The CORPORATE HISTORY FRED ARBOGAST COMPANY 1925-47; Part I is so eloquently written by author Kevin Virden who knowledge and expertise on the subject matter is quite evident in his first piece about the industry and collector favorite company, The Fred Arbogast Company. Below is a small excerpt from this highly informative and enjoyable first part to what will be a enlightening walk down the street in Akron, Ohio.

As records of the Fred Arbogast Company, Incorporated indicate, Fred Arbogast’s business was incorporated in 1946, just one year short of his passing in October 1947. The business was well-known at this time and although not as large as their crosstown rival Enterprise Manufacturing Company, known as Pflueger, it kept significant
presence not only in Akron, Ohio, but the fishing community in general.

In this series, we will chronicle the corporate history of the Fred Arbogast Company from its founding until the untimely passing of the founder in 1947. Along the way, we will discover many unknown facts about the firm, many of which will cause jaws to drop and eyes to open wide. The information which forms the base of this series of articles comes from a variety of Arbogast family sources and company records. When done, it will cause many of us to reevaluate what we know about the Fred Arbogast Company.

In this first section, what many people do not know about Fred’s company, is that […]

2018-02-24T11:52:05+00:00 February 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Funhouse Friday February 23 2018

Funhouse Friday February 23 2018

The Video of the Week

Kentucky Afield does a lot of great videos, including this survey of Lew Kornman’s tackle collection.

12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Congress Trade Minnows from Supplee-Biddle Hardware are always fun.


I think CCBC Red Wing Black Bird is one of my top five lure colors, especially on a lure like the Pop ‘N Dunk.


Not sure how rare this J.C. Dicks surf lure is, but it is pretty cool.


These Field & Stream Musky Honor Pins are SUPER rare.


Always like these Heddon 100s in the white label box.


My favorite CCBC lure is the Creek Chub Gar.</br?


Your instant collection alert are these 47 Split Shot Tins.


A Shakespeare Metalized Minnow is a beautiful bait.


This Bourne & Bond Minnow Bucket is a very rare find.


I like howSewell Dunton rods are getting more respect.


A Zangi Audax is another great model from this Italian company.



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As always, have a great weekend — and be good to each other, and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

2018-02-23T06:59:23+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Days off Fishing with flies for trout Louis Read

Days off Fishing with flies for trout Louis Read

Days off Fishing with flies for trout Louis Read; Louis John Rhead (1857-1926) was one of the most important illustrators of his era and an outdoor writer and tackle maker of note. Best remembered today for his children’s book illustrations, he wrote a number of fishing books and wrote dozens of articles in major magazines in a career that spanned over five decades. This article was one of many he penned on trout fishing; of note is that he also did the cover illustration for the magazine, which the editor of Amateur Sportsman, Dwight W. Huntington, wrote: “We vary our front page illustration this time by presenting to our readers a picture that will appeal to every fisherman. Mr. Louis Rhead, the artist who prepared the original, is well known as a painter of fishing pictures, who was awarded the gold medal for trout and salmon pictures at the St. Louis exhibition. His pictures have been exhibited in all the galleries here and abroad. He has illustrated and written articles for every sporting journal in America, and for many in England and France. When we asked him how this picture compared with his other works, Mr. Rhead said: ‘It is the best picture I have done, representing an expert angler doing a difficult thing in quick water, landing a double catch on flies.’ High praise indeed! — Ed.

Days off: fishing with flies for trout
By […]

2018-02-22T10:42:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

No Serious Injury to Domestic Fishing Rod Industry

No Serious Injury to Domestic Fishing Rod Industry


No Serious Injury to Domestic Fishing Rod Industry; This may not be great literature but it is important historically to the fishing industry. In the late 1970s, American rod making concerns saw a steep decline in sales due to the economic recession and foreign imports. As a group, they applied to the U.S. International Trade Commission for relief. After a thorough analysis the Commission released a 114 page report in which the lead investigator declared conclusively that the rod industry was being decimated by imports. Despite this finding, the commission declared that foreign rods “are not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat thereof, to the domestic industry producing articles like or directly competitive with the imported articles.” Their logic for this decision is reprinted below. It might be good to recognize that when the study began in 1978, there were over forty domestic rod making companies. By the end of the 1980s there were almost none left, and most of those still in business were having their rods made overseas. — Ed.

By the United States Trade Commission

…………Data were obtained by the Commission on average wholesale prices received by manufacturers and importers for their best-selling rods. These data are difficult to interpret because of numerous significant differences in the characteristics of […]

2018-02-21T08:05:23+00:00 February 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Tight Lines Tuesday Firestone’s Treasures

Tight Lines Tuesday Firestone’s Treasures

In this episode of Tight Lines Tuesday Firestone’s Treasures, John Etchison thells us;

In the 1930s and 1940s the Firestone Tire Company of Akron Ohio sold a lot more than just tires. Their tire and auto supply stores also carried everything from radios and appliances to sporting goods too. Among the rarest of the Firestone fishing tackle items to find today are the original silk fishing lines like the BLACK TREASURE brand and the SILVER TREASURE brand waterproofed colored lines that were made exclusively for Firestone by the Newton Line Company for only 3 years: 1939, 1940, and 1941.

