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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

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.

NO SERIOUS INJURY TO DOMESTIC FISHING ROD INDUSTRY
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.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

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.

A TALE OF THE TROUT STREAM
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

Fishing For History Magazine February 2018

Fishing For History Magazine February 2018

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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

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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.

THIS FLY AND THAT FLY
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

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

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.

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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

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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

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.

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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”.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

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|Comments Off on NFLCC Greater Milwaukee Lure Show

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|Comments Off on Bear Creek Tweedler 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.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

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.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

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.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

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

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

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. The old saying is it takes 2 two Tango, well in this case it takes 6! The Rush Tango Trout Tango lure was a fly rod lure measuring 1 3/4″ in length and having a detachable small double hook. The lure meant to be cast with a medium weight rod and line. Stated on the side of the box, the maker recommends adding a small worm to the item if you must. The company had its roots in Syracuse NY around the same areas a few of the later contended lure makers were also from. The Rush Tango story and history of the company is a long convoluted mess mixing antique lure makers James Heddon, Leroy Yakeley, Fillmore Smith and JK Rush in patent warfare leading to court cases and legal interpretation. These legal issues not only would present themselves to JK Rush with the tango lure, they would also face Heddon with the Tadpolly and Welles Patent infringement. The assortment of 6 lures could be purchased direct or from purveyors such as Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett, who in 1922 offers this 6 pack for merely sum of $1.50, yes please send me a dozen.

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure was offered in a variety of solid colors such as Red, Gold, Black, Silver, and Gold. Or two tone colors such as Red […]

2017-12-27T07:43:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

Only 30 Days left Until the 3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show. If you hadn’t made plans, do so now!

January 25-27 2018, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The 3nd annual NFLCC Region II Gettysburg Winter Rendezvous will take place January 25-27th, 2018 at the Comfort Suites Gettysburg, 945 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325. Hotel Reservations : 800-334-6912.

The room rate for NFLCC Members (Mention NFLCC when booking) $68.00/night-$95.00 per night without paid event registration for either 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Size Bed. Continental Breakfast is included. Registration for room trading and show is $10.00 (spouse/children of members free). We will hold a show this year, which will be open to the public. Only 20 tables are available, so first come first serve.

Table rental for our Show on Saturday January 27th, 2018 is $10.00 per table, maximum 2 tables per member.

Set up will begin at 7:00 am, and Early Buyer Registration fee is $20.00 for those members without tables . We will open to the Public at 9:00 am, and Public Admission/temporary club membership is $5.00, which will be applied to annual $35.00 membership if purchased at the show.

Show Host is Gary Lopez (610-346-7708/267-337-0474) and Co-host is Dennis Ocharzak (301-491-7116). Please send Registration and Table Rental Fees payable to Gary Lopez, 145 Thistle Hill, Riegelsville, Pa. 18077.

Email Gary at quickcatch@verizon.net if you have any questions regarding […]

2017-12-26T21:16:24+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Comments Off on 3rd Annual National Lure Collectors Club Gettysburg Show

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

by John Etchieson

Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks; 133 years ago in 1884 a fisherman was just as likely to find his fishing lines to be packaged on a wooden frame, called a “line block”, as he was to find them wrapped onto a round wooden spool since those had only been introduced 5 years earlier in 1879. One of the earliest known brands of fishing lines on a 19th century “line block” is this rare example of an Empire City Braid Company – long staple cotton braided line with a simple paper label depicting the image of a fish and which is still intact on this unused fishing line that has become both stained and darkened with age. The Empire City Braid Company was not actually a real company, but rather a “house brand” name that was made up and used solely for marketing purposes by the New York City fishing tackle firm known as the Abbey and Imbrie Company which had been formed by the partnership of L. H. Abbey and C. F. Imbrie in 1875. Finding a fishing “line block” from 1884 is indeed a rare find today, but finding one that has never been used and still has its original fishing line with label is a true tackle treasure for any collector of antique fishing tackle to find.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-12-26T08:19:02+00:00 December 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday Line Blocks

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

With the forthcoming NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue and holiday I thought it appropriate;

Twas the Night Before the Winter Issue

Twas the Night Before the Winter Issue,
And All through the House,
In This the winter issue Dorr, Martin & Hecht Show us some splendid Creek Chub Fly Rod Lures, including a Mouse,
The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with Care,
With Hopes that more of Dudley’s wonderful cover art, soon would be there.

