Heddon Punkie Spook Lure
The Heddon Punkie Spook Fly lure was made no doubt due to the popularity of the now famous Heddon Punkinseed lure. This antique fly lure was a series 980, and shown in Heddon’s White Shore Finish Color Code XS and XRW. The lure was made in the in roughly a half dozen or so colors some shown in the second gallery. The antique lure is normally found in a red edge cellophane window box. The Punkie Spook was introduced in 1940, and was in and out of production a few times until it disappears in 1958. All having painted eyes, the earliest version below having a single affixed hook and the later a trailing treble hook and both versions having the line tie under the chin.
While not necessarily in reference to Punkinseeds alone, as I’ve discussed before in this hobby, as with all others in which that have monetary value, there are reproductions. Punkinseed’s in general have had a vast appeal to collectors both old and new, and young and old and have transcended gender boundaries as well. They have and do provide a vertical niche inside of antique fishing lure collecting. So while gaining in popularity they also attract imitations. While some may say imitation is the purest form of flattery, educate yourself before making antique lure purchases. Right or wrong, that fact remains they are out there, and some fakes are pretty good while others lend to a more artistic interpretation or are labeled by the maker. Its true that some copies are not meant or intended at first to device by the maker or the purchaser, it can happen when collections change hands.
The best advice I can give is, to hold as many as possible and go to a show. If your unable to go to a show, instead of spending you money on your first few lures, please buy some books. Your library should grow before, or at a faster pace than your antique lure collection at first. The 19.99 you spend today may save you hundreds if not thousands later on. A bit of advice, I received a decade ago by short Italian collector over a decade ago, was to look whats wrong with a lure before you look for whats right. Its saved me money when followed over the years and cost me dearly through the years when I ignored it in the heat of the moment.
Some of the other Heddon Bait Company Punkie Fly Rod Lure colors were as follows:
Bluegill Color Code BGL
Crappie Color Code CRA
Sunfish Color Code SUN
Shad Color Code SD