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Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018;
The Video of the Week

If you have about 50 minutes you need to watch this beautiful movie by James Prosek, as he retraces the steps of Izaak Walton. Really well done.

 


10 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This 1930s Wilson fly rod from Oregon is very rare.

Well this Rick Clunn belt buckle is a super cool piece of bass fishing history!

 


You don’t see many glass fly rods reach this high of a level like this Payne Glass.

Of the contemporary makers, is there a classier maker than Jan Cummings?

This Clark Bros. Make-Em-Bite is a classy bait.

This Rhodes Kalamazoo 3-Hook Minnow is amazing.

LOVE this Paw Paw Crippled Minnow, such a pretty bait!

Edward vom Hofe 9/0 Model #621 is a great add to an ocean reel collection.

This is a very nice and early Heddon 150.

You don’t see many of these Valentine fly reels around, but they are cool and pretty rare.

This Winchester 9205 is a nice find.

A CCBC Fintail in the box with papers? Hell yeah!

As always, have a great weekend — and be good to […]

2018-01-18T21:16:18+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

NFLCC Membership Giveaway

NFLCC Membership Giveaway

Thought you opened your last gift for the year? Well here is a chance for one more.

Everyone loves Free stuff so here is a free NFLCC club membership!

A great gift if your not a current member, or if your a current member help a friend who is not.

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Winner will be randomly picked Thursday Night by a random number generator that picks from your comment position number on the page.

2017-12-27T09:23:07+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Comments Off on NFLCC Membership Giveaway

3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

Only 30 Days left Until the 3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show. If you hadn’t made plans, do so now!

January 25-27 2018, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The 3nd annual NFLCC Region II Gettysburg Winter Rendezvous will take place January 25-27th, 2018 at the Comfort Suites Gettysburg, 945 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325. Hotel Reservations : 800-334-6912.

The room rate for NFLCC Members (Mention NFLCC when booking) $68.00/night-$95.00 per night without paid event registration for either 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Size Bed. Continental Breakfast is included. Registration for room trading and show is $10.00 (spouse/children of members free). We will hold a show this year, which will be open to the public. Only 20 tables are available, so first come first serve.

Table rental for our Show on Saturday January 27th, 2018 is $10.00 per table, maximum 2 tables per member.

Set up will begin at 7:00 am, and Early Buyer Registration fee is $20.00 for those members without tables . We will open to the Public at 9:00 am, and Public Admission/temporary club membership is $5.00, which will be applied to annual $35.00 membership if purchased at the show.

Show Host is Gary Lopez (610-346-7708/267-337-0474) and Co-host is Dennis Ocharzak (301-491-7116). Please send Registration and Table Rental Fees payable to Gary Lopez, 145 Thistle Hill, Riegelsville, Pa. 18077.

Email Gary at quickcatch@verizon.net if you have any questions regarding […]

2017-12-26T21:16:24+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Comments Off on 3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks; 133 years ago in 1884 a fisherman was just as likely to find his fishing lines to be packaged on a wooden frame, called a “line block”, as he was to find them wrapped onto a round wooden spool since those had only been introduced 5 years earlier in 1879. One of the earliest known brands of fishing lines on a 19th century “line block” is this rare example of an Empire City Braid Company – long staple cotton braided line with a simple paper label depicting the image of a fish and which is still intact on this unused fishing line that has become both stained and darkened with age. The Empire City Braid Company was not actually a real company, but rather a “house brand” name that was made up and used solely for marketing purposes by the New York City fishing tackle firm known as the Abbey and Imbrie Company which had been formed by the partnership of L. H. Abbey and C. F. Imbrie in 1875. Finding a fishing “line block” from 1884 is indeed a rare find today, but finding one that has never been used and still has its original fishing line with label is a true tackle treasure for any collector of antique fishing tackle to find.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-12-26T08:19:02+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas

Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas 1917

I saw this Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas scene from 1917 come across my feed this morning and just had to share.

Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas 1917 Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas 1917

2017-12-24T15:06:35+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Louis Rhead Anglers Christmas

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

With the forthcoming NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue and holiday I thought it appropriate;

Twas the Night Before the Winter Issue

Twas the Night Before the Winter Issue,
And All through the House,
In This the winter issue Dorr, Martin & Hecht Show us some splendid Creek Chub Fly Rod Lures, including a Mouse,
The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care,
With Hopes that more of Dudley’s wonderful cover art, soon would be there.

The members were a nestled, all snug in their beds,
Knowing visions of Chance’s folk art lures, would soon fill their heads.
Momma in her kerchief and I in my Cap, Had just opened a bottle of Single Malt to enjoy with John Etchison’s line art, night cap.

When out on the lawn their rose such a clatter,
While the thought of Gary Smith’s article on Herter’s, all that did matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, Blinded by the Light of Thomas’s Lemax and their Flash!

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Until reading Bucha’s & Tustison article on Creek Chub Wigglers, little I did know.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear, in the center of the Mag a North Channel in the Box, Appear!

With a little old driver so lively and quick,
Did Dudley’s letter from the editor, read really quick!
More rapid than eagles his courses they came,
My excited anticipation for Pigeon Forge and Milwaukee
did came.

2017-12-24T09:02:23+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Comments Off on NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

Its time for NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017 that Santa brings us antique lure collectors. Sticking with the Holiday’s the cover, the front covered is a festive presentation. Gary Smith wrapped up 35 pages of historical articles for our pleasure and education from various club members and authors.

