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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.

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

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

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

Sparus Decussatus

Sparus Decussatus

The Sparus Decussatus looks like it belongs off the movie Tron in it geometrical color-scape. 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 been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin or surf would certainly be a treat.

Sparus Decussatus

Order Thoracic

Native Name, Helbili-Girawah- Basket Parrot.

S. Decussatus. The back green, gradually softening into a yellow tinge towards the lower fins; the body regularly marked, like wicker work, by graduated purple and grey tints. The head green, ornamented with orange-colored stripes and spots. The fins and tail yellow. 

The Hemblili-Girawah of the Cingalese derives its name from a sort of pouch or basket in which the natives carry their Betel-Leaf, (Piper Betel), Chunam, (Shell Lime), Tobacco, and Areka-Nut, (Areka Catechu), Called Hembili. Girawah, the Cingalese name for Parrot, is a term indisciminatley applied by the natives to a variety of splendid fishes with which the coast of Ceylon abounds. 

The Hembili-Girawah is edible, but is never sought after as an article of food. It inhabits rocky situations, and seldom exceeds fourteen or fifteen inches in length.

 

2017-07-12T15:07:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Sparus Decussatus

Scorpaena Volitans

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 been since renamed a more familiar, Sri-Lanka. The history of fishing is not just in the lures we use to catch them but appreciating some of these natural wonders. Catching this fish on either the fly or spin would be a treat until faced with having to dismount this thing off your hook.

Scorpaena Volitans

Native Name, Gini-Maha

Gini, Fire – Maha, Great

Branchiostegous rays 6. Dorsal 24, thirteen spinous, varied with black and reddish brown; the colors stronger on the spinous rays than on the others. Pectoral 14; the connecting membrane bluish and brown. Ventral 6, one spinous, bluish, spotted with white. Anal 10, three spinous. Caudal12. 

The Gini-Maha of the Cingalese accords with the description given by the Bloch of the Scorpaena Volitans, with the exception of the number of radii in the dorsal fin, Bloch gives 12 only. 

 The native fisherman attribute to this fish the power of inflicting wounds, for which there is no cure yet known; but that at present, is a mere hypothesis, and should be received as such.

Although the name given to this animal […]

2017-07-10T07:36:05+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Scorpaena Volitans

Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

This version of the Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure is distinguished by its 4 point fin shape. Not all antique lures are technically lures, but they are all attractants of some type. This wooden 4 point Heddon Decoy was given a series model 400. This Ice fishing decoy would be around circa 1923. The lure or decoy measures 4 3/8″ in length. The lure has two sections of 90 degree pointed fins attached to its body. The decoy lure also employs the use of a metal tail fin that is braced into the rear tail section. The Heddon Decoy used the inch worm style of line tie on top so that you could attach at different points to affect the hang or the angle of suspension. The Heddon Ice decoy can be found in a host of standard cataloged colors to some that are definable or considered special order. The decoy uses multiple belly weights to help sink and maintain its centered buoyancy.

This would be the final wooden version or body and wing style of the Heddon Decoy before it tried its hand at making a plastic or Ice Spook. The Spook version would make the same impact on the fishing industry and or history. Many of the spook decoys found today have the typical shrinkage and plastic decomposition we see in the first version of Heddon Spooks.  The Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure below in the gallery is […]

2017-04-20T13:12:14+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Ice Decoy Antique Lure

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

The Heddon Wounded Spook Lure was a series 9140. This antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1939. Many of the early spooks have all but disappeared or transformed into a lure box full of dust and hooks due to the chemical instability of the plastic. Just try to find yourself a few of the Musky sized version the 9160 and you’ll see what I mean. The Heddon wounded spook was a transformation and capitalization of the success of the Heddon SOS or Swims on Sides. Although still concurrently making the wooden SOS version up and through the painted eye surface rig age, this new wounded spook was its plastic brethren.

The 9140 series Heddon Wounded Spook Lure measure in at 3″ in length. This antique plastic lure had a standard front screw eye line tie,  front and rear unmarked propellers. The fishing lure would have gold painted eyes early on in its life and transitioning into the black iris later on. The lure just like the SOS featured a treble hook attached via a two piece rig, later a surface rig hardware. The lure would be trailed by the 2nd treble hook behind the rotating rear prop.

Over the decades the Wounded Spook lure can be found in different colors and hook hardware configurations. The lure will be found in the typical era boxes such as the Banner, the Diamond and others. The […]

2016-12-13T09:32:17+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure

The Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure is truly a beauty. This antique fancy metal Pflueger, Enterprise Manufacturing Company fishing lure was made in Akron, Ohio. The Saint Clair was a model 691 and was the Non Luminous Tandem Spoon, its counter-part the St. Lawrence, model 690, was the Luminous version. This antique lure dates to or is pre 1890. This beautiful example almost 120 years old has a great patina.

The Pflueger St. Clair Double Spoon lure was available in 5 different size models, One through Five, and after 1900 was offered in six different sizes. The lure can be found with varying fancy blades. This inline rig features a box swivel at the top attached to the pre-made factory loop. Next is one of the blades or some can be found with a trace leader with treble hook attached. The first of two beautiful metal spoons rests on a section of the shaft followed by a red ruby glass bead Pflueger’s fancy fluted ball. This pattern then repeated one more time before getting to the trailing feathered treble hook.

This great example of a Pflueger St. Clair Double Spoon lure shown uses the Fancy Fish Scale Blade as well as the Fancy Daisy blade patterns.

No matter what you collect, be it Pflueger, Heddon, Creek Chub or the litany of other early or later manufactures that used metal, plastic, or wood, appreciating the craftsmanship and the […]

2016-10-26T11:41:07+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Pflueger St Clair Double Spoon Lure