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Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

The Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart depicts the range in colors for this collector favorite lure. The Wig L Twin was first introduced in 1939. This tenite or plastic made lure has character both above and below the water. The sheet shows the 11 standard colors and their corresponding color codes. This should provide a neat look into the lures advertising as well as provide a reference to find the correct boxes for the right lure.

 We have a Nice Frog Spot in on Consignment this week, click below to view

Jamison Wig L Twin Frog Spot

If you have lures to sell or consign, please contact me.

The W. J. Jamison Co.
5559 W. North Avenue
Chicago 39, Illinois

Shannon
Wig L Twin

For You…..another Shannon prize winning fish getter! This indestructible plastic lure, molded of Tenite, has alluring full length action. Shannon Spinners in the streamlined lifelike fins make the lure a living thing from head to tail. Can be fished at any desired depth. Sinks slowly if allowed to rest; if retrieved immediately lure travels 12 to 14 inches below the surface, and ideal fishing depth. May be cast or trolled with equal success. Use it for bass, walleye and northern pike, pickerel and muskies.

1801 Yellow Perch
1802 Black and White
1803 Red and White
1804 Dace Scale
1805 Rainbow
1806 Green Scale
1807 Target Spot
1808 Black and Yellow
1809 Frog
1810 Natural Chub
1811 Gold Fish

Molded of Tenite
Non-chip finish. No. 2 Hollow Point reble Hooks. No. 2 Spoons. Popular 5/8 oz. weight.
Individually boxed $1.35

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart Dealer Sheet

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch

Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch

by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch; Thomas H. Wood (1846 – 1931) was the founder of the fishing line manufacturing company in South Coventry Connecticut which bore his name and produced this extremely rare and handsome looking MONARCH pure silk fishing line over 100 year ago in 1917.

The regal looking animal at the center of the label is from an engraving modeled after the world famous “Monarch of the Glen”, an oil-on-canvas painting of a red deer stag completed in 1851 by the English painter Sir Edwin Landseer, to hang in the Palace of Westminster in London. However, the stag has twelve points on his antlers, both in the painting and on the line spool label engraving which in deer terminology technically makes him a “royal stag” but not a “monarch stag”, for which sixteen points are needed. However, despite that discrepancy, it itill represents a magnificent looking example of mid 19th century sporting art at its finest.

Special thanks to Mike Pollack for the use of his Monarch spool for this article.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Tight Lines Tuesday Captain’s Pride

Tight Lines Tuesday Captain’s Pride

Tight Lines Tuesday Captain’s Pride; Captain Henry Hall (1821 – 1892) a seafaring man from Belfast Ireland came to America in 1838 and by 1840 established the Henry Hall Company to make Irish linen fishing lines which he called Cuttyhunk lines. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the company in 1940 Henry Hall’s image was taken from an old family portrait and was used on this CAPTAIN’S PRIDE CUTTYHUNK label to honor the firms founder.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog 1893

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog 1893

This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog from 1893 is one of my all time favorite catalogs, as well as favorite covers. Ive always been seduced by the 19th century fishing tackle makers. My favorite period of time being between the civil war and the turn of the 19th century. Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett would turn out to be a giant in the Jobber type catalog and sell everything from locks, to horse bridals to fishing gear and porcelain. It goes without saying this catalog is rather rare not just because of the date but due to the specificity of its fishing tackle subject matter.

NFLCC Membership Giveaway

NFLCC Membership Giveaway

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3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

Only 30 Days left Until the 3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show. If you hadn’t made plans, do so now!

January 25-27 2018, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The 3nd annual NFLCC Region II Gettysburg Winter Rendezvous will take place January 25-27th, 2018 at the Comfort Suites Gettysburg, 945 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325. Hotel Reservations : 800-334-6912.

The room rate for NFLCC Members (Mention NFLCC when booking) $68.00/night-$95.00 per night without paid event registration for either 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Size Bed. Continental Breakfast is included. Registration for room trading and show is $10.00 (spouse/children of members free). We will hold a show this year, which will be open to the public. Only 20 tables are available, so first come first serve.

Table rental for our Show on Saturday January 27th, 2018 is $10.00 per table, maximum 2 tables per member.

Set up will begin at 7:00 am, and Early Buyer Registration fee is $20.00 for those members without tables . We will open to the Public at 9:00 am, and Public Admission/temporary club membership is $5.00, which will be applied to annual $35.00 membership if purchased at the show.

Show Host is Gary Lopez (610-346-7708/267-337-0474) and Co-host is Dennis Ocharzak (301-491-7116). Please send Registration and Table Rental Fees payable to Gary Lopez, 145 Thistle Hill, Riegelsville, Pa. 18077.

Email Gary at quickcatch@verizon.net if you have any questions regarding the show.

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks; 133 years ago in 1884 a fisherman was just as likely to find his fishing lines to be packaged on a wooden frame, called a “line block”, as he was to find them wrapped onto a round wooden spool since those had only been introduced 5 years earlier in 1879. One of the earliest known brands of fishing lines on a 19th century “line block” is this rare example of an Empire City Braid Company – long staple cotton braided line with a simple paper label depicting the image of a fish and which is still intact on this unused fishing line that has become both stained and darkened with age. The Empire City Braid Company was not actually a real company, but rather a “house brand” name that was made up and used solely for marketing purposes by the New York City fishing tackle firm known as the Abbey and Imbrie Company which had been formed by the partnership of L. H. Abbey and C. F. Imbrie in 1875. Finding a fishing “line block” from 1884 is indeed a rare find today, but finding one that has never been used and still has its original fishing line with label is a true tackle treasure for any collector of antique fishing tackle to find.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas

Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas 1917

I saw this Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas scene from 1917 come across my feed this morning and just had to share.

Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas 1917 Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas 1917

2017-12-24T15:06:35+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC|Comments Off on Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

With the forthcoming NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue and holiday I thought it appropriate;

Twas the Night Before the Winter Issue

Twas the Night Before the Winter Issue,
And All through the House,
In This the winter issue Dorr, Martin & Hecht Show us some splendid Creek Chub Fly Rod Lures, including a Mouse,
The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care,
With Hopes that more of Dudley’s wonderful cover art, soon would be there.

The members were a nestled, all snug in their beds,
Knowing visions of Chance’s folk art lures, would soon fill their heads.
Momma in her kerchief and I in my Cap, Had just opened a bottle of Single Malt to enjoy with John Etchison’s line art, night cap.

When out on the lawn their rose such a clatter,
While the thought of Gary Smith’s article on Herter’s, all that did matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, Blinded by the Light of Thomas’s Lemax and their Flash!

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Until reading Bucha’s & Tustison article on Creek Chub Wigglers, little I did know.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear, in the center of the Mag a North Channel in the Box, Appear!

With a little old driver so lively and quick,
Did Dudley’s letter from the editor, read really quick!
More rapid than eagles his courses they came,
My excited anticipation for Pigeon Forge and Milwaukee
did came.