President Stuart Strange kicks us off with a Letter From the President.
Life member Larry Smiths Article takes us back a century to some of the early trolling lures.
Gary Smith with a letter from the editor.
Matt Lollman adds his two cents blending numismatists and JB McHarg.
Club Secretary Sandy Schottenham lays out the club Financials
Member Profile is long time member Frank Cristao
William Krohn knocks it out of the park with a in depth spread with Part II of Early Fishing Spinners of Massachusetts.
Bill Sonnet educates us once again with his Heddon Wiggle King & Lucky 13 Lure Connection
We get a quick synopsis of the Creek Chub Historical marker presentation
Region 5 Show Recap
Induction of Honorary Member Solly Robisheaux
Jerry Grayling explores the Leroy Lure Company
Rounding out the Gazette we get the early 2018 show itinerary

Lastly if your not a member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors CLub yet, make sure to give yourself a present this year and join us! By following the link: NFLCC Membership

NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017 NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

2017-12-20T13:33:35+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Comments Off on NFLCC Gazette Winter 2017

Fishing Tackle Consignments

Fishing Tackle Consignments

Fishing Tackle Consignments Service. Have lures, reels, rods or sporting items to sell? Let us help you. Yes we directly buy items for our collection too, but if you’d rather enlist our help to make sure you receive current market value, let me help by selling it for you. Have a collection your need to sell, interests changes, or selling a few to buy a few more, let me help.

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Antique Tackle is my Job, Im neck deep in this hobby (Pun intended if you know me) if you’d like to read about why, the front page of this site gives insight (Teaser, Mailmen and Pitbull’s dont’ mix) and this link, well this link, was the icing on the cake. I’ve taken a few negative personal situations, and made it positive, embracing what Ive always enjoyed as a hobby and turned into my life with the help of an awesome wife, family and friends. In a strange way, this hobby, and fishing, has saved my life and got me back out of the chair and into […]

2017-12-19T08:42:49+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Fishing Tackle Consignments

Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

In the Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures; Everyone has an opinion on what a vintage fishing lure is worth, but there is only one way to know for sure: find out what similar or identical lures have sold for in the recent past. But this is not as easy as it sounds. On-line auction sites delete all records of sales older than three months, and many of the rarer lures only come up for sale every year or two. So how can you reliably tell what any given fishing lure is worth?

The Book is now available for pre-order by clicking below

The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

In The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures, noted collector and author Matt Lollman has collected 10,000+ actual sale prices of thousands of different fishing lures from hundreds of different companies. From on-line auction and forum sales to speciality auction houses to in person show sales, Lollman has given the following details for each entry: Company (including company city and state), Lure and Model Number, Color, Era, Detailed Description, Material, Condition, Month of Sale, and actual sale in dollars. Now you can quickly and conveniently find out the value of thousands of different lures! Includes 24 pages of color photos of lures and rare lure color charts. As opposed to value guides, which estimate the sale price […]

2017-12-13T12:02:16+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

The Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure is created in the late 1950’s early 1960’s. This antique fishing lure made by Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan and was a lure model series number 5500. This wooden lure measured in at 4″ inches in length and was a top water fished lure. The fishing lure features a single line tie attached to the inverted notched or concave mouth. The lure has 3 treble hooks secured by surface hardware, to secure its prey once it is caught. The antique lure features a single rear spinner to aid in the maintaining coarse and making some noise during its retrieval. The Plenty Sparkle’s most distinguishing traits were its rhinestone eyes and the five rhinestones inset into its belly, thus lending to the legitimacy of the name of the lure. There was a few in the Plenty Sparkle family, the Jr., and the Darter, but the 5500 series was the largest of them all.  I’ve got 4 Great Color examples highlighted in the galleries including some real tough ones.

The Plenty Sparkle antique fishing lure was available in the following color schemes or patterns.

5500 Yellow Belly Silver Scale (Shown in First Gallery)
5501 Natural Perch
5504 Red Head White
5508 Frog White Belly
5509 Yellow, with Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
5510 Frog Yellow Belly
5511 Black with Gold and Red Spots (Shown Below)
5512 Silver Flash (Shown Below)
[…]

2017-12-19T08:29:58+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Plenty Sparkle Lure

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

Many people are not aware of a Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team and a Antique Fishing Lure company relationship. Well its true, there is a tie in between Americas Favorite Past Times, Baseball and Fishing. Many years ago in doing my research for the Old Fishing Lure website I came across a Shakespeare Lure and Reel Company Sponsored a baseball team. There isn’t much information out there about for how long and it’s minor or major league affiliations, other than it was a sponsored team. Most people that know me know I love the weird things that go along with my collections as much as the lures themselves. While those items that come with a story elevate my interest and its place in my collection. One of the items I’ve enjoyed the most about this is 15 years ago I just happened upon this, a Shakespeare Honor Built Baseball Bat.

A recent visitor to the site stopped by and shared this awesome Shakespeare Team Baseball with me, so I thought I would add to the post and re-share the story. 

Shakespeare Baseball Shakespeare Baseball

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Bat

Shakespeare Bait Company Baseball Team

 Cleveland Indians Worl Series Champs 1920

Cleveland Indians 1920 Cleveland Indians 1920

What else you may ask do […]

2017-10-28T08:34:36+00:00 October 28th, 2017|1 Comment

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure, Model 6800 came on the scene a lot later compared to the rest of the Pikie lure family, making its introduction in 1950. The antique lure made it almost 3 decades in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog, and disappeared with many of the other lures around 1978. This lure is available to collectors and fisherman in both glass and tack eyes. This wooden fishing lure measures 6 1/4″ in length weighing a whopping 3 1/2 oz. The lure having a heavy duty through wire construction attaching the two pieces of the body together as well as its three large treble hooks. The lure was made to focus on the big game fish such as striper, tarpon, musky and other salt and fresh water large game fish. 

The Jointed Striper Pikie antique lure can keep you as a collector busy trying to collect its 14 standard colors if trying to get each eye variant in each color. You will find the lure housed in its over-sized box either end labeled or end stamped.

