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Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

The Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure is another lure in the trio produced by the company. Based in Detroit Michigan, on Morgan Drive, this famous antique lure maker was probably more noted for it’s “Action Rod”. The company founded in the late 1940s by co-owners Lewis Adam and A. Johnson. The Slippery Slim is the most obscure of the the Kick N Kackle and the Bottom Scratcher brethren. The antique lure was made in the early 1950’s and measure 2 3/8″ in length. The Slippery Slim was jointed in construction, its head being larger then the rear section. The lure has 2 trebles to secure its catch and a smaller diving lip attached at the nose to bring the lure down to the depths of its catch.

We have a Black & White Slippery Slim in on Consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure
If you have lures you would like to sell or consign please contact me.

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Above is a Photo of Company Letterhead borrowed from Dr Todd’s Fishing For History Blog
The Slippery Slim lure was housed in a clear plastic hinged clam shell box. The box will have the name printed on the bottom left.The lure was only made in a few primary colors unlike its brothers, such as the “Bottom Scratcher” which can be seen on the color Chart I did a post on.

Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-13T18:17:24+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

This Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure is a series 3500. This wooden glass eyed Creek Chub Bait Company lure made in Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1929. The antique lure measures 5″ inches in length. The Silver Flash Example below in the gallery is believed to have been a prototype of sorts and has some modifications from the normal ones found. You ‘ll notice the reinforcement of the rear of the lure where the line tie enters the back compared to the Golden Shiner example in the gallery. This has almost the same type of reinforcement a certain South Bend Surf Oreno Models. The wire through rigging seems to be a bit beefier (is that a word) than most and you’ll notice the absence of the rimmed cups.

Another eye catcher is this Husky Injured Minnow only has 2 treble hooks to secure its prey after its caught, while most have 3 on the Golden Shiner Production model below. Even the props look different and have more of a rounded mickey mouse look than the normal. The Husky Injured Minnow was in and out of production from its release in 1929 to 1961.

The lure was made and can be found in your typical Creek Chub Antique Lure colors:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
04 Golden Shiner (Shown Below)
05 Red Side / Dace
18 Silver Flash (Shown in Gallery)

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Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure Gallery

 

2017-10-29T09:24:02+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Injured Minnow Lure

Barracuda Blooper Lure

Barracuda Blooper Lure

The Barracuda Blooper Lure was made by The Florida Fishing Tackle Manufacturing Company, Barracuda Brand and was found in the 1940’s. The wooden lure was a series number 88 in the Barracuda brand line up. The lure can be found in an array of color scheme finishes besides the rainbow color pattern shown. The wooden lure is 4 1″2″ inches in length taking a standard popper lure type shape. The antique lure has a line tie in the recessed mouth or front of the lure. The lure has two trailing treble hooks one secured with a rimless cup the other attached with the screw in loop at the rear of the lure. The lure shown in the photo gallery below is shown with the earlier correctly stamped on the end model box, and can be found in a plastic topped one later on as well. 

Barracuda Blooper Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:33:31+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Barracuda Blooper Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure was a transition from its very popular Cork Bodied fly lures over to plastic, or spook bodied lures. The Wilder Dilg itself came to be 16 years prior to this culmination. The spook bodies began production in 1939 and were in the Fly lure catalog line up until 1954. These two examples shown are the larger of the Wilder Dilg feathered fly, and are a model number 910. The 910 series measures 3 1/4″ in length. The lure has painted eyes a feather hackle and the largest using a fixed, barbed No. 1 size hook to secure its catch.

The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly was offered in a half dozen cataloged finishes.

XRW Red & White Shore Minnow
XBW Black & White Shore Minnow
XRG Green Shore Minnow
XRS Silver Shore Minnow
XRY Yellow Shore Minnow
XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-08T20:06:54+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

Clinton Little Wonder Lure

Clinton Little Wonder Lure

The Clinton Little Wonder Lure is one of my favorites. This “Barber Pole” style lure was made by The Clinton Wilt Manufacturing Company out of Springfield Missouri. While patented in 1913, I believe the antique lure to have been around a few years preceding it based on the magazine articles available. This wooden lure measures 3 1/4″ in length. This antique fishing lure is made with a wire through construction. The lure features a three blade tail spinner which allows the body of the lure to rotate while the front spinner rotates in the opposite direction. There is a weighted keel which balances the lure and keeps it from twisting up the line upon retrieval.