On Ward on Saalfrank, on Ireton & Martin, on Ocharzak, Ozimkowski, Jones & Collen, Gibson & Chisman,
To the top of the porch to the Top of the wall,
Stu Strange proclaimed, Thank you to our Membership, & Merry Christmas to All!!

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

2017-12-24T09:02:23+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC|Comments Off on NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

2018 ORCA Club Patch

2018 ORCA Club Patch

The 2018 ORCA Club Patch is now available just in time for Christmas and while your there make sure to add a years membership to your cart as well! To Purchase please follow the link! 2018 ORCA Club Patch

2018 ORCA Club Patch 2018 ORCA Club Patch

2017-12-21T13:26:56+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Friends & Clubs|Comments Off on 2018 ORCA Club Patch

NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

Its time for NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017 that Santa brings us antique lure collectors. Sticking with the Holiday’s the cover, the front covered is a festive presentation. Gary Smith wrapped up 35 pages of historical articles for our pleasure and education from various club members and authors.

President Stuart Strange kicks us off with a Letter From the President.
Life member Larry Smiths Article takes us back a century to some of the early trolling lures.
Gary Smith with a letter from the editor.
Matt Lollman adds his two cents blending numismatists and JB McHarg.
Club Secretary Sandy Schottenham lays out the club Financials
Member Profile is long time member Frank Cristao
William Krohn knocks it out of the park with a in depth spread with Part II of Early Fishing Spinners of Massachusetts.
Bill Sonnet educates us once again with his Heddon Wiggle King & Lucky 13 Lure Connection
We get a quick synopsis of the Creek Chub Historical marker presentation
Region 5 Show Recap
Induction of Honorary Member Solly Robisheaux
Jerry Grayling explores the Leroy Lure Company
Rounding out the Gazette we get the early 2018 show itinerary

Lastly if your not a member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors CLub yet, make sure to give yourself a present this year and join us! By following the link: NFLCC Membership

NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017 NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

2017-12-20T13:33:35+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC|Comments Off on NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

by John Etchieson

Its Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines ; Between 1890 and 1905 the E J Martin Company Kingfisher brand was granted a registered trade mark by the U S Patent Office for each of three slightly different variations to the artwork that was used on their first Kingfisher brand fishing line labels. Finding any one of these 100 + year old label variations today would be considered quite a rare find due to their age and extreme scarcity. However, finding all three of these label variations on the smaller sewing thread type size wooden spools would be considered next to impossible. And, in fact, these three examples shown here represent the only complete set currently known to exist today making them the rarest of those first Kingfisher lines from the 19th century.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-12-19T07:18:59+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

Bamboo Lore Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods

Bamboo Lore Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods

In Bamboo Lore, Edwin Thomas Whiffen (1874 – 1957) was a prominent outdoor writer in the 1910s and 1920s who led a varied and fascinating life. A native New Yorker, he spent an active career as a teacher in New York City. A graduate of Syracuse University, he was also a notable playwright and poet, as well as an amateur herpetologist. He published widely in his lifetime. Whiffen was also an outdoor writer in the 1900-1920 period and prominent in the pages of Outing, Forest & Stream, Outdoor Life, and other popular sporting journals. His subjects were as eclectic as he was, ranging from a defense of the Carp as an American sport fish (one of the earliest such articles) as well as fly fishing for Adirondack Frost Fish, a species of whitefish now endangered of which almost no other outdoor writers took note. Whiffen was also a rodmaker, who taught many contemporary outdoorsmen how to build their own rod from scratch through his popular articles in the sporting press. A man not bound by tradition, his writings are unlike any other rodmaking writings out there, and are filled with fascinating tidbits of information gleaned on the stream. He was a major advocate of very light fly rods at a time when this was almost unheard of, as well as a proponent of one-piece rods as superior to jointed models. He was fishing a six foot fly rod of his own make in 1914! Reproduced with original illustrations, Whiffen’s rodmaking writings are collected here for the first time with an introduction by Dr. Todd E.A. Larson. They will hopefully rescue Whiffen from obscurity, and help inspire a few people to make their own rods in the classic method from scratch. This is the ninth volume in the Fly Angler’s Desktop Library.

To Purchase this Click Below

Bamboo Lore

ABOUT THE FLY ANGLER’S DESKTOP LIBRARY

The Fly Angler’s Desktop Library is a return to the Golden Age of Books, when bigger was not necessarily better. It was a time when publishers like Borzoi Books lovingly crafted beautiful, compact volumes. Now, we can recapture the classic look and feel of these wonderful books in a new series dedicated to bringing out long forgotten treatises as well as new, original works on the art and beauty of fly angling. At a compact 4.5″ x 6.875″ size, these books are designed to be proudly displayed on the desktop, just like in the olden days. With learned and interesting introductions and appendices of additional materials, you won’t want to miss any of these little gems. Color coded hardcovers by subject. Red for rod making, fly tying and fly tackle; Blue for general fly angling; Green for history and biography.

2017-12-16T09:10:19+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Bamboo Lore Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods

The Home Rodmaker Book

The Home Rodmaker Book Building Saltwater, Bait Casting, and Fly Rods from Wood & Bamboo

In The Home Rodmaker, Stillman Taylor probably taught more people how to make fishing rods than any other writer of the 1900-1930 era. Yet today, he is virtually unknown even to the most advanced rod makers and fishing historians. How did someone so prominent in the field of rodmaking disappear so completely? The answer lies in the publications for which Taylor wrote. Unlike almost every other rodmaking writer known, Stillman Taylor did not target the fishing audience of sporting periodicals. Instead, he used his skills as one of the nation’s prominent “how-to” writers of the day to pen a number of rodmaking articles for Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, etc. These magazines had subscription bases that dwarfed even the most widely read sporting periodical, and moreover, were read by handymen and women of a mechanical bent for whom his writings would have been easy to follow. Without doubt, he convinced a number of these readers to make their first rods from scratch. In this volume — the 10th in the on-going series on classic and overlooked rodmaking writings — all known rodmaking articles by Stillman Taylor are collected for the first time into one handy volume. They include how to make a saltwater rod, one of the very few detailed articles on how to make a classic wooden saltwater rod ever published, as well as articles on making one, two, and three-piece rods, bamboo fly rods, and baitcasters from various woods. Dr. John Elder, noted rodmaker and former president of the Old Reel Collector’s Association, notes of this book: “Stillman Taylor was an excellent teacher and most everything in this book is clear and would be very helpful to anyone who wanted to make rods and get on the stream. I enjoyed it and found the instructions useful in making wood and bamboo rods.” With an introduction by Dr. Todd E.A. Larson, this volume will be a must for any contemporary rodmaker looking for inspiration and instruction on how to make rods from scratch!

Click Below to Purchase

The Home Rodmaker Book

ABOUT THE FLY ANGLER’S DESKTOP LIBRARY

The Fly Angler’s Desktop Library is a return to the Golden Age of Books, when bigger was not necessarily better. It was a time when publishers like Borzoi Books lovingly crafted beautiful, compact volumes. Now, we can recapture the classic look and feel of these wonderful books in a new series dedicated to bringing out long forgotten treatises as well as new, original works on the art and beauty of fly angling. At a compact 4.5″ x 6.875″ size, these books are designed to be proudly displayed on the desktop, just like in the olden days. With learned and interesting introductions and appendices of additional materials, you won’t want to miss any of these little gems. Color coded hardcovers by subject. Red for rod making, fly tying and […]

2017-12-16T08:50:10+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on The Home Rodmaker Book

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

The ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS  has been published and has something for everyone! This edition’s front cover features an amazing Bradley reel bearing a historic inscription. The Reel News has a fascinating story to go with, entitled “Never say Never”. ORCA President David Lehmann recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our Branson ORCA National Convention organizers and introduces a number of new key ORCA personnel. Reel News editor Richard Lodge provides coverage about our Branson convention including recognition of our newest Honorary Member John Elder, our outgoing President Betty Barr and all of the convention contest winners. Everyone had a great time! Breakfast with the Board and the new ORCA Strategic Plan are also covered in detail.

Reel lovers will enjoy reading about “The Arbeco Reels of R. Blackington & Co.” which is the subject of Dr. Todd’s article on Reels of the Trade. Roger Schultz discusses the 2 variations of the 1914 Meisselbach Free Spool Surf Reel. Victor Koury explains the fine points of certain collectible Ambassadeur reels. Renzo Di Paolo discusses little known facts about big game reel maker Everol and his visit to their factory in Italy. Reels you may actually have on your collector shelf (or tackle box) are covered in “Smooth-casting Johnson closed-face reels”…. and this edition has much more to offer. If you are not already a Reel News subscriber, Join ORCA today and see what you have been missing, visit ORCA today @ www.orcaonline.org

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

2017-12-15T08:30:40+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

In the Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures; Everyone has an opinion on what a vintage fishing lure is worth, but there is only one way to know for sure: find out what similar or identical lures have sold for in the recent past. But this is not as easy as it sounds. On-line auction sites delete all records of sales older than three months, and many of the rarer lures only come up for sale every year or two. So how can you reliably tell what any given fishing lure is worth?

The Book is now available for pre-order by clicking below

The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

In The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures, noted collector and author Matt Lollman has collected 10,000+ actual sale prices of thousands of different fishing lures from hundreds of different companies. From on-line auction and forum sales to speciality auction houses to in person show sales, Lollman has given the following details for each entry: Company (including company city and state), Lure and Model Number, Color, Era, Detailed Description, Material, Condition, Month of Sale, and actual sale in dollars. Now you can quickly and conveniently find out the value of thousands of different lures! Includes 24 pages of color photos of lures and rare lure color charts. As opposed to value guides, which estimate the sale price of a fishing lure based on the author’s experience, The 2018 Whitefish Guide eliminates the guess work and gives only actual verified data. Rather than rely on someone’s estimates, you can now better establish the value of a lure based on actual sales data from the past two years (the vast majority being from the past twelve months). This makes this book a must for any collector, historian, or dealer of old fishing lures.

Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

2017-12-13T12:02:16+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

In the Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod Robert W. Crompton was many things — artist, writer, advertising man, outdoorsman, fly fisherman — but we remember him best today as the father of the five strip bamboo fly rod. Noted bamboo rod maker and author Robert D. Smith has uncovered the fascinating history of this overlooked rod making genius, from his nineteenth century origins to the heights of his advertising career when his work was seen by millions of Americans to the accident that ended his career as an artist and propelled him into the world of fly rod making. The book is divided into four parts: the first reproducing all of his known writings on subjects from fly lines to camping; the second brings together all his rod making writings, including his unpublished rod making book; the third is a detailed biography of his life and career; and the fourth section covers his fly rods and fly rod taper designs. This book will be a revelation and will help modern readers understand how deeply influential Crompton was on both fly fishing and rod making.

To Order this book Please visit Whitefish Press by clicking below.

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

This definitive biography and collection of his original writings (including his unpublished rod making manual) is the product of five years of labor. It includes dozens of color and black-and-white images, as well as all images reproduced from his original writings. It is a must for anyone interested in fly fishing and fly rod history, making bamboo fly rods.

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

2017-12-12T21:59:53+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines

by John Etchieson
– Kingfisher Lines –
98 years ago this month in December 1919 the Horton Mfg. Company of Bristol Connecticut (est. 1887) purchased the factory, equipment, patents and trade marks of the E. J. Martin’s Sons firm, makers of the “Kingfisher” brand braided silk fish lines of Rockville, Connecticut since 1884. Beginning in January 1920 Horton added their name to the lower right portion of the labels of Kingfisher Brand lines. Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines

2017-12-12T07:24:34+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Lines

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

by John Etchieson

As a longtime collector, researcher, and an author on the history of America’s fishing lines I have seen many wonderful examples of the packaging and graphics used to sell fishing lines one hundred or more years ago. One such recent discovery I made was this Abbey & Imbrie (Est. 1820) boxed coil of unused Braided Tsatlees Silk Fly line. The graphic image in the bottom of the box was certainly eye appealing and the owner, Markus Schober of Thun Switzerland, was seeking to learn more about its age. Markus had found the unused box of line in the barn of a neighbor’s farm and thought it might be from 1900. I offered to help him and found from reviewing my research records that the Tsatlees silk came from China in the heart of the geographical region known for producing the very best quality white silk that was so popular in the 1880s era.

This led me to check my records of pre 1900 catalogs and ads for Abbey & Imbrie fishing lines in my research journals where I discovered a single ad published by the American Angler magazine on March 3 1883 for this very same rare braided “Tsatlees silk” fishing line offered in either raw, boiled or oiled and in the tapered polished finish.

After 35 years of researching I have learned that just when you think you have seen and learned it all, there is always something new to discover. Markus was expecting his line to be from 1900, and has instead learned it is from 1883 and is now 134 years old and still like new.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-12-05T06:51:00+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

Tight Lines Tuesday President Grover Cleveland

Tight Lines Tuesday President Grover Cleveland

by John Etchieson

90+ years ago in 1925 the Newton Line Company of Homer New York honored American President Grover Cleveland (1837 -1908) an avid fisherman noted for using tarred Cuttyhunk lines for the striped bass at Buzzards Bay in Bourne, Massachusetts where he owned the Gray Gables estate and spent his summers The photo image used by Newton on this extremely rare fishing line spool label was one of several photographs taken of Grover Cleveland on February 3 1903 by Frederick Gutekunst (1831 -1917) at his studio located at 712 Arch St. Philadelphia PA. Gutekunst was possibly the most famous American photographer of his day and was subsequently labeled the “Dean of American Photographers” comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan

Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan
by John Etchieson

Sometime in the fall of 1621, the Puritans invited their Indian friends to join them in a three-day festival which we now call the first Thanksgiving. As an avid collector of all kinds of antique fishing tackle items, I just had to show off this 93 year old (1924) Horrocks-Ibbotson Company wooden spool of PURITAN brand Italian silk fishing line from my collection … this just seemed like the right week to do it.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-11-21T07:44:33+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

This Wright McGill Eagle Claw History tale was taken from an excerpt from the Company in 1974. Stories like these breath life into the companies that we as collectors seek out. Being able to bring the different pieces of the puzzle to the table and recreate history with lore.

