Chippewa Minnow Lure

Chippewa Minnow Lure

The Chippewa Minnow Lure was two parts of a lure first patented in 1910. The second part of this antique fishing lure was patented in 1911. Both Patents shown below in the antique fishing lure patent galleries. The Immell Bait Bait Company, of Blair Wisconsin was the creation of Omer Immell born of Blair in 1872. Omer, like many of the early antique lure manufactures, was very resourceful, enterprising, and who’s lure creations came after or alongside the success of other industries or endeavors. Omer a successful Candy and Life Insurance salesman spent many a year traveling around the area prior to his fishing lure accomplishments. His history has been discussed in a previous article here: Omer Immell Inventor of the Chippewa Lure

Weve got a Super Nice Chippewa with box in on consignment this week, click below to view. 

Chippewa Lure in Box

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Chippewa Minnow Lure Patent 974493

Chippewa Lure Patent 990984

Chippewa Lure Advertisement 

Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913 Chippewa Lure Ad Field and Stream February 1913

There are two different sizes shown below in the galleries. The Chippewa antique fishing lure at its basics is a glass eyed fish shaped minnow minus the tail […]

2018-02-23T18:59:50+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana fishing lure was assigned a model number 3200. The wooden antique lure was made for over a half a century in the Creek Chub lure line up. The fishing lure measure 3″ in length and was 5/8 oz. This fishing lure was fished on top water having a tapered shape with a concave rounded mouth which held the single forward facing line tie. The lure uses two treble hooks, one just forward of the mid center restrained with a cup hardware and the rear just using an eye screw. 

We have a Red Wing Blackbird Plunker in on Consignment this week, click below to view.

Creek Chub Red Wing Blackbird Plunker

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This fisherman and collector alike favorite was made in 16 standard colors making it a wonderful lure to collect. The lure can be found in many special order colors adding to its collect-ability. Besides the Red Wing Black Bird finish shown in the photo gallery below it can be found in the following finishes

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch
02 Red and White
03 Silver Shiner
04 Golden Shiner
08 Rainbow (Shown Below)
09 Shad
13 Al Black
14 Yellow Spotted
18 Silver Flash
19 Frog
24 Red Wing […]

2018-02-22T11:04:39+00:00 February 22nd, 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

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure

The Weezle Sparrow Antique Lure was first introduced around 1946. This lure was made in Cincinnati, Ohio manufactured by the Weezle Bait Company. This wooden lure is touted to have been covered in real Mallard Duck Feathers. This ingenious idea was based on the predator and prey theory of some of the larger game fish. Of note, the face or mouth of the lure is a stair stepped patterning angling in as it comes down, unlike most of the top water popping lures of it’s era. This makes the lure appear to be wounded as its being retrieved. Mimicking that of a wounded or distressed sparrow and or duckling and appealing to the hungry Large Mouth Bass, Pike or Musky game fish.

We have a Brown Feather Weezle Sparrow in on Consignment this week, click below to view.

Weezle Sparrow

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This antique lure has a single forward facing line tie, and was void of any eyes. The lure has two treble hooks to secure its catch. The combo is made complete by being housed in its correctly marked box and corresponding paperwork. The box has a small graphic of a large mouth Bass eyeing its prey from below. The paperwork is quite detailed in its features functions and benefits of the Sparrow and the Reverse discusses the Blooper Lure. While […]

2018-02-21T07:49:31+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
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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

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

The Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter was a short lived or produced antique lure. The antique lure was first produced in 1955 and was out by 1958, so only was present for three years worth of production. This wooden, painted eye, antique fishing lure was given a model series number 7700 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana.

We have a Silver Flash Salt Spin Darter  in on Consignment this week, click below to view.

Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter

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Although it was only made a few years it underwent some body size and hardware changes. The lure was made to continue Creek Chubs Surf Casting line up. One of the lures shown in the gallery is 5 1/2″ inches in length and has a brass over sized line tie in the top of the head in addition to the one inside the mouth. The other two examples shown below are absent of the reinforced brass line tie at the top of the head. Two of these great Creek Chub Surf Casting antique fishing baits are shown in their corresponding extra long end stamped lure boxes.

