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

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

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

The Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait was first introduced around the early teens. This antique lure was made by J. A. Holzapfel in Jackson Michigan. If this fishing lure looks familiar to another makers lures, the Croaker by C.A. Wilford and Son of the same city they should be. Mr. Holzapfel and Mr. Wilford were friend and fishing partners.

This no eyed antique fishing lure is wooden in construction material, and measures 4 1/4″ inches in body length not including the hardware. The lure is not jointed and is only 1 piece in make. The lure were all hand painted and were available in the 4 1/4″ size as well as a 3 1/2″ version. The lure utilizes a very simple eye screw hook hardware to secure its three treble hooks. The lure had only a single forward facing lie tie.

The lure can be found in solid white, as shown below in the gallery as well as red, a spot frog and one more. The lure was housed in a plain text white 2 piece cardboard box should you be lucky enough to locate one.

Included in the Gallery Below is the Muskie size version of the Mushroom Bait, you can see its larger and thicker than its little brother. One thing I did notice is they didnt upgrade the hook size even though they increased the size of the antique lure.

Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait Photo Gallery


2017-12-19T08:30:51+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Holzapfel Mushroom Bass Bait

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

The Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure was introduced in the 1950’s, made by the Paw Paw Bait Company of Paw Paw Michigan. This version of the Paw paw Bait Company lure arsenal was given a model 3600. This plastic fishing lure measures 3 1/2″ in length and weighs in at 3/4 oz.

Most commonly mistaken for a Helin Flat Fish, the early version of this Antique Lure uses a specific, easily identifiable hardware. The early 1950’s version has a hook hardware that uses a ball and socket type enclosure, in a way like your arm socket. The hardware was also used on the collector favorite, Paw Paw Platypus. The Flap Jack for Paw Paw was the base lure or standard used in the creation of whopping 12 other lure models. The Paw Paw Flap Jack antique lure is a great one to collect, with all the different variations of the lure and the multitude of colors one is able to find it can keep you busy for a while, not to mention not break the bank along the way.

The Flap Jack Came Standard in 15 Different colors:

3604 – White, Red and Black Spots
3607 – Pike Scale
3608 – Natural Frog
3612 – Silver Flitters
3625 – Orange, Red and Black Spots (Shown Below)
3629 – Black, Silver Flitters
3630 – Light Orange, Red Tip, Black Top […]

2017-08-07T08:04:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Flap Jack Lure

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

The Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure was first introduced in 1930. This pint sized Heddon lure, made in Dowagiac Michigan was very short lived. While introduced in 1930 this lure would disappear into obscurity by 1934 and not even make the lure line up catalog that year. This tiny little trout, bass, and other small game fish minnow was made of wood, measuring 1 3/4″ in length. This antique lure was assigned a model 80 if your lucky enough to find a matching box.

The lure has small painted eyes, a single tiny line tie at the front of the lure inset into the slightly concave mouth. You wont have to worry about throwing your back out carrying around this guy to fish with as he weighs in at just around 1/10th of an ounce. The lure would certainly float when not being drawn through the water. The catalog states “A lively little lure of many uses. Primarily designed as a fly-rod lure for large Trout, it is also very effective for Bass and pan fish. Floats and dives when retrieved with excellent action. One double hook so placed to insure hooking.”

As far as color schemes go, you can find the Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Fishing Lure in a half dozen color finishes.

01 – Rainbow
02 – Red & White
BK – Brook Trout
N – Dace
P – Shiner Scale (Shown Below)

2017-08-07T07:58:52+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Tiny Teaz Fly Lure

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 was a Silver Creek Lure akin to the Polly-Wog. The standard series line as shown in the gallery below is a series 1000. This wooden, glass eyed beauty measures in at roughly 4 – 4 1/4″ in length.

The lure has it’s telltale pointed nose, and its triangular shaped head which is the widest point of the body of the lure. The Pikaroon then tapers backwards towards the aft of the lure to a width that seemingly is just wide enough to hook the rear hook. The Pikaroon Antique Fishing Lure, the model 1000 has only 2T, or trebles to secure its catch. Both being held into the wooden lure via a simple screw eye rigging. The lure is most often found with it pointed upwards glass eye, but during the transition to the Paw Paw Bait Company in 1928 you will be able to locate some painted eye versions.

Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut Moonlight Pikaroon Lure Catalog Cut

Pikaroon Minnow

No. 1000

There’s only one Pikaroon – it’s something more than a mere […]

2017-07-25T07:22:39+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Moonlight Pikaroon Antique Lure

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″ in length. The wood blank would then be covered by stretching frog skin from front to back encapsulating the lure blank. Paw Paw used black beaded eyes instead of the traditional painted eye Paw Paw used on most of its fishing lures.  The Croaker Lure to secure its prey used two trailing treble hooks, the center of which used a cup rig for stability, while the rear using the traditional screw eye.

Paw Paw offered a half dozen or so selected fishing lures that were covered in frog skin, the pikie, the croaker, the plunker and injured minnow among them. Unfortunately the skin will over time dry and become brittle if subjected to the elements. 

The smallest fly rod sized croaker is a prize to find and very collectible. The lure definitely appeals to multiple niches or vertical segments inside the lure collecting world, from frog only enthusiasts to Paw Paw Lure collectors and there are even collectors of just antique lures covered in frog skin. There are many lure makers from Eger, to Top Frog,  Shakespeare, Paw Paw and many others that utilized natural […]

2017-07-10T07:38:55+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Paw Paw Croaker Lure

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 and may have gone on his own not long after.

Both Hill and Hibbard lures featured patents that used or were center around a way to keep the spinner or spoon blade away from the shaft of the lure upon retrieval. The heart shaped spinner employs the use of his patented device. The Patent was number 295,758 and was granted on March 25th 1884.  You can find a few variations of Hibbard’s spoons, some that look like the typical L.S. Hill willow leaf, another in the shape of a fish and this one. Any that you find are not a common by any means.

Charles Hibbard Antique Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-29T08:45:06+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Charles Hibbard 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 and I ran across an add in the back of the magazine for one.

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

All the record catches in Kalamazoo lakes and rivers were made with this minnow in the 1903 season. Hooks guaranteed not to tangle. Fred D. Rhodes, 116 Bush Street Kalamazoo, Michigan

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Ad


“Collector Bill Sonnet dug up this great ad from the 1903 Kalamazoo City Directory”

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure 1903 Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure 1903

Fred D. Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Lure Patent Papers

Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow Patent

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 777,488, dated December 13, 1904. Application filed Nove ber 2, 1903. Serial No. 179,521. (No model.)

T0 at whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, FRED D. Rnonns, a citizen of the United States, residing at the city of Kalamazoo, county of Kalamazoo, State of Michigan, have […]

2017-06-17T14:05:00+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Rhodes Perfect Casting Minnow

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 who collect metal and or Paw Paw Lures. The lure itself was made in Paw Paw Michigan by the Paw Paw Bait company.

This antique fishing lure measure 2 3/4″ in length. The lure has a single treble hook fixed to the body of the lure with a split shot ring. The lures were often sold on a counter stand up cardboard display. The lure is stamped on the reverse for identification purposes for both the manufacture and the advertiser. I tend to think if not from a pure novelty standpoint this lure would have to have been made for trolling for thirsty fish.

Shown in the gallery below is an example shown with its very tough and some may even use the word rare to find box and insert. While I’ve sold dozens of the lure by itself over the last few decades this is the first one Ive seen in a box.

Paw Paw Seagrams Seven Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-14T08:41:07+00:00 May 16th, 2017|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 creating a wobble action as the lure is retrieved.

Mercury Minnow
The Red Hot Lure with 4 Way Action

Darts – Dives – Climbs – Wiggles Moving Mercury Does It!

It acts alive!
The constantly shifting weight of the Mercury creates a startling new action. With the Mercury in positions: (A) It Climbs (B) It Darts (C) It Wiggles (D) It climbs and Wiggles (E) It Darts and Dives Patent Pending

Check These Features
More Action over the Counter – You have something to sell – A New Principle – Using moving Mercury to create a Life-like, 4 way action on every retrieve. No other lure has it.

More Sales Appeal – A quality lure made of Tenite II – Will not chip, peel, or water log. Individually boxed in a colorful display carton. Fully Guaranteed.

More Profit – Retailing at $1.50 the Mercury Minnow at standard discount allows greater margin of profit – and it is easy to sell.

Two Popular Sizes – Model 10 5/8 oz. Standard casting and trolling size.
Model 20 3/8 oz. Spinning, […]

2017-06-08T20:03:48+00:00 May 10th, 2017|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 length. The lures attempt using its life like shape is to reek havoc and solicit strikes from smaller size game fish in the bass family. The lure imitates a closed leg frog, from which a larger single hook trails from an eyelet or rivet in the the feet, and a double hook from it belly to secure its prey. The lure employs the use of the Toilet Seat Hardware rigging to hold the belly hook to the body. The lure has a single forward line tie which is stationed in the center of the face of the lure. Identifying this antique lure is pretty easy compared to most as its name is stenciled in black on its underside.