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

It Happened in the late 1920’s after Drew McGill and Stan Wright formed the Wright & McGill Co., for the tying of high grade fishing flies. Drew was on the Upper Colorado River Perusing his favorite sport, fly fishing that magnificent stream.

It all happened when he stopped to light his pipe and take a short rest.

The mornings fishing had not been as good as it could have been, for it seemed that even though the rainbows and the natives were rising, they were difficult to hook. While thinking of this and the ways that he could improve his fishing techniques, he watched the lazy circles of two large eagles. As he sat quietly enjoying this wilderness scene, one of the eagles slowly spiraled downward and landed beyond him in the top of a dead cottonwood; the tips of the birds talons lightly gripping a weathered bare limb. His thoughts turned to the penetrating power of the fish hooks he was using.

As the powerful bird took to the air, Drew took his fishing fly and holding it by the tiny leader pulled it across the leather of his fishing creel. The point scraped along the leather, but did not penetrate. Using his fishing pliers, he changed the shape of the hooks by slightly curving the point. He tried the fly again and found that, this time it would penetrate. He quickly modified several flies and was back on the stream. The results were encouraging, and he eagerly tested shapes and sizes until driven from the stream by an afternoon thunderstorm.

Returning to the factory in Denver, Drew started working to produce a fish hook design with greater penetrating power. A hook that would exert this power in the direct line of pull of the leader. Frlm this research came a fish hook that had sweeping curves and sharped points. It was forged for strength and was double offset for greater hooking quantities. The hook’s point was indirect line of pull and shaped like the talons of that mighty bird.

The Rest is History.

This design quickly swept the country, for it offered the first improvement in fish hooks in hundreds of years.

When Drew and Stan sat down to name their new product, what else could it have been except Eagle Claw? That’s How it all happened, and thats the story of a bird that built a business.

2017-11-17T14:21:07+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika
by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika; The Swastika was not always an evil symbol – 100+ years ago in 1914 this very rare “Speckled Beauty” fly fishing line featuring the lithographic image of a leaping Brown Trout was introduced and sold by the Ashaway Line and Twine Company of Ashaway Rhode Island under their “Swastika Brand” trade mark. Ashaway had been using the U S registered “Swastika Brand” trade mark for at least nine years prior to that time since its meaning was both symbolic of, and synonymous with “good luck” or “good fortune” in the popular culture and also with their fishing customers who often relied upon a little luck as much as skill to catch fish.

In fact, the Swastika had conveyed this same positive meaning universally for more than 3000 years and had been used as decoration in many different cultures around the world including the native American Indians; and it can even be found still today adorning the architecture of ancient Buddhist temples and ancient Jewish synagogues around the world. This 3000 year old “Good Luck” Swastika symbol obviously only became corrupted and turned into an evil symbol after Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and his Nazi Party’s Swastika became Germany’s official national symbol until 1945. Coincidentally, 1933 was the last year that the Ashaway Line and twine Company was to ever again use their Good Luck “Swastika Brand” trade mark. It was retired after Hitler usurped it and it was replaced by Ashaway with another less offensive logo and trade mark. This “Speckled Beauty” fly fishing line is 1 of only 4 known to have survived these past 100+ years and is considered an extremely rare item to be found among the collectors of antique fishing tackle today.

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Tight Lines Tuesday Pawtucket Braided Line Company

Tight Lines Tuesday by John Etchieson
Pawtucket Braided Line Company

The Pawtucket Braided Line Company established in 1882 in Pawtucket Rhode Island by Alphonso G. Hazard, this firm produced cotton, linen and silk fish lines as well as shoe laces until about 1928 when the firm was sold to Horrocks Ibbotson of Utica New York. Horrocks Ibbotson changed the name of the firm to American Line Company and subsequently moved the factory and production from Pawtucket to Utica in about 1930 and continued to make the American Line Company brand lines through the early 1930s.

Horrocks Ibbotson also used their newly acquired Pawtucket Braided Line Company equipment to manufacture fishing lines for others under private label such as the W T Grant Company, a chain of five and dime variety stores. The examples shown here used the same art work for the labels for both firms, but the Horrocks Ibbotson produced version appears on the blue color wooden spool that H-I introduced in 1932 while the Pawtucket version produced prior to 1928 is on the black color spool.

Finding either of these line spools would be considered difficult as both are extremely rare, but finding both with the exact same graphic label provides historic evidence of the ownership transition in the merger of two great fishing tackle firms more than 85 years ago. Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

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Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch

Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch

by John Etchieson
For Halloween today the BLACK WITCH brand fishing line would be the Ideal one to use. Made in the late 1930s by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York, this black colored supreme silk casting line had a label featuring an image of a black witch flying on her broom stick and the letters “O.V.B.” inside of a shield next to her.
This line was sold by the wholesale hardware distributor Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett, & Company of Chicago (1882 – 1962) which sold their top of the line quality merchandise with those letters “O.V.B.” which meant “OUR VERY BEST”
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Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

by John Etchieson

108 years ago in 1909 the William Shakespeare Jr. Tackle Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan adopted a new trade mark for its “Indian Silk Lines” using the profile of an Indian in a full feathered headdress. Many fishing tackle collectors today are familiar with the image of this Indian who appeared on the line spool labels of Shakespeare’s “Indian Silk Lines” (1909 – 1923), but few, if any, have ever known who the Indian might actually be.

My research into his identity has revealed that the Indian in question was none other than the famous Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota (one of the seven tribes of the Sioux nation). Chief Red Cloud (1822 – 1909) was a renowned warrior and highly respected leader and later a diplomat between the Sioux nation and Washington D C. The announcement of Red Cloud’s death and the recognition of his many accomplishments were printed in many newspapers across the country. The Shakespeare Tackle Company continued to honor him on their fishing line spool labels for 13 more years following his death.

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Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

by John Etchieson
Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special, “Attention Kmart shoppers!” long before you had ever heard of our “blue light specials” we had specials … We were called Kresge in those days, after the name of our founder S. S. Kresge who started our Kmart company in 1899. And, if you look closely you will see just a little bit of our “blue light” peeking out from behind the left hand side of our KRESGE SPECIAL label shown here from 1925. When we had these quality silk fishing lines made for us 90+ years ago by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York we had them leave that little round red price dot next to the fish blank so that we could fill in a special discounted price whenever we had one of those special “blue light” moments occur in our store. That’s all for now Kmart shoppers … Thanks for your attention and have a nice day.

