Chautauqua Trolling Minnow
The Chautauqua Trolling Minnow although looking the part is not a pre 1900’s lure. Ive grouped it in there, as if to suggest while in truth it was made in 1909, if fits better with it the Pre 1900 friends made by Chapman, Buel, Mann Loftie and the slew of others. This stamped metal lure is one of the top lures in many miscellaneous or New York themed collections. The Lure Produced in Jamestown, NY had gill marks, eyes and fins stamped into its suit of armor. This classic lure only measures a mere 3 1/2″ in length not including the leader. While I stated earlier it fit more into the 19th Century I say that as its also a mechanical spring hook. The two string wrapped side single hooks are tucked inside the tail, until a fish strikes at which time the hooks are released into the sides of mouth of its prey.