Hastings Frog Antique Lure
The Hastings Frog Antique Lure was originally made by James T Hastings, of Chicago, Illinois. He patented his version of the fly eater, August 24th, 1895. However, this version of the antique frog lure was made by smiling Bill Jamison, also of Chicago, Illinois. Jamison acquired the rights to this patent somewhere near 1910. So while certain versions of the antique frog fall into the 19th Century fishing lure category, this one doesn’t. The frog lure example shown is made of a rubber composite type material, which over time has been know to shrink dry and crack. The frog lure rides upon or is tethered to the metal frog harness which line tie exits the frog at the nose. The lure has the typical weighted underbelly to add weight to the lure. The Hastings Frog harness has two single hooks which the shanks are upturned at the feet.
The box example shown is white in color, however you can see its in poor condition. You can also find the box in Jamison’s pink version too. You may be fortunate enough to find one with the picture of the frog which would be the Harris version of the frog antique lure box. And alas I wonder would not the frog be considered fly fishing, at its purest form? Those to those that missed that, sorry, I apologize for my attempt at bad humor early in the morning.