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Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan

By | 2017-11-21T07:44:33+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday the Puritan by John Etchieson Sometime in the fall of 1621, the Puritans invited their Indian friends to join them in a three-day festival which we now call the first Thanksgiving. As an avid collector of all kinds of antique fishing tackle items, I just had to show off this 93 year [...]

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

By | 2017-11-17T14:21:07+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History This Wright McGill Eagle Claw History tale was taken from an excerpt from the Company in 1974. Stories like these breath life into the companies that we as collectors seek out. Being able to bring the different pieces of the puzzle to the table and recreate history with lore. Wright [...]

Heddon Basser Antique Lure

By | 2017-11-17T07:38:26+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Basser Antique Lure The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser lure was given a series model 8500. This glass eyed fishing lure was 4 1/4" in length and traditionally came [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika

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

Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika by John Etchieson Tight Lines Tuesday The Swastika; The Swastika was not always an evil symbol - 100+ years ago in 1914 this very rare "Speckled Beauty" fly fishing line featuring the lithographic image of a leaping Brown Trout was introduced and sold by the Ashaway Line and Twine Company [...]

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure

By | 2017-11-03T09:30:42+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub River Rustler Lure The Creek Chub River Rustler Lure was a short lived lure, first introduced in 1930 and only lasting until 1935. This lure a model series number 3700 was produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This smallish chunk type antique fishing lure is made of wood and [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday Pawtucket Braided Line Company

By | 2017-11-07T07:06:55+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday by John Etchieson Pawtucket Braided Line Company The Pawtucket Braided Line Company established in 1882 in Pawtucket Rhode Island by Alphonso G. Hazard, this firm produced cotton, linen and silk fish lines as well as shoe laces until about 1928 when the firm was sold to Horrocks Ibbotson of Utica New York. [...]

Old Fighter Lure

By | 2017-11-06T07:24:34+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Old Fighter Lure This Old Fighter Lure was first made in 1950. The Old Fighter fishing lure was made by the Beaver Bait Company out of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The plastic lure feature a distinct row of beads in the middle section of the lure on both sides. The colored beads which have small spinners in [...]

South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure

By | 2017-11-03T09:15:57+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure The South Bend Crippled Minnow Lure was first made in 1929 and was only made a few years and was gone around 1933. The lure was fashioned after the success of other lure makers such as Heddon and Creek Chub with their injured minnow and SOS lure products. This South [...]

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:35:33+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure The Pfeffer Cast Top Antique Lure is said it can be compared to the Shiner Lure series in overall sales. The Cast Top came in a multitude of sizes to meet the needs of most fishermen. The two sizes shown on this page are the the Rare 3 1/2", which [...]

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure

By | 2017-11-03T07:23:29+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure The Vee Bug Antique Fishing Lure is a neat fishing lure. The lure had two distinct body evolution, the first of which was wood having 4 hooks set up very similar to the flat fish, than then moving to a plastic based body with only 2T. This curved body antique [...]

South Bend Min Oreno Lure

By | 2017-11-02T07:10:20+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Min Oreno Lure The South Bend Min Oreno Lure was first introduced around 1933 and was gone by 1939. This antique fishing lure made by the South Bend Bait Company was given a model number 927. The Minn Oreno fishing lures shown below are the Jr and middle sized version, or standard size, [...]

Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch

By | 2017-10-31T08:42:53+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday the Black Witch by John Etchieson For Halloween today the BLACK WITCH brand fishing line would be the Ideal one to use. Made in the late 1930s by the Newton Line Company of Homer, New York, this black colored supreme silk casting line had a label featuring an image of a black [...]

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure

By | 2017-10-29T22:29:45+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure The Jim Pfeffer Banana Lure is reported to have been one of his earliest lures. There are those who will argue that the Orlando shiner is the first. But what we cant argue about is the success of the Banana Lure. Fashioned in the Shape of a Banana this wooden lure [...]

Fishing Tackle Consignments

By | 2017-10-29T08:51:28+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Fishing Tackle Consignments Fishing Tackle Consignments Service. Have lures, reels, rods or sporting items to sell? Let us help you. Yes we directly buy items for our collection too, but if you’d rather enlist our help to make sure you receive current market value, let me help by selling it for you. Have a collection [...]

