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The Home Rodmaker Book

By | 2017-12-16T08:50:10+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

By | 2017-12-15T08:30:40+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

By | 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|

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 [...]

Father of the Five Strip Bamboo Fly Rod

By | 2017-12-12T21:59:53+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

By | 2017-12-05T06:51:00+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

By | 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|

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 [...]

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Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

By | 2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of [...]

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Louis Rhead Obituary

By | 2017-08-11T13:02:44+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

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Fly Fishing Oil Canvas Painting

By | 2017-08-05T18:53:54+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

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Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass

By | 2017-08-04T14:42:01+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

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ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association

By | 2017-07-28T11:37:31+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Fly Fishing, NFLCC|

ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association The ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association is a wonderful group of guys and gals focused on and promoting the History of Sport Fishing Reels. If your not a member, you should be. For the membership fees you are given access to more information, history and research capabilities then one could [...]

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Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

By | 2017-06-08T20:06:54+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

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 [...]

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Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog

By | 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|

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 [...]

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Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

By | 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|

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 [...]

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Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

By | 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|

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 [...]

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Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

By | 2017-01-17T09:37:33+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

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 [...]

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Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

By | 2016-12-16T14:01:53+00:00 December 16th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Sam Sam the Black Bass Man Part I In introducing Sam the Black Bass Man, I must digress back a bit, and say thanks for all the views , likes comments, emails and texts I've received. The last 12 Months with Fin and Flame has been fun. I have even bigger expectations and plans for [...]

Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

By | 2016-12-13T08:51:03+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

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 [...]

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Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

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

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

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Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures|

Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie The Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie was fist introduced in 1924. This fly rod sized version of the classic Pikie minnow fishing lure came in both a bass and a trout size as so many of the Creek Chub Fly rod lures did. The Pikie Fly was only [...]

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Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

By | 2016-08-20T16:54:55+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure The Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure has always been a favorite with collectors. Ned Danforth of Indianapolis, Indiana was the Owner and inventor of the Stormy Petrel. Ned began making his now famous fishing lures as early as 1935. The Stormy Petrel as it is referred to some as the [...]

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Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown below. I apologize for the quality but it was the best I could present. This small wooden antique fly lure [...]

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19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration

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

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

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1794 Fishing Tackle Ad

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing|

1794 Fishing Tackle Ad This a 1794 Fishing Tackle Ad. It proves that sometimes while we believe the roots of the American Fly Fishing or Fishing Tackle industry started in the early to mid 19th Century, it did not. While names such as TH Bate, JT Buel, WD Chapman and others like Bradford and Anthony [...]

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Heddon Widget Fly Lure

By | 2016-07-10T23:22:59+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Widget Fly Lure This Heddon Widget Fly Lure was first introduced in 1952. This antique fly lure was given model series number 300. This fly lure measures 1 1/4" in length and has a #10 size treble hook. The lure has a small split shot ring attached to the front line tie on the [...]

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Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 June 25th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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

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Pflueger Helgramite Lure

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:20+00:00 April 27th, 2016|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Helgramite Lure The Pflueger Helgramite Lure shares its name partially with another more valuable brother inside the Pflueger antique lure lineup. Yes, the Flying Helgramite. The Pflueger Helgramite was originally named the Dobson. The Dobson lure dates back to roughly 1885. I say roughly as when were discussing things that are 130+ years old [...]

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Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:21+00:00 April 10th, 2016|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Fishing|

Creek Chub Fly Rod Mouse Lure The Creek Chub Fly Rod mouse lure was first introduced in 1931. Creek Chub recommended using a 9ft 5-6 weight fly rod to fish these new pan fish fly rod lures. The graphic photo shown at the bottom of the page is out of that catalog. The antique fly [...]

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Fly Fishing Feature Friday IV

By | 2016-06-19T02:17:10+00:00 April 1st, 2016|Fly Fishing|

Fly Fishing Feature Friday IV Fly Fishing Feature Friday IV: I've heard the old saying twisted around, the reason you fish are yours and yours alone, but the passion is for all to share. People spend tens of thousands of dollars to travel to the most remote faces of the planet to enjoy and pursue [...]

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Fly Fishing Feature Friday III

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:22+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Fly Fishing|

Fly Fishing Feature Friday III Fly Fishing Feature Friday III: What a great week, a week of fly fishing fun even if it was living vicariously through the F3T. A word of thanks today, goes out to the crew of F3T, and Backwater Fly of OKC ladies and gents that made it possible. A night [...]

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Fly Fishing Feature Friday II

By | 2017-05-27T08:24:47+00:00 March 18th, 2016|Fly Fishing|

Fly Fishing Feature Friday II Last week on the inaugural Fly Fishing Feature Friday we dove right in to water with Geofish, a great way to not only get your feet wet, but set your shoes on fire to do something you've always wanted, then we satisfied your refined palet and poured you a 3 [...]

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Catch Magazine February March Issue 45

By | 2016-06-18T03:01:32+00:00 March 12th, 2016|Fly Fishing|

Catch Magazine Catch Magazine photographically speaking is at the top there's no one out there better than Todd Moen and Catch Magazine. Issue 45 the Febuary and March issue continues down that path. The path to providing a thinnest veil or window pane between us the end user and the glass itself. Todd videos were [...]

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Fly Fishing Feature Friday

By | 2016-06-18T02:54:16+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Fly Fishing|

Fly Fishing Feature Friday  In this Fly Fishing Feature Friday I would be remiss at taking you a step forward without first looking in the rear view mirror. What am I talking about, simply put, GeoBass and Motiv fishing. While most would agree lifes not the destination, its about the journey, the these guy have taken [...]

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Paul Puckettt F3T Poster Donated for Cast 4 a Cure

By | 2016-10-26T11:41:26+00:00 March 7th, 2016|Fly Fishing, Uncategorized|

Paul Puckettt F3T Poster Who's to say fishing cant be done for a cause. While we as fisherman undeniably use the outdoors and our passion to often escape from life's reality, sometimes, its where we turn to face it. Paul Puckett is an artist who takes his love for the shutter and turns it into [...]

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