The pflueger lures and the Pflueger lure company set the bar for American made fishing tackle makers. Being able to supplant the later giant James Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan with generational items such as the Summit Reel or the Supreme. Pflueger Lures were cataloged as early as 1883, although it is said that the company in some form or facet dates back to 1864. Pflueger’s first patent was for the paint that was applied to the lure giving it luminescent properties. Pflueger lures come on many mediums including leather, cork, metal, wood, rubber, glass, and pearl.
Pre 1900 Pflueger lures comprised mostly or metal, rubber and focus more on the period type of fishing. Skittering was a type of fishing on top of the lure using a long bamboo pole to skirt the lure on tfe top using lures like its famous lures such as the now famous Pflueger May bug lure. Early spinning lures such as the Crystal minnow, or Flying Helgramite to bring up lunkers from the deep. Obviously the early rubber, crystal, leather and other lure mediums that weren’t meant to transcend time are hard to find due to environmental hazards or just age themselves. There were some interesting things made by Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company, this like horse saddle and bridal rosettes, made of crystal and metal.
As with many other manufactures at the turn of the Century the Pflueger lure arsenal would add wood to its materials. Adding lures such as the Pflueger Lure the Wizard, and Monarch and Neverfail lures to compete with the the other makers who were now focused heavily on 3 and 5 hook underwater minnows. Pflueger sold their trade minnows under many different names in the tees, such as Senate, Kingfisher, Congress, Triumph, Sterling and more. Pflueger stayed true to its use of metal creating spinners and spoons some with fancy ornate designs, others with the plane stamped kidney or flute. Pflueger continued to make rubber lures in the for of Frogs and insect lures, and began to focus a lot of its attention to ts reels.
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Pflueger Ballerina Antique Lure The Pflueger Ballerina Antique Lure was introduced around 1952. This wooden pressed and painted eye lure was Pflueger of Akron, Ohio model series number 5400. This wooden tapering cigar shaped fishing lure has a front forward line tie. The lure itself measure 4 1/8" in length [...]
Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel This great little ad discusses the Pflueger Flying Helgramite Vs Chapman Buel. This comes to us from 1884, 137 years ago. Early advertising for lures mentioned in here such as the Crystal Minnow, and the Flying Helgramite are hard to come by so enjoy. [...]
Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 This Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 ad is one of those that I found off the beaten path. Recording media has been done since the beginning of time, its just the mode, methods and the medium for transmission have change. I found this great old [...]
Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure 1914-1924 The Pflueger Surprise Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1914 and assigning it a model number 3900. This wooden antique fishing lure was made by Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Compay of Akron, Ohio. The lure shown is the first version, or the "Hole Eye"version, featuring painted [...]
Pflueger Catalina Lure This Pflueger Catalina lure was a model 5500 series. This version of the lure date to the mid 1920's to 1940 by the Pflueger Bait Company of Akron, Ohio. This wooden, glass eyed coast minnow type is the 3rd version of the Catalina. This antique Pflueger Lure [...]
Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad 1885 This Pflueger Luminous Lure Ad came out in 1885. This makes it 131 years old and a treat to still be able to see. Finding advertising that is this old is certainly a high point for those out there like myself that love old paper [...]
Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad This Pflueger Trory Minnow Lure Ad comes to us from a 1904 catalog. The Pflueger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Claims to have created the first artificial minnow production with its Crystal Minnow then on to the Flying Helgramite then to the Trory. Its hard to argue [...]
Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad Here is a great early Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad. This clip is out of the 1904 Pfleuger Enterprise Manufacturing Company Catalog. The plate below touts it should the actual size. Model numbers 473 being Luminous, , Model 474 Non Luminous 1st Quality and 475 being of [...]
Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad This Pflueger May Bug Lure Ad comes to us from a vintage 1904 Enterprise Manufacturing Company; Pflueger Lure and Reel Catalog. The May Bug spoon itself dates back into the 1800's and can be fished bait casting as well as skittering. The May Bug has [...]
Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article This Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article was printed in 1918. The article proclaims and lays out in detail the evolution of its lures asserting it was the first, or the industry leader in the artificial minnow production. It lays out a time line for the production of [...]
Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad This Pflueger Muskellunge Minnow Ad is brought to you from 1904. The Ad itself is out of the 1904 Pflueger or Enterprise manufacturing Company from Akron Ohio. I've always loved this giant lure and had wished I had kept my example of this giant rubber minnow. [...]
Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure The Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure was first introduced around 1930. The Pflueger Lure company of Akron Ohio gave it model number 7000. This smallish lure has always been one of my favorite lures as it combines two of my favorite wooden lure features, a wooden tail [...]
Pfleuger TNT Lure The Pfleuger TNT Lure is a series 6900. The metalized minnow lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique lure made by Pflueger of Akron Ohio, measures 3 1/4" in length. It was available in roughly 6 Different colors. The lure features a deep diving lip in [...]
Pflueger Mustang Minnow Heavy Duty Lure The Pflueger Mustang Minnow Heavy Duty Lure is the largest of the Mustang Minnow Lure series. This Pflueger of Akron Ohio antique fishing lure is a series model number 9500, and the color code is 46. This wooden, pressed eye, antique lure is 5" [...]
Pflueger Helgramite Lure The Pflueger Helgramite Lure shares its name partially with another more valuable brother inside the Pflueger antique lure lineup. Yes, the Flying Helgramite. The Pflueger Helgramite was originally named the Dobson. The Dobson lure dates back to roughly 1885. I say roughly as when were discussing things [...]
Pflueger Globe Lure The Pflueger Globe Lure is antique lure that seems to span a lot of time for Pflueger Enterprise Lure Company of Akron Ohio. The antique Pflueger Lure was introduced around 1910, and by some accounts even earlier. The lure was first seen with see through hardware. The [...]
Pflueger Magnet Lure The Pflueger Magnet lure was a lure designed in the early to mid teens some records indicate 1916. This wooden antique Pflueger lure was a series 3600 and featured 3 treble hooks. The lure underwent 4 different modifications, between collar slop and hook hanger devices over its [...]
Pflueger Razem Lure The Pflueger Razem Lure was a series 7496. The lure was first introduced in 1929 and was only around 6 years until 1935. Pflueger has been making rubberized minnow by over 50 years at this point. This antique fishing lure had the best of all worlds for [...]