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Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

by John Etchieson
Here is a rare 80 year old ACE STORES “QUALITY” brand Japan silk casting line from 1937 that was manufactured by the Shakespeare Tackle Company. In 1924, to increase buying power and profits, entrepreneurs Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher united their Chicago, Illinois hardware stores into “Ace Stores”. The company was named after the ace fighter pilots of
World War I, who were able to overcome all odds, and the company’s logo of an airplane was selected to honor them. Ace Stores was incorporated in 1928, and the company opened its first warehouse a year later. In 1931, the name was changed to Ace Hardware Corporation. ACE STORES used the logo on this label from 1931 – 1950, but Shakespeare’s Japan silk lines were discontinued in 1941 after Japan attacked the USA at Pearl Harbor. So. this particular line was made for the 5 year period from 1937 through 1941
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Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest by John Etchieson –

In the early 1920s (1921 – 1924) several expeditions were undertaken by different parties of men to ascend to the top of Mount Everest, the worlds tallest mountain at 29,035 feet above sea level which is located midway between Tibet and China in the Himalayas. Mount Everest had been named by the Royal Geographical Society in 1865 to honor Colonel Sir George Everest (pictured) who was responsible for the surveying of India from 1830 through 1843. The world wide attendant publicity and media news coverage (including a silent film documentary by the Royal Geographical Society distributed to theaters world wide) of the several attempted but unsuccessful ascensions to the top of Mount Everest by George Mallory (3 times), Andrew Irvine, and others made the name of Mount Everest a house hold name and part of the contemporary popular culture 90+ years ago in 1924.

The G. H. Mansfield Company wasted no time in obtaining a trade mark for the name Mount Everest together with an image of that historic landmark in 1924 which it used to associate its highest quality braided silk fishing line with the highest and most recognizable mountain in the world over the course of the next 9 years prior to Mansfield filing bankruptcy and closing in 1933. From those 9 years of Mansfield’s production of their Mount Everest fishing Line, less that a dozen examples are known to have survived these past 80+ years making this one a very rare tackle treasure to be found. Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

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Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

by John Etchieson –

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors to replace that 50 year-long industry standard of using only solid black color line spools.

For example, the Shakespeare Tackle Company adopted a reddish/orange colored spool, James Heddon Tackle Company chose a green color, the South Bend Fishing Tackle Company selected a yellow/orange tint color and the Horrocks – Ibbotson Company used a royal blue color.

While it is not fully known exactly why all these major sellers of fishing line choose 1932 to convert to brightly colored spools, it is generally believed that it was to counter the dark dreary days of America’s great depression and to boost sales with the introduction of this new rainbow of colors which we know from psychologist today would have positively influenced buyers purchase decisions on a subconscious level.

Among those who made this colorful change there was one that stood apart from all the rest by changing not to a single new color, but rather to two colors, which required a special double paint cycle for the wooden spool. That firm was the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company of Akron Ohio (aka Enterprise Manufacturing Company). Pflueger’s half green and half white colored spools were introduced in 1932 and continued to be made through 1939 when the color of the spools was then changed once again to a solid white color.

Of all of the 1930’s colored wooden line spools that can still occasionally be found by antique fishing tackle collectors today, the half green and half white spools introduced by Pflueger 85 years ago are among the rarest to find, and also one of the most desired. Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

 

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Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare Cadillac

by John Etchieson

 87 years ago in 1930 the Shakespeare Tackle Company introduced a very high quality enameled “Super Silk” fly line for trout fishing that they called the CADILLAC brand. This new fly line came packaged inside of an orange cardboard box with a checkerboard racing stripe that ran across the top left corner. That particular box design was used by the company between 1925 and 1936 for all of the firms fishing lines.

The design of the label for the card to which the CADILLAC fly line was attached was changed to a hang tag style label in 1935 and the line now came packaged inside of a celluloid two piece round box which also sat inside of the checkerboard box.

This new design and double packaging combination was produced for only two more years until 1937 when still another packaging design change was made for all of the company’s fishing lines. Thus, this particular tackle rarity shown here with the 1935 hang tag and the checkerboard box combination could only have been made in either 1935 or 1936 making it an even shorter lived example of the already rare and famous CADILLAC brand of fly fishing lines.

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Harpers Weekly April 1872

Harpers Weekly April 1872

In this edition of Harpers Weekly April 1872 we get a glimpse in to some of the lifes work for a man who’s name and work are embedded in fish-lore, fly fishing and sporting. Mr Seth Green in no an uncommon name to read when doing any type of research into the history of fishing. Whether it be stocking Tout or taking them on a fly Mr Green’s persona was only equaled by his lifes work and dedication to fishing.

Harpers Weekly April 1872 Harpers Weekly April 1872

Harpers Weekly April 1872 Harpers Weekly April 1872

Harpers Weekly April 1872 Harpers Weekly April 1872

APRIL 27, 1872.

In April, 1868, the Legislature of the State of New York passed a much-needed act for the protection of fish. The Hudson River was at the moment practically closed by various nets of so small a mesh that mature shad could not ascend to the usual spawning beds.

This act specifies four and a half inches as the smallest mesh to be used in a shad net, and provides, under penalty, for the opening of all nets or traps from sun-down of Saturday until sunrise of the following Monday. It also designate the season for shad fishery to be those days between the 15th of April and the 15th of June. Horatio Seymour,GEORGE G. Cooper, and R. B. Roosevelt
were appointed Commissioners of Fisheries.

These gentlemen at once engaged the services of Mr. Seth Green and set him at work to restock the Hudson River with shad, and save to the people a food source which bade fair to be presently exhausted.

Mr. GREEN selected for his work a location on the right bank of the Hudson, some four miles above the town of Coeymans. At this a low island affords protection from wind the wash of passing steamboats. It is convenient to some of the best fishing grounds of the river. The fish are taken by seine at night. The ova is gently pressed from the female (if ready for spawning) into a pan of water kept in gentle motion. Care is taken not to injure the shad before spawning it. The male shad is made to evolve sufficient milt to impregnate the eggs, which seem instantly to lose their opacity, and become crystals of more than double their un-impregnated size. From the pans they go to the hatching-boxes contrived by Mr. Green a simple wooden box of fifteen by twenty-two inches, fitted with a wire bottom, and arranged with strips of wood fastened on each side to float with the wire bottom at such an angle to the tidal current as will keep the eggs in continual motion, with the exception of a short time at the changing of the tides, when it is necessary to occasionally shake the boxes to keep the spawn […]

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Louis Rhead Obituary

Louis Rhead Obituary

This Louis Rhead Obituary was printed by the same newspaper the Rhead had penned and contributed for decades earlier. His range was from fly Fishing the Gentleman’s Trout to landing the Gamy Black Bass and wrestling the Muskie from the deep. Rhead was born in England in 1857 and would pass in 1926 at the age of 69. Rhead lived a life befitting of his talents, how ironic or apropos was it then “Nature” something that gave Rhead purpose, subject and a foundation of which to use for inspiration would ultimately be mentioned in the casualty of his death. For Rhead, nature, and the species it’s cast of characters within, would provide a lifes study, a lifes work. Rhead was an artist in the true purest sense, for his expressions were not only displayed and read during his life, but generations after his death. From Children to Anglers to Naturalists the subject and audience & world would benefit.

Fight with Turtle Hastened Death of Louis Rhead

Heart Attack Followed Over Exertion by Noted Amityville Angler-Artist

Louis Rhead, widely known as an artist and angler, died suddenly of heart disease at his home here yesterday. It is believed that overexertion brought on the heart attack that caused his death. 