The colors available are:
00 – Pike Scale
01 – Perch Scale (Shown Below)
02 – Red & White
04 – Golden Shiner
07 – Mullet
08 – Rainbow
13 – Solid Black
18 – Silver Flash (Shown Below)
31 – Rainbow Fire (Shown Below)
32 – Fire Plug (Shown Below)
34 – Blue […]

2017-10-29T09:28:02+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure was a trusted Muskie lure. The Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana would assign the model number 3000 to it. This Giant Jointed Great Northern slayer was first introduced in 1931 and lasted until 1978. This Jointed version of the Husky Pikie measured in at 6″ weighing close to 1 1/2oz. The lure with two segments is made with reinforced wire through construction to handle the beasts from the deep. The lure having 3 over sized trebles to secure its catch.

The lure was available in roughly a dozen and a half standard colors and probably half that and then some for special order lures. While the lure was available in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalogs, the was no image until a decade into its existence.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

The 1941 Creek Chub Catalog Finally shows us an image to go along with its decade of text; “The last word in life-like action and the only large lure made with all the action of a live fish. Same size as the 2300, jointed like the 2600 shown on page 9. Equipped with extra heavy hooks and fittings to withstand hard use. The muskellunge lure pa-excellence.

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:48:22+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Husky Pikie Lure

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

The South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure was given a model series number 964. The South Bend Bait Company, out of South Bend Indiana wanting to expound up the success of its smaller or little brother introduced this first version in 1925 and kept it until around 1929. I say first version as there are two very distinct and different versions of the same lure, the later of which would show up around 1936. This first version antique lure was a giant and measured in at 5 1/2″ in length, and almost 2 inches longer then its next in line smaller brother.

2017-09-19T10:15:11+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn’t a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly saw the last year of fighting in the great World War I, which ended in November of that same year. It was also one of the Last battles of the American Indian War that was fought in Arizona. That same year we see the great Pandemic of Influenza killing over 10,000 people. Just a mere 2 hours away (of course at today’s’ speed) we had the great Circus car train crash which killed 86 people.

The lure was in Creek Chub’s lure production line up for over 3 decades. The Deluxe Wag Tail Chub was Creek Chub’s model 800 fishing lure series number. The color code is 06 for the corresponding gold fish color but was offered in under a dozen color choices notated below. This wooden, glass eyed antique lure was 2 3/4 inches in length and weighed in at 1/2oz. The fishing lure came standard with 2 hanging belly double hooks. The Deluxe Wagtail Chub was issued in both a fluted or straight metal tail fin. The wagtail lure also came in both the single and double line tie as shown below.

Some of […]

2017-09-19T10:20:19+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

The Bagley Bass N Shad Lures were first introduced in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Made by the Bagley Bait Company which draws its roots from Winter Haven Florida in a sense. I say that because Jim Bagley Had purchased his first Company in 1954 from “The Dean Brothers” in Georgia. The lures were given the model D92 as a designation and were offered in a standard version and a Deep Dive versions that is credited to famous fisherman Bill Dance. Its said these deep divers ran at a depth of 12 feet.

The colors of the lures are Fluorescent Green Head With Chrome Body Code FGRC and Fluorescent Yellow With Chrome Body.

These Bagley Lures have taken off over the last few years in popularity and desirability, as they should. Jim Bagley got his start in the Pork Rind business in the 1950s. The lures would come later in the year 1960 as Jim came out with a line of a half a dozen lures. The lures still to this day are sought not only by collectors but professional fisherman alike.

Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

2017-08-07T08:06:37+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Bagley Bass N Shad Lures

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found in the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger.

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

    It comes almost in the nature of a surprise to the Hardware trade that every possible part of the fishing tackle store can be furnished complete from one factory. In the history of the Hardware business this has never been known to be within the range of possibility until the present time. It has always been found necessary to go through a number of establishments devoted to the different branches of the business in order to obtain what might be considered a complete line of fishing tackle. At the present time the factory of the Enterprise Mfg. Co. of Akron Ohio supplies this wonder in the way of achievement and as will be noticed by any one in the Hardware trade desirous of adding this line or of increasing it in their present stock the most complete assortment possible of fishing tackle and other appliances pertaining thereto will be found in their wonderful catalog. This business has grown from what might be considered a small beginning to the most extensive known to this particular branch of the trade. […]

2017-06-10T09:39:50+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Comments Off on Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby was Born and raised in Philips Maine in 1854. Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby was a writer, fly fisher, hunter, and outdoor enthusiast who worked for the Maine Central Railroad promoting the sporting life in Maine at the turn of the century.

She held the first Maine Guide license issued and allegedly was the the first woman to legally shoot a caribou in Maine and rumored to have shot against Annie Oakley in a sharpshooting competition. Her column “Fly Rod’s Note Book” was syndicated throughout the Eastern United States. She died in 1946.

2017-04-28T18:33:45+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

This Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company, Henry Loftie catalog is a great early pre 1900’s Catalog. Circa 1889, this cover has made it over a century protected for it to be enjoyed by collectors and American Fishing Historians a century later. I’ve always been fond of Antique Paper Goods like catalogs, invoices, ads and stories. Maybe I’m a dreamer, its just my thing, #itsmystorytotell I’ve always said. I cant imagine if I was first collecting an I got to view some of the things that have come out of the woodwork since I started in the mid 1990’s. I know for some its just a cover and not as exciting as a 5 Hook Heddon Minnow or for some even a Bagley Honey B in a Parrot finish.

I would love to ad a Syracuse Fish and Rod Bamboo Pole to my Collection or any other unique Items by Henry Loftie. If you have any leads or items please email me. 