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

By | 2017-10-22T10:50:37+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure was first introduced in 1917 and lasted all the way through 1954. This antique fishing lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was given a model series number 200. This lure is the smaller version of the longer 100 Wiggler [...]

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure

By | 2017-10-27T11:41:03+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure The Jim Pfeffer King Shiner Lure is a beauty to hold and admire. This huge big game fish wooden lure, has painted eyes, a large single red hand painted sweeping gill mark. The Shiner series lures were known far and wide, and was certainly one of, if not the lure [...]

Gee Wiz Frog Lure

By | 2017-11-01T08:19:57+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Gee Wiz Frog Lure The Gee Wiz Frog Lure was first introduced in 1930. This great frog was made by the All Star Bait Company, out of Chicago Illinois. This is the regular sized from measuring in at 4 3/8" in length. The frog lure was a musky size version as well. This wood core rubber [...]

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JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure

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

JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure The JC Griner Orlando Shiner Lure is beset upon the old saying that imitation is the nearest and dearest form of flattery. John Chandler Griner is one of those artists. Being a fisherman at heart and having a need is how many of the lure makers both old and new [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare’s Indian Silk Lines

By | 2017-10-24T07:16:44+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Shakespeare's Indian Silk Lines by John Etchieson 108 years ago in 1909 the William Shakespeare Jr. Tackle Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan adopted a new trade mark for its "Indian Silk Lines" using the profile of an Indian in a full feathered headdress. Many fishing tackle collectors today are familiar with the image [...]

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Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

By | 2017-10-29T09:28:44+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great seller for Heddon over the next few decades. The offered the wooden version in three different models and corresponding sizes. [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:28:02+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure, Model 6800 came on the scene a lot later compared to the rest of the Pikie lure family, making its introduction in 1950. The antique lure made it almost 3 decades in the Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog, and disappeared with many [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:27:15+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure is certainly one of the companies mainstays. The Jointed Pikie has a history that spans roughly 5 decades, or 50 years of fishing lure production. From various lure colors, the evolution of eye differences, lure composition, size of diving lips the Jointed Pikie [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:26:30+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure was first introduced in 1938. While its inventory continued to be sold and was in the Creek Chub Bait Company lure catalogs until 1978, it was produced after 1965. This large jointed or segmented lure is brother to the traditional and straight [...]

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Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:25:40+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Husky Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1939. The Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana assigned it a model Number 5800. The antique fishing lure was a larger version of the already successful Plunker lure, and measures in at 4 1/4 inches in length. Made [...]

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Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:31:12+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure The Paw Paw Sucker Antique Lure is a kind of a misunderstood lure, starting with its own name, as its not a Sucker but and Old Chub Lure. This antique fishing lure dates into the 1930's with its target market being large game fish such as the larger Bass, the [...]

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Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure

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

Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure The Lamprey Terror Vintage Lure was introduced in the 1950's. The Lamprey Lure and Tackle Company made its home in Chicago like many other great lure companies. The companies lure portfolio was a pretty small one though making this large version and smaller baby version of the Terror. This plastic slab [...]

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Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel

By | 2017-10-29T09:35:18+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Antique Reels|

Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel The Heddon Dowagiac P51 Antique Reel was first introduced in 1952. The beautiful reel expounded on the Heddon Pal line up and was the brother to the P-41. While not nearly as popular this vintage bait casting reel was only made for 2 short years, and gone from Heddon Catalogs [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special

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

Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special by John Etchieson Tight Lines Tuesday Kresge Special, "Attention Kmart shoppers!" long before you had ever heard of our "blue light specials" we had specials ... We were called Kresge in those days, after the name of our founder S. S. Kresge who started our Kmart company in 1899. And, [...]

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Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure

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

Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure The Jim Pfeffer Dilly Antique Lure was first introduced to the Florida lure market around 1950. As Jim continued to expand, create and sell his successful creations. Having been in business by this point for over two decades he creates a lure very similar to that of the Orlando Shiner [...]

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South Bend Combination Minnow

By | 2017-10-29T09:37:10+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|

South Bend Combination Minnow The South Bend Combination Minnow was an early lure and was first produced in 1912 and was given a model series number 931 / 932. Only three years after the legal formation of the company, the South Bend Bait Co released this a model series 1932. This fishing lure would last [...]

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Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure

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

Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure The Dunks Chipmunk Antique Lure comes from a company whose lure history dates back into the early 1920's. The Dunks Chipmunk lure lands on the opposite side of the time line dating to the late 1930's early 1940's. We've seen many lure makers over time try to mimic that what nature [...]

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Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:39:04+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|

Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure The Paw Paw Old Wounded Minnow Lure was the Paw Paw Bait Company's answer to the industry craving for injured minnows. Imitation being the nearest and dearest sense of flattery, or just pure marketing trying to get a piece of what was a booming business for both Heddon and [...]

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Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:39:57+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure was born in Garrett, Indiana. The Creek Chub Bait Company was looking to capitalize on its widely successful Plunker Lure line up. The midget plunker, made of wooden measuring 2 1/4" would be the second to smallest in the line and the smallest wooden [...]

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Creek Chub Plunker Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:41:37+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

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 [...]

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Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:44:29+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Pop N Dunk Lure The Creek Chub Pop N Dunk lure was a model series number 6300. This antique fishing lure was first produced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana in 1941 and ended in 1954. This antique fishing lure is wooden in composition, has glass eyes and measures 2 [...]

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Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat

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

Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat The Creek Chub Surface Ding Bat lure was first introduced in 1938 and given a model series number 5400. Another lure in the series of popular hair baits designed and made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This antique fishing lure has a distinctive face and feature. [...]

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Creek Chub Surfster Lure

By | 2017-10-29T09:46:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Surfster Lure The Creek Chub Surfster Lure was first introduced in 1953. The lure was given a model series 7200 by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana. This wooden, glass eyed lure looks at first glance very similar to the Pikie with the exception of its hump back styling. This version [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare

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

Tight Lines Tuesday Ace Hardware by Shakespeare by John Etchieson Here is a rare 80 year old ACE STORES "QUALITY" brand Japan silk casting line from 1937 that was manufactured by the Shakespeare Tackle Company. In 1924, to increase buying power and profits, entrepreneurs Richard Hesse, E. Gunnard Lindquist, Frank Burke and Oscar Fisher united [...]

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South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure

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

South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure The South Bend Surface Floating Minnow Lure was first introduced in 1912 by the South Bend Bait Company. Assigning it a model 920-through 922, all are relatively the same with small or unique differences. The Surface Minnow lure is made of wood, has traditional glass eyes, measures 3 1/2" [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest

By | 2017-09-19T09:46:15+00:00 September 19th, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|

Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest Tight Lines Tuesday Mount Everest by John Etchieson - In the early 1920s (1921 - 1924) several expeditions were undertaken by different parties of men to ascend to the top of Mount Everest, the worlds tallest mountain at 29,035 feet above sea level which is located midway between Tibet and [...]

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Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:00:43+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, antique fishing lure is 6" in length, jointed in the middle. This antique lure crafted by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan [...]

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Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure

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

Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure The Creek Chub Crawdad Antique Lure was a model series number 300. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana was first introduced in 1917 as "The Wiggler". Hence after 1920 the name would change to the Crawdad and would be so until the end of [...]

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Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:04:46+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure The Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure is the second to the largest in the family of 4. This antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1928 by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan. The wooden fishing lure measures in at roughly 4 1/2" in length. The lures main focus was the larger [...]

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Shur Strike Plunker Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:07:04+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

Shur Strike Plunker Lure The Shur Strike Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1938. This antique fishing lure made by Creek Chub of Garrett, Indiana was labeled under the Shur Strike lure line up. The wooden fishing lure was a copy of the famous Creek Chub lure, and was actually fashioned like the early humpback [...]

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Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools

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

Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools by John Etchieson - Tight Lines Tuesday Colored Spools; All fishing lines, with very few exceptions, had been packaged on solid black color enamel painted wooden spools since 1880. However, 85 years ago at the depths of America’s great depression in 1932, many fishing line spools took on some bright colors [...]

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Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:12:48+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|

Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure The Creek Chub Jointed Husky Musky Lure was first made in the 1930's. This lure made by the Creek Chub Bait Company out of Garrett Indiana is exceedingly hard to find. I try not to just throw the word rare around, however in the tens of thousands of lures Ive [...]

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Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:11:27+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's lure line up. While not the largest in the Flap Tail series this wooden lure measures 5" in length. The lure can be [...]

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Swiv A Lure

By | 2017-09-19T10:18:48+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|

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 [...]

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