lure with normal props, or, you can find it with an even scarcer version, the Stanley Bow Tie props as shown on this model. The Flipper used both L Rig Hardware and the hardware shown below which is called a shallow cup. There are even different hook variations to find in such a small period of time as it used both treble and double hooks.

The Flipper can be found in some of the standard era colors, such as Red & White, Natural Scale.

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

2017-02-15T19:52:37+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

The Heddon Chugger Spook Lure has a long history that begins in 1938. The antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan would take on a model number 9540. This painted eye spook lure measure right at 3″. Like many of the base model lures they would be the inspiration for other variations to come from. Thus is true for the Chugger as there would be no less than three variations, a larger and two smaller series born from its success. This antique fishing lure was a top water popping lure, The lure at its largest point, its open concave mouth would then taper down in size over the 3 inch body to the tail. As the Chugger spanned the decades certain small changes would be done as with with the other Heddon Lures, a small change in hardware hanger type from flap rig in the 30’s to surface rig where it would spend most of the rest of its production cycle. The lure in this form would always have two trebles to secure its catch.

The Chugger spook lure is a great lure to collect as it spanned the decades the myriad colors that the lure was offered in can make for a lifetime collection. Being able to not only keep you looking, but allow you to pick up colors and variations that wont break the bank. As time goes forward I’ll continue to add to the Photo Gallery […]

2018-02-06T08:04:44+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure

The Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure is a great little lure. First introduced in 1941 this spook lure has become a favorite among collectors. The antique lure takes on the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan fishing lure model, number N9110. The lure looses its double treble hook and takes on a weedless leader device and a a protected fixed double hook below to make this antique lure weedless. The lure shown is actually the body of a River Runt Spook Sinker and labeled as such on the belly the only difference being the hardware. The lure shown is a gold eye version, and comes housed in the correct end stamped H.R Brush Box and paper.

The lure shown in the gallery below is in a desirable XRG or Green Fish Shore color pattern.

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-17T09:23:28+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon No Snag River Runt 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 Midget Digit Spook Lure

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

The Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure was first introduced in 1948. The lure was a continuation of Heddon’s very popular wooden line, and was given model number 9020. The plastic antique fishing lure was 1 3/4″ inches in length. The lure has a single forward line tie under the chin and below that a small diving lip. The lure feature two small treble hooks the center of which is affixed with bell hardware. The antique fishing lure is stenciled between the bell and the rear of the lure.

The lure in the gallery below is a tough uncatalogued color, some call it rattle snake others back scale with orange spot. The Midget Digit was available in many cataloged and uncatalogued color scheme finishes.

Below the Rattle Snake youll note some of the more standard color palate finishes. Red Head White; Code 02, RH: Pike Scale; Code M: Black and White Shore Minnow; Code XBW; Perch Scale; Code L.

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure Photo Gallery

2017-01-03T08:14:00+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

Heddon Gamby Lure

Heddon Gamby Lure

The Heddon Gamby Lure was part of a spinning series lure introduced around 1955. The Heddon Gamby produced in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 421 and 423. The 421 can be differentiated by the length and measures 2 3/4″ while the 423 measures 3 3/4″ in length. The lure was in production for only a very short time between 1955 and 1958. Shown in the Gallery below the lure was sold on a store counter display.

Gamby Spinner

For Spinning and Trolling
This spinning lure features a spinning blade designed to start at a whisper and spin very close to its axis. Also the body is keel shaped to add extreme stability and prevent line twist. Couple these two features together and you have a deadly lure for trout and bass, as well as a most productive bait for all game fish. Hooks are extra sharp for sure hooking even on light strikes. Excellent for trolling. Made in 1/4 and 1/8th oz sizes.

Heddon Gamby Lure Gallery

2016-12-21T08:37:43+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Gamby Lure

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

The Heddon Wounded Spook Lure was a series 9140. This antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1939. Many of the early spooks have all but disappeared or transformed into a lure box full of dust and hooks due to the chemical instability of the plastic. Just try to find yourself a few of the Musky sized version the 9160 and you’ll see what I mean. The Heddon wounded spook was a transformation and capitalization of the success of the Heddon SOS or Swims on Sides. Although still concurrently making the wooden SOS version up and through the painted eye surface rig age, this new wounded spook was its plastic brethren.

The 9140 series Heddon Wounded Spook Lure measure in at 3″ in length. This antique plastic lure had a standard front screw eye line tie,  front and rear unmarked propellers. The fishing lure would have gold painted eyes early on in its life and transitioning into the black iris later on. The lure just like the SOS featured a treble hook attached via a two piece rig, later a surface rig hardware. The lure would be trailed by the 2nd treble hook behind the rotating rear prop.

