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Seeing through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Seeing Through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing Seeing Through the Ice Louis Rhead Ice Fishing is my meager attempt to assimilate the last two weeks of my life to fishing theme. Some who follow this blog know me and our families tribulations over the last decade. Weve had the rug pulled out from underneath [...]

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Shur Strike Small Dude Lure The Shur Strike Small Dude Lure was first released around 1941. The Creek Chub Bait Company under the Shur Strike Bait Companies name in Garrett Indiana produced this small wooden lure measuring just a hair over 1 3/4" in length. With a name like "Small Dude" you know it has [...]

Heddon Punkie Spook Fly Lure

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 in Heddon's White Shore Finish Color Code XS and XRW. The lure was made in the in roughly a half [...]

Bug N Bass Antique Lure

February 8th, 2017|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bug N Bass Antique Lure The Bug N Bass Antique Lure dates to around 1963. The Bug N Bass antique lure a product of the Buckeye Bait Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, later in Council Grove, Kansas. The Bug N Bass was not the only lure made by the buckeye Bait COmpany. The lure itself is [...]

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Wright McGill Eagle Claw History

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Wright McGill Eagle Claw History This Wright McGill Eagle Claw History tale was taken from an excerpt from the Company in 1974. Stories like these breath life into the companies that we as collectors seek out. Being able to bring the different pieces of the puzzle to the table and recreate history with lore. Wright [...]

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Heddon Wood River Runtie Fly Lure

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 1930's was a time of transition for the America, and the fishing lure industry. In the early part of the [...]

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Sam the Black Bass Man Part I Sunday Sounds

December 16th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sam Sam the Black Bass Man Part I In introducing Sam the Black Bass Man, I must digress back a bit, and say thanks for all the views , likes comments, emails and texts I've received. The last 12 Months with Fin and Flame has been fun. I have even bigger expectations and plans for [...]

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant This great Enterprise Manufacturing Pflueger Fishing Tackle Plant article comes to us from November 10th, 1900. The article found in the trade rag, Hardware; A Review of the American Hardware Market. The article discusses the growth and transition through acquisition of the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Pflueger. Enterprise Manufacturing [...]

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Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler

November 20th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler 1918 In this Antique Lure History Whence The Plug American Angler article you will find an amazing read. I was truly excited when I ran across this gem. If you love antique lures and you love the history bind them, you will love the article from the May [...]

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Antique Fishing Attire 1875

November 19th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Antique Fishing Attire 1875 There have been may discussion over Antique Fishing attire in as much as the ability of the common layman to be able to afford to fish as a leisure or pleasure hobby. Simply put many people in early 19th Century America fished for food not for pleasure. In the span of [...]

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Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure

November 19th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure The Heddon Meadow Mouse Lure was first introduced in 1929. This Heddon mouse lure made in Dowagiac Michigan would last for more than half a century in the antique lure line up. This fishing lure the wooden enameled version is a series number 4000. This antique lure measures 2 3/4" in [...]

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Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure

November 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure The Heddon River Runtie Spook Lure was first introduced in 1937 and was assigned a model 950. This second coming of this Heddon from Dowagiac Michigan fly lure was like many of the other period lures made from plastic. Although first introduced in a wood variation it wouldnt take Heddon [...]

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Creek Chub Pop It Lure

November 11th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Creek Chub Pop It Lure The Creek Chub Pop It Lure was first introduced in 1927. This Fly made by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett, Indiana was made for almost a half of a century coming in just shy at 47 years. That is quite a run for any lure made by any [...]

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Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure

November 8th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure Shakespeare Fly Rod Mouse Lure, or the Swimming Mouse as its referred to sometimes was introduced around the late 1930's or early 1940's. The Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo Michigan labeled it as new in the 1940 antique lure catalog, but Ive learned that sometimes print doesn't change from year to [...]

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South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure

November 7th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure The South Bend Fly Rod Surf Oreno Lure was a series model 961. Made by the South Bend Bait Company of South Bend, Indiana was first introduced in 1928 and lasted fourteen years through 1942.The antique Fly Rod fishing Lure measures 1 1/2" in length and has painted [...]

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Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass

October 13th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , |

Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass The illustration by Louis Rhead Gamy Black Bass was part of a feature from the Brooklyn daily Feature on June 21, 1908. The Title of Gamy Black Bass How it is Caught with Bait and Fly, How and Where uses Rhead's masterful use of illustrations to give the reader a [...]

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Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog

September 2nd, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Antique Reels, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , |

Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog This Hibbard Spencer Bartlett Fishing Catalog is from 1893. Its one of my favorite antique fishing lure and reel catalogs. The company playing a major role in the outