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South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-26T13:51:52+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, South Bend Lures|0 Comments

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog

Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection We have a historic Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection in on Consignment, and available for sale over the next couple weeks. Over 40 Messinger Frog's, no 2 exactly the same a life collection of a fellow NFLCC club member. We've been given an opportunity to not only help [...]

By | 2017-07-26T07:28:29+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|1 Comment

South Bend Pike Oreno Lure

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. [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:14:00+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|0 Comments

Paw Paw Weedless Wotta Frog Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:17:03+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|0 Comments

Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:18:01+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

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. [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:18:58+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Creek Chub Midget Plunker Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:19:54+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|0 Comments

Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|0 Comments

Shur Strike Pike Lure

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. [...]

Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:25:57+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Trenton Surface Doodler Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:26:49+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Paw Paw Bonehead Antique 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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:27:45+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|0 Comments

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:32:01+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure

Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Antique Lure The Shur Strike Baby Slant Nose Lure is a Series or Style B. The lure was first introduced in 1933 and was made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana, and marketed and sold under the Shur Strike name. This was a year after its larger brother [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:35:34+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Brook Trout Baptism

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 [...]

Sparus Decussatus

Sparus Decussatus The Sparus Decussatus looks like it belongs off the movie Tron in it geometrical color-scape. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself. It’s habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, [...]

Acanthurus Vittatus

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, [...]

Heddon 00 Lure 5 Hook Underwater Minnow

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-25T07:37:15+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|0 Comments

Scorpaena Volitans

Scorpaena Volitans The Scorpaena Volitans whose name is an indication of its seductive & deadly beauty. I love old color plates, and this plate is almost 2 centuries ago, published in 1833. Plates exhibit a lost art and craft akin to some of the subjects of focus itself.  It's habitat, the Coast of Ceylon, has [...]

Paw Paw Croaker Lure

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" [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:38:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|0 Comments

Creek Chub Jointed Snook Pikie Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:36:43+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|0 Comments

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure

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 [...]

Clewell Snakerbait Lure

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 [...]

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

Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-26T08:37:42+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Moonlight Single Hook Pikaroon Lure

Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-25T10:09:21+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Lanes Wagtail Wobbler Lure

Kimmich Mouse Antique Lure

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, [...]

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

Moonlight Pollywog Lure

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 [...]

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

Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:41:20+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Wiggler Antique Lure

Creek Chub Plunker Lure

Creek Chub Plunker Lure The Creek Chub Plunker Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Creek Chub of Garrett Indiana 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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:43:25+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Plunker Lure

Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:44:38+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Bite-Em Bate Bite-Em Bait Lure

AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:47:02+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on AW Saarimaa Fish Hawk Antique Lure

Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:52:39+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Husky Musky Lure

Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:55:11+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T07:56:16+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Comments Off on South Bend Plug Oreno Antique Lure

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers, Shakespeare Lures|Comments Off on Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-10T09:39:50+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Comments Off on Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

JB McHarg Civil War Token

JB McHarg Civil War Token This great example of a JB McHarg Civil War Token is a prime example of what drives me to collect. Looking off the beaten path for neat items to compliment both my or other lure collections is something I've always enjoyed. This drive or niche, or thinking outside the proverbial lure box [...]

By | 2017-05-31T09:09:00+00:00 May 31st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Comments Off on JB McHarg Civil War Token

Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:31:45+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Lure Memorial Day Ad

Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-14T08:45:53+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Big Tiger Lure Baby Bass

Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-10T08:01:02+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Striper Pikie Lure

Detroit Bass Caller Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-08T20:01:53+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Detroit Bass Caller Lure

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-14T08:41:07+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Antique Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Comments Off on Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure

Mercury Minnow Lure

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 [...]

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

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-08T20:04:56+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure

Whopper Stopper Lizard Lure

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 [...]

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

Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-08T20:06:54+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Comments Off on Heddon Wilder Dilg Spook Fly 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. [...]

By | 2017-05-05T10:47:59+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure The Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail lure was made by Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana. Wagtail Chub was being produced by hand since all the way back in 1918. Lets put that into world perspective; 1918 wasn't a time of peace, relaxation and fishing. 1918 most importantly [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:01:18+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures|Comments Off on Creek Chub Deluxe Wag Tail Lure

Creek Chub Beetle Lure

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 [...]

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

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-20T07:42:56+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Comments Off on Winnie Stump Dodger Lure