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. The lures adapting through decades bringing with it of following (whichever account you read from) American fishing Industry. Anyone who reads and studies the works and craftsmanship of early American Fishing industry will no doubt see similarities in the competitors. Between the giants 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 the Heddon Lure. Through the use of key dates, paint schemes, hook hardware and lure varieties the lures themselves will tell the story.
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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. The antique lure which was first introduced in 1933, was made for large fresh [...]
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 [...]
Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure The Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure was first introduced in 1937. Made by Heddon in Dowagiac Michigan this antique fly rod lure was given a series 750. The 1930's was a time of transition for the America, and the fishing lure industry. In the early part of the decade America was gripped in [...]
Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure The Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure was first introduced in 1948. The lure was a continuation of Heddon's very popular wooden line, and was given model number 9020. The plastic antique fishing lure was 1 3/4" inches in length. The lure has a single forward line tie under the chin and below that a small [...]
Heddon Gamby Lure The Heddon Gamby Lure was part of a spinning series lure introduced around 1955. The Heddon Gamby produced in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 421 and 423. The 421 can be differentiated by the length and measures 2 3/4" while the 423 measures 3 3/4" in length. The lure was in production for only [...]
Heddon Wounded Spook Lure The Heddon Wounded Spook Lure was a series 9140. This antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1939. Many of the early spooks have all but disappeared or transformed into a lure box full of dust and hooks due to the chemical instability of the plastic. Just try to find yourself [...]
Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure The Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure was first introduced in 1950. This antique fishing lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan is part of a lineup of quintessential lures. The 9630 was later in the life cycle for this top Heddon seller. The 9630 is made of plastic instead of wood like its earlier kin. The transformation [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot The Heddon SOS 160 Lure was first introduced in 1928. This antique lure made by the Heddon Lure Company out of Dowagiac Michigan was one of the mid sized SOS or Swims on Sides lure made by the company. This wooden, glass eyed lure was made to mimic a wounded prey fish. The antique [...]
Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure The Heddon Water Wave River Runt Lure was introduced in 1938. This antique Heddon lure made in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a Model E9400RW. This version of the iconic Heddon lure is a floater river runt series. This lure was born of an experiment to blend the paint into the plastic of the lure. [...]
Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure The Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1929. This Heddon mouse lure made in Dowagiac Michigan would last for more than half a century in the antique lure line up. This fishing lure the wooden enameled version is a series number 4000. This antique lure measures 2 3/4" in length and was made of [...]
Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure The Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure was first introduced in 1937 and was assigned a model 950. This second coming of this Heddon from Dowagiac Michigan fly lure was like many of the other period lures made from plastic. Although first introduced in a wood variation it wouldnt take Heddon Long to phase it over [...]
Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure The Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure was first introduced in 1940. This antique fishing lure was manufactured in Heddon's plant in Dowagiac Michigan and was assigned a model series number 2150. This giant lure makes quite a commotion coming across the top of the water. The lure lasted 17 years and was gone in the [...]
Heddon Musky Vamp Lure The Heddon Musky Vamp Lure is a series model number 7600. The antique Heddon lure first appears in 1925 and is housed in a giant box made especially for the Heddon Musky Vamp Minnow Lure. This rather large antique lure is sometimes affectionately referred to as the Baseball Bat Vamp for its 8" length. This wooden, [...]
Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly The Heddon Bubbling Bug fly rod minnow lure is Heddon's Series number 90. The fly rod fishing lure is not your A Typical small trout Fly one thinks of, as you can see in the gallery against a ruler this fly measures 1 3/4" in length. This antique Heddon fly rod lure was introduced in 1933 [...]
Heddon Torpedo Antique Lure The Heddon Torpedo Antique Lure was first introduced in 1925. The Heddon Company, of Dowagiac Michigan giving this antique fishing lure a model number 130. This would be the largest of the wooden torpedo series, measuring 4" in length. This wooden pencil shaped glass eyed antique lure had both front and rear marked spinners. The lure [...]
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 [...]