The Little Luny was only ever produced in two different colors a Green Frog and a Meadow Frog Finish.

Heddon Little Luny Frog Lure Photo Gallery

2017-06-08T20:04:56+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Heddon Little Luny Frog 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 city is situated on two separate arms or Bays of the Great Lake Michigan. The East Arm and West Arm of Grand Traverse bay are right at the front door of Alert (Bert) Winnie. While most notably known for its 360 Million pounds of Cherrys the area produces each year, we lure collectors are thankful for Bert’s Contributions to our hobby.

This wooden antique fishing lure, the Michigan Stump Dodger has a larger more bulb type head and tapers down until it reaches its tail. The head and front of the lure are where the Stump Dodger and it’s unique double diving lipped lure gain its personality. Affixed to the top diving lip is its single forward line tie. Inset into the head of the lure are it’s tell tale unique tack and brass washer eyes, however the lure can also be found with no eyes. The lure itself uses two simple screw eyes to hold its two treble hooks.

Winnie Stump Dodger Lure Patent Gallery

The Stump Dodger came in at least 3 different sizes, the lure highlighted here is the standard […]

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

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

The Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure is reported as being first introduced to the fishing world sometime in 1950, its patent shows it was applied for in 1946. Shown below, the patent was finally granted in January of 1951 almost 6 years later (Must have had a pretty good back log) and was gone from production in less time than it took for its patent to be granted. Robert A LaFluer of Ferndale, Michigan its inventor sought to produce a lure ranging in size from a Fly Fishing lure all the way through the muskie fishing size. However, with its short production run we can surmise it never quite lived up to the fishing communities response of them. Finding this great little Miscellaneous lure is actually quite tough, tougher than its collector value assigned would indicate.

The Curv A Lure was only produced 2 Sizes although the intent was far more. As far as a color pallet it was available in roughly a half a dozen different colors. From Silver Spotted, to Rainbow, to the Orange with Black Stripe shown below in the gallery, trying to find these half a dozen colors and their corresponding boxes can actually be quite a challenge.

Patent 2536553 Made a Few Distinct Claims that coincide with its Namesake.

1. A fishing lure comprising an elongated body having a concave lower surface, a convexed upper surface, a concaved side surface and a […]

2017-04-12T07:59:58+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Comments Off on Curv A Lure Vintage Fishing Lure

Shurebite Frog Lure

Shurebite Frog Lure

This Shurebite Frog Lure is the later in the series of Frogs created by Shuebite. Hopping into the picture around 1948 this version upgrade changes its makeup from sponge and wood to what we see here using tenite. Located in 1948 in Bronson Michigan the Surebite antique lure company making its move from Kokomo, Indiana. This plastic lure measures 3″ in length and has a plastic lip inserted into the front of the lure with it’s single line tie which has three different options. The lure maintains its use of the thin rubber legs dangling from the rear of the body. This Surebite fly eat uses a single downward facing hook mounted into the underside which is protected from the weeds by the typical metal tines.

The lure was only ever offered in the green frog color shown. This lure would come housed in the traditional burnt orange colored lure box labeled frog on the top half of the box. The second frog shown in the gallery below is the one who patent was applied for in May of 1941 and granted in October of 1942. The lure is made with a wood top and a sponge bottom, as you can see the one in the gallery below the sponge has deteriorated. It also gives us a view into the Type II box and wording used.

“If its a Shurebite It’s Good”

This box contains one […]

2017-04-12T07:59:20+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Shurebite Frog Lure

Shakespeare Pop I Lure

Shakespeare Pop I Lure

The Shakespeare Pop I lure was a series model number 6574, and created by the Shakespeare Bait Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This painted eye, wooden lure, was Shakespeare’s answer to a segment of fisherman wanting to emulate one of natures greatest food supplies for sports fish, the frog. The antique lure was circa 1938, and was 3 5/8″ in length with 2 trailing treble hooks.

The Shakespeare Pop I fishing lure was said to have been a direct competitor to the Creek Chub Plunker lure. The 6574, is the skinniest of the 2 that were offered during that period of time. Shakespeare also offered a 6575 that was a more stocky and beefier version.

Shakespeare Pop I Lure Series 6574

Shakespeare Pop I Series 6575

2017-06-14T10:15:09+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Comments Off on Shakespeare Pop I Lure