The members were a nestled, all snug in their beds,
Knowing visions of Chance’s folk art lures, would soon fill their heads.
Momma in her kerchief and I in my Cap, Had just opened a bottle of Single Malt to enjoy with John Etchison’s line art, night cap.

When out on the lawn their rose such a clatter,
While the thought of Gary Smith’s article on Herter’s, all that did matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, Blinded by the Light of Thomas’s Lemax and their Flash!

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow,
Until reading Bucha’s & Tustison article on Creek Chub Wigglers, little I did know.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear, in the center of the Mag a North Channel in the Box, Appear!

With a little old driver so lively and quick,
Did Dudley’s letter from the editor, read really quick!
More rapid than eagles his courses they came,
My excited anticipation for Pigeon Forge and Milwaukee
did came.

2017-12-24T09:02:23+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Comments Off on NFLCC 2018 Club Magazine Winter Issue

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 favor with fisherman in Heddon’s line up for decades to come.

While the Heddon Jointed Vamp Minnow would stay the same length, measuring 4 1/2″ it would go mirror the hardware and eye, and box changes of its brethren and of Heddon in general. Starting with L Rig hook hangers in the 1920’s it would move to Toilet Seat, Flap Rig, and on to Surface Rigging. The lure would begin with glass eyes, make a brief appearance in zinc, nail tack and on to the painted versions that would couple with the surface rig.

White all these other changes would take place certain things would remain the same. The Jointed vamp would employ the use of three treble hooks, a diving lip and a forward line tie placed below the nose and above the diving lip.

The Swimming Vamp (Jointed)

Now comes the newest member of the Vamp Family – the New Jointed Vamp. No. 7300 Series. The jointed feature of this bait gives an entirely new movement and provides additional luring. Dives, swim, and floats when at rest, the same as all […]

2018-01-12T11:21:26+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Jointed Vamp Antique Lure

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 of the game fish, the Large Mouth  Bass, Walleye, Great Northern, Salmon on up. The lure has a pair of glass eyes at the front to add to the realism of this “Swims on Sides” genre or niche inside the fishing tackle industry. With the imitation being the dearest form of flattery, everyone was looking to get a piece of the giant market share that Creek Chub had garnered with its widely popular Injured Minnow Lure. It should be of no surprise then that Heddon would come forth and present 4 different sizes in this category.

The lure would go through a series of hardware options and changes over time to hold its three trebles or 3T as its sometimes called. The first version would be the L Rig, then into the 1930’s the Two Piece Flap Rig, as shown in the gallery. The 170 lure would always come standard with its dual scripted props. The lure would be offered in an array of colors over the years from the standard or basic colored finishes to some great uncatalogued gems hiding out there. The […]

2018-01-12T11:22:36+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon SOS 170 Minnow Lure

Fishing Tackle Consignments

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 your need to sell, interests changes, or selling a few to buy a few more, let me help.

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Antique Tackle is my Job, Im neck deep in this hobby (Pun intended if you know me) if you’d like to read about why, the front page of this site gives insight (Teaser, Mailmen and Pitbull’s dont’ mix) and this link, well this link, was the icing on the cake. I’ve taken a few negative personal situations, and made it positive, embracing what Ive always enjoyed as a hobby and turned into my life with the help of an awesome wife, family and friends. In a strange way, this hobby, and fishing, has saved my life and got me back out of the chair and into […]

2017-12-19T08:42:49+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Fishing Tackle Consignments

Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

by John Etchieson

Its Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines ; Between 1890 and 1905 the E J Martin Company Kingfisher brand was granted a registered trade mark by the U S Patent Office for each of three slightly different variations to the artwork that was used on their first Kingfisher brand fishing line labels. Finding any one of these 100 + year old label variations today would be considered quite a rare find due to their age and extreme scarcity. However, finding all three of these label variations on the smaller sewing thread type size wooden spools would be considered next to impossible. And, in fact, these three examples shown here represent the only complete set currently known to exist today making them the rarest of those first Kingfisher lines from the 19th century.