Besides the lure shown below in the Gallery the Creek Chub Salt Spin Darter was available on the following colors.

02 Red and White
18 Silver Flash
34 Blue Flash (Shown […]

2018-02-17T22:43:05+00:00 February 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Fishing For History Magazine February 2018

Fishing For History Magazine February 2018

Click the Above to View a Free LQ Flip Book. You can order a HQ Flipbook or PDF right below this section.

After you place the order you will receive an email containing the link to click to download the product. This may take a few minutes. If you have any problems or questions feel free to call me 580-222-5375 Matt


I’ve always enjoyed blogging at Fishing for History, and in 2013 when I started the Fishing for History magazine, I thought it had answered all my prayers. In truth, I had slowed down my blogging for several reasons, some personal, and others because I got tired of overseas entities copying my content and then selling it to article aggregation sites. “Why didn’t you use legal means to stop them?” you might ask. Well, you try initiating a lawsuit against an entity based in Bahrain. And even if I could win a costly legal battle (try hiring a bilingual lawyer), the chances of collecting are close to zero.

I did not miss a day blogging for something like seven years. Obviously, it was a big part of my life. One thing I learned the hard way, however, is you can’t do everything by yourself. This is why when Matt Lollman — founder of the really great “Fin & Flame” […]

2018-02-16T17:42:27+00:00 February 16th, 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
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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

Pflueger Catalina Lure

Pflueger Catalina Lure

This Pflueger Catalina lure was a model 5500 series. This version of the lure date to the mid 1920’s to 1940 by the Pflueger Bait Company of Akron, Ohio. This wooden, glass eyed coast minnow type is the 3rd version of the Catalina. This antique Pflueger Lure measures 4 1/8″ in length and is torpedo in shape that tapers in girth until it reaches its bulbous tail. The lure has a single forward line tie with wire through construction, and a rear bull dog marked prop. The antique fishing lure two internal belly weights and has a oversize large single hook at the aft end behind the marked prop.

We have a Catalina in Box with Correct Paperwork in this weeks consignments, click below to view.

Pflueger Catalina in Box

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

This salt water type lure can be found in multiple color scheme finishes such as the model 71 Yellow, Green and White. The lure in the gallery is shown housed in a beautiful green canoe Pflueger antique lure box, that is stamped on the end correctly.

Pflueger Catalina Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T17:30:40+00:00 February 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Angling Echoes Season of Ice Fishing

Angling Echoes Season of Ice Fishing

Angling Echoes Season of Ice Fishing; Emerson Hough (1857-1923) was one of the finest American outdoor writers of his era. Best known for his historical novels like The Mississippi Bubble and 54-40 or Fight, he penned the “Chicago and the West” column for Forest & Stream for many years, introducing many American readers for the first time to the wonders of angling and hunting in the Midwest. In this article, penned for one of the dozen or so Chicago daily newspapers, he gives a beautiful description of what ice fishing was like in the late nineteenth century.-Ed

Season of Ice Fishing

By Emerson Hough

……Indeed, winter is a time of the keenest delight for outdoor
folk. As a season it is all too little understood. The men who growl at winter only advertise their own decadence. It is the men from the winter countries who have done the great things in this world. The land that knows no snow is not the place for a man to live who wants to get the most out of his natural endowment of energy and resource. So far from being a season of “slothful hibernation,” winter may be, and should be, a season of renewal or energy and activity. For some reason best known to the captains of commerce, the summer time has always been that set aside for the vacation season. The average man comes back from a summer vacation more […]

2018-02-06T08:36:39+00:00 February 6th, 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

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure

The Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure was first produced in 1939. The classic Creek Chub made in Garrett Indiana was a model number 6000. The Baby Beetle lure is exactly the same as its bigger brother except the antique fishing lure was only 2″ in length. This wooden lure was decorated with bead eyes a frontward facing diving lip and had a single flasher adorned tail leader. The rear wire not only was a place for the MOP type flasher it was was the rear hook was held to. The other hook was held with the traditional Creek Chub Cup rigging. This antique lure came in 6 standard colors as well as a few non cataloged color schemes including the Midget Bettle Shown in the feature image and first gallery.

We have the Uncatalogued Red Head Silver Flash in on consignment this week, click below to view.

Creek Chub Midget Beetle

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

The colors that came standard on the Midget or Baby Beetle were
50 Yellow Beetle (Shown Below)
51 Green Beetle
52 Red and White Beetle
53 Orange Beetle
54 Gold Beetle (Shown Below)
55 Black Beetle with Red

Creek Chub Midget Beetle Lure Photo Gallery

Creek Chub Midget Beetle in Black and Gold Model 6054 Gallery


2018-02-01T20:46:10+00:00 February 1st, 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

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.

For the complete reading visit Angling Achoes

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

Angling Echoes Premier Issue January 2018

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

Heddon Luny Frog Lure

Heddon Luny Frog Lure

The Heddon Luny Frog Lure was introduced around 1927. This change in material would influence the way Heddon would do business for decades to come. Making a switch from the standard wooden material, Heddon would evolve into a colossal giant making artificial baits with plastics. It widely known that the original attempts and the product selected were a failure, however it would take less than a half dozen years for the bait company located in Dowagiac Michigan to find a viable solution.

The Luny Frog Lure has always been a collector favorite. While the lore of the Heddon Wood Frog still evolves and changes from each person you can speak to, for some reason it would take Heddon almost an astonishing 25 years to try to present a more life like specimen than the frogs to which are credited with the inception of the company.

The Lure Frog Lure was given a model series 3500, and as I noted first made its appearance around 1927. The larges of the series it measures 4 1/4″ in length and tips the scale at 7/8 of an ounce. The lure had molded painted eyes, a double front hook attached with the toilet seat rig, and in this example a single hook coming out its closed feet.

The Luny was available in a Meadow Frog and a Green Meadow Frog finish. Later Red and White would be added to the color selection. The […]

2018-02-06T07:50:04+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

Heddon Vamp Lure

Heddon Vamp Lure

The Heddon Vamp Lure is a series 7500 and measures 4 1/2″ in length. This antique lure was first produced in 1920, and from then on was a regular staple in the James Heddon and Son fishing lure lineup for over 50 years. The antique fishing lure was made in a wide array of era specific colors and shades. During its time its seen body shapes vary from tapered to thin to fat.

The Vamp Lure was made from various materials wood as well as plastic. Through its lifespan the antique lure saw hardware configuration changes from the L rig, to Toilet Seat, and on to 2 Piece flap rig, and finally after 1948 they moved to surface rig. The fishing lure itself over time saw changes in its eyes from glass eyes, zinc eyes, tack nail eyes and finally painted eyes. Dependent on era the Vamp Lure even saw changes in the diving lip and was even available for a short time via special order without the lip. The antique Heddon Lure could be found housed in both down and up leaping bass boxes, brush boxes, banner, and even later cello boxes or window boxes.

Below I’ve only touched the surface on the variations of the wooden Heddon Vamp Lure. I will continue to add to this page as I pull more files out of my database, so book mark it and stop by often.

Here is a showcase of […]

2018-02-06T07:50:53+00:00 January 29th, 2018|0 Comments

Vermilion Mouse Lure

Vermilion Mouse Lure

The Vermilion Mouse Lure is a cool little unit. This antique lure is wooden with faceted glass eye and has a leather tail. The mouse lure was first introduced in n the early 1920’s somewhere between 1922 to 1924, and was made by Frank Knill of Vermilion Ohio. The lure itself, minus the leather tail is 3 3/4″ in length. The Vermilion fishing lure has 2 trailing treble hooks secured with cup hardware, a diving lip which is secured with the line tie. The manufacturer touts its a proven fish getter on the box. The example shown below , is shown with the correct box and correct paperwork. You can find the Mouse lure in a few different color patterns or schemes. The maker, Frank Knill made a few other lures, however they we plain Jane type metal spoons, this was the only wooden lure he made.

Vermilion Mouse Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T07:51:38+00:00 January 28th, 2018|0 Comments

NFLCC Greater Milwaukee Lure Show

NFLCC Greater Milwaukee Lure Show

NFLCC Greater Milwaukee Lure Show; Ever Wondered what it was like to look through the eyes of a antique lure collector? Mac Hoover did an amazing job in this short piece about the Greater Milwaukee Classic.

If your interested in the history of fishing (Bass, Ice, Fly, Carp, Crappie, Salt Water, Big Game, We have it all) and making sure it’s stories are continued to be told. Come join us. Were are the largest club who’s direct mission is to propagate the history of our sport. Visit the NFLCC FaceBook Page, Like and follow along to see if we would be a good fit for you!

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2018-01-27T11:35:24+00:00 January 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure

The Bear Creek Tweedler Lure is a odd looking lure at first glance. Most people are more familiar with the line of ice spearing Decoys that the Bear Creek Bait Company out of Kelva Michigan. The company started by two brother and a best friend. This wooden antique fishing lure was first produced in 1948 is roughly 2 1/4″ in length. The lures most distinct feature is it outward scoped front lip. The lures single line tie is mounted in the middle of the U shaped mouth. The lure employs the use of a wire rig harness to hold its two trailing treble hooks on each side of the lure. The antique lure was available in less than a half dozen colors paint schemes, two of which are shown in the lure galleries below.

Bear Creek Tweedler Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T07:52:20+00:00 January 27th, 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 Husky Surfster Lure

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

The Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure was first offered in 1953. The antique lure was Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana lure model series number 7300. This large wooden cedar lure continued the Surfster line up by adding this salt water or big game Surfster. This large antique fishing lure measures in at 6″ in length. The lure features a heavy duty diving lip mounted to the mouth to which the single forward line tie connects. This glass eyed beauty has two over size treble hooks, this may have been a special order as they usually have three. The hook hardware is the reinforced cup as well as having the reinforced wire through rigging. The lures end of life was around 1958 for all intents and purposes.

The Husky Surfster was only made in eight standard color palate finishes. The antique fishing lure came housed in a large over sized Creek Chub two piece cardboard box with the 7700 model either stamped on the end or printed on a label. The standard finishes for this huge antique lure are:

00 Pike Scale
01 Perch Scale
02 Red and White
07 Mullet
18 Silver Flash (As Shown in Gallery Below)
34 Blue Flash (Shown in the Gallery Below)
35 Purple Eel (Shown Below)
37 Yellow Flash (Shown Below)

Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure Photo Gallery

2018-02-06T07:54:01+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Surfster Lure

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018;
The Video of the Week

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


10 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

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

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


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

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

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

This Rhodes Kalamazoo 3-Hook Minnow is amazing.

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

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

This is a very nice and early Heddon 150.

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

This Winchester 9205 is a nice find.

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

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

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

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

Swiv A Lure

Swiv A Lure

The Swiv A Lure was first introduced in 1949. Box. The Swiv A Lure was made by Lamothe – Stokes Manufacturing Company out of Detroit Michigan. The lure was a model YR-20. The lure was made in both plastic and wood over its life cycle as well as being made in Red and White and Red and Yellow. Looking Like a Legless grasshopper lure can be found in two sizes as well 3 1/4″ and 3 1/8″ in length.

In speaking with a fellow lure collector at a recent show he shared a neat story of uncovering the original patent papers and the dealer boxes and much of the stock. From what he conveyed the partnership between Lamoth & Stokes was a rocky one and never fully took off. The gentleman I spoke with said he ran into 50 gallon drums of assembled bodies, and 12 packs of dealer cases.

2018-01-27T09:31:14+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Swiv A Lure

Tight Lines Tuesday Ultra Casting

Tight Lines Tuesday Ultra Casting

Tight Lines Tuesday Ultra Casting; The fancy cursive script font of the ULTRA CASTING brand is from the first quarter of the 20th century and is both distinctive and a highly sought after brand name by collectors of antique fishing tackle. The ULTRA CASTING brand was introduced about 1908 by the Shapleigh Hardware Company (known at the time as Norvell – Shapleigh) of St. Louis Missouri which traces it beginnings to 1843 when its founder Augustus F. Shapleigh established the firm.

The ULTRA CASTING brand name was used for fishing tackle such as a wooden minnow fishing lure that was packaged in a wooden slide top box. It was also used for a pair of wooden spools of a high quality pure silk casting line that were packaged in an aluminum canister, and it was also used for a very high quality nickel silver Kentucky style reel that was custom manufactured by the Montague Rod and Reel Company specifically for Shapleigh Hardware.

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2018-01-16T09:27:54+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Ultra Casting

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

Shakespeare Evolution Lure

The Shakespeare Evolution Lure was one of Shakespeare’s earliest lures being first introduced in in 1902. There were a few versions of the lure which also corresponded to a few different length measurements. Shakespeare in their first catalog made its lures almost out of opposing or different materials. Its Revolution and Worden Bucktail line up out of metal and its Sure Lure and Evolution out of rubber. The lure shown in the gallery is the second version having the straightened box swivel and the earliest having a floppy box swivel. Both versions having a forward and rear spinner to keep the lure straight upon retrieval. The Evolution lure featured two treble hooks coming off the pectoral or abdomen portion of the antique lure and the rear of the lure having one hanging off the tail. The lure was made of a painted rubber to look like a shiner minnow with eyes and two red gill marks.

In my 1916 Shakespeare Antique Lure Catalog they show it listed in 3 different sizes

No. 3GAE – Length of Body, 2 1/2″
No. 4GAE – Length of Body, 2 3/8″
No. 5GAE – Length of Body, 4″

Shakespeare lure collector and fellow NFLCC club member Dan Zemke added “In the later production years, it was named the “Shiner Minnow” and available in only one size, 2 3/8 inch, and one color, “shiner”, which is the color shown above. When ordering […]

2018-01-27T09:33:56+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Shakespeare Evolution Lure

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.

Orchard Industries Letterhead Orchard Industries Letterhead

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

2018-01-27T09:34:53+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Orchard Industries Slippery Slim 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 Captain’s Pride

Tight Lines Tuesday Captain’s Pride

Tight Lines Tuesday Captain’s Pride; Captain Henry Hall (1821 – 1892) a seafaring man from Belfast Ireland came to America in 1838 and by 1840 established the Henry Hall Company to make Irish linen fishing lines which he called Cuttyhunk lines. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the company in 1940 Henry Hall’s image was taken from an old family portrait and was used on this CAPTAIN’S PRIDE CUTTYHUNK label to honor the firms founder.

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2018-01-02T07:50:09+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Captain’s Pride

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog 1893

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog 1893

This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog from 1893 is one of my all time favorite catalogs, as well as favorite covers. Ive always been seduced by the 19th century fishing tackle makers. My favorite period of time being between the civil war and the turn of the 19th century. Hibbard Spencer & Bartlett would turn out to be a giant in the Jobber type catalog and sell everything from locks, to horse bridals to fishing gear and porcelain. It goes without saying this catalog is rather rare not just because of the date but due to the specificity of its fishing tackle subject matter.

2017-12-27T19:19:14+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog 1893

NFLCC Membership Giveaway

NFLCC Membership Giveaway

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

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

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

Simple Rules. Visit the Clubs fFacebook page Here: NFLCC Club Facebook Page (Link in Bio)

From the NFLCC Clubs Facebook Page (Not Fin & Flame’s);

1st: Comment on this post
2nd: Like the NFLCC Facebook Page and the Membership Giveaway post on it.
3rd: Share the Giveaway post to your own timeline, or if you are a member share on a friend’s timeline who is not a member, so he or she can comment, like our post and page, and comment to enter.

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

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