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Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018

Friday Funhouse January 19 2018;
The Video of the Week

If you have about 50 minutes you need to watch this beautiful movie by James Prosek, as he retraces the steps of Izaak Walton. Really well done.


10 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This 1930s Wilson fly rod from Oregon is very rare.

Well this Rick Clunn belt buckle is a super cool piece of bass fishing history!


You don’t see many glass fly rods reach this high of a level like this Payne Glass.

Of the contemporary makers, is there a classier maker than Jan Cummings?

This Clark Bros. Make-Em-Bite is a classy bait.

This Rhodes Kalamazoo 3-Hook Minnow is amazing.

LOVE this Paw Paw Crippled Minnow, such a pretty bait!

Edward vom Hofe 9/0 Model #621 is a great add to an ocean reel collection.

This is a very nice and early Heddon 150.

You don’t see many of these Valentine fly reels around, but they are cool and pretty rare.

This Winchester 9205 is a nice find.

A CCBC Fintail in the box with papers? Hell yeah!

As always, have a great weekend — and be good to each other, and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure

The Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure is a model series 3400. The Creek Chub Bait Company, of Garrett Indiana introduced this lure in 1929 and produced it for almost half a century until 1978. This wooden, glass eyed Pikie minnow is just a little larger than the famous 700 series, measuring in at 4 7/8″ in length.

We have a Rainbow Fire Snook Pikie in Correct Box in on Consignment this week, click below to view.

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Rainbow Fire in Box 

If you have lures to consign or sell please contact me.

The Snook Pikie although introduced in 1929 only had a verbal description, and no photo along with it for many years in the 1930’s. The lure was available in well over a dozen standard finishes making it a fun lure to collect. The lure is shown in its correct end stamped box, and is in Blue Flash, Color Code 34.

The 1941 Catalog States: Shaped exactly like the regular Pikie No. 700 except much stronger and a little larger. All hooks are anchored entirely through the body. Made especially for heavy fishing and a favorite for “Snook” in Florida. This size and construction also made a wonderful lure for Muskellunge and Great Northern Pike. It also suited to the lighter salt water fish and is a good lure for general all around use on heavy fish. 


Creek Chub Snook Pikie Catalog Cut 1941 Creek Chub Snook Pikie Catalog Cut 1941

Creek Chub Snook Pikie Antique Lure Photo Gallery

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.

We have a Black & White in Box in this weeks consignments, click below to view.

Black & White Swiv a Lure in Box

If you have lures to sell or consign please contact me. 

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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

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart

The Jamison Wig L Twin Lure Color Chart depicts the range in colors for this collector favorite lure. The Wig L Twin was first introduced in 1939. This tenite or plastic made lure has character both above and below the water. The sheet shows the 11 standard colors and their corresponding color codes. This should provide a neat look into the lures advertising as well as provide a reference to find the correct boxes for the right lure.

 We have a Nice Frog Spot in on Consignment this week, click below to view

Jamison Wig L Twin Frog Spot

If you have lures to sell or consign, please contact me.

The W. J. Jamison Co.
5559 W. North Avenue
Chicago 39, Illinois

Wig L Twin

For You…..another Shannon prize winning fish getter! This indestructible plastic lure, molded of Tenite, has alluring full length action. Shannon Spinners in the streamlined lifelike fins make the lure a living thing from head to tail. Can be fished at any desired depth. Sinks slowly if allowed to rest; if retrieved immediately lure travels 12 to 14 inches below the surface, and ideal fishing depth. May be cast or trolled with equal success. Use it for bass, walleye and northern pike, pickerel and muskies.

1801 Yellow Perch
1802 Black and White
1803 Red and White
1804 Dace Scale
1805 Rainbow
1806 Green Scale
1807 Target Spot
1808 Black and Yellow
1809 Frog
1810 Natural Chub
1811 Gold Fish

Molded of Tenite
Non-chip finish. No. 2 Hollow Point […]

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.

We have a Nice Large Size Shakespeare Evolution this week in con consignment, click to view below.

Shakespeare Evolution Model 5GAE

If you have lures to consign or sell please contact me

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 the “Shiner Minnow”, you could get two “finishes”, S or T… […]

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.

We have a Black & White Slippery Slim in on Consignment this week and can be viewed by clicking below.
Orchard Industries Slippery Slim Lure
If you have lures you would like to sell or consign please contact me.

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 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 this venue! We’re looking forward to lots of new faces this year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I look forward to seeing many of you next week.

Safe Travels-

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.

We have a desirable Frog Spot Midget Jointed Pikie in on Consignment this week, click below to view.
Creek Chub Jointed Midget Pikie
If you have lures to sell or consign, please contact me

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

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 always fun collectively and this Brainerd, MN made Lewis Gaustas model is pretty great. …


An early Heddon Zaragossa in the box is a great classic bait.


Been busy laying out an Al Foss book so this cardboard

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

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

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