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2018-02-20T07:38:09+00:00 February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Bait Casting Reels Lloyd Tooley

Bait Casting Reels Lloyd Tooley

Bait Casting Reels Lloyd Tooley; Lloyd J. Tooley was an outstanding tournament caster, angler, and tackle maker. The originator of the short “Kalamazoo” style bait casting rod, he also marketed a fishing lure that is quite collectible today. Here he surveys the state of bait casting reels in a very exciting period in reel development for The Sporting Goods Dealer. — Ed

……..Among the mighty army of anglers there are very few who can afford to waste their time experimenting. When the fisherman gets a reel it is to be, perhaps, his only companion for many an hour, and his enjoyment is made more or less by the way his reel does what is required of it. And what is required of it? First, strength; second, symmetry; third, free running qualities; fourth, balance. Any instrument is made strong by the material put into it and the method of construction. A reel to stand the hard wear and usage of bait casting must be constructed of a material strong yet noncorrosive. German silver is of all known practical metals the best, with brass heavily nickel plated and aluminum second and third. Hard rubber cannot be used alone, owing to its tendency to warp when heated; yet when reinforced with metal it becomes a substantial and handsome material. It is essential that the reel should be put together in a substantial and solid manner, without complicated or delicate parts. While we all […]

2018-02-21T08:27:26+00:00 February 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Tale of the Trout Stream William Hulbert

Tale of the Trout Stream William Hulbert

Tale of the Trout Stream William Hulbert; Technically, this is not strictly a fishing article. It’s a piece of fiction about a trout’s life in which fishermen and fishing play a tangential role. The author, William Davenport Hulbert (1868-1913), was a noted environmental writer best known for his book White Pine Days on the Taquamenon, an exceptional book about about logging in Michigan. Mostly, however, the article is remembered for its lovely illustrations by Walter Manly Hardy (1877-1933), a noted illustrator and artist from Brewer, Maine. — Ed.

By William Davenport Hulbert

It was winter, and the trout stream ran low in its banks,
hidden from the sky by a thick shell of ice and snow. But the trout stream was used to that, and it slipped along in the semi-darkness, undismayed, talking to itself in low, murmuring tones, and dreaming of the time when spring should come back and all the rivers should be full.

Mingled with its waters, and borne onward and downward
by its current, were multitudes of the tiniest bubbles and particles of air — most of them too small to be seen by the human eye, yet large enough to be the very breath of life to thousands and thousands of living creatures. They went wherever the water could go, and some of them worked down into the gravel of the riverbed, and there, between the pebbles, […]

2018-02-21T08:28:27+00:00 February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure

Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure

The Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure was a creation of the Fred Rhinehart Tackle Company out of Ohio. The Musky Buzzer lure was first introduced in 1948 and made through 1962. At 5″ the Musky Surface buzzer antique lure was the largest of the molded plastic (Tenite) lures offered by the Fred Rhinehart Company. Expounding upon the success of its smaller brethren the Jinx the Buzer filled a certain niche inside the Rhinehart line up.

We have a Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure in con consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Rinehart Musky Buzer Lure
If you have lures you would like to sell or consign, please contact me.

The paperwork for the Buzer states “The Musky Surface Lure Buzer is a top water lure floats high and makes a buzzing noise. The Spinners make a commotion on the surface that attract the Musky and Pike. Also Salt water Game Fish. Made in Tenite, in hard durable finishes that will not crack peel or chip. Recommended for Musky, Great Northern Pike and other large fresh and salt water game fish. Weight approximately one ounce and a quarter, length 5 inches. Packed in individual boxes one dozen to master box in assorted color or straight patterns.”

The Musky Buzer was made in the three categories of finishes, Transparent, Not Transparent and Luminous. Inside these three categories an astonishing amount of variations were available, […]

2018-02-18T09:31:52+00:00 February 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Angling Echoes This Fly and That Fly

Angling Echoes This Fly and That Fly

Angling Echoes This Fly and That Fly; Thad Norris was affectionately known as “Uncle Thad” to his legion of fans and readers. The author of one of the most important books on angling in American history — The American Angler’s Book (1864) — he was also a rod maker of genius and a talented fly tier as well. This is one of his numerous epistles on the fly tier’s art. — Ed.

By Thaddeus Norris

A year or so back, when writing out the instructions for incipient fly tyers which appeared in your columns, I intimated, or perhaps threatened, an article on flies with the above title. I say threatened” because I am disposed, while I humor and laugh at the prejudices and notions of fly fishers, to chide them kindly for their fastidiousness on points that are not in the least essential. Mr. H. Cholmondely Pennell, an angler of long and varied experience, in his “Modern Practical Angler” declares that is it vanity and vexation of spirit, this multiplication of names and varieties of combinations of “fur and feather,” and settles down to three simple trout flies — if flies they can be called — and avers that they all meet all the necessities of the angler. These, as described and depicted in his books, are three simple, bristly-looking hackles — brown, yellow, and green — the butt of the hackle forming […]

2018-02-16T08:47:55+00:00 February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Friday Funhouse Feburary 16 2018

Friday Funhouse Feburary 16 2018

The Video of the Week

If you don’t know Andy Foster — former president of ORCA — watch this video as he gives a great overview of antique fishing reels.

12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Holy moly are these two Tuna Jigs blowing up!


This is a really intricately engraved Winchester #2644 Reel.


This is another great Heddon 150.


This Heddon #900 in the box is driving the Heddon folks wild.


Storm Wiggle Warts are just plain hot right now.


I really love the Green Crackleback color especially on a Heddon River Runt.


A mint Penn Model 249 is a great find.


A Hildebrandt dealer display case is superb.


An early Pflueger Medalist #1392 is an iconic fly reel.


This Doug English Advertising Lure is incredible — Doug gave them out every Christmas to friends and clients.


This CCBC Wagtail Chub is a nice find.


2018-02-16T09:05:10+00:00 February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Tight Lines Tuesday Trout Assortment

Tight Lines Tuesday Trout Assortment
by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Trout Assortment; Finding a rare brand of fishing line that was made more than 85 years ago is almost impossible for a collector of antique fishing tackle to do these days and then finding the identity of the graphics artist that provided the image for the label is even harder still. But sometimes fate is kind and you find both within the very same week and you simply cannot believe your extreme good fortune. This rare “Trout Assortment” brand fishing line was introduced by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York in the late 1920s and the artwork for both the line spool label and the cover of the Outdoor America magazine published in April 1927 were produced by the great outdoor writer and illustrator Charles Otis Wilson.

