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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.

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2018-01-16T09:27:54+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Antique Lures, Fishing For History, Tight Lines Tuesday|0 Comments

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-

2018-01-13T09:44:37+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Antique Lures, Fishing For History, Friends & Clubs, NFLCC|0 Comments

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

2018-01-12T09:52:32+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fishing For History|0 Comments

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 Little Egypt intro box was good to see. Predates his tin boxes.


This Penn Model 420 Spinster is a reel with a fascinating history — made in Japan, and rejected by Penn. It was never sold commercially.


Any W.D.Chapman Spinner is a nice find.


The Salties out there love these Devonshire Surf Plugs.!


And it feels good to say once again, have a good weekend, and be good to each other and yourself.

— Dr. Todd

2018-01-12T11:53:43+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Fishing For History, The Friday Fun House|0 Comments

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