Comments or questions may be sent to John at johnsetch@aol.com

2017-12-19T07:18:59+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Tight Lines Tuesday The First Kingfisher Lines

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 uses bead eyes instead of the traditional realistic glass eyes. The Beetle has two trebles the first one secured by the traditional cup rig and the rear is fixes inline at the end of a trailing leader. The trailing leader also uses mother of pearl type flashers as an attractant.

The beetle comes standard in only a half a dozen color finishes however it can be found with variants and other special order colors.

50 – Yellow Beetle
51 – Green Beetle
52 – Red & White Beetle (Shown Below)
53 – Orange Beetle (Shown Below)
54 – Gold Beetle
55 – Black Beetle

The Catalog cut below is from 1931 the first year year it was produced and discusses it’s features and functions.

This lure is meant to represent a ” Water Beetle” and travels quite deep, in use it should be reeled at a moderate to fast speed or trolled moderately fast, you will not find it revolving or twisting the line, always runs right side up. Non-fouling hooks, the extended rear hook with spinners is a sure cure for “short biters” and the flashing […]

2018-01-12T11:24:14+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Beetle Lure

Bamboo Lore Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods

Bamboo Lore Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods

In Bamboo Lore, Edwin Thomas Whiffen (1874 – 1957) was a prominent outdoor writer in the 1910s and 1920s who led a varied and fascinating life. A native New Yorker, he spent an active career as a teacher in New York City. A graduate of Syracuse University, he was also a notable playwright and poet, as well as an amateur herpetologist. He published widely in his lifetime. Whiffen was also an outdoor writer in the 1900-1920 period and prominent in the pages of Outing, Forest & Stream, Outdoor Life, and other popular sporting journals. His subjects were as eclectic as he was, ranging from a defense of the Carp as an American sport fish (one of the earliest such articles) as well as fly fishing for Adirondack Frost Fish, a species of whitefish now endangered of which almost no other outdoor writers took note. Whiffen was also a rodmaker, who taught many contemporary outdoorsmen how to build their own rod from scratch through his popular articles in the sporting press. A man not bound by tradition, his writings are unlike any other rodmaking writings out there, and are filled with fascinating tidbits of information gleaned on the stream. He was a major advocate of very light fly rods at a time when this was almost unheard of, as well as a proponent of one-piece rods as superior to jointed models. He was fishing a six […]

2017-12-16T09:10:19+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Bamboo Lore Notes on Making, Wrapping, and Repairing Bamboo Fly Rods

Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique Lure

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 has seen them all. Helping date the lure itself with its single (Post 1936) to double line tie (Pre 1935) this antique lure evolved, stayed relevant with fishermen and certainly has with antique lure collectors as well. 

The antique fishing lure was given a model series 2600. The Deep Diving version shown below is in one of Creek Chubs prettiest fishing lure colors when in nice condition like the antique lure shown, Mullet. The Color code is 07 on the Creek Chub Bait Company’s color chart. This wooden glass eyed example is shown with a deep diving lip, single line, in its correct end stamped box 2607DD and period lure box catalog. Although they probably used the same die cuts for catalogs for some time, the 1931 catalog below touts the new lure as having a wonderful wiggling motion. Even greater than its famous Pikie Minnow lure.

The 1931 Creek Chub Bait Company Catalog states: This new Jointed Pikie has a beautiful wiggling movement, flexible and sinuous, which we believe makes it a still better fish getter than our famous Pikie minnow No. 700. […]

2018-01-31T06:57:19+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Jointed Pikie Antique 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 WWI. While its grasp was felt around the globe it wasn’t strong enough to quell the formation of what would become one of the largest and most significant fishing lure companies to date.

The Wiggler would grow into one of Creek Chubs most celebrated lures and would make what was a almost half a century appearance in it lure line up. This wooden antique fishing lure was given a model series number 100. Although there are slight differences the lure would measure roughly 3 1/2″ in length and weigh in at 3/4 oz.

With the lure being the first produced it is no surprise that we will see quite an evolution to the lure as improvements and changes were made to it and other Creek Chub lures. You can find the lure in its earliest stages with a washer rigged hook hardware. It would then develop into a few different Cup styles to hold its 2T, or trebles.

