Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly
The Heddon Bubbling Bug fly rod minnow lure is Heddon’s Series number 90. The fly rod fishing lure is not your A Typical small trout Fly one thinks of, as you can see in the gallery against a ruler this fly measures 1 3/4″ in length. This antique Heddon fly rod lure was introduced in 1933 and however it was out of Heddon catalog’s by 1939. The Bubbling Bug Fly can be found in the up leaping bass box, as well as the cellophane window box. These fly’s are really quite fragile, and most of the time when found have most of the paint off the bottom due to the expansion and contraction of the belly weight on such a small wooden lure. The antique fly rod lure has a cupped face to make a wake when travelling across the water when being stripped.
The antique fly lure was available in only 4 different Heddon cataloged colors; GG: Gold and Green, BY: Black Body with Yellow Stripes, WR: White Body Yellow Stripes, and YB: Yellow Body Black Stripes. The lure could also be special ordered with the single hook turned downwards, as well as without wings. This Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Rod Lure is personally one of my favorite Heddon flies to find and collect.
Heddon Bubbling Bug Fly Lure
Photo and Excerpt of a Bubbling Bug Fly from a 1934 Heddon Lure Catalog
“Brings up Bass with a rush! Very Weedless, A very lively surface lure that will produce big bubbles when twitched slightly. Has cupped front. Creates a surface wake when retrieved. Strongly made and very durable. Swivel prevents line twisting. Weighs 1/10 oz. Should be used with a bass weight fly rod only.”