 If you can step back into to 1889 you’ll see things like Montana, Washington, North Dakota, and South Dakota being admitted as states. Names like Seth Green and Monroe Green are synonymous with central NY fish hatcheries. Lure makers Such as WD Chapman, JT Buel, Pflueger, John Mann, FS Graves, Hawks and Ogilvy, J.B McHarg, John Pepper are all coming into their own and some were at their pinnacle while others in their infancy.

2017-04-18T14:30:57+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad

Since today’s motif is Turkey, I found  this apropos.

This Skinner Turkey Wing Ad came from 1884. The Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett Company was a large seller of many items fishing tackle included.

GM Skinner Clayton NY

Silver Plated Oval and Kidney Pattern.

These Baits are noted for superior workmanship and piscatorial success. The fluting beautifies, stiffens and preserves the shape. Each Bait is finely plated and mounted with first quality Scarlet Ibis, and other natural color flies, on the very best Brass wire, Treble hooks and Swivels making it the best trolling Spoon Now on the Market. 

Nickled Plated – Oval Pattern Only.

These Spoons are mounted first quality feathered treble hooks and swivels and are all made with the same dies as these in Silver Plate, and will therefore be of standard size. Each Spoon will be stamped with the makers name. 

 

Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884 Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

 

2016-11-24T09:17:00+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Skinner Turkey Wing Ad 1884

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

South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure

South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure

The South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure was a series model 961. Made by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana was first introduced in 1928 and lasted fourteen years through 1942.The antique Fly Rod fishing Lure measures 1 1/2″ in length and has painted eyes. The antique fishing lure uses two double hooks and a unique wire belly rigging to secure its prey. The fly rod surf oreno lure like its older and larger kin has both a front and rear propeller.

The lure was made in 7 standard colors:
F Frog
RAIN Rainbow
RB Rainbow Blue Back
RH Red Head White Body (Shown Below in the Gallery)
RSF Scale Finish Red Blend
SF Scale Finish, Green Blend
W White Spotted

 

The 1928 South Bend Bait Catalog States: “The South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno is a light surface lure. In action it looks more like a bug than a bug itself. Can be used with a trout weight fly rod, as it rides the surface and has and easy pick up. Most fisherman will prefer to use it with a Bass weight fly rod such as a South Bend No. 20. Substantial in construction yet light, lure rides high in water. Spinners are loose, giving wounded minnow effect. Practically weedless.”

South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure Photo Gallery

2016-12-13T09:03:22+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Comments Off on South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

The Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure is part of a series of lures created in the late 1930’s, around 1938. Abbey and Imbrie in some form or fashion has been in business since around the 1830’s as the Andrew Clerk Company. Early in 1930 Abbey and Imbrie was bought by the Horrocks Ibbotson Company. Most people don’t realize they never made lure but had other makers provide this jobber or outsourced service.

The Go Getter series was series of different shaped lures from a Minnow to a Wobbler to a Crawdad to a frog. The lure shown below is painted in a great looking frog color. This wooden tack eyed lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has a small round diving lip just under the chin of the antique lure. There is a single forward line tie at the front of the lure for retrieval.  The antique lure has two treble hooks, one at the mid line and one at the rear flat part of the tail. Both utilizing the screw eye rig to keep them in place.

The lure was available in a series of shading and different color, such as a crab color. If you look in the third photo in the gallery from the top down view its not just frog spot but the paint detail is actually made down to even painting the legs of the frog on the […]

2016-12-13T09:07:45+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Abbey Imbrie Go Getter Frog Lure

Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad

Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad

Here is a great Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad. Taken from Forest and Stream the May 20th 1880 weekly edition. The ad actually uses the patent drawing in its advertisement illustration.

Don’t Catch Weeds and Logs

But Catch Fish

Brush’s Patent Trolling Spoons entirely overcome the defects heretofore found in all other spoons, viz., running so  deep to catch weeds and logs and below where the fish see them. Made of the best material. Bass Size $0.75; Pickerel $1.00; Muskellunge $1.25 Each by Mail $0.25 Extra for Gold Plated Address

Henry C Brush, Brushton, Franklin Co, New York 

Or to be had at Wholesale of Reatil from Chas. L. Ritzman 943 Broadway NY

2016-10-18T12:09:31+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Comments Off on Brush Trolling Spoon 1880 Ad

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1998

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1998

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1998 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

June 1998 Volume 8 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes a photo montage of the previous years NFLCC magazines.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In The Begininng / Carrie Frost, Pioneer American Fly Tier by Jerry Martin, Fred Kibler
The Fred Keeling Story / The Early Years 1914-1919 by John Joern & Jerry Martin
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Hop Skip Swim / Chippewa Skipper Baits by Terry Larsen
Heddon Punkinseeds / They’re Cute by Jerry Martin, Jim Bourdon

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the King Bait King Wiggler lure in it’s Picture Box.

November 1998 Volume 8 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes a NFLCC Patch COllection and such lures as a Heddon 150, Rhodes Frog, Charmer Minnow, Chippewa Minnow and Many Others.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning / Reflecting on Heddon History by William Sonnett
The Fred Keeling Story / The Later Years 1920-1931 by John Joern & Jerry Martin
Its Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Arbogast Wood Jitterbugs by Georgia Boone & Warren Platt
A Bag of Nails and a Jitterbug by Gary Smith
The Hass Tackle Company by Debra Steimle, Dudley Murphy, Jerrry Martin

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Early South Bend 905, 5 Hook Underwater Minnow in the Correct Black Box.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1998 Cover Gallery

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

June 1997 Volume 7 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes a collection of Fly rod lures by Heddon, Creek Chub, South Bend, Moonlight Wright and McGill and Others.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In The Begininng / Floating Bass Bug by Jerry Martin, Fred Kibler, Steve Lumpkin
Pflueger Wooden Minnows 1896-1940 by Drew Reese
Trenton Lure / Baits from the Commonwelth of Kentucky by Matt Wickham
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
What Makes a Good Show by Dan Ross
The Messingers / Artists with Deer Hair by Jerry Martin, Fred Kibler

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the 1905 Heddon 150 Minnow in Gold Finish in the Correct Wooden Box with Paperwork.