So, on this Tuesday I am feeling very fortunate indeed to add this little antique tackle treasure to my collection and to be able to identify both its artist and its age too.

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2018-02-13T07:14:48+00:00 February 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Sunday Reads Trout Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes

Sunday Reads Trout Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes

Sunday Reads Trout Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes; Edward Seymour was a classic Eastern “sport” — one of the those wealthy New Englanders who were among the first to frequent the nearly pristine wilderness of the northeast. His article reproduced here is widely considered one of the most important pieces of fishing literature of its time, important not just for influencing many others to try the fishing in Maine but also for its amazingly detailed description of life in a Rangeley camp. The article gave greater fame to the author when it was collected into a book of fishing essays in 1883, and as late as 1918 was being excerpted at length in major sporting magazines. It’s still a joy to read almost a century and a half after it was written and is a wealth of information to those seeking to understand fly fishing in the nineteenth century. — Ed.


By Edward Seymour

………..Before describing Camp Kennebago in detail, it may be as well to give in brief a sketch of the history of the Oquossoc Angling Association, of which organization this camp is the headquarters. So long as thirty years ago, a sportsman now and then worked his way through the wilderness to these lakes, but it is only within the last fifteen years that the Rangeley, Kennebago and Cupsuptuc Lakes, with the upper end of Mooselucmaguntic, have become at all well […]

2018-02-11T08:52:23+00:00 February 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Fishing for History Friday Funhouse 2-9-2018

Fishing for History Friday Funhouse 2-9-2018

Fishing for History Friday Funhouse 2-9-2018; The Video of the Week

If you’ve never been introduced to Lee Sisson, you need to check out this short video to learn how he impacted Bagley Baits.

12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This is a BEAST of a Heddon Musky Lure.

I’ve seen a lot of Bear Creek Decoys growing up in Northern Minnesota but I don’t know if I’ve seen any that were this popular!

A Gold Ambassadeur 5500C is a great find!

This early wood minnow (possibly Woods?) has gotten a lot of interest.

I’ve always felt the Shakespeare underwater minnows like this Kazoo 3-Hook were greatly underrated.

You won’t find a nicer Horton Meek #5 combo than this one!

English made baits are always fun to collect and this old Devon is no exception.

This Don Musso Needlefish is a rare example of saltwater lure craftsmanship.

Several things I like about this Zangi 3V. First, its a classic Italian spinning reel. Second, its in a Taico box — a company best known for cheap Japanese imports. The American Import Co. (TAICO) did in fact import tackle from around the globe, not just Japan.

An old brass clamp […]

2018-02-09T12:33:43+00:00 February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Big Fish that got us at Sombrero Light Key

Big Fish that got us at Sombrero Light Key

Big Fish that got us at Sombrero Light Key; Bill DeWitt was a major figure in the fishing tackle trade from the 1930s through the 1950s. As owner of the Shoe Form Company in Auburn, New York, he opened Bill DeWitt Baits as a division of his firm and sold fishing lures and assorted tackle made of “pyra-shell,” a type of plastic. He also bought out a defunct hook making firm in Redditch, England and had the machines shipped to Auburn, where he manufactured fish hooks for over two decades. In this article, published in the Sporting Goods Dealer, he recounts a fishing trip to Florida. — Ed.

The Big Fish that got us at Sombrero Light Key

THERE is good fishing at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but the far-off waters look the more enticing, and we had a yen for the blue
waters and the big fish around Sombrero Light. So, about half an hour before dawn, we slipped away from our mooring on the New River, tingling with excitement, using our running lights and spotlight to find the channel and the markers. Our party consisted of Mrs. DeWitt, my friend, Dr. R.F. Johnson, the skipper and myself. Our departure had been preceded by the usual five or six days of frantic work in checking our craft, the “Caroline,” to be sure that motor, hull, steering apparatus, compass supplies, and cooking utensils were all ship-shape.

2018-02-09T07:31:44+00:00 February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Dozey Boy Vintage Lure

Dozey Boy Vintage Lure

The Dozey Boy Vintage Lure is considered a mechanical or a spring loaded type lure. The lure dates to the 1950-60’s time frame. Made  by the Accepted Lure Company and Hasand Inc. out of 6055 Wichita Ave, Cleveland, Ohio. This non-descriptive plastic fishing lure measures in right around 3″ in length. The lure has two single hooks on the side, that when pressure is placed on the front line tie it inserts the two hooks into the fishes mouth.

We have a Red & White Dozey Boy in on Consignment this week, click below to view.
Dozey Boy Lure
If you have lures to sell or consign please contact me.

This no eyed plastic lure is weedless and has two tines coming out in proximity to the two single hooks making it weedless. The lure can be found in less than a handful of color configurations mostly in the two tone style.

Dozey Boy Lure Gallery

2018-02-08T21:14:47+00:00 February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Sneak Peek Angling Echoes February Cover

Sneak Peek Angling Echoes February Cover

Sneak Peek Angling Echoes February Cover; Wont be long and our 2nd issue will be out. Here is a Sneak Peek at February’s cover and a few of the story titles.

Come take a look, and view a free high quality copy in flip-book form inside the page. Or for less than a cup of coffee download a copy in PDF or Flip Book format.

To Read the Premier Jan Issue for Free, containing many great stories that had been lost in time visit the Premier Issue of Angling Echoes in its entirety, please visit

2018-02-07T18:56:03+00:00 February 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Introduces Color

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Introduces Color

by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Kingfisher Introduces Color; Kingfisher Introduces Color – 108 years ago in 1910 the E J Martin’s Sons company of Rockville Connecticut introduced color into the bird image and labels of their famous Kingfisher brand of silk fishing lines for the first time sine 1890. That very first year, and for only one year their wooden spools were painted gold, and for that one year only the border around the bird was green in color instead of red (it remained red for more than 30 years after) There are only a handful of the green border Kingfisher labels still in existence today making this spool of fishing line one of the very rarest.

