Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. The old saying is it takes 2 two Tango, well in this case it takes 6! The Rush Tango Trout Tango lure was a fly rod lure measuring 1 3/4″ in length and having a detachable small double hook. The lure meant to be cast with a medium weight rod and line. Stated on the side of the box, the maker recommends adding a small worm to the item if you must. The company had its roots in Syracuse NY around the same areas a few of the later contended lure makers were also from. The Rush Tango story and history of the company is a long convoluted mess mixing antique lure makers James Heddon, Leroy Yakeley, Fillmore Smith and JK Rush in patent warfare leading to court cases and legal interpretation. These legal issues not only would present themselves to JK Rush with the tango lure, they would also face Heddon with the Tadpolly and Welles Patent infringement. The assortment of 6 lures could be purchased direct or from purveyors such as Hibbard Spencer and Bartlett, who in 1922 offers this 6 pack for merely sum of $1.50, yes please send me a dozen.

The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure was offered in a variety of solid colors such as Red, Gold, Black, Silver, and Gold. Or two tone colors such as Red and Yellow, and Red and White. The lures shown date to 1922’ish when the company Changed its name from the Union Specialty Company to the Rush Outing Company. This is when the company made its focus a more outdoor gear and camping equipment type company. This shift in priorities from fishing to camping supplies could be a reason the would sell the rights to the Horrocks Ibbotson Co from neighboring Utica New York.

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack Photo Gallery

2017-12-27T07:43:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|0 Comments

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann

Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann

This piece a Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann has always been one of my favorite things in my antique lure collection. Yes, Yes I know its not a lure, but it is to me an equal to most every lure in my collection. Ive always been a antique collector even prior to being hooked by the antique lure hobby.

I was drug around from barn to attic, to antique show to county fairs in central NY and New England as a child. My mother, a self taught, semi-profesional Mission Arts and Crafts and Pottery “picker” whos keen eye in the mid to late 80s put many miles on the family suburban. Her perserveance and keen eye not only supplied a stickly store front on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC, it supplied many advanced collectors key early pottery pieces from makers such as Newcomb, Rookwood, Weller, Fulper and many more. I said all that to say Ive come to love many things, even as a child using my cigar box moneies at garage sales for baseball cards to little big books to Currier and Ives prints. I can only imagine what I would have dug up had I been a lure collector during my life in upstate NY in the 70s and 80s.

Through out my lure collecting history Ive had many pieces come and go through my hands, if but just for a moment to enjoy. The pieces that have meant the most have come with a story, sometimes the story was told, and other times it has been my job to find it, write it and tell the story about it. This 9 Jewel pocket watch is one of those items. It came with a story, or at least a partial one told and written, and it would be the article below I found over a decade ago that would tell its story. The article would expound upon and make sense to the mystery of who Joseph Meatyard was, and what was his relation to antique lure maker John H Mann of Syracuse NY.

The inscription reads “Presented to Joseph Meatyard, for faithful services rendered. John H Mann”

Onondaga’s Centennial: Gleanings of a Century, Volume 2 1896

John H Mann & Co Syracuse. John H Mann the founder of this well known house was born in Peterboro England in 1825 and came to America in 1849 settling in Syracuse where he remained until his death which occurred on Aug 3 1892. On the site which is now occupied by the Onondaga County Savings Bank, Mr Mann started in the grocery business in the year 1852 and successfully laid the foundation for one of the best retail establishments in Central New York. Mr. Mann was an enthusiastic huntsman and fisherman and attained an almost national reputation in fly casting. He owned the first breech loading gun in Syracuse […]

2017-01-21T08:54:19+00:00 January 21st, 2017|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|1 Comment

John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon

John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon

The John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon is an early Pre 1900’s or 19th Century fishing Lure. The John H Mann Company of Syracuse NY is one of the most successful grocery, sundries, dry good and fishing tackle store central New York would ever have. Most don’t know Mr. Mann actually sold guns and revolvers out of his store. I will do a whole page on Mann so I don’t want to speak of all the his wonderful accomplishments both from a Small Business or to a 1800’s fishing tackle manufacture. I first brought up John Henry Mann on the Pocket Watch Page. Needless to say the Bastable Block Landscape in Syracuse New York would house on iconic business run by a great inventor and  community leader.