December 1997 Volume 7 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes a opened Tackle box and its contents.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part C / The Floating Bass Bug by Jerry Martin & Fred Kibler & Steve Lumpkin
Heddon Round Body Minnows by Clyde Harbin, Bill Sonnett, Dale Roberts, Jerry Martin
The Hawks / Two Generationss of Anglers and Lure Makers by Dean Murphy
Deciding What to Collect by Bruce Dyer
Its Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Ending the Vacuum on Vacuum Baits by David Culp
William (Bill) F Blades / Master of Realism by Jerry Martin & Dudley Murphy

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Shakespeare Worden Bucktail Lure in the Correct Black Box.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1997 Cover Gallery

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1996

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1996

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1996 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

June 1996 Volume 6 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes Huge pile of Underwater Minnow Lures.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
When is it Time to Sell by Dan Rodd
The Collectors Library by Dudley Murphy
The South Bend Bait Company / Fly Rod Lures by Fred Kibler & Jerry Martin
The Lander Bait Company / Pre Chippewa Story by Terry Larsen
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Since 1040 / The Unusual Lures of Fred Barrows by Jack Cooper
The William Jamison Company by Steve Lumpkin

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Pflueger Surprise Minnow in the Box.

December 1996 Volume 6 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes a great table top scene wit rods reels and lures.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part  / The Floating Bass Bug by Jerry Martin & Fred Kibler & Steve Lumpkin
Frankin A Alger by Jerry Martin & Clarance Zahn
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Zumski’s Whiptail Sucker by Dan Basore
Macks Tackle Workshop / The Early Years by Colby Sorrells

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Oliver & Gruber Lure in the Correct Box with Papers.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1996 Cover Gallery

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1995

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1995

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1995 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

June 1995 Volume 5 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes a some Early Fly Reels, Bamboo Rod and Large Dry Casting Flies.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 9  Early Fishing Lures of Western Michigan by Bob Groters
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
The Tuttles / Artists with Deer Hair and Paint by Fred Kibler & Jerry Martin
Fishing Duels, Bags of Gold & Promises to Keep by Gary Smith
Packaged to Perfection / A Partial Chronology of Heddon Boxes by Bruce Dryer
South Bend Surf Oreno Stages by Hilst

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the South Bend Fly Oreno Lures in a Twelve Pack.

December 1995 Volume 5 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes some great early lures and works created by Tom Shepherd.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 10 / Harry Comstock and The Flying Helgramite by Arlan Carter
Ernest Peckinpaugh / Early FLy Rod Lures by Jerry Martin & Fred Kibler
A personal Assessment of Reference Books/  by Gary Smith
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Andrew B Hendryx by Doc Herr
Alluring Economics /  How Supply and Demand Affect Lure Collectors by Daniel Ross 

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Creek Chub 100 Wiggler Lure in the Correct Intro Box.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1995 Cover Gallery

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1994

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1994

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1994 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

June 1994 Volume 4 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes a Line Spool Collection with  rod, reel and a few underwater minnows such as the Heddon 150.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 7  Central New York Lure Makers by Gerry Barrows
Charles Kellman, Lure Maker of Legendary Imagination  by Jerry Martin and Dudley Murphy
Level Wind Reels by Steve Vernon
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Joseph Pepper by Gerry Barrows
Keeping it Fun / Of Babe Ruth and Flat Side Chubs Gary Smith

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Hastings Weedless Frog Antique ure in Box with Papers .

December 1994 Volume 4 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes early American Metal lures like the T.H Bate’s Serpentine Minnow, Welch and Graves COmbination Minnow, Brush, Mann, Buel Spoons and Others.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 8 / Early American Fishing Patents  by Paul Linder
The Wilder Dilg Fly Rod Lure/ Heddon’s Feather Minnow by Jerry Martin & Fred Kibler
Crazy Crawlers / The Catalog History by Chris Slusar
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
The Experts / SHaffer, Woods, Clark and Keeling by Jack Looney
Heddon’s Window Displays / Early Storefronts Filled with Tackle by Dudley Murphy 

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Case Rotary Marvel Lure in Box.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1994 Cover Gallery

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Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog is from 1893. Its one of my favorite antique fishing lure and reel catalogs. The company playing a major role in the outdoor sporting fields both hunting, fishing, and fly fishing for many decades. Acting as a major jobber and distributor of fishing tackle from just about every maker of fly fishing , bait casting, rod and reel makers we as collectors seek out.

The artwork done on these great old catalogs gives us insight into not only the sport but the marketing used for the period of time.

The company would produced some of the largest catalogs I’ve seen selling everything from door nobs, to dinnerware to firearms and small gauge cannons, yes I said cannons.  Many of their main catalogs in the pre-teens to mid teens reached 1500+ pages.

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1993

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1993

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1993 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

March 1993 Volume 3 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes lures New on card as the Allcock,  Skinner, Hendryx, Lowes, Hidebrant as well as Phantoms.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 5 Welch and Graves by Arlan Carter
The Hosmer Mechanical Frog by Frank Baron
Keeping it fun / Advertising Cards by Dudley Murphy
It’s Still Out There by Rick Edmisten
Talbot Reels by Randy Anderson
Gardiner Mills Skinner / The Man, His Enterprise and His Baits By Gerry Barrows

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Clewell Snakerbait in Box .

December 1993 Volume 3 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes an Overhead View of the Nationals.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 6 / William T. J. Lowe  by Jerry Barrows
Louis John Rhead by Jerry Martin & Fred Kibler
Level Wind Reels Part 1 / A Breif History by Steve Vernon
C.a. Clark Bait Company / Charles Artur Clark by Bill Calhoun
Keepig it Fun by Dudley Murhy
It’s Still Out There / More Great Tackle Finds Rick Edmisten 

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Eureka Wiggler Antique Lure with Box.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1993 Cover Gallery

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NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1992

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1992

This  NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1992 contain the below Mentioned Articles. 

March 1992 Volume 2 Issue Number 1

Cover Photo includes lures such as the Heddon Slope Nose in the Box, Radiant in the box, Pflueger Surprise and Neverfail Minnows and a host of others.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 3 The Kill Devil by Arlan Carter
An Affordable Top 10 by Bruce Dryer
W.D. Chapman of Theresa, New York by Arlan Carter
Heddon Quality Reels by Ron Gast
Insurance Alert by Rick Edmisten
The Barber Pole Baits  Part 2/ The Post Charmer Years By Bill Calhoun
Display Cases / Building an Effective Display by Dudley Murphy

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Ewert’s Artificial Bait in the Box .

December 1992 Volume 2 Issue Number 2

Cover Photo includes lures such as the Truck Oreno, Heddon Musky Minnow 700, Shakespeare Revolution and Others.

From the Editor by Dudley Murphy
In the Beginning Part 4 / Pepper McHarg  by Arlan Carter
Jim Heddons Frog by Bruce Dryer
Its Still out there by Rick Edmisten
Information about Oilers  by Dudley Murphy
Shakespeare Reels by Frank Stewart
The Search for William H Miller by Gerry Barrows
The Jackson Two / Mushroom and Croaker by Bill Sonnett

The Feature Lure shown in the Centerfold is the Shakespeare Albany Bait.

NFLCC Magazine Article Index 1992 Cover Gallery

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Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad 1916

Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad

This Moonlight Fish Spear Lure Ad comes from a 1916 Shakespeare Lure catalog, yes that wasn’t a mistype. The Fish Spear is a classic Moonlight bait we don’t get to see advertised much due to the scarcity of early Moonlight antique fishing lure catalogs. I do find it amusing the show the model 586W, as if we we able to see any other colors its published in a black and white catalog.

Fish Spear 

Floats, Dives, Swims and Wiggles.

The two points for line attachment regulate the action of the “Spear”. By attaching the line to the end of the bait a surface bait is produced. By attaching line at top of patented plane, an under water bait results, which has a darting, diving, swimming and wiggling motion, like a live minnow.

When not in motion the bait floats. The faster its retrieved, the deeper it goes in the water and the more pronounced the wobbling motion.

Finished in our high grade non-peeling waterproof enamel, handsomely trimmed and decorated, and equipped with the best grade treble hooks. Made in the following styles:

No. 586W     Fish Spear Bait – White. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586R     Fish Spear Bait – Red. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586Y     Fish Spear Bait – Yellow. Price Each  $ 0.65
No. 586S     Fish Spear Bait – Spotted. Price Each  $ 0.75

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Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures

Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures

Just a quick post to note the Country Living Facebook Cover Photo is now showing Fin and Flames Antique Lures

They published the article on their Facebook Page here, but got a few of the details mixed up like Heddon being the first lure producer, but O well…Country Living Article about Tackle

Here is a link to the article I wrote about the experience here

Country Living Antique Lures 

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2016-10-26T11:41:12+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures

Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904

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 second quality. I’m not sure of the difference between the two so if anyone wold like to tell me Id love to add it to the Wizard lure ad.  Maybe its the use of glass eyes versus tack, or paint finish quality. If you have any wizards for sale Id love to see them. I’m looking for a 3 hook Pflueger Wizard version right now.

Pfluegers “Wizard” Wooden Minnow

   The above minnows are ballasted so as to float belly down and can be used on or below the surface of the water according to the speed given it. The Spinners revolving freely in opposite directions produce a most tempting attraction to all game fish especially Bass. To get best results the minnow should be used in and around pads, rushes and places where game fish habitat. Don’t fail to keep the minnow on the move. 

Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904 Pflueger Wizard Lure Ad 1904

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Pflueger Wooden Minnows Article 1918

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 the Pflueger Crystal Minnow, The Comstock Flying Helgramite, and the Pflueger Trory Minnow Lures.

    WOODEN MINNOWS

As there seems to be some action on at the present time on the part of sporting writers in showing up relics of the past in the fishing tackle line, especially as regards wooden minnows or plug baits, the Enterprise Mfg. Co. Akron Ohio, have for the convenience of such writers gotten out an illustrated circular, “The Origin and Evolution of the Wooden Minnow Business”.

    EA Pflueger, president of the company furnishes some interesting information concerning the origin and evolution of the Wooden Minnow. He says, “We made our first Plug bait in the year 1881 in the form of a hollow glass minnow mounted with single and treble books at the tail and spinner at the head. This was heavy enough to cast properly and the minnow being filled with a mirror substance, also our Luminous material made it very attractive and a good seller. Following the Glass Minnow we made other casting baits all of which could be termed plug baits in the following order Rubber Minnows, Phantom […]

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The Thrill of the Hunt Country Living June 2016

The Thrill of the Hunt Country Living June 2016

The Thrill of the Hunt speaks volumes to many of us collectors, either in spirit or in dedication. Whether its that crazed passion that wakes us up in the morning 4 hours early to get to be first in line at the estate sale or travel 5 counties away to an auction on just a hunch. As a dedicated antique fishing lure or reel fanatic, don’t say the thought or reality has never crossed your mind of researching the past owners of sporting goods stores to trace down their nearest living relative, to see if they might have old stock. Most of us collectors are borderline hoarders, hunters and historians that really will go to many great lengths and expenses to add pieces to our collections. We as collectors have been known to travel thousands of miles and brave all sorts of environmental conditions, rain, sleet , snow and hail to be the first in line.