Mr. Rhead , formerly a Brooklyn-ite, took up fishing as a hobby. It came to be one of his greatest interests and he wrote two books on trout “American Trout Stream Insects” and “Fishermen’s Lures and Trout Stream Insects”. He selected Amityville as the spot for the pursuit of his studies of fish and aquatic insects. 

About two weeks ago, Mr. Rhead set out to capture a large turtle which had been devastating his trout ponds at his place, Seven Oaks. The turtle put up a stubborn fight after it was hooked and although Mr. Rhead was successful in landing it he was completely exhausted. A short time afterword he suffered a heart attack. 


Louis Rhead Obituary

Louis Rhead Obituary

Louis Rhead Obituary Louis Rhead 1926 Obituary

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Louis Rhead Putting Worms on a Hook

Louis Rhead Putting Worms on a Hook

This Louis Rhead Putting Worms on a Hook Illustration invokes in many a special feeling or time. A time when we ourselves were children or when we passed on to another the love of angling. Through the decades Mr. Rhead through works illustrated not only a passion and love for his gift of drawing with a pen but he also speaks through one in his many stories. His love of angling, for nature and for children are evident throughout his works. His works including the manufacturing and creation of fly and bait casting lures included in these creations.

The complete article full page article is accompanied by short poem that speaks to this by J.W Foley. The ad was run in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Sun on March 26, 1911.

Henry Blake’s father is just like his chum,
And when he goes fishing he lets Henry come,
He fixes two seats on the bank of the brook,
And shows Henry how to put worms on a hook,
And sometimes he laughs in the jolliest way,
At some little thing he hears Henry say,
And dips up a drink in his hat as you do,
When only just boys go a fishing with you.
J.W. Foley

Louis Rhead Putting Worms on a Hook

Louis Rhead Putting Worms on a Hook Louis Rhead Putting Worms on a Hook

 

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Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

This News article, Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier comes from the Brooklyn Star Circa 1908. We get a chance to see Louis Rhead’s art as well as his Penmanship. I think we as lure collectors forget that sometimes he just wasn’t the fly rod lure maker extraordinaire, but that works of art can be read and viewed in paper format.

While the Pier name may be specified by Rhead, for anyone who lives remotely close to any shoreline or any beach this invokes a previous memory. Whether we got to fish the pier or view the pier from a near by restaurant or simply as our families car has driven by, this scene plays out myriad ways.

Ive attached a PDF Link to the article for easier reading, you should be able to enlarge it to a readable size by clicking Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

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Fly Fishing Oil Canvas Painting

Fly Fishing Oil Canvas Painting

This Fly Fishing Oil Canvas Painting made the 10.5 hour drive each way a few weeks ago worth it. Along with seeing the many friends it had been to long and to far in between. I may not have gotten it until today but it was what I anticipated getting the most, as I thought it was gone. Like many people who attend the Nationals (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for Grown Men with dual diagnosis ADHD & Hoarding) its hard to both stay in your room and sell to cover the costs, while at the same time leaving no stone un-turned trying to find just that piece or two that fits right in.

I didnt think I was going to be able to attend this year, too many irons in the fire. Just having been diagnosed a few months ago with cancer, the ensuing radiation treatment that knocked out 60% of the vision in my right eye, 150 Ebay auctions trying to box and ship with another 100 to photograph edit and build, a whole host of ripe & Prime excuses just sitting there waiting for me to pick, just one, and wear that badge of why I shouldn’t go. I say shouldnt because couldnt takes on a whole different meaning, especially over the last couple years.

It was Monday Night around dinner time, having had spoke to a great friend early in the day to whom in the conversation I said, “you know Id just like to come and have dinner and enjoy hanging out with you. The last few years have been a bit on t he bad side, and I thought what better way to get a few days for mental health and come hang out with a buddy”. So at dinner time the night before, Monday Night, I decided yes, Yes attend I would. Knowing I couldn’t stay the whole week as I had to return Friday to pick up my son from camp, I knew I wanted to get there as soon as possible, So I would leave before 6am Tuesday morning. That decision then lead to a fledgling chaotic orchestra, that even the most nimble ninja, american warrior, or professional mover could make happen, let alone a guy with only One good Eye and a bum back.

It had been a half dozen or so years since Ive was able to attend a Nationals. Before I go any further I just wanted to say thanks to the scores of you that made me feel like I never left, really and truly thank you.

The last time I went I traveled that far for a lure show it was with my good friends Joe Nelson, and Andy Tindale. Both have since passed away, so the 10.5 hour ride wasnt quite as fun as I remember, or exciting. The hours that can fly by when sharing the things we wanted each other […]

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Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass

Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass

The illustration by Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass was part of a feature from the Brooklyn daily Feature on June 21, 1908. The Title of Gamy Black Bass How it is Caught with Bait and Fly, How and Where uses Rhead’s masterful use of illustrations to give the reader a visual of the different stages in the process.

From Left to right they are:

A lively Chase, showing the fisherman wade through waist high waters to peruse the black bass on his line.

Bait Trolling at the Thousand Islands, Showing a ores-man Paddling through the river while his passenger troll off to the right side.

Fast to a Big One, We see the Fisherman catch in one hand, landing net in the other ready to land his catch.

One that Got away, Depicting the moment the line breaks in mid fight.

Fly Fishing at Belgrade Maine, Depicting a Fisherman Fly fishing out of the front of the Canoe.

The last being the One that was Caught, Showing a Fisherman tucking away his catch into his creel.

Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass

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Brook Trout Baptism

Brook Trout Baptism

Here in the Brook Trout Baptism, out of the book Speckled Brook Trout with Illustrations by famed artist and fisherman Louis Rhead. The book was printed in 1902 and is filled with some great illustrations and even writings by lure maker, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast W.C Harris.

Baptism of the Brook Trout

I am Salmo Fontinalis,
To the sparkling fountian born,
And my home where is Oxalis,
Heather bell and rose adorn,
The Crystal basin in the dell,
Undine the wood-nymph knows it well,
That is where I love to dwell,

There was I baptized and christened,
Neath the sombre isles of oak,
Mute the cascade paused and listened,
Never a word the brooklet spoke,
Bobolink was witness then,
Likewise Ousel, Linnet, Wren,
And all the brownies joined amen,

Noted Oft in ancient story,
Erst from a immemorial time,
Poets, Anglers, Hermits hoary,
Confirm my vested rights sublime,
All along the mountain range,
Tis writ in mystic symbols strange,
Naught shall abrogate or change,

Thus as Salmo Fontinalis,
Recognized wide worl o’er,
In my limpid crystal palace,
Content with all I ask no more,
Leaping through the rainbow spray,
Snatching Flies the live long day,
Naught to do but live and play.

Brook Trout Baptism

Brook Trout Baptism Brook Trout Baptism

Brook Trout Baptism

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Sparus Decussatus

Sparus Decussatus

The Sparus Decussatus looks like it belongs off the movie Tron in it geometrical color-scape. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin or surf would certainly be a treat.