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2018-02-06T07:44:09+00:00 February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The Frostfish and the Dry Fly


THE FROSTFISH AND THE DRY FLY; Edward T. Whiffen is one of the great forgotten outdoor writers of the early part of the twentieth century. A playwright and poet of note, he penned a number of eclectic outdoor articles on odd subjects such as this one on the Adirondack Frost Fish (another name for the Round Whitefish), of which Whiffen was surely the first to write about as a gamefish. His articles on rodmaking have been collected and published by The Whitefish Press in the
book Bamboo Lore: Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods
(2018). — Ed.


……I should have been skeptical about what the frostfish might do with a fly. Only the summer before, a friend and myself had
successfully demonstrated that frostfish will take bait, and may be caught, if light enough tackle and hooks sufficiently small are used, but I still implicitly believed that frostfish were in deep water during the summer. This guide, by the way, had been skeptical about the taking of frostfish with hook and line, and had had to be “shown.”

“Well,” said the guide, a few minutes later, as rises continued, “if I had a fly-rod, I’d throw out, and see if I could find out what’s comin’ up so.” This was a hint for me, and I took it.

The fly, a blue dun, was paraffined with the pad, and the […]

2018-02-05T08:32:40+00:00 February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Creek Chub Jigger Lure

Creek Chub Jigger Lure

The Creek Chub Jigger Lure was first introduced in 1933 and was available for 13 years. The wooden antique lure was a model number 4100 made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. This glass eyed wooden lure featured, has a head at a 45 degree angle which would guide the water to its rounded or shovel shaped diving plate forcing water up through hole that was in the midsection of the body. Thereby creating almost a whale’s spout or blow hole if you will, in the lure. The antique Creek Chub lure was 3 5/8″ in length and weighed 3/4 ounce having 2 trebles to secure its catch.

We have a super yellow spotted Jigger Lure in on Consignment this week, click below to view.

Creek Chub Jigger Antique Lure

If you have lures to sell or consign please contact me.

Though shown below in the gallery in the Silver Flash & Frog Spot color, the Lure was also available in the following catalog colors:

02  Red and White
05   Red Side / Dace
11   Black and White
14   Yellow Spotted (Shown in Gallery)
18   Silver Flash (Shown in the Gallery)
19   Frog Spot (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Jigger Lure Gallery

2018-02-05T08:10:41+00:00 February 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Friday Funhouse February 2 2018

Friday Funhouse February 2 2018


Friday Funhouse February 2 2018 ; The Video of the Week

Some of you may have seen the ABU Garcia documentary, but if you haven’t, sit back and enjoy. It really its great!


12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Once or twice a year do you get a lure like this Heddon 150 that goes insane. Very possible it will go to five figures!


This Edward vom Hofe #360 is really rare. Could use a cleaning though!


Well, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning then finding a Charles F. Murphy fly rod.


A Heddon 100 in Black Aluminum is a striking bait.


Holy moly does this CCBC Wiggler in Black and White Spot look pretty!


Storm baits are super hot and this Wiggle Wart is leading the way.


You simply won’t find a better hand-made reel thana Jack Welch.


The Thoren Minnow Chaser is an iconic bait.


My vote for one of the most underrated collectible lures would be Smithwick, and this xxx is so cool and rare.


Be honest, have you ever heard of a Boris Flipper lure?


Love this Lash Master reel in the box!


2018-02-02T10:54:29+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|1 Comment

Angling Echoes Salmo Fontinalis

Angling Echoes Salmo Fontinalis

Angling Echoes Salmo Fontinalis; The fish here reproduced, be it understood, is a genuine specimen of the speckled brook trout, or, to put it scientifically, of the Salmo-fontinalis, and weighed eight and a half pounds when taken from the water by its captor, R. G. Allerton, of New York City. It had all the recognized peculiarities of brook trout, the square tail, small head, mouth black inside (instead of white, as is the case with lake trout), and finally the bright vermilion spots which distinguish brook trout from all other species. This particular fish was captured June 5, 1869, in Lake Mooselucmaguntic. It was taken on a trolling line after a contest lasting forty-nine minutes. When landed it was entirely uninjured, and several days after when killed it was laid upon a piece of birch bark, and its outline traced, and then filled in by an amateur artist. The engraving has been made from this original drawing, which is reduced nearly five-sixths, or, in other words, the figure here given is a little over one-sixth life size. In length this trout measured 25 inches, and at the thickest part its girth was 17 inches. There is nothing like accuracy in a “fish story,” and as this trout is by no means the largest which has been captured in the Rangeley Lakes, and is one of thousands of this species ranging from half a pound to ten pounds which have been taken in […]

2018-01-31T18:26:02+00:00 January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

Angling Echoes Trout Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes

Angling Echoes Trout Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes

An excerpt from Angling Echoes Trout Fishing in the Rangeley Lakes; As regards methods of fishing, it need only be said that the high-toned angler will not tempt his intended victim with anything but a fly at any season. The best fly-fishing is to be had in the streams in the spring and in the lake in the fall. Those who go to the lakes in the spring and early summer determined to catch the biggest fish at all hazards must seek them with live minnows for bait, still-fishing, or by trolling in deep water. In either case, the law rules out all gang hooks. The “single baited hook” only is permitted, and any one infringing upon this wise restriction exposes himself to severe penalties. A larger hook, with a heavier leader than is used in ordinary brook trout fishing, is called for in these waters; but upon such points and with reference to the varieties of flies which are most available, advice may be had at any of the fishing- tackle stores. In general, however, give preference in making your selection to the more subdued colors, and do not permit yourself to be stocked up with an immense variety. Five or six kinds well selected will be more than enough to give the fish ample range for choice.