With more changes then to the physical hook hardware the lip would evolve going from a Plain lip in 1916, to one having its named stamped on the lip in […]

2018-01-12T11:47:42+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Wiggler Antique 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 and measures in at 2 3/4″ in length. This widely popular lure was the second lure produced by the company. The Featured lure is an early gold wash washer rigged intro model.  The lure is in a Copper Scale finish. During the first year of production you will find a few different color or flavors of sometimes the same named color, such as the Yellow Shiner Scale. These early washer rigged units are hard to come by and are usually the center piece to early Creek Chub or Wiggler centrist collectors.

The Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure is a wooden lure that can be found both with and without glass eyes. You can find it with a single or double line tie, even with a marked or unmarked lip. The standard cup rig hardware can be found on most, however if one looks hard you may be lucky to find a washer rigged on. The lure utilizes two treble hooks like its bigger brother the series 100.

The lure can be found in a dozen standard colors as well as a host of uncatalogued examples produced over […]

2018-01-12T11:48:55+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Creek Chub Baby Wiggler Lure

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

The ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS  has been published and has something for everyone! This edition’s front cover features an amazing Bradley reel bearing a historic inscription. The Reel News has a fascinating story to go with, entitled “Never say Never”. ORCA President David Lehmann recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our Branson ORCA National Convention organizers and introduces a number of new key ORCA personnel. Reel News editor Richard Lodge provides coverage about our Branson convention including recognition of our newest Honorary Member John Elder, our outgoing President Betty Barr and all of the convention contest winners. Everyone had a great time! Breakfast with the Board and the new ORCA Strategic Plan are also covered in detail.

Reel lovers will enjoy reading about “The Arbeco Reels of R. Blackington & Co.” which is the subject of Dr. Todd’s article on Reels of the Trade. Roger Schultz discusses the 2 variations of the 1914 Meisselbach Free Spool Surf Reel. Victor Koury explains the fine points of certain collectible Ambassadeur reels. Renzo Di Paolo discusses little known facts about big game reel maker Everol and his visit to their factory in Italy. Reels you may actually have on your collector shelf (or tackle box) are covered in “Smooth-casting Johnson closed-face reels”…. and this edition has much more to offer. If you are not already a Reel News subscriber, Join ORCA today and […]

2017-12-15T08:30:40+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Comments Off on ORCA November 2017 REEL NEWS

Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

In the Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures; Everyone has an opinion on what a vintage fishing lure is worth, but there is only one way to know for sure: find out what similar or identical lures have sold for in the recent past. But this is not as easy as it sounds. On-line auction sites delete all records of sales older than three months, and many of the rarer lures only come up for sale every year or two. So how can you reliably tell what any given fishing lure is worth?

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The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

In The 2018 Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures, noted collector and author Matt Lollman has collected 10,000+ actual sale prices of thousands of different fishing lures from hundreds of different companies. From on-line auction and forum sales to speciality auction houses to in person show sales, Lollman has given the following details for each entry: Company (including company city and state), Lure and Model Number, Color, Era, Detailed Description, Material, Condition, Month of Sale, and actual sale in dollars. Now you can quickly and conveniently find out the value of thousands of different lures! Includes 24 pages of color photos of lures and rare lure color charts. As opposed to value guides, which estimate the sale price […]

2017-12-13T12:02:16+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Whitefish Price Guide to Vintage Fishing Lures

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout

The Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout was first introduced in 1941. This strange looking plastic, raised painted eye lure, was the Paw Paw Bait Company model series #3500. The lure originally called a Wham Doodle, which was made of wood with whats referred to as an alligator eye. The lure features two sets of small treble hooks on each side of the lure adjoined with unique hardware, the same of which appears on the Flap Jack lure. The lure has always been popular with collectors and was available in many different colors to look for. I’ve never figured out what they were trying to mimic, possibly a small duckling.

Some of the colors that available and the corresponding color numbers are:

01 Perch Scale 
04 White with Red Head
06 Shad Scale
07 Pike Scale (Shown Below)
08 Frog
23 Dace
24 Rainbow Trout (Shown in Gallery)
25 Orange With Black Spots
29 Black with Silver Flash (Shown in Gallery)
34 Yellow with Black Spots
39 Golden Shiner
40 Purple Scale

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout Gallery

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Black with Silver Flash Code 29

Paw Paw Platypus Lure Pike Scale Code 07

2017-12-19T08:23:41+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Platypus Lure Rainbow Trout