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Heddon Lure founder James Heddon Lures of Dowagiac Michigan

Heddon Lure founder James Heddon Lures of Dowagiac Michigan

Heddon Lures

Fitting everything known about Heddon Lures the maker & its heritage into a single web page is a daunting task. Its like trying to wrap your arms around a Sequoia tree. This antique fishing lure and reel maker transcended over a century’s worth of time. As far as the American Fishing Lure history story, it would be hard to tell without including  Heddo. From the folksy story of James Heddon creating his first frog antique lure next to old mill pond to today’s giant conglomerate EBSCO – Pradco one cannot traverse American fishing history without them.

As the years moved forward so did Heddon lures in their innovations. Through the field testing of lures in the Bass filled lakes of Florida to the frozen ponds of Michigan the Heddon Company lead through innovations. The lure giant bought, fought and marketed their way to success. Famous lures such as the Heddon Dowagiac Expert, and its early brethren the Underwater Minnow would morph. The lures adapting through decades bringing with it of following (whichever account you read from) American fishing Industry. Anyone who reads and studies the works and craftsmanship of early American Fishing industry will no doubt see similarities in the competitors. Between the giants Creek Chub, Shakespeare, South Bend, Jamison, Pflueger and many others in paint, performance, and technology. Some of these would work their way out in court and others would be decided by the consumer.

As the site grows so will its pages to help identify the Heddon Lure. Through the use of key dates, paint schemes, hook hardware and lure varieties the lures themselves will tell the story.

There are 21 Heddon Lure articles per page.

 

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Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure

By | March 24th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure is a collector favorite, and was first introduced around 1939-1940. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan purchased the patent rights to this winged creature from Jim Donaly, of [...]

Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

By | March 20th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Punkie Spook Lure The Heddon Punkie Spook Fly lure was made no doubt due to the popularity of the now famous Heddon Punkinseed lure. This antique fly lure was a series 980, and shown [...]

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure

By | March 7th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure The Heddon Musky Flap Tail Lure was first introduced around 1935. This antique fishing lure was given the model number 7050 inside the Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's lure line up. [...]

Heddon Darting Zara Lure

By | February 24th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Darting Zara The Heddon Darting Zara lure dates back to 1933 if not a little earlier. This straight bodied fishing lure was Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan's series model number 6600. The wooden, glass eyed [...]

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Heddon Tiny Spook Lure

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Tiny Spook Lure The Heddon Tiny Spook Lure is a model series number 310. This small spook antique fishing lure measure a mere 1 7/8" in length. The lure only lasted for two years [...]

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Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure The Heddon Stanley Flipper Lure is a neat lure released in the late 1920. Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan gave it a model series number 140. The Flipper lure came about during [...]

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Heddon Chugger Spook Lure

By | January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Chugger Spook Lure The Heddon Chugger Spook Lure has a long history that begins in 1938. The antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan would take on a model number 9540. This painted [...]

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Heddon Plunking Basser Lure

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon Plunking Basser Lure The Heddon Plunking Basser Lure is a smaller lure than its bigger brother the Heddon Basser antique lure. The Plunking Basser is a wooden lure measuring 3" inches in length. The [...]

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Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure The Heddon No Snag River Runt Lure is a great little lure. First introduced in 1941 this spook lure has become a favorite among collectors. The antique lure takes [...]

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Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Frog Scale Lure The Heddon Giant Jointed Vamp Lure is a serious wooden lure and admittingly larger than most of the fish I catch. The model 7350 was wooden, glass eyed, [...]

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Heddon Basser Antique Lure

By | January 5th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Heddon Basser Antique Lure The Heddon Basser Antique Lure was first introduced in 1922. The great wooden Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan lure was in the Heddon lure line up for over three decades. The Basser [...]

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Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure The Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure was first introduced in 1937. Made by Heddon in Dowagiac Michigan this antique fly rod lure was given a series 750. The [...]

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Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , |

Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure The Heddon Midget Digit Spook Lure was first introduced in 1948. The lure was a continuation of Heddon's very popular wooden line, and was given model number 9020. The plastic [...]

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Heddon Gamby Lure

By | December 15th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon Gamby Lure The Heddon Gamby Lure was part of a spinning series lure introduced around 1955. The Heddon Gamby produced in Dowagiac, Michigan was given a model series number 421 and 423. The 421 [...]

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Heddon Wounded Spook Lure

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon Wounded Spook Lure The Heddon Wounded Spook Lure was a series 9140. This antique lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan was first introduced in 1939. Many of the early spooks have all but [...]

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Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure

By | December 8th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure The Heddon 9630 Punkinseed Lure was first introduced in 1950. This antique fishing lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac Michigan is part of a lineup of quintessential lures. The 9630 was [...]

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Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series The Heddon Crazy Crawler Lure 2120 Series antique fishing lure was first introduced in 1941. This Crazy Crawler lure made by Heddon of Dowagiac, Michigan would be a great [...]

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Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure

By | November 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure The Heddon Magnum Torpedo Lure was first introduced in 1969. This Antique Lure was Heddon / Pradco in Ft Smith Arkansas model series number 362. This plastic spook lure is the [...]

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Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon SOS 160 Lure Strawberry Spot The Heddon SOS 160 Lure was first introduced in 1928. This antique lure made by the Heddon Lure Company out of Dowagiac Michigan was one of the mid sized [...]

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