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Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

By | 2017-11-14T07:06:46+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

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 [...]

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:17:57+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:32:02+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

By | 2017-10-10T11:18:23+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

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, [...]

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Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:36:16+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:38:05+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

By | 2017-10-29T09:45:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

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. [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

By | 2017-09-26T07:12:27+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

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 [...]

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South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:47:37+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

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" [...]

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Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-19T09:59:15+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

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 [...]

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Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:03:32+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

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 [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

By | 2017-09-12T08:51:29+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

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 [...]

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South Bend Muskie Surf Oreno Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:15:11+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

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 [...]

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Joe Pepper Big Four Lure Card

By | 2017-09-02T13:34:13+00:00 August 26th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Kurz Buck Skin Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:35:15+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

By | 2017-09-02T13:39:18+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

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. [...]

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Harpers Weekly April 1872

By | 2017-08-21T17:03:39+00:00 August 21st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Harpers Weekly April 1872 In this edition of Harpers Weekly April 1872 we get a glimpse in to some of the lifes work for a man who's name and work are embedded in fish-lore, fly fishing and sporting. Mr Seth Green in no an uncommon name to read when doing any type of research into [...]

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Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:41:38+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure The Creek Chub Salt Surfster Lure is the largest in the Surfster family line. This giant piece of lumber was given a model 7400 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. The lure was first produced in 1953 and lasted less than a half dozen years, being discontinued [...]

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South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure

By | 2017-09-02T13:43:55+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure The South Bend Midget Surf Oreno Lure is a model series 962. This lure is touted as being one of the South Bend Bait Company out of South Bend Indiana's longest lasting lures. The lure first appearing in 1916 and lasted all the way through 1952. Its no wonder [...]

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Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier

By | 2017-08-08T12:25:21+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier This News article, Louis Rhead Fishing From Dreamland Pier comes from the Brooklyn Star Circa 1908. We get a chance to see Louis Rhead's art as well as his Penmanship. I think we as lure collectors forget that sometimes he just wasn't the fly rod lure maker extraordinaire, but that [...]

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Brook Trout Baptism

By | 2017-07-13T12:49:02+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Brook Trout Baptism Here in the Brook Trout Baptism, out of the book Speckled Brook Trout with Illustrations by famed artist and fisherman Louis Rhead. The book was printed in 1902 and is filled with some great illustrations and even writings by lure maker, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast W.C Harris. Baptism of the Brook Trout [...]

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Acanthurus Vittatus

By | 2017-07-10T12:09:22+00:00 July 10th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Acanthurus Vittatus The Acanthurus Vittatus a name nearly as eloquent as its striped & colored beauty. This plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has been since renamed a more familiar, [...]

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Scorpaena Volitans

By | 2017-07-10T07:36:05+00:00 July 9th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Scorpaena Volitans The Scorpaena Volitans whose name is an indication of its seductive & deadly beauty. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself.  It's habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has [...]

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Cornelia Fly Rod Crosby

By | 2017-04-28T18:33:45+00:00 April 29th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

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 [...]

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Fly Fishing Cabinet Card

By | 2017-04-28T17:09:54+00:00 April 28th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|

Fly Fishing Cabinet Card Here is a great early 19th Century Fly Fishing Cabinet Card. The astute gentleman posing with his large green heart rod and what looks to be a larger Salmon type reel. Leaning upon the rock as well is a early landing gaff, single tine. Im not sure what I envy more [...]

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Antique Lure Logo

By | 2017-04-20T19:05:26+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Friends & Clubs|

Antique Lure Logo Check out our new Antique Lure Logo! A fellow collectors wife took many hours of her own time to help me become official by now having my own logo. She did a great job and went above and beyond and wanted to thank her publicly! Thanks Sharon! Will start work on a [...]

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