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2018-01-31T08:07:12+00:00 January 31st, 2018|0 Comments

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2018-01-30T12:48:42+00:00 January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Tight Lines Tuesday Silver King

Tight Lines Tuesday Silver King

by John Etchieson –

Tight Lines Tuesday Silver King; The “Silver King” and the Schmelzer Arms Company – The first tarpon ever caught with a rod and reel was taken in 1885 by W. H. Wood using bait and a thumb stall reel with linen line on Sanibel Island in Tarpon Bay, Florida. The incredible size and tremendous fight put up by these beautiful leaping salt water tarpon fish, also known as the “Silver King”, made them an immediate hit with big game sports fishermen worldwide.

Hundreds of prominent anglers such as American industrialist Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and world famous inventor Thomas Edison all built their vacation mansions in Florida just so they could fish for the “Silver king” annually. And, as early as 1887 the Henry Hall Sons Line company was making their special “SILVER KING” brand of linen fishing lines for a number of prominent American sporting goods firms. One such famous sporting goods firm that Hall made their “Silver King” line for in 1903 was the Schmelzer Arms Company of Kansas City, MO.

The “Silver King” Tarpon fishing line spool shown here is the only known surviving example in existence today that features Schmelzer’s famous “turn of the century” logo with their slogan “We Pride Ourselves On quality”.

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2018-01-30T07:17:07+00:00 January 30th, 2018|0 Comments

Friday Funhouse January 26 2018

Friday Funhouse January 26 2018

The Video of the Week

If you haven’t seen this video of Frank Rybarcyk’s Shakespeare collection, you really should.

10 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Heddon Vamp #7509X is a truly astounding lure.

Leonard Mills Fly Reel is a classic reel.

Creek Chub Dealer Box of #502swill make a Creek Chub collector very happy.

Heddon reels like this Chief Do-Wa-Giac have been really hot of late.

This J.A. Coxe Model 15 has been very active.

A signed letter from H.L. Leonard is insanely rare.

The Ocean City Long Key is super rare, especially in the box. It’s an underrated reel.

You really don’t see many Nifty Minnies around. They are very brittle so a complete example is qiote a treasure indeed.

The South Bend Underwater Minnows are just incredible baits.

Three cheers for this Shakespeare Rotaryhead lure in a wooden slide top box.

Everyone loves the A&I Glowbody but remember, the material inside is poisonous!

I love glass minnow traps and this Orvis in shipping box is incredible.

As always, have a great weekend — and be good to each other, and yourself.

Dr Todd Larson

2018-01-26T17:01:47+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Friday Funhouse January 26 2018

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure is a model series 3400. The Creek Chub Bait Company, of Garrett Indiana introduced this lure in 1929 and produced it for almost half a century until 1978. This wooden, glass eyed Pikie minnow is just a little larger than the famous 700 series, measuring in at 4 7/8″ in length.

The Snook Pikie although introduced in 1929 only had a verbal description, and no photo along with it for many years in the 1930’s. The lure was available in well over a dozen standard finishes making it a fun lure to collect. The lure is shown in its correct end stamped box, and is in Blue Flash, Color Code 34.

The 1941 Catalog States: Shaped exactly like the regular Pikie No. 700 except much stronger and a little larger. All hooks are anchored entirely through the body. Made especially for heavy fishing and a favorite for “Snook” in Florida. This size and construction also made a wonderful lure for Muskellunge and Great Northern Pike. It also suited to the lighter salt water fish and is a good lure for general all around use on heavy fish. 


Creek Chub Snook Pikie Catalog Cut 1941 Creek Chub Snook Pikie Catalog Cut 1941

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2018-01-27T09:37:20+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

2018 Great Milwaukee Classic

2018 Great Milwaukee Classic

Please find a 2018 Great Milwaukee Classic Show update……..I’ve posted elsewhere, but appreciate spreading the word!

The 2018 Great Milwaukee Classic – Show Update

Well, the fun begins next week….and, we’re all looking forward to it!

2018 Show Update…..
For those attending this year….Please note that the main room block has moved from the Wisconsin Wing to the Brookfield Wing. The Brookfield is closer to the exhibit areas and offers more rooms on the first floor. We will be on just four floors, rather than six, which should make for less stair climbing or fewer elevator rides. Pre-Registration will still happen on the first floor of the Wisconsin Wing and will be available on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll have signage up with open times on Wednesday morning. Stop by for a visit, beverage and a bite to eat. The pre-registration room will also host the live auction preview- set for Thursday evening (the live auction is open to NFLCC members and will take place Friday, beginning at 7pm).

2019 Show Dates……
We’ve already contracted for the 2019 event, which will be held on Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th, 2019. I expect that the hotel will be able to accept reservations next week. As usual, we will be taking table reservations for the 2019 show next week and encourage table holders to reserve early.

By any measure, we expect this will be the largest show we’ve hosted at […]

2018-01-13T09:44:37+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Comments Off on 2018 Great Milwaukee Classic

Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie

Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie

The Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie  antique lure was first introduced in 1934 and lasted until 1961. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was given a model series number 4200. Expounding up the great success the Pikie line up continued to be one of the industries greatest sellers. This segmented wooden lure measure 2/3″ in length and only tips the scale at 1/4oz. The early models can be differentiated by having a more pointed nose. The lures 2 Treble hooks are held in by a simple eye screw affixed to each of the two sections of lure.

The Jointed Midget over time would transition from having the traditional glass eye to having painted eyes. The midget pikie can be found in roughly a dozen catalog colors. The example shown in the gallery below is a desirable frog spot, shown with the early pointed nose.

1935 Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie Catalog Page 1935 Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie Catalog Page

1935 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog

The Midget Jointed Pikie

Tiniest of all jointed pikies. Made to meet the demand for a light lure. Has a fast snappy, natural wiggle the the fish simply cannot resist. Length 3 inches, weight about 1/4oz.

