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 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 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 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 Prey Fish Lure This Heddon Tiny Prey Fish Lure was given a model series number 550. The lure was first introduced in 1982 and was not present after 1983. This plastic shiner minnow was two inches in length and weighed 1/4 oz. The fishing lure was only cataloged in five different colors. The lure was made to potray [...]
Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure The Heddon Flap Tail Junior Lure was first introduced in around 1935. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan assigned it a model series number 7110. The Flap Tail was a close cousin to the successful Heddon Vamp lure. The lure had a very similar tapered cigar shape for its boday. This version one of the small ones, [...]
Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure The Heddon Salt Water Torpedo Lure was given a model series number 30XWB. The lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan in and around 1946-47. This lure wooden antique fishing lure measures 4 1/8" in length and features a front screw eye for line tie. The antique lure has no front or rear propellers like [...]
Heddon Cousin II Antique Lure The Heddon Cousin II Antique Lure was the second version in the Cousin line and came about around 1974. This Heddon lure was assigned a model series number 7335. This plastic spook lure that resembles a cross between a snake and a salamander measures in at 3 1/2" in length. The lure came in just [...]
Heddon Bottle Nose Tadpolly Lure The Heddon Bottle Nose Tadpolly Lure is a really cool rendition of what the Tadpolly lure would become. The lure itself was marketed by the Diamond Submarine Bait Company out of St. Louis Missouri. The lure is a true Heddon made lure but it was called the Diamond Submarine Lure and is circa 1918. The lure [...]
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 lip of the lure. The [...]
Heddon Tadpolly Runt Lure The Heddon Tadpolly Runt Lure was a short run lure by most standards and was first introduced around 1938. The antique lure was gone by about 1941. The model number Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan assigned to it was the Model Number 5100. This wooden fishing lure measure 3" in length, and had the same appearance as [...]
Heddon Wee Tad Lure The Heddon Wee Tad Lure was made around 1980. This Fishing lure only made it a few years in the James Heddon Fishing lure line up and was gone by 1983 and came in the green diamond two piece slide top lure box. This is one of the later lures Ive featured, but it no less [...]
Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure The Heddon Musky Surfusser Lure was first introduced in 1937. This antique lure of Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan, was given a model series number 350. The antique lure made of wood measured 4" in length. The lure had glass eyed a forward line tine and a forward and rear inscribed propellers. This large and fat fishing [...]
Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure We've come to know the Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure as Yellow Head Yellow Hackle fly. But, do we know who Bob Davis the American Editor and photographer is? Why is this a face on the cover of the intro Heddon Fly rod antique lure box. Robert Hobart Davis was born [...]