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 the great depression. While this as seen as a negative and tough time for most all Americans and the businesses they ran this was also a time people and companies alike became more resourceful. Utilizing innovations and technologies that would revolutionize the fishing lure industry. One could argue that the 1930’s for Heddon was the companies decade of greatest change, as its products would begin their transition from wood to plastic.
This antique fishing lure, the River Runtie was made of wood, measured in at only 1″ in length. The lure featured painted eyes and a single #10 size fixed hook. What makes this lure rare is the fact it was only made for one year, between 1937 and 1938. There after being replaced by its spook, or plastic version that would go on roughly another dozen years before being discontinued. The 1937 catalog stated ” It floats and dives a few inches under water with an attractive wiggle. Cane-pole anglers tell us “it’s a honey” for pan-fish of all kinds.”
The Heddon Runtie was made in 5 Standard colors.
1 Rainbow (Shown in the Gallery Below)
2 White, Red Head
9L Perch Scale
9P Shiner Scale
9R Natural Scale