Well Mr or Mrs  Antique Lure or Reel Collector there is a different kind of line this month that you need to look in to see some of those items that we covet. Yep, you guessed it, the grocery line……Say What??? Country Living Magazine’s June 2016 issue expounds upon it’s regular series of articles themed around finding collectibles, antiques a various treasures. The “Thrill of the Hunt” is wonderfully written by a enthusiastic assistant editor who uses her zest for […]

2016-11-30T08:50:16+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Comments Off on The Thrill of the Hunt Country Living June 2016

Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure

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 and the use of no n traditional belly weights. The antique lure itself measures roughly 2 1/2″ to 2 3/4″ in length. The lure features glass eyes and a forward line tie at the front of the nose. The wooden lure features a fish shaped wooden tail and in btween the rear fin exits a reinforced tumbler or cup that the rear treble hook connects. The front hook is centered midway on the body of the lure and is secured by a surface type hardware. Looking at the Pakron the obvious difference in the lure is it uses haldf the head of the lre to make it dive deep and feast instead of a traditional belly weight.

Pflueger Pakron Minnow Lure Photo Gallery

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Woods Lollacapop

Woods Lollacapop

This tin of Woods Lollacapop is one of those things people can find to ad depth or character to their antique lure collection. Those that know me well know that I love a good story, and a ancillary item such as this as much as I love the antique fishing lures themselves. This Woods Lollacapop brand comes from one of my favorite pre 1800’s retailers of Sporting and Fishing Goods Reuben Woods of Syracuse NY.

Harken (I’m not sure if that is correct English but its #mystorytotell) back to a day when when you couldnt reach down in your fanny pack or Orvis or Simms Sling Pack, and grab your trusty aerosol can of deep woods off filled with great things like (Insert joke) DDT. You may ask yourself what anglers and woodsman of yesteryear would use, to fight off those pesky mosquitoes,or even worse if your a northern angler, those black flies. You’ll be surprise to find a funny named product called Lollacapop. One can first see its similarity to a child’s favorite candy name and why it may have never really caught on. Can you imagine accidentally mistaking this as a kid?

Lollacapop is a form of a salve or ointment which one of the ingredients was camphor. For those who have not been blessed with great grandparents our great aunts who had that distinctly medicine type wiff about them, you may have missed out on Camphor type […]

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Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903

In this Great Shakespeare Antique Lure Revolution HH Kiffe 1903 we see the Advertisement for not only the Worden Bucktail, but the Revolution.

SHAKESPEARE BAITS
The Shakespeare Revolution Spinner
The Shakespeare Bucktail Spinner

The Revolution Bait. A new departure in Fishing. Made entirely of Aluminum with First Quality Treble Hooks attached with Rings. It catches fish. It catches more and larger fish than live Bait when used at the same time and place. Adapted for trolling, casting and splashing. It does away with the troublesome task of catching live before going fishing. The peculiar construction of the revolving blades allows the bait to be drawn through rushes and weeds without snagging the hooks. It is particularly good bait for bass, pickerel, muskalonge, and every fish that takes a live bait.

Instructions to Fishermen

Trolling. – Attach the Revolution Bait to a line and troll close to the edge of the rushes and lily pads, and just between deep and shallow water. In the morning evening and after dark is the best time for trolling.

Bait Casting.- Use a short Rod from 5 to 7 feet long a fine smooth line and a free running quadruple reel. Wind the line until the bait is close to the rod then the bait from 50 to 75 feet from the boat, allowing the reel to run free. Keep your boat in deep water and […]

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Heddon Antique Lure Ad 1904

Heddon Antique Lure Ad 1904

This Heddon Antique Lure Ad was found in a 1904 VL&A Fishing Tackle Catalog showing the following antique lures.

The Dowagiac Expert No. 1

The Dowagiac Minnow No. 1 1/2

The Dowagiac Underwater Expert No. 3

The Dowagiac Killer No. 5

What a great find early Heddon Adds are few and far between, especially pre teens. I had been doing some research on another neat article I used for a blog entry; the article Artificial Lures for Black Bass written in 1905. When the author reference a Number code for Heddon Lures that they had tried, and were successful on catching black bass with. It struck me as I had seen some somewhere else a reference to the number 2 in regards to a Dowagiac Expert lure, and have seen it in my 1903 Catalog, however that could just be Pritzlaff’s ordering scheme or catalog entry for the lure. Now with this lure I’m really confused as the author in the Artificial Lures for black bass had a picture template, albeit black and white, and No.1 looked like whats listed below at a Heddon 1 1/2. But he calls his other lure a number No 3 which has a single rear hook, with a minnow type body, with the photo having been taken from above. All his hooks seemed to have been changes to single hooks so its not that I question. 

So as […]

2016-10-26T11:41:19+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Antique Lure Ad 1904

Artificial Lures for Black Bass

Artificial Lures for Black Bass Artificial Lures for Black Bass

The Chapter Artificial Lures for Black Bass out of  a 1905 “The Book of Basses”  is a great read. The article is about their opinions on artificial lures and the experience the author has had. You also note the illustrations are done by Louis Rhead. the famous fly tier. They cover great antique lures such as the Coaxer, the Dowagiac, the Yellow Kid, Silver Soldier and many more. I wished there had been a color plate of the lures rather than black and white, but its still enjoyable none the less. I also find interesting his choice of lures as the Coaxer was though to have come out in 1905, and I would think that it would pose an interesting challenge for speedy publishing to release a lure, fish it, evaluate and print an article the same year as the lure was introduced.