Over the decades the Wounded Spook lure can be found in different colors and hook hardware configurations. The lure will be found in the typical era boxes such as the Banner, the Diamond and others. The […]

2016-12-13T09:32:17+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

The Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure was first introduced in 1950. This antique fishing lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan is part of a lineup of quintessential lures. The 9630 was later in the life cycle for this top Heddon seller. The 9630 is made of plastic instead of wood like its earlier kin. The transformation from the wooden 730 Punkinseed completed the body transformation however there were stages inside the 9630 life cycle.

The lure shown in the gallery below was its final stage and made from 1974 to 1977. The lure has the later creame eyes instead of the earlier gold. The bell hardware that’s used on the lure’s both fron and rear treble hook hanger is the date indicator.

The Punkinseed lure was made in six different standard colors. The lure in the gallery below is an example of the Bluegill color. From its black back or ridge line the Blue Blends into yellow ind finally into it light pink belly. The colors are intersected by its blackened vertical bars and its coloring complete with the cream eyes and red mouth.

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

2016-12-13T09:30:48+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot

Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot

The Heddon SOS 160 Lure was first introduced in 1928. This antique lure made by the Heddon Lure Company out of Dowagiac Michigan was one of the mid sized SOS or Swims on Sides lure made by the company. This wooden, glass eyed lure was made to mimic a wounded prey fish. The antique fishing lure was a concave type slab that laid on its side in the water. As we discussed before imitation is the dearest form of flattery, this lure was made due to the bounding success the Creek Chub lure Company of Garrett Indiana was having with its own cripple or wounded minnow lure. We would see all the larger or Big 4 produce their own version of.

The 160 SOS was 4 1/2″ inches in length and came with two treble hooks to secure its catch. The antique fishing lure would be in Heddon’s Catalog line up for many decades and would take one changes that all in the industry would go through. The lure would have glass eyes in its initial stage and then move to painted. The 160 SOS was available in all the standard Heddon colors for each period or era. There are also uncatalogued versions such as this strawberry spot version, Heddon’s color code 169S for this example. The antique lure can be found housed in the Era centric boxes, from the Up and Downward Leaping Bass Boxes […]

2016-12-13T09:17:32+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot

Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure

Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure

The Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure was introduced in 1938. This antique Heddon lure made in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a Model E9400RW. This version of the iconic Heddon lure is a floater river runt series. This lure was born of an experiment to blend the paint into the plastic of the lure. This explains the E in the antique fishing lure model name as it was nicknamed, Ever Last. Instead of the traditional painting of lures Heddon, the master of marketing and leader in lure innovation always moving forward in innovations in the American fishing lure industry.

The Ever last series contained a floater and a sinking version of the River Runt. The colors available were:

Blended Red RW
Yellow and Black Blend YB
Green and Black Blend GB

As antique lure collectors, these Water Wave River Runt lures are highly coveted,as they were only ever made that one year, 1938 and were gone from the lure catalog line up the next season. These antique fishing lures will be found housed in the H.R. Brush series two piece cardboard box marked either E9400 for the floating, or E9110 for the sinking, and if your lucky you may find the elusive Deep Diver. The lures will all utilize Heddon’s two piece flap rig hardware to hold the two treble hooks. All will have gold eyes for easy identification. They will also all be stenciled […]

2016-12-13T08:36:09+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure

The Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1929. This Heddon mouse lure made in Dowagiac Michigan would last for more than half a century in the antique lure line up. This fishing lure the wooden enameled version is a series number 4000. This antique lure measures 2 3/4″ in length and was made of wood. The antique lure featured leather ears which are screwed into the bait and tail for life like decoration. The lure has black bead eyes, a pin inserted into the nose. The Heddon Meadow Mouse has a forward line tie attached below the pin and a scripted metal diving lip to help it dive down to it’s prey.

To catch its prey it employs the use of a double forward hook forward of the mid-line of the lure inset and attached with Heddon’s L Rig Hardware in the version below. The lure also had a trailing single hook just below the leather tail. The lure can be found with both stenciled and un-stenciled belly versions.

The Meadow Mouse was available in only a few colors, two of 3 which are shown in the catalog cut below, as well as in the galleries.

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New! A Fur Finished Mouse Bait No. F4000 Meadow Mouse

Lifelike in shape, ears, eyes and tail, this new Fur Finished mouse has the final touch of a coat of […]

2016-12-13T08:41:26+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Meadow Mouse 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

Heddon Musky Vamp Lure

Heddon Musky Vamp Lure

The Heddon Musky Vamp Lure is a series model number 7600. The antique Heddon lure first appears in 1925 and is housed in a giant box made especially for the Heddon Musky Vamp Minnow Lure. This rather large antique lure is sometimes affectionately referred to as the Baseball Bat Vamp for its 8″ length. This wooden, glass eyed lure, was used obviously for big game fish such such as Musky and Pike, as well as there are salt water colors for use on the briny brethren on this lure as well. The antique Heddon lure features a giant box swivel at the front, heavy duty L Rig hardware underneath holding 3 massive treble hooks to secure its catch once caught.

