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James Heddon Lures of Dowagiac Michigan

James Heddon Lures of Dowagiac Michigan

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Heddon Lures; Fitting everything known about Heddon Lures the maker & its heritage into a single web page is a daunting task. Its like trying to wrap your arms around a Sequoia tree. This antique fishing lure and reel maker transcended over a century’s worth of time. As far as the American Fishing Lure history story, it would be hard to tell without including  Heddon. From the folksy story of James Heddon creating his first frog antique lure next to old mill pond to today’s giant conglomerate EBSCO – Pradco one cannot traverse American fishing history without them.

As the years moved forward so did Heddon lures in their innovations. Through the field testing of lures in the Bass filled lakes of Florida to the frozen ponds of Michigan, the Heddon Company lead through innovations. The lure giant bought, fought and marketed their way to success. Famous lures such as the Heddon Dowagiac Expert, and its early brethren the Underwater Minnow would morph into some of the most successful lures for both fishermen and present day collectors.  The lures themselves adapted through the decades bringing with them a giant patronage (whichever account you read from) of the American fishing Industry. Anyone who reads and studies the works or craftsmanship of early American Fishing industry, will no doubt conclude and see the sometimes subtle and not so subtle similarities in the competitors. Striking an unarguable link between the giants or Big 5, Creek Chub, Shakespeare, South Bend, Jamison, Pflueger and many others in paint, performance, and technology. Some of these would work their way out in court and others would be decided by the consumer.

As the site grows so will its pages to help identify and expound up the Heddon Lure line up. Through the use of key dates, paint schemes and color codes, hook hardware, and seemingly endless lure varieties of the lures themselves we will attempt to tell the story.

There are 21 Heddon Lure articles per page.

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Heddon Luny Frog Lure

By | January 30th, 2018|Categories: Antique Lures, Fishing For History, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Luny Frog Lure The Heddon Luny Frog Lure was introduced around 1927. This change in material would influence the way Heddon would do business for decades to come. Making a switch from the standard wooden material, Heddon would evolve into a colossal giant making artificial baits with plastics. It widely known that the original attempts and the product selected [...]

Heddon Vamp Lure

By | January 29th, 2018|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Vamp Lure The Heddon Vamp Lure is a series 7500 and measures 4 1/2" in length. This antique lure was first produced in 1920, and from then on was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son fishing lure lineup for over 50 years. The antique fishing lure was made in a wide array of era specific colors [...]

Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

By | December 21st, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

By | December 20th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2" in length. The lures main focus was the larger of the game fish, the [...]

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Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 The Heddon Bucktail Surface Minnow Lure 400 is a tough little lure to find. The lure is larger in girth than say a Heddon Artistic Minnow Lure. The lure a Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan series 400 was made in 1908 and disappeared around 1909. The glass eyed, antique lure is comprised of wood and [...]

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Heddon Basser Antique Lure

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Basser Antique Lure The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser lure was given a series model 8500. This glass eyed fishing lure was 4 1/4" in length and traditionally came with the three treble hooks [...]

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Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure The Heddon Hi Tail Antique Lure was first introduced into Heddon's Line up in 1960. This plastic spook lure is 2" in length and tops the charts at 1/3 oz. The antique lure a model series #305 can be found in both white painted eyes, or with gold. The lure is a novelty type looking [...]

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Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

By | October 25th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

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

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Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

By | October 22nd, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. The Heddon Crazy Crawler was [...]

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Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

By | October 17th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3" inches in length. The lure was given a model series number 8400 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. This lure features 2 treble hooks instead of the standard 3 on [...]

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Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

By | October 13th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the largest of the Torpedo Spook lures and measures 3 1/4" inch in length. This antique lure features a single forward line tie and a single [...]

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Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6" in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1933, [...]

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Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

By | September 11th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5" in length. The lure can be found with different size glass [...]

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Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Punkie Spook Lure The Heddon Punkie Spook Fly lure was made no doubt due to the popularity of the now famous Heddon Punkinseed lure. This antique fly lure was a series 980, and shown in Heddon's White Shore Finish Color Code XS and XRW. The lure was made in the in roughly a half dozen or so colors some [...]

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Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure

By | August 5th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure The Heddon Spin Diver Antique Lure is one of Heddon's most iconic, and identifiable golden age lures. The antique lure first was introduced in 1918 and wouldn't last as long as most of the other under-water minnow versions. The Spin Diver made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 3000 and was [...]

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Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel

By | July 31st, 2017|Categories: Antique Reels, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel The Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel was first introduced around 1927. Made in Dowagiac Michigan by James Heddons Sons, the Heddon NO.31 AB "WALTONIAN" Casting reel was produced. The level wind reel themselves made are of lightweight aluminum. The casting reels were first introduced by James Heddon's Sons in their 1927 catalog and would only [...]

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Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure The Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure was first introduced in 1930. This pint sized Heddon lure, made in Dowagiac Michigan was very short lived. While introduced in 1930 this lure would disappear into obscurity by 1934 and not even make the lure line up catalog that year. This tiny little trout, bass, and other small [...]

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Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

By | July 18th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure The Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure was first introduced in 1953. This lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was given a model series number 350. This Plastic spook lure was made in the likeness of all the previous runt spooks yet just made smaller. The antique fishing lure was made of the [...]

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