The lure shown was first produced in roughly 1870, and would be granted a patent for the lure on 1871. The version shown below in the gallery is a large size post patent lure as noted by the stamping of the Patent Date on the lure. The two large tear drop shaped trolling spoons were meant to land a large Northern or Large Wall Eye fish.  Fashioned in between the spoons is Mann’s patented use of the glass bead or washer. These large spoons are followed by an equally impressive set of tell tale Mann Hooks. For the better part of most all John H Mann lures you will see he employs a a single double hook. These hooks have the most beautiful Japanning done to them (Black Enamel of sorts) of any Pre 1900’s maker.

This lure would be advertised in some classic angling magazines, such as American Angler. But, you can find ads for these in the early News Papers of Syracuse. The spoons will be discussed in Hardware store trades such as Iron Age, and even shown in more GQ type magazines of the day such as Country Gentleman.

John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon

 Mann’s Improved Double Trolling Spoon

This Trolling bait stands unequaled for catching Pike, Pickerel, Trout, Bass. It is far superior to any single spoon ever invented. Packed securley and sent by mail. Price $1.00 Each A Liberal Discount to the Trade

John H Mann Syracuse, NY

Mann Improved Trolling Spoon Mann Improved Trolling Spoon

John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon Patent

2016-10-26T11:41:09+00:00 July 31st, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures|Comments Off on John Mann Tandem Improved Trolling Spoon

Reuben Wood Forrest Stream

Reuben Wood Forrest Stream

In this Reuben Wood Forrest Stream article from 1896 Vol. 47 we see an account from Mr Fred Mather about fishing with Reuben Wood. One of my favorite pieces that Ill share from later is a 1897 catalog from his fishing tackle company, its a bit worse for wear on the cover, but the content (important stuff) is still intact. I know it looks like a long read, but truly its not. Learning about our American Angling past is part of our duties of anglers, and fishing lure and reel collectors. Its our job to be able to pass this stuff on, as much as it is our job to teach the kids to fish. If no one recants our fishing history it will become like most things now a days, and will become disposable. I know most are here to see the pictures of shinny tough baits, and reels, and I promise they will continue to come. I think that sandwiched in between the lures and reels you’ll enjoy taking a step back in time with me to see with the ads, or read with the stories. I promise there is some really cool stuff out there besides the Heddon 150’s in wood box. You don’t have to come all the way back 125-150 years to find history either, that is just where I enjoy digging around. Take whatever you collect and ask, learn,read and tell others about it and this hobby as much as you can.

You’ll see that Reuben Wood was quite an angler of his period who kept kinship with some pretty famous people such as Mr. Wells from Wells Fargo. Even more yet he would befriend folks like Spencer Baird, who if you’ve done some reading about early American history you will remember him, he was an American naturalist, ornithologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and museum curator. Baird was the first curator to be named at the Smithsonian Institution. He would eventually serve as assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1850 to 1878, and as Secretary from 1878 until 1887. That’s a pretty important guy as far as I’m concerned and will do more on Spencer at a later date.


    I.—Reuben Wood. This noted sportsman, who for nearly half a century made his home in Syracuse, N. Y., wag well known throughout the State, and it was my good fortune to have him as an instructor in the art of angling in earliest boyhood. We were born in the then small village of Green-bush (opposite Albany), he in December, 1822, and I eleven years later.

    Almost every man who has passed the half-century milestone on life’s journey loves to imitate Lot’s wife and look over his shoulder, and usually the retrospect is pleasant because we do not remember clearly; we conjure up the roses in the pathway and the small thorns are indistinct in […]

2016-10-26T11:41:17+00:00 May 9th, 2016|19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Comments Off on Reuben Wood Forrest Stream

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