I’m also perplexed at to what the Dowagiac Bronze Number 3 is? I’m guessing it would be a modified 400 or series 450 do to the photographed shape and is found in the bronze or gold coloring and without a rear spinner or a Heddon underwater Expert (but that never came in Bronze as far as I know). It couldn’t be an Artistic with a single hook it was said to have been released in 1907. Cant be the #20 Baby Dowagiac as it was 1909. What is it? […]

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Michigan Life Like Minnow Ad FS May 1909

Michigan Life Like Minnow Ad

This Michigan Life Like Minnow Ad was in the Field and Stream May 1909 magazine.

“We here illustrate the Michigan life like minnow which during the brief time it has been in use has proven a killer for all sorts of game fish. The distinctive features are the jointed tail and the three bladed propeller which in its operation causes the flexible body to wiggle in imitation of a live minnow swimming. The hooks are easily detachable and cannot possibly tangle or interlock as they cannot swing forward. Beautifully finished with a special waterproof finish and all spinners and hooks heavily nickeled to prevent rusting. In a variety of colors to adapt it to different waters and species of fish. Made by Adolph Arntz 26 Western avenue Muskegon Michigan.”

Michigan Life Like Minnow Ad Michigan Life Like Minnow Ad

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Drake Sea Bat Lure in Box

Drake Sea Bat

This Drake Sea Bat lure in the box is circa 1932. This interesting lure has 2 adjustable diving planes on each side affixed via tube. Inside the tube there is a BB that makes the lure turn into a rattle lure. The lure was made by Harry Drake from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I believe the lure was only offered in red and white. The lure has a forward line tie and 2 trailing treble hooks.

As the box states “The new sensational bait for all game fish. Has adjustable fins for shallow or deep fishing. With its unique side to side action and trail of bubble from hollow tube the Sea Bat is a Killer. The Bait Does the Trick. To adjust fins, loosen Brass Screw 1/2 Turn. Set fins as desired and tighten screw lightly. When fins are set in line with the body bait travels near surface. When inclined slightly downward, bait travels at greater depth.”

Drake Sea Bat Gallery

2016-10-26T11:41:22+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Comments Off on Drake Sea Bat Lure in Box

Heddon Big Mary Lure Salt Water Special

Heddon Big Mary

The Heddon Big Mary Lure is another antique lure in the Salt Water Special series lure line up. The antique lure shown is series 800, and the color code is a letter P for Shiner Scale. The lure would have been housed in a red border up leaping bass box marked 809P. The lure was offered in few different salt water finish colors as well as a few of Heddon’s more primary and common finishes, yet they are not common at all on this lure.. This wooden, glass eyed, Dowagiac Michigan made antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1926, and has a wooden fish shaped tail. This antique Heddon fishing lure is shown in Heddon’s Bar Rig Hardware on the front trailing treble hook, and screw eye for the rear. The Big Mary has only a single forward line tie placed at the front of the nose. The fishing lure does feature weights to help the lure dive deeper in the water.

Heddon Big Mary Lure Gallery

Below is a Page from a Heddon Lure Catalog Showing the Standard Heddon Colors available on the Heddon Big Mary antique lure.

Heddon Big Mary Lure Ad Heddon Big Mary Lure Ad

2016-10-26T11:41:25+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Big Mary Lure Salt Water Special

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure

This Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper antique fishing lure has always been one of my favorite Shakespeare antique lures of its period. The antique lure itself was first introduced into the Shakespeare antique lure line up around 1927. The Plopper would become Shakespeare of Kalamazoo Michigan’s model series number 6511. This wooden, glass eyed, antique lure measures in at 3 3/4″ inches in length. The 711 Plopper came with two standard size treble hooks, the forward most being used in conjunction with the cup rig hardware, and the rear utilizing a traditional screw eye type.

I’m not sure if its the carved fish tail, or the slanted glass eye adorned face that gives its appeal. This Shakespeare fishing lure came in a host of paint scheme color finishes for the period, the standards (Red and White, Black) plus the photo type finishes that were the A typical of this time for the Shakespeare Bait Company. The antique lure is shown here in the correct end labeled antique lure box with the correct period or era hang tag making it a complete package.

Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Antique Lure Gallery

2017-06-14T09:58:22+00:00 March 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare 7-11 Plopper Lure in Frog Spot

Heddon Vamp in Goldfish

Heddon Vamp in Goldfish

This Heddon Vamp in Goldfish is a series 7500, and painted in Heddon Goldfish color, a color we as lure collectors cant seem to get enough of. The lure was first produced in 1920 and was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son lineup. The color is a tough to find and very desirable goldfish color, code K. Should you have it, the proper box for this antique lure would be a red border down leaping bass box marked 7509K. The lure has crystal clear flawless glass eyes, with the typical green eye shadow you find on goldfish colored lures of this era. This antique fishing lure has a engraved diving plane, the lure is stenciled Heddon on the belly, and has L rig hardware holding 3 treble hooks. This Heddon lure and dates roughly to around the mid 1920’s.

This golden age era of antique fishing tackle saw the introduction of many lure models that seem to last for decades. This vamp itself is really in marvelous condition and a solid EX+ and was a joy to hold and photograph, and I use that grade very conservative on most lures. The vamp lure is a great lure to collect as there are as many different colors as styles, shapes, hardware configuration, and sizes. Many of these varieties I will do entries for in time.

Heddon Goldfish Vamp Antique Lure Gallery

2017-06-14T09:53:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Vamp in Goldfish