The Clinton Little Wonder antique lure used both the 70’s and 80’s series of numbers to define its coloring scheme. Available in 8 different colors, the same as its larger brother the Clinton Wilt Champion.

No 71 White red stripe
No 73 Orange red stripe
No 76 Gold red stripe
No 77 White green stripe
No 79 Orange green
No 81 Gold green stripe
No 83 Red green stripe
No 86 Oreen orange stripe

Clinton Little Wonder Lure Photo Gallery

Clinton Little Wonder Patent Information

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The Greatest Baits To Ever Troll The Water

We offer the sporting world the most practical and the most perfected artificial baits ever invented baits that are doing MORE to Increase the real sport of angling than any devices of the age. We invite and urge a comparison the most rigid comparison under any and all conditions with any artificial bait on the market or in the world.

THESE BAITS ARE MARVELS OF EASY ACTION PERFECTLY SMOOTH IN OPERATION They whirl through the water with the ease and grace of alive minnow glittering and beautiful. They CANNOT twist the line Both heads and bodies are perfectly balanced and revolve with more freedom and ease than any baits on the market. Heads and bodies revolve In opposite directions forcing an even position of the minnows in both trolling and casting. A three blade spinner revolves the body the head spinner revolving In an opposite direction on both models. The Champion Is fitted with double hooks on each side and a treble hook on the tail and are so arranged that they CANNOT become locked or get out of striking position.

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THE BEST ARTIFICIAL BAITS ANY FISHERMAN EVER TROLLED

MR JOBBER and DEALER get busy with your pen and order a supply and give your trade a chance at these great sellers. […]

2017-04-25T17:02:42+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Clinton Little Wonder Lure

Tempter Frog Antique Lure

Tempter Frog Antique Lure

The Tempter Frog Antique Lure is always a fun lure to find. The antique fly eater was made around 1930 and comes from a place we don’t see a lot of lure manufacturers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its namesake being the name of the company, The Tempter Bait Company located at 707 Forbes Street. This frog type fishing lure is made of a rubber composite. Using a cloth type material the Tempter Frog has jointed legs which bend to run parallel to the rear hook. The antique lure has a single forward line tie that also has weedless whiskers, for the lack of a better term protruding from the line tie. The frog lure has a forward downward facing single hook inset into the belly of the lure. From between the legs you will find it has a larger longer single upward facing hook. The large rear hook is also protected by the whiskers to help with its weedless properties.

The Tempter is a hand painted fishing lure giving it a classic look for any antique lure collector to enjoy. Whether you specialize or focus just on collecting frog lures or have a miscellaneous collection of all the Tempter will fit in nicely. This musky or large bass versions measures in at 4″ in length. While the Tempter Frog can be found in a smaller Fly Fishing or Spinning size at 2 1/4″ in size. If you r lucky enough to find one, you can then seek out its box. A plain brown in color antique lure box with two small green frogs in the center at apposing sides with “The Tempter Bass Bait” above them and “The Tempter Bait Co.” below.

Tempter Frog Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-04-24T13:47:43+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Tempter Frog Antique Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure

The Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure was first introduced in the early 1920’s by the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. This wooden, glass eyed lure was deemed a series 1900 before being Called a Zig Zag which was previously used on another earlier Minnow. This jointed or segmented two piece lure is held together with a screw eye type rigging and measures 3 1/4″ in length. The lure features a slanted and notched out head, mouth or front section which holds the small leader that comes pre-attached to the antique lure line tie. The Zig Zag has two treble hooks one on each of the segments secured to the lure with a screw eye.

The 1900 was available in six different colors:
1901     Red Head Gold Body
1903     Green Scale
1904     Red Head White Body
1907     Gold Scale ( As Shown in the Photo Gallery Below)
1908     Blue Scale
1909     Yellow Perch

Here’s a copy from a page of my 1920’s Moonlight Antique Fishing Lure Catalog:

No. 1900 Series

A Perfect Jointed lure that wobbles the head and wiggles the tail. A real substitute for live minnows. He will struggle on the surface like a helpless cripple, or he will swim vigorously under the water like a frightened minnow. It is hard to believe that any lure will ever be invented that is in every way more satisfactory.