Creek Chub Midget Pikie Photo Gallery

2018-01-27T09:36:02+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie

Friday Funhouse January 12 2018

Friday Funhouse January 12 2018

In this Friday Funhouse January 12 2018; NOTE: Guess what? I’M BACK BABY! Yes, I’ve got time to restart the Friday Funhouse and the blog again. It’s been some time but I’m happy to be back in the swing of things. I’m partnering with my man Matt Lollman over at Fin and Flame so check back for some cool happenings in 2018!

The Video of the Week

I’m a sucker for Hemingway. Not only was he a great writer, his love of fishing knew no bounds. For those who haven’t, pick up a copy of The Old Man and the Sea. You won’t be disappointed!

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Julius vom Hofe Perforated Fly Reel is incredibly rare, even missing an end cap. How rare? One in the box went for 25k in a past Lang’s Auction!


You have got to love this Manitou Minnow.


Pflueger Atlapacs in the carrying case are super fun reels.


This CCBC Jointed Pikie in Blue Head is very rare.


When’s the last time you’ve seen a Union Hardware reel get this much interest???


Instant Collection Alert: Storm Wiggle Warts from the pre-Rapala era. Remind me to tell you about Rapala’s purchase of Storm some time!


Spears are […]

2018-01-12T11:53:43+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Comments Off on Friday Funhouse January 12 2018

Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch

Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch

by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch; Thomas H. Wood (1846 – 1931) was the founder of the fishing line manufacturing company in South Coventry Connecticut which bore his name and produced this extremely rare and handsome looking MONARCH pure silk fishing line over 100 year ago in 1917.

The regal looking animal at the center of the label is from an engraving modeled after the world famous “Monarch of the Glen”, an oil-on-canvas painting of a red deer stag completed in 1851 by the English painter Sir Edwin Landseer, to hang in the Palace of Westminster in London. However, the stag has twelve points on his antlers, both in the painting and on the line spool label engraving which in deer terminology technically makes him a “royal stag” but not a “monarch stag”, for which sixteen points are needed. However, despite that discrepancy, it itill represents a magnificent looking example of mid 19th century sporting art at its finest.

Special thanks to Mike Pollack for the use of his Monarch spool for this article.

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2018-01-09T07:10:49+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Monarch

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.

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

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

Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

by John Etchieson

Its Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines ; Between 1890 and 1905 the E J Martin Company Kingfisher brand was granted a registered trade mark by the U S Patent Office for each of three slightly different variations to the artwork that was used on their first Kingfisher brand fishing line labels. Finding any one of these 100 + year old label variations today would be considered quite a rare find due to their age and extreme scarcity. However, finding all three of these label variations on the smaller sewing thread type size wooden spools would be considered next to impossible. And, in fact, these three examples shown here represent the only complete set currently known to exist today making them the rarest of those first Kingfisher lines from the 19th century.

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2017-12-19T07:18:59+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

The Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout was first introduced in 1941. This strange looking plastic, raised painted eye lure, was the Paw Paw Bait Company model series #3500. The lure originally called a Wham Doodle, which was made of wood with whats referred to as an alligator eye. The lure features two sets of small treble hooks on each side of the lure adjoined with unique hardware, the same of which appears on the Flap Jack lure. The lure has always been popular with collectors and was available in many different colors to look for. I’ve never figured out what they were trying to mimic, possibly a small duckling.

Some of the colors that available and the corresponding color numbers are:

01 Perch Scale 
04 White with Red Head
06 Shad Scale
07 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
08 Frog
23 Dace
24 Rainbow Trout (Shown in Gallery)
25 Orange With Black Spots
29 Black with Silver Flash (Shown in Gallery)
34 Yellow with Black Spots
39 Golden Shiner
40 Purple Scale

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout Gallery

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Black with Silver Flash Code 29

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Pike Scale Code 07

2017-12-19T08:23:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

The Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat lure was first introduced in 1938 and given a model series number 5400. Another lure in the series of popular hair baits designed and made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This antique fishing lure has a distinctive face and feature. The front mouth or head of the lure is large and concave with the forward line tie attached within. This wooden fishing lure measures 1 3/4″ in length and weighs 5/8oz.

The Surface Ding Bat was made though 1955 and was available in 9 standard finishes over its production. The lure features two glass eyes, two double hooks and even has a single belly weight. The example below is a complete one, coming its its correct box with hang tag.

The New Surface Ding Bat

A surprise package for both fish and fisherman, remarkably weedless with the hook points turned up and a sure hooker of all fair strikes. Use it in a series of short jerks, and sudden spurts of movement alternated with plenty of lying idly quiet for after night fishing try the all black color. Use this bait along the shallow shore lines and weed patches. Work it slowly and see the big bass go for it.  Made in the following finishes:

No. 5400 – Natural Pike Scale
No. 5401 Natural Perch Scale
No. 5403 Red & White
No. 5404 […]

2017-12-19T08:20:28+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

by John Etchieson

As a longtime collector, researcher, and an author on the history of America’s fishing lines I have seen many wonderful examples of the packaging and graphics used to sell fishing lines one hundred or more years ago. One such recent discovery I made was this Abbey & Imbrie (Est. 1820) boxed coil of unused Braided Tsatlees Silk Fly line. The graphic image in the bottom of the box was certainly eye appealing and the owner, Markus Schober of Thun Switzerland, was seeking to learn more about its age. Markus had found the unused box of line in the barn of a neighbor’s farm and thought it might be from 1900. I offered to help him and found from reviewing my research records that the Tsatlees silk came from China in the heart of the geographical region known for producing the very best quality white silk that was so popular in the 1880s era.

This led me to check my records of pre 1900 catalogs and ads for Abbey & Imbrie fishing lines in my research journals where I discovered a single ad published by the American Angler magazine on March 3 1883 for this very same rare braided “Tsatlees silk” fishing line offered in either raw, boiled or oiled and in the tapered polished finish.