Sparus Decussatus

Order Thoracic

Native Name, Helbili-Girawah- Basket Parrot.

S. Decussatus. The back green, gradually softening into a yellow tinge towards the lower fins; the body regularly marked, like wicker work, by graduated purple and grey tints. The head green, ornamented with orange-colored stripes and spots. The fins and tail yellow. 

The Hemblili-Girawah of the Cingalese derives its name from a sort of pouch or basket in which the natives carry their Betel-Leaf, (Piper Betel), Chunam, (Shell Lime), Tobacco, and Areka-Nut, (Areka Catechu), Called Hembili. Girawah, the Cingalese name for Parrot, is a term indisciminatley applied by the natives to a variety of splendid fishes with which the coast of Ceylon abounds. 

The Hembili-Girawah is edible, but is never sought after as an article of food. It inhabits rocky situations, and seldom exceeds fourteen or fifteen inches in length.

 

Sparus Decussatus Sparus Decussatus

 

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Acanthurus Vittatus

Acanthurus Vittatus

The Acanthurus Vittatus a name nearly as eloquent as its striped & colored beauty. This plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat and I wonder if it was considered rare in 1833 if it even exists today.

Acanthurus Vittatus

Order, Thoracic

Native Name, Seweyah

A. Vittatus. Armed near the caudal fin with a sharp curved spine. Body striated.

The Seweyah is an extremely scarce fish on the southern coast of Ceylon: inhabits rocky situations and is not in request but for the gratification of the Naturalist. It seldom exceeds sixteen or seventeen inches in length, and is well armed near the caudal fin with a sharp curved spine, which it raises or depresses at pleasure: the former is the case when the animal is in a state of excitement or rage. The spine when depressed is scarcely visible within the scabbard which nature has assigned it, resembling in appearance a recent incision. 

For the present figure, six or seven specimens were procured, no two of which were alike in arrangement of the blue and yellow streaks near the caudal fin.

No lateral line visible to the naked eye. 

Acanthurus Vittatus Acanthurus Vittatus

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Scorpaena Volitans

Scorpaena Volitans

The Scorpaena Volitans whose name is an indication of its seductive & deadly beauty. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself.  It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat until faced with having to dismount this thing off your hook.

Scorpaena Volitans

Native Name, Gini-Maha

Gini, Fire – Maha, Great

Branchiostegous rays 6. Dorsal 24, thirteen spinous, varied with black and reddish brown; the colors stronger on the spinous rays than on the others. Pectoral 14; the connecting membrane bluish and brown. Ventral 6, one spinous, bluish, spotted with white. Anal 10, three spinous. Caudal12. 

The Gini-Maha of the Cingalese accords with the description given by the Bloch of the Scorpaena Volitans, with the exception of the number of radii in the dorsal fin, Bloch gives 12 only. 

 The native fisherman attribute to this fish the power of inflicting wounds, for which there is no cure yet known; but that at present, is a mere hypothesis, and should be received as such.

Although the name given to this animal by Linnaeus would justify the supposition that it possesses the power of flying., the membranes of the pectoral fins are not sufficiently united or proportioned to the body to admit of volitation: a position which the native fishers unanimously confirm. 

Scorpaena Volitans Scorpaena Volitans

 

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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 always enjoyed. This drive or niche, or thinking outside the proverbial lure box at times has almost been a obsession. Thankfully my adult ADHD doesn’t let me stay grounded too long and off I go tracking down some other piece of knowledge or theory worm hole. Whether it’s paperwork, historical accounts, tidbits of information, photos or what have you, they all allow us the ability to follow the bread crumbs. Being able to piece together information to help complete or assemble a bigger picture.

JB McHarg Civil War Token Photo Gallery

 

Russell Rulau writes in his reference material titled “United States Tokens 1700-1900 ” 4th edition, Printed in 2004, that examples have both been found struck on Copper and Silver coinage. Using the example cited, as like the 1826 example above, it has been found on a 1819 United States Large Copper Cent, and a  Silver 1777 Spanish American Reales 2, a Spanish Colonial coin. For the Large Copper Cent it rates it a RM-7, Very Scarce, 10-19 known examples. The Silver Reales being even more scarce, rates a RM-8, which qualifies it as Rare, with 5-9 examples known to exist.

Neither coin being special unto themselves, the Silver Reales 2 was circulated world wide throughout the many Spanish Colonies. The 1826 Large cent U.S. circulation strike numbers total roughly at about 1.5 million. The cited reference work then goes on to estimate and date its stamping between 1859-1866. This dates puts it into two categories for you numismatists. The categories being US Civil War Tokens and US Merchant Tokens, each having a set time range or space they existed in.

JB McHarg Civil War Token Information

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While the date of circulation falls into two different categories for numismatists, it also places it into two different time frames for McHarg or 19th Century Lure collectors.  The early portion of that time frame McHarg was by himself, his family and another partner. Being a gun manufacture, champion fly caster, and noted sports writer J.B Mcharg was involved with all matters coupling sporting goods with the outdoors. During this aforementioned period he was also in business with both Jesse Armstrong and James Hildreth. At the later end of that spectrum, we see in 1860 the combination of Hook, Pepper and Company. While his name is not mentioned, McHarg being the senior member of the firm.

One thing is certain, the bits and pieces of the history surrounding the token parallel itself with the scraps of early history known of John Brainard Mcharg. His family was an integral piece of the […]

2017-05-31T09:09:00+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on JB McHarg Civil War Token

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.

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2017-05-29T14:31:45+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Mercury Minnow Lure

Mercury Minnow Lure 

This Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet discusses the feature functions and benefits of the Mercury Minnow antique lure. The Mecoy Tackle Company of Grosse Point Michigan introduced this fishing lure in 1949. The Mercury minnow is just that it’s namesake coming from the ball of Mercury that rolls around inside the lure creating a wobble action as the lure is retrieved.

Mercury Minnow
The Red Hot Lure with 4 Way Action

Darts – Dives – Climbs – Wiggles Moving Mercury Does It!

It acts alive!
The constantly shifting weight of the Mercury creates a startling new action. With the Mercury in positions: (A) It Climbs (B) It Darts (C) It Wiggles (D) It climbs and Wiggles (E) It Darts and Dives Patent Pending

Check These Features
More Action over the Counter – You have something to sell – A New Principle – Using moving Mercury to create a Life-like, 4 way action on every retrieve. No other lure has it.

More Sales Appeal – A quality lure made of Tenite II – Will not chip, peel, or water log. Individually boxed in a colorful display carton. Fully Guaranteed.

More Profit – Retailing at $1.50 the Mercury Minnow at standard discount allows greater margin of profit – and it is easy to sell.

Two Popular Sizes – Model 10 5/8 oz. Standard casting and trolling size.
Model 20 3/8 oz. Spinning, light tackle, and trolling size.

Only Eight Proven Colors – to stock – Red-White, Pearl, Frog, Perch, Orange, Yellow, Black, and Pike.

Attractive Display Board – Available for salesman and dealers, showing mounted the two models (4 of each) in the eight colors. Write for details.

Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet

2017-06-08T20:03:48+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Mercury Minnow Lure

Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

This is a super Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure dealer sheet introducing this new and unique lure. The sheet exclaims its a new lure, and is stamped, Nov 3 1953. This plastic jointed lure a really a unique piece and would be fun to collect a complete color set.

Presenting the new and Unique
Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

For the first time in the history of artificial lures a precision plastic fraud has captured the remarkable life-like reality and writhing fluid action of a live bait. The eastern spring lizard of the Great Smokey Mountain region. For decades this little creature has been highly prized by anglers as a most effective live bait, it’s irresistible swimming action tantalizes the most stubborn bass into striking.

The Spring Lizard has been the doom of many prize bass, large and small-mouth as well as other species of game fish, fresh and salt water. The spring lizard is an interesting and shy little creature, although snake like in appearance he is harmless, living in and around the beautiful fern like moss and vegetation of cold clear mountain springs and branches he is considered by thousands of anglers as the most effective of all live bait. Recognizing the tremendous fish catching possibility of an artificial reproduction of the spring lizard, Jim Gasque, nationally known authority on fishing, author-sportsman and special representatives of Whopper Stopper baits, combined his creative talents with J. Fred Eder, United Press Outdoors consultant and originator of the famous Whopper Stopper “Back Running” lures to create precision plastic version of the spring lizard.

Jim flew eight live lizards to Texas for study and observation. Many models were carved and tested, after extensive reaserch perfect reality was accomplished, plastic craftsman produced precision molds for the little fraud and a new lure was born. Nature Herself molded the unique color patterns taken from the live lizard models with the expert guidance of Jim Gasque. Jim and Fred combined a total of 40 years of lure designing to perfect the lizard.

The deadly lizard lure is available in seven unique color phases and Two sizes for either Casting, Trolling or Spinning.

For Best results, let Lizard sink and retrieve medium fast with momentary pause, every few feet – work along bottom occasionally, retrieve towards surface.

1/4 oz. weight for Spinning, Light Tackle and Trolling

L701 – Ghost Grey Lizard, Milky Belly
L702 – Ghost Black Lizard Milky Splotches
L703 – Rusty Orange Lizard, Speckled Black
L704 – Ghost Black Lizard, Rusty Splotches
L705 – Rusty Head, Green Lizard
L706 – Pearl White Lizard, Black Splotches
L707 – Clear Transparent Lizard

1/4 oz. weight for Casting and Trolling

L801 – Ghost Grey Lizard, Milky Belly
L802 – Ghost Black Lizard Milky Splotches
L803 – Rusty Orange Lizard, Speckled Black
L804 – Ghost Black Lizard, Rusty Splotches
L805 – Rusty Head, Green Lizard
L806 – Pearl […]

2017-06-08T20:05:53+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

Tao & The Art of Backyard Living Pt1

I get asked a lot, ” What does the Flame stand for, in Fin and Flame?”. There is only one Hobby outside of family, that encompasses my time as much as Fishing Lures and its History, and that is cooking, grilling & smoking call it what you may. While the aforementioned titles or type sets illicit preconceived notions of how each should be done or accomplished, one thing you have to have before you do any,  “Flame”.

Tao and The Art of Back Yard Living Part I 

How I Met the Her, The Big Green Egg That is………

I was a young green horn selling and designing computer networks back in the hay day before the internet pop mid 90s….Was sitting in my back office cube, lights dim (as I always undid one of the two elongated fluorescent  bulbs), …1970s Sears Brown Faux wood grained radio with a loudness knob instead of volume that I had found in the warehouse. I was playing a little John Coletrain, and Thelonious Monk from the local college FM broadcast around 7 am. Gathering my thoughts & getting my head straight, having a large black cup of coffee….

It was two decades ago (I feel old saying that), I Had been married only 8 months, just bought my first house, was still semi naive although I had been through college and military.  Just like anyone in their mid 20’s, I Thought I knew what was good in life and certainly thought I knew how and what what tasted good…

I heard the boss talking to someone, as they walked up the hall towards my cube, it was a new sales guy. My Boss Introduced me to him, and he showed him to his new cube across from mine. After the boss departed to let him get set, he hollered across the cube,  “Man its pretty early for the monk… but I like it…” Alas, he forgot about straightening his new desk he grabbed his coffee, and came over to the corner office with this Giant Faded 7-11 cup, that would come to define him and the “position” to which I will refer later. He Introduced himself again, and looked around my office. It was covered in Jerry Garcia Ties, many of which were hanging off the bill of a 8″ mounted sword fish which coincidentally I had also found in the warehouse and re-purposed as well. 4 Large Saltwater Game rods and reels for decoration leaning against an overflowing bookcase filled with computer product related material.  He looked at me and said,  “I normally I wouldn’t say this but I got a feeling you and I will become very good friends.

Within minutes our conversation moved across myriad topics, music, family, towards the inevitable….Food…He said do you like to cook out? I replied,  “Sure,  I just in fact had bought a new gas grill this last weekend, and spent 8 hours putting it together”….In truth it took so long to put it […]

2017-05-06T21:05:39+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Friends & Clubs|Comments Off on Tao & The Art of Backyard Living Pt1

Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog

Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog

This Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog is a piscatorial visual treasure. I’ve always had a passion for the covers on 19th Century Fishing Tackle Companies, and this early early 1883 Orvis catalog does not disappoint. There are many fisherman through there lives make their way up to the Green Mountains of Vermont to Manchester to visit or pay homage to fly fishing.

Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog 1883 Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog 1883

2017-05-01T13:24:39+00:00 May 1st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby was Born and raised in Philips Maine in 1854. Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby was a writer, fly fisher, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast who worked for the Maine Central Railroad promoting the sporting life in Maine at the turn of the century.

She held the first Maine Guide license issued and allegedly was the the first woman to legally shoot a caribou in Maine and rumored to have shot against Annie Oakley in a sharpshooting competition. Her column “Fly Rod’s Note Book” was syndicated throughout the Eastern United States. She died in 1946.

2017-04-28T18:33:45+00:00 April 29th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

Here is a great early 19th Century Fly Fishing Cabinet Card. The astute gentleman posing with his large green heart rod and what looks to be a larger Salmon type reel. Leaning upon the rock as well is a early landing gaff, single tine. Im not sure what I envy more his chops or his catch laying at his feet.

Fly Fishing Cabinet Card Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

2017-04-28T17:09:54+00:00 April 28th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Comments Off on Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

Antique Lure Logo

Antique Lure Logo

Check out our new Antique Lure Logo! A fellow collectors wife took many hours of her own time to help me become official by now having my own logo. She did a great job and went above and beyond and wanted to thank her publicly! Thanks Sharon!

Will start work on a T Shirt and a few other goodies soon. Would love to hear your thoughts!

There are actually Two!

Antique Lure Fin and Flame Antique Lure Fin and Flame

Antique Lure Logo Antique Lure Logo

2017-04-20T19:05:26+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Friends & Clubs|Comments Off on Antique Lure Logo

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