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Moonlight 1900 Zig Zag Lure Photo Gallery

 

2017-04-15T07:31:45+00:00 April 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|1 Comment

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

In the Black Bass Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley article from 1904 printing of Angling Stories we get this great article from James Heddon, I think. The book is a compilation of Angling stories from other Magazines, such as Sports Afield. We see in the article penned by James Heddon describe his meeting a fish slayer, angler of poise Mrs. Janette Hawley on a trip to Mohawk Florida. The reason I say may have been written is, we see the author use  “Billy Bass” which was a pen name for Will Heddon, and we also see him introduce a person to whom hes never met, Mrs. Janette Hawley. Notice the name spelling difference, as Mrs. Jeantte Hawley is the pen name for Will’s wife Laura, who used the Janette Hawley name as a Pen name as well a year later in 1905. It may just be an accident or different spelling. Just strikes me as odd. We also see them use it on “The Mohawk Casting and trolling Bait” in 1905 as well on the box labels.

Could this be the introduction to the Pen name by James Heddon for Laura to use in later fishing articles as she became more prevalent in the Heddon Company? Could this bee Will writing under his dads name? Or, I ask, could this really have been the person who inspired the fictitious character? I don’t pretend to know early Heddon history I just put forth what I came across in the Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Jaenette Hawley article and Ill let you or the Heddon experts decide.

Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

    DEAR SPORTS AFIELD; Since last November your correspondent has been whipping the waters of southern inland Florida to a foam with the short casting rod Black Wonder silk lines. Dowagiac baits and minor other good and useful parts of the angler’s kit. This is my third sojourn in this state of the big mouth bass and it seems that there are no end to the valuable points to learn. I am often astonished that I haven t before met with some of the confrontations that come up from day to day. The standard No. 5 Expert Kingfisher silk casting line (which I have always used and think I always will use in the North) won’t do at all for the big bass of these waters. It will land many of them but is almost sure to fail when tested by the big ones the very ones we are most desirous of securing. If the line were always fresh at the lure end and the water always deep and clear the experienced Florida angler could land a 20 pounder with the Expert No 5; but we must be better prepared and I have never seen a casting line that combined strength and smooth, running qualities in the same degree as does […]

2017-04-12T12:07:15+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Black Bass in Florida James Heddon Janette Hawley

Roller Flasher Antique Lure

Roller Flasher Antique Lure

The Roller Flasher Antique Lure was fist introduced in 1949. This lure was made by the B & J Tackle Company of Detroit Michigan. This antique lure measures 2 1/2″ in length. The lure has painted eyes and the bottom of the lure is thinner than the top. The lure has a single forward line tie and diving lip which is inset back into the lure.

The bottom thinner section of the antique lure has a metal strip on the sides adding flash appeal in the water. The brown withe red lettering box states it’s “The Plug with the flash of a spoon”. The top section is a traditional painted eye lure which was available in different colors. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch, the middle it attached via a washer screw eye. The first example in the gallery below is housed in a wonderful condition lure box, the second showing a variation in color.

Roller Flasher Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-03-30T08:48:12+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Roller Flasher Antique Lure

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

The Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure was first introduced in 1919. This wooden chunk bait antique fishing lure measure 2 1/4″ in length and was rather plain in appearance. The lure features a single forward screw eye line tie at the nose of the lure. Having only one double hook atached at the rear face of the lure via a faceted screw eye. This directly apposes or is in the opposite direction at which the lure retrieved, allowing the lure to boast its wededless properties. The lure wass only availble in a small limited amount of colors.

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The ad above exclaims; “Wilsons Grass Widow This chunky little bait shown above is weedless but not fishless. Slides in and out up among the pads and rushes. Sure sets the big ones wild when they are lying up in the shallows. Gathers in every fair strike.

 

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Here is Art Wilson’s Latest- a Black Bass Contest! $200 in Prizes

Art Wilson says that there must be a few really sizable bass still residin in the waters of this here North America. Art allows also that he would kinda like to see the color of their hair. So he has rigged up a friendly little contest for all good bass fisherman. Fair Field Open to All. No Strings. And darn little “tape” red or otherwise.

Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2016-07-07T23:38:30+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Wilson Grass Widow Antique Lure

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|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures

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