After 35 years of researching I have learned that just when you think you have seen and learned it […]

2017-12-05T06:51:00+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Rare Tsatlees Silk

Tight Lines Tuesday President Grover Cleveland

Tight Lines Tuesday President Grover Cleveland

by John Etchieson

90+ years ago in 1925 the Newton Line Company of Homer New York honored American President Grover Cleveland (1837 -1908) an avid fisherman noted for using tarred Cuttyhunk lines for the striped bass at Buzzards Bay in Bourne, Massachusetts where he owned the Gray Gables estate and spent his summers The photo image used by Newton on this extremely rare fishing line spool label was one of several photographs taken of Grover Cleveland on February 3 1903 by Frederick Gutekunst (1831 -1917) at his studio located at 712 Arch St. Philadelphia PA. Gutekunst was possibly the most famous American photographer of his day and was subsequently labeled the “Dean of American Photographers” comments or questions may be sent to John at

2017-11-28T07:10:19+00:00 November 28th, 2017|1 Comment

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika
by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika; The Swastika was not always an evil symbol – 100+ years ago in 1914 this very rare “Speckled Beauty” fly fishing line featuring the lithographic image of a leaping Brown Trout was introduced and sold by the Ashaway Line and Twine Company of Ashaway Rhode Island under their “Swastika Brand” trade mark. Ashaway had been using the U S registered “Swastika Brand” trade mark for at least nine years prior to that time since its meaning was both symbolic of, and synonymous with “good luck” or “good fortune” in the popular culture and also with their fishing customers who often relied upon a little luck as much as skill to catch fish.

In fact, the Swastika had conveyed this same positive meaning universally for more than 3000 years and had been used as decoration in many different cultures around the world including the native American Indians; and it can even be found still today adorning the architecture of ancient Buddhist temples and ancient Jewish synagogues around the world. This 3000 year old “Good Luck” Swastika symbol obviously only became corrupted and turned into an evil symbol after Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and his Nazi Party’s Swastika became Germany’s official national symbol until 1945. Coincidentally, 1933 was the last year that the Ashaway Line and twine Company was to ever again use their Good Luck “Swastika Brand” trade mark. It […]

2017-11-14T07:06:46+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

The JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure is beset upon the old saying that imitation is the nearest and dearest form of flattery. John Chandler Griner is one of those artists. Being a fisherman at heart and having a need is how many of the lure makers both old and new got a start. J.C. Griner, of Orlando Florida used all of the lures he created to catch fish, as time went on and the original versions of the lures became harder to find or too expensive, JC took matters into his own hands (Pun Intended). Most of J.C.’s creations we the decade between the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The Orlando Shiner Lure looks and acts like the more famous original. The lure has a slender slab shaped wooden body measuring in at 4″ in length. The lure has the traditional painted eyes of the original. The antique fishing lure has dual props, both fore and aft, and 3T held on by a simpler eye screw. The Orlando Shiner is painted in a Green Back, Yellow belly with flitter. The paint combination is very similar to Pfeffer’s but being hand painted it gives rise to his artistic impression of the original.

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure Photo Gallery

2017-11-01T08:17:57+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Comments Off on JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

The Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure was introduced in the 1950’s. The Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company made its home in Chicago like many other great lure companies. The companies lure portfolio was a pretty small one though making this large version and smaller baby version of the Terror. This plastic slab type lure has large bulbous eyes reset back towards the midpoint of the antique lure. The lure made of a single piece of molded tenite/plastic has a diving lip just below its head and forward line tie to break the water.

The Terror lure had two trebles secured with a simple screw eye rig. The larger version as shown below measures roughly 3 3/8″ in length. The lure had a patent applied for but I don’t believe they were in business very long based on the frequency of which theses neat little miscellaneous lures show up. The lure touted to be successful for all game fish, from Muskie and Pike, to Walleye and Trout. This unique lure has with its its correct Box and Insert Paperwork making it the complete package.

Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company

2017-10-29T09:32:02+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

by John Etchieson
Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special, “Attention Kmart shoppers!” long before you had ever heard of our “blue light specials” we had specials … We were called Kresge in those days, after the name of our founder S. S. Kresge who started our Kmart company in 1899. And, if you look closely you will see just a little bit of our “blue light” peeking out from behind the left hand side of our KRESGE SPECIAL label shown here from 1925. When we had these quality silk fishing lines made for us 90+ years ago by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York we had them leave that little round red price dot next to the fish blank so that we could fill in a special discounted price whenever we had one of those special “blue light” moments occur in our store. That’s all for now Kmart shoppers … Thanks for your attention and have a nice day.

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2017-10-10T11:18:23+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

The Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure was first introduced to the Florida lure market around 1950. As Jim continued to expand, create and sell his successful creations. Having been in business by this point for over two decades he creates a lure very similar to that of the Orlando Shiner line. The large Dilly lure shown is made of wood and measures around 4″ in length. The lure can be found with Jim’s name stenciled on the belly.

The Pfeffer Dilly can be found in and outstanding amount of colors, over 50! Just keeping track of all those variations when inventorying or ordering would prove a feat in and of itself. This alone makes it a super lure to collect as with the different size, color, and hardware variants, one can spend many many years building out this antique lure collection. The Dilly like the other Pfeffer antique lures came only with painted eyes. The lure had two trebles one belly and one rear trailing, both using the typical screw eye and cup rig hook hardware. The lure has belly weights to get it down to the depths where it provides a vibrating type action to entice its catch.

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-10-29T09:36:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

The Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure comes from a company whose lure history dates back into the early 1920’s. The Dunks Chipmunk lure lands on the opposite side of the time line dating to the late 1930’s early 1940’s. We’ve seen many lure makers over time try to mimic that what nature creates. Be it insects, bugs and smaller creatures, fishermen throughout time have tried to match the hatch, for a fly rod term. The Dunks line of the swim a lure series was that as well, from insects to creatures Mr. Dunkelberger after the merger with Carters created this series line up.