The Giant Straight Vamp as it can be found listed as in some of the Heddon antique lure catalogs, really is just a larger creation, or super sized, from the standard 7500 series lure in every way, including the addition of the nose pin. Heddon also made a 7550 series 6″ Musky Vamp adding to the some times confusion to the identification process with non antique lure collectors. Attempting to collect all the different colors of this lure can be a collection that can take many many years, or a life time of collecting to complete due to the scarcity and rarity of some of the Heddon Musky Vamp Lure colors.

Some of the colors available to collect […]

2016-11-10T09:13:31+00:00 November 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Musky Vamp 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

Heddon Torpedo Antique Lure

Heddon Torpedo Antique Lure

The Heddon Torpedo Antique Lure was first introduced in 1925. The Heddon Company, of Dowagiac Michigan giving this antique fishing lure a model number 130. This would be the largest of the wooden torpedo series, measuring 4″ in length. This wooden pencil shaped glass eyed antique lure had both front and rear marked spinners. The lure would have 3 treble hooks attached via L-Rig hook hangers at first. However the lure would last for many decades and would see hardware changes from the L Rig, to the Toilet Seat, Two Piece and finally would end with the surface rig.

The lure can be found in the traditional glass eye and on to painted eyes through its life cycle. The lure can be found in a myriad of colors both traditional and special order making the lure one can have a lot of fun amassing a antique lure collection of. The lure can be found housed in Down Leaping Bass Boxes, Up Leaping, H.R. Brush, Banner, and Window boxes.

Heddon Torpedo Lure Catalog Cut Heddon Torpedo Lure Catalog Cut

Sinking minnows with long body of small diameter believed by many to be an advantage over a thick body in hooking and holding hard mouthed fish. Casts straight as an arrow. Has a weird crawling appearance in the water and is a fine actor in streams. 

Heddon Torpedo Antique […]

2016-10-28T09:21:53+00:00 October 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Torpedo Antique Lure

Heddon Tiny Prey Fish Lure

Heddon Tiny Prey Fish Lure

This Heddon Tiny Prey Fish Lure was given a model series number 550. The lure was first introduced in 1982 and was not present after 1983. This plastic shiner minnow was two inches in length and weighed 1/4 oz. The fishing lure was only cataloged in five different colors. The lure was made to potray a live minnow and used Heddon’s natural finish as it’s color palate. This minnow was shaped just like a real minnow with a dorsal and rear fin. The lure had a medium sized diving lip which held its single forward line tie. The lure had a single treble hook attached via screw eye and another hanging from the tail to secure its prey.

The lure shown below is in the Natural Bass color code, NB. The lure is found housed in Heddon’s Green Diamond card.

This Prey Fish is part of this weeks auction group and can be purchased here: Heddon Tiny Prey Fish

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2016-10-18T08:29:00+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Prey Fish Lure

Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure

Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure

The Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure was first introduced in around 1935. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan assigned it a model series number 7110. The Flap Tail was a close cousin to the successful Heddon Vamp lure. The lure had a very similar tapered cigar shape for its boday. This version one of the small ones, measure in at 2 1/2″ in length. The lure had a preattached small leader to the under chin line tie. The lure them would taper back to a pointed tail where you would then find a large flasher attached.

The Flap Tail Junior lure was can be found using the two piece hook hardware configuration as shown. However the lure can also be seen in toilet seat and surface rig as well. The lure was available in the typical standard finishes for it’s era. The lure was successful enough to be produced for many decades. There were two types of standard hook configurations both are shown below, the last in shiner scale being different. The antique fishing lure could be purchased with a single treble hook or it could be purchased with a belly treble and a double rear hook.

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2016-10-17T17:25:24+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure

Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure

Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure

The Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure was given a model series number 30XWB. The lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan in and around 1946-47. This lure wooden antique fishing lure measures 4 1/8″ in length and features a front screw eye for line tie. The antique lure has no front or rear propellers like its cousins, the series 120, and 130. This lure was designed for salt water fishing.

The Heddon Saltwater Torpedo lure has three treble hooks two of which are attached to the body via two piece flap rig hook hardware.  The lure also features a inset lead belly weight to help it get below the surface. The lure features glass eyes on this model, but would later transition into painted gold eye. On the belly of the lure on top of the weight it has the traditional Heddon stenciling. The lure shown is housed in a crisp, clean and correct era H.R. Brush box marked 30XWB for the black and white shore minnow enclosed.

Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure

2016-09-13T08:24:49+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure