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Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel

By | 2017-08-07T08:03:07+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Antique Reels, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel The Heddon Waltonian No31 AB Reel was first introduced around 1927. Made in Dowagiac Michigan by James Heddons Sons, the Heddon NO.31 AB "WALTONIAN" Casting reel was produced. The level wind reel themselves made are of lightweight aluminum. The casting reels were first introduced by James Heddon's Sons in their [...]

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ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association

By | 2017-07-28T11:37:31+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Fly Fishing, NFLCC|

ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association The ORCA Old Reel Collectors Association is a wonderful group of guys and gals focused on and promoting the History of Sport Fishing Reels. If your not a member, you should be. For the membership fees you are given access to more information, history and research capabilities then one could [...]

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South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

By | 2017-07-26T13:51:52+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug The South Bend Callmac Fly Bug was a series model number 860. The South Bend Bait Company of South Bend Indiana made this Antique Fly Rod Lure was made for over two decades. The lure was first produced beginning in 1921 and ending in or around 1942, you'll note that [...]

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South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

By | 2017-08-07T07:59:56+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure The South Bend Pike Oreno Lure was given a model number 957, by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana. The wooden antique lure went through a host of changes in its 21 years. The lure was first introduced in 1931 and lasted all the way until 1952. [...]

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Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

By | 2017-08-07T07:58:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure The Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure was first introduced in 1930. This pint sized Heddon lure, made in Dowagiac Michigan was very short lived. While introduced in 1930 this lure would disappear into obscurity by 1934 and not even make the lure line up catalog that year. This tiny little [...]

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Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:17:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure The Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure had been around for some time before this version was introduced after 1960. The lure made in Paw Paw Michigan, by the Paw Paw Bait Company, was the final metamorphosis of a lure that had seen both body, hook and size and [...]

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Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:18:01+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure The Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure was first introduced in 1927 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. Expanding upon the success of its straight uni-body predecessor the Heddon Vamp, the Jointed Vamp was given a model series 7300. This wooden, glass eyed vintage fishing lure would enjoy success and be in [...]

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Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure The Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure is probably the most synonymous with the Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw, Michigan. Although it should be the Floating Bait line, the Pikaroon with its sleek sexy looks and curves, woos most collectors its way. The Pikaroon wasn't originally a Moonlight Bait like the Floater, it [...]

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Shur Strike Pike Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:23:24+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Pike Lure This version Shur Strike Pike Lure was first introduced around 1933 - 1936. This antique lure creation a extension of the Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike name. The Pike was essentially a similar design of the Creek Chub Pikie minnow that had gained worldwide popularity by this point. [...]

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Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:25:04+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure The Heddon Tiny River Runt Spook Lure was first introduced in 1953. This lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was given a model series number 350. This Plastic spook lure was made in the likeness of all the previous runt spooks yet just made smaller. The antique fishing [...]

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Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:26:49+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure The Trenton Surface Doodler Lure was introduced around 1946. From the same company that brought us the Mad Mouse we have highlighted before, The Trenton Manufacturing Company, Located in Trenton Ohio. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 2 5/8" in length. The lure seems to take it shape from crossing a [...]

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Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures

By | 2017-07-25T07:27:45+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures The Paw Paw Bonehead Antique Lures are a very distinctive and identifiable series within the Paw Paw Antique Lure line up. The Bonehead refers to Paw Paws molted brown spotted or striped finish. The antique lures were first produced in 1956 and lasted for roughly 8 years. The lures were always [...]

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Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure

By | 2017-07-25T07:29:56+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Giant Jointed Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1957. This giant behemoth of a fishing lure was Creek Chub, of Garrett, Indiana's largest production fishing lure. The antique fishing lure was assign a model series 800. Truth be told this thing is larger than most fish [...]

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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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Sparus Decussatus

By | 2017-07-12T15:07:34+00:00 July 12th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

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, [...]

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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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Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

By | 2017-07-25T07:37:15+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon 00 Lure The Heddon 00 Lure is a 5 sided or flat sided underwater minnow fishing lure. The Dowagiac 00 is a wooden, glass eye 5 hook lure which first came in around 1915, making it one of the many classic Heddon antique lures that came out of the teen years and is over [...]

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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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Paw Paw Croaker Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:38:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Croaker Lure The Paw Paw Croaker Lure is one of a series of lures that used real frog skin to cover the wooden bait. The lure itself made by the Paw Paw Bait Company out of Paw Paw, Michigan. This antique lure was first introduced in 1940 and was made of wood measuring 3" [...]

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Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

By | 2017-06-29T08:45:06+00:00 June 29th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Heart Shaped Spoon This is an early Charles Hibbard Antique Lure. Charles A Hibbard of Grand Rapids Michigan was one of the pre 1900's antique lure makers. This heart shaped spinner or spoon bears the stamp Hibbard, Pat March 25, 84. Hibbard became part of the L.S. Hill Company in 1879 [...]

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Clewell Snakerbait Lure

By | 2017-06-28T16:45:54+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Clewell Snakerbait Lure The Clewell Snakerbait Lure was first introduced in 1926. Robert L Clewell from Canton, Ohio came up with this strange looking antique fishing lure that is very sought after by antique lure collectors. This painted early form of plastic or rubber wound or built onto a wire harness, in the shapes of [...]

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Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

By | 2017-06-26T08:37:42+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure The Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure was first seen around 1923. The Moonlight Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan gave this model a series number 2500. By far and away one of the cooler and my favorite Moonlight lures. This wooden antique fishing lure measures 4 1/4" in length. This [...]

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Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

By | 2017-06-25T10:09:21+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure The Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure was first introduced in 1924. This antique fishing lure was fashioned by Charles W. Lane of Madrid, New York. Charles Lane a prominent resident of Madrid was known locally as a fine clock maker and jeweler. The Wag-tail wobbler lure was hand painted in shades of [...]

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Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

By | 2017-06-23T07:12:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure The Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure was first introduced in 1929. This antique fishing lure invented by Harry Kimmich of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Harry (John) Kimmich was not a lure inventor full-time. He owned a tire shop downtown, the "Kimmich Tire Shop." We see this with a lot of miscellaneous lure makers, [...]

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Moonlight Pollywog Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:40:03+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Moonlight Pollywog Lure The Moonlight Pollywog Lure, is a series model 700. This antique lure dates to the mid 1920's. This pointed nose, sloping body, wooden, antique lure is one that is most synonymous with the Silver Creek Brand. Silver Creek as a company which was acquired by the  Moonlight Lure Company in the early [...]

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Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:41:20+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure While it may have taken years to refine the Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure was the first lure ever commercially produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. The year, 1916, the World was in the in the middle of what it termed as the "Great War" or [...]

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Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:42:27+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Wee Dee Lure The Creek Chub Wee Dee lure is a favorite among antique fishing lure collectors. The antique lure was first produced in 1936, and lasted around 10 years in the Creek Chub lure line up. This wooden, glass eyed, chunk bait style lure was a Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana series [...]

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Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:44:38+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure Its hard to find a antique lure more identifiable than the Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure. Having two locations then fits with the two names you will find associated with Bite-Em Lures. The lures can be found with both spellings of the word Bate & Bate. The first location for [...]

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Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure

By | 2017-06-15T13:17:54+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler Lure This is a Leo Wise Jointed Wobbler lure. This a product was made by Leo Wise out of Detroit, Michigan. This antique Leo Wise Lure is a multi segmented fishing lure measuring 4 5/8" in length. The composition is wood, with the a typical Wise fine Splatter enamel paint finish. [...]

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AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:47:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure The AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure is one I dont see very often in Oklahoma. This wooden antique fishing lure has made quite a journey beginning in Canada. The lure was created - invented and patented by August W. Saarimaa. This unique lure dates to the early 1940's [...]

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Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:50:26+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure The Pflueger Kent Floater Frog Antique Lure was released somewhere around the early teens.  This wooden chunk bait type series of lure carried the same model number of the previous and of the all future Pflueger Frog lures, a model series 2555. Born in Akron, Ohio of the Enterprise [...]

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Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:52:39+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure The Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure was first introduced in 1919. This large wooden lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana had a model number 600. While its said its intent was to be salt water fished lure as it was first introduced in Mullet Scale [...]

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South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:56:16+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure The South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure was first brought to market in 1932. This wooden antique fishing lure produced by the South Bend Bait Company in South Bend Indiana was given a model number 959. This fly eater was in production for 12 years and was removed from [...]

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OKC Marathon Ethan Lollman

By | 2017-06-07T14:32:02+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Antique Lures|

OKC Marathon Ethan Lollman I know your asking yourself what this has to do with lures, fishing or fly fishing? Well today nothing, Ive always said #itsmystorytotell. Lures, Fishing and Fly Fishing are but things to fill in the  void between the times and things that are really of importance, Family & Friends and Faith [...]

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Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

By | 2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow The Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow is certainly a beauty to behold. It has all the qualities of a classic fishing lure. This wooden antique lure was produced in two different models a 3", 3 Hook and a 4" 5 Hook minnow. I was reading a 1904 issue of National Sportsman today [...]

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Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:57:25+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure The Heddon Musky Crazy Crawler Lure was first introduced in 1940. This antique fishing lure was manufactured in Heddon's plant in Dowagiac Michigan and was assigned a model series number 2150. This giant lure makes quite a commotion coming across the top of the water. The lure lasted 17 years [...]

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Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

By | 2017-06-10T09:39:50+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found in the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger. Enterprise Manufacturing [...]

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Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure

By | 2017-07-10T07:58:16+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure The Neon Mickey Antique Fishing Lure was first introduced in 1955. This novelty type lure was born by the Neon Mickey Company out of Oregon. This plastic fishing lure measures 4" in length and was available in a few primary colors. The purpose or guise of the Neon Mickey was [...]

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Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

By | 2017-05-29T14:31:45+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Heddon Lures|

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad This great Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad falls in line with our thoughts and thanks. For those that made the ultimate sacrifice we thank you. And thank you Mr. Bill Sonnet for finding this and allowing me to share it with my readers. A Boy Fished and Went to War......A [...]

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Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

By | 2017-06-14T08:45:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass The Heddon Big Tiger Lure is a model 1040 and was first introduced in 1968. The lure would only make a short run for 3 years until it was discontinued in 1971. Although it would make a brief appearance again in 1980 it would again be phased out in [...]

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Detroit Bass Caller Lure

By | 2017-06-08T20:01:53+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Detroit Bass Caller Lure The Detroit Bass Caller Lure was first introduced in 1939. Made by the Detroit Bait company out of Detroit Michigan kind of looks like an airplane at first glance. This antique wooden lure measure 3 1/2" inches in length. The lure has a scooped popper type mouth with the front line [...]

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Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

By | 2017-06-14T08:41:07+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure The Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure was first produced in 1953, crafted in the same fashion as the logo on the popular adult beverage. The lure falls into a few categories in the antique lure world. Collectors who amass Logo or advertising lures, those who collect "Brewerina", and finally those [...]

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Mercury Minnow Lure

By | 2017-06-08T20:03:48+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Mercury Minnow Lure  This Mercury Minnow Lure Sales Sheet discusses the feature functions and benefits of the Mercury Minnow antique lure. The Mecoy Tackle Company of Grosse Point Michigan introduced this fishing lure in 1949. The Mercury minnow is just that it's namesake coming from the ball of Mercury that rolls around inside the lure [...]

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Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

By | 2017-06-08T20:04:56+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure The Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure is the smallest size in this collector favorite series. The lure a model 3400 was first introduced by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan in 1927 and only lasted through 1931. The lure is made of a plastic, or pyralin substance and measures 3 3/4" in [...]

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Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

By | 2017-06-08T20:05:53+00:00 May 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure This is a super Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure dealer sheet introducing this new and unique lure. The sheet exclaims its a new lure, and is stamped, Nov 3 1953. This plastic jointed lure a really a unique piece and would be fun to collect a complete color set. Presenting [...]

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Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

By | 2017-06-08T20:06:54+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure The Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure was a transition from its very popular Cork Bodied fly lures over to plastic, or spook bodied lures. The Wilder Dilg itself came to be 16 years prior to this culmination. The spook bodies began production in 1939 and were in the [...]

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Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

By | 2017-05-05T10:47:59+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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. [...]

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Creek Chub Beetle Lure

By | 2017-05-02T08:28:56+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Beetle Lure The Creek Chub Beetle Lure was first introduced in 1931. Made in Garrett Indiana by the Creek Chub Bait Company this antique fishing lure was a model series number 3800. Produced for 23 years this wooden antique lure measures 2 1/2" in length and weighs in a 3/4 oz. The lure [...]

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Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

By | 2017-06-20T07:42:56+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure The Winnie Stump Dodger Lure was born in Traverse City, Michigan. Albert Winnie received his patent for the Stump Dodger Lure in 1915. While the patent dates to 1915 his lures were being created earlier. It is no surprise that Traverse City would be home to a great lure maker. The [...]

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Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure

By | 2017-04-30T17:48:20+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure The Shur Strike Underwater Minnow Lure is Circa late 1930's. The three hook underwater antique lure was not a cataloged option and is highly sought after. This wooden, glass eyed, antique minnow measures 3 1/8" in length. The lure was produced with only a single floppy prop, unlike the Heddon 3 [...]

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