The Chipmunk is a multi segmented wooden lure measuring in at around 5″ in length. The antique lure has painted eyes and two trebles to secure its catch. The lure is crudely painted to match the colors of a typical northern chipmunk, probably more to catch a fisherman buying lures than the muskie or great northern pike it was intended for. The lure has a large diving plane or lip that can be adjusted by the fisherman to swim or dive depending on its placement. The whole series of 11 lures in the swim a lure line up had this feature. I dont think Ive ever seen a complete collection of these, and if you have one I would live to see them. Even just singles inside this line up as they don’t come around too […]

2017-10-29T09:38:05+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

by John Etchieson
Here is a rare 80 year old ACE STORES “QUALITY” brand Japan silk casting line from 1937 that was manufactured by the Shakespeare Tackle Company. In 1924, to increase buying power and profits, entrepreneurs Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher united their Chicago, Illinois hardware stores into “Ace Stores”. The company was named after the ace fighter pilots of
World War I, who were able to overcome all odds, and the company’s logo of an airplane was selected to honor them. Ace Stores was incorporated in 1928, and the company opened its first warehouse a year later. In 1931, the name was changed to Ace Hardware Corporation. ACE STORES used the logo on this label from 1931 – 1950, but Shakespeare’s Japan silk lines were discontinued in 1941 after Japan attacked the USA at Pearl Harbor. So. this particular line was made for the 5 year period from 1937 through 1941
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2017-09-26T07:12:27+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

The South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1912 by the South Bend Bait Company. Assigning it a model 920-through 922, all are relatively the same with small or unique differences. The Surface Minnow lure is made of wood, has traditional glass eyes, measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 of an ounce. This version of the series has a single forward prop and two weedless or Bing’s style hooks.

The 1912 South Bend Bait Catalog states: “When a surface bait is desired, these minnow prove very successful, the under-hung hooks meeting the strike in the most effective manner. The Solid White, Known as “The White Ghost” makes one of the best know baits for moonlight fishing.”

The Surface Floating Minnow Came in roughly 8 different colors:

F – Frog (Shown Below)
Lum – Luminous
MSF – Mullet Scale
RAIN – Rainbow
RH – Red Head White Body
RSF – Scale Finish Red Blend
W – Solid White

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

2017-10-29T09:47:37+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Comments Off on South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as “The Wiggler”. Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of its lure production cycle in 1964. The 200 series antique lure measures in at around 2 3/4″ in length and tops the scales at 3/4 ounce.

Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut Creek Chub Crawdad Series 300 Lure Catalog Cut

The 1931 Creek Chub Catalog States: Natural Shaped body ant tail, black bead eyes, rubber legs, bronze hooks, movement backwards, same as a crab. Wiggle mostly in tail. Floats until Started. Tail guards hooks from snags and bottom. This is the lure to use in stony bottom lakes where bass feed on crayfish. It should be retrieved at such a speed that it will run very close to the bottom in water 4 to 8 feet deep. For small mouth bass it is a dandy as they are particularly fond of crayfish. Has a very fast wiggle, and is a favorite with many fishermen. Casts like a bullet.

The lure was only ever available in just over a half dozen finishes, however there are some great uncatalogued ones such as this black and white out there to […]

2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

by John Etchieson –

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors to replace that 50 year-long industry standard of using only solid black color line spools.

For example, the Shakespeare Tackle Company adopted a reddish/orange colored spool, James Heddon Tackle Company chose a green color, the South Bend Fishing Tackle Company selected a yellow/orange tint color and the Horrocks – Ibbotson Company used a royal blue color.

While it is not fully known exactly why all these major sellers of fishing line choose 1932 to convert to brightly colored spools, it is generally believed that it was to counter the dark dreary days of America’s great depression and to boost sales with the introduction of this new rainbow of colors which we know from psychologist today would have positively influenced buyers purchase decisions on a subconscious level.

Among those who made this colorful change there was one that stood apart from all the rest by changing not to a single new color, but rather to two colors, which required a special double paint cycle for the wooden spool. That firm was the Pflueger Fishing Tackle Company of Akron Ohio (aka Enterprise Manufacturing Company). Pflueger’s half green […]

2017-09-12T08:51:29+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

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

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Here is a great Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card assortment. These rare cards are seldom seen especially in this new old stock condition. The item dates to the turn of the century or a few years after. The lures and flies are carefully tied on the reverse of the card.

Joe Pepper’s

Big Four


Are Sure Winners

A Great Killer for Wall Eye, Pike and Bass,

Troll Slow and Deep

2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

Kurz Buck Skin Lure

The Kurz Buck Skin Lure is over 100 years old. Given that it is a piece of folded rawhide it looks pretty darn good for being over the century mark. The Kurz Bros. Co. were based in Chicago, Illinois @1369-89 North Branch Street.and during a time in the mid teens where lure inventors experienced making lures our of everything from glass to metal it would only be logical the someone would choose raw hide.

The Kurz Buck skin lure is essentially a folded piece of rawhide. The lure claims that when fished it has a lifelike softness. The antique lure was made in three different sizes, two of which are shown below. The lure was painted in three different finishes as well, Silver , Gold (Shown Below) & Brown (Shown Below). The Buck Skin Lure uses a steel rivet to hold the pieces together, and small weight inserted between the two layers on the bottom. The lure has a single upwardly turned fixed hook midway on the top portion of the lure.

Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork Kurz Buck Skin Paperwork

Kurz Buck Skin Bait

Embodying an Entirely New Principle in Artificial Bait

Real Skin

Strong, Raw calf or buckskin, treated under a special formula, so that it will soften in cold water to produce the effect and touch of a living fish – that is the idea behind Kurz […]

2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Kurz Buck Skin Lure