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Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. The old saying is it takes 2 two Tango, well in this case it takes 6! The Rush Tango Trout Tango lure was a fly rod lure measuring 1 3/4″ in length and having a detachable small double hook. The lure meant to be cast with a medium weight rod and line. Stated on the side of the box, the maker recommends adding a small worm to the item if you must. The company had its roots in Syracuse NY around the same areas a few of the later contended lure makers were also from. The Rush Tango story and history of the company is a long convoluted mess mixing antique lure makers James Heddon, Leroy Yakeley, Fillmore Smith and JK Rush in patent warfare leading to court cases and legal interpretation. These legal issues not only would present themselves to JK Rush with the tango lure, they would also face Heddon with the Tadpolly and Welles Patent infringement. The assortment of 6 lures could be purchased direct or from purveyors such as Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett, who in 1922 offers this 6 pack for merely sum of $1.50, yes please send me a dozen.

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure was offered in a variety of solid colors such as Red, Gold, Black, Silver, and Gold. Or two tone colors such as Red […]

2017-12-27T07:43:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

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.

2017-01-17T09:37:33+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

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 like many or its brethren.

This small antique fly lure measured in at only 1 1/4″ in length. The lure had only a single #5 hook molded into its body. The lure has a single line tie at the front of the lure on the nose. Just below the nose you’ll notice a small diving lip to give it some action and depth when being striped. The antique fly fishing lure was made to catch the small pan fish type as well as small trout. The lure has Heddon Stenciled on its belly for identification.

This fishing lure was offered in less than a dozen cataloged colors, and there are some uncatalogued colors out there for those treasure hunters.

2 & RH White, Red Head
2XS White & Red Shore Minnow
L Perch Scale
P Shiner Scale
XRG Green Shore Minnow
XRS Silver Shore Minnow
XRY Yellow Shore Minnow (Shown in the Gallery Below)
9XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow
XBW Black & White Shore Minnow

Heddon River Runtie Spook Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T08:51:03+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Creek Chub Pop It Lure

The Creek Chub Pop It Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Fly made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was made for almost a half of a century coming in just shy at 47 years. That is quite a run for any lure made by any of the big manufactures and it shows the success it had among fly fisherman.

The fly itself was a simple cork bodied fly which used buck tail and mallard feathers in its making. The lure in total measures 3 1/4″ in length. The Pop It lure was only ever made in three colors.

F100 Chub (Shown in the Gallery Below)
F101 Perch
F102 Brown Bug

Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog Creek Chub Pop It Fly Lure Catalog

Made with a Cork Body; No 1 Hollow Point Hook, Bucktail and Mallard Feathers. Feathers and Bucktail Permanently attached to the body without the use of thread guaranteed to stick tighter than if thread tied. Here is a lure which we guarantee to get the bass when pulled so as to make the bait go pop-pop on the surface. The reason it is such a killer is, that though it is a very small and light lure, when jerked it makes a big fuss on the surface, which the bass cant resist. When pulled fast it […]

2016-12-13T08:53:39+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Pop It Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930’s or early 1940’s. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn’t change from year to year and I didn’t have a late 30’s to rule it out. The model number its given in the catalog is a 6579. These little wooden pressed eye fly rod sized gems are not very easy at all to come by, or easy to put a collection together of. The lure is in the exact shape as its two larger sized brothers, has a line tie on the forehead and a single size 4 double hook.


The ad from the 1940 Shakespeare Antique Lure Catalog state: Fisherman wanted it so here it is….a fly rod size swimming mouse. Like it’s fish getting ancestors it brings home the fish. Weight 1/10oz Length of Body: 1 2/8″ inch No. 4 Double Hook. Six Assorted patterns on display card. BW – F – G – S – WR – YR”

BW – Black and White (As Shown in the Gallery)
F – Frog
G – Gray
S – Spotted
WR – White and Red
YR – Yellow and Red

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

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2016-12-13T08:55:24+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown below. I apologize for the quality but it was the best I could present. This small wooden antique fly lure measures 1 3/4″ in length. The fly lure, a model No. 6377 bears a resemblance to a South Bend Trout Oreno. The antique fly had a front line line and a tapered cigar shape, and used s No. 4 size double hook to secures its catch. As we had seen with other major antique lure manufactures such as Creek Chub, and Heddon, and South Bend from the mid 1920’s to the 1930’s the tried to use smaller almost pan fish size or type fishing lures for fly casting. The Shakespeare Bait company did not quite have the vast wooden lure selection of the other three aforementioned makers, however, it also made a substantial effort in the Dry Fly market. Designed to cast with a fly this Midget Oregon lure would sometimes have a lead weight added to the front of the line to get the cast out farther. Obviously this lure was made to be used for a mid weight set up. The lure would evolve over its short period or life span and

I would also like to add a side note, the lure article below states it […]

2016-10-26T11:41:08+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

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 Antique Fly Fishing lure ad in a magazine about old phonographs. The Phonograph itself was only invented just 9 years earlier in 1877. So while we always think to look in hunting and fishing themed media, this one shows us we can learn things about our hobby sometimes in strange places.

The ad, like many early Pflueger ads is sticking with the tradition of highlighting Pflueger’s luminous fishing lure qualities. Besides touting the Luminous fly qualities, the ad touts that it and Pflueger are endorsed by President Cleveland, who was know to have been quite a fisherman. I see quite a few early 1800’s antique lure ads that involve marketing Mr. and Mrs Cleveland and their sporting prowess.

Sent Free!                           Post Paid!


Luminous or Bass Trout Fly

With our 44 Page Catalog of Modern Styles

Fish Baits and Anglers Specialties, fro Price of Catalog 20 Cents.

A Vacation made Pleasant and Profitable ,

The Enterprise Manufacturing Co.

Akron Ohio


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2016-10-26T11:41:10+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Comments Off on Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure

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 in 1869-1942 to George and Silvia Davis in Brownsville Nebraska. Robert was influenced early by his parents who served as missionaries to the American Indian tribes.

Robert got his first taste of the editing industry by following in the footsteps of his older brother Sam to publish and distribute the Carson City Daily Appeal. Robert not content with his destiny would set out to bigger and larger things first to San Francisco to become a typesetter for the San Francisco Examiner.

He would then double back across country to New York. Becoming an editor for the New York Journal and the fiction editor at Munseys Magazine. Munseys isn’t a name we hear often in the antique lure collecting circle so let me expound. Munseys is credited to being the first mass market magazine. In 1891 it sold as many as 40000 copies a week and by time 1891 rolled around it was up to a half a million a month. Bob was there from 1904 to 1925 and it is this time period his zest and zeal for writing and Photography would […]

2016-10-26T11:41:16+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

The Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure was a series model number F50 and F51. This antique fly rod lure was first introduced in to fly fisherman in 1924. The fly lure was a success for fisherman and for the Creek Chub Bait company out of Garrett Indiana. Fashioned after its larger brethren, the Fly Rod Crawdad lure was roughly one inch in length. The lure featured fur claw and feather legs. The antique fly lure was only ever available in two fishing lure color schemes. Tan Crab was model series the F5,1 and the model series F50 was Natural Crab color finish. The lure can be found housed in the typical green and white True to Nature Creek Chub lure boxes.

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure Photo Gallery

The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States:

A light little lure with body about an inch long, squirrel tail claws, feather legs and tail. No. 1/0 Shaughnessy hook. Made to float and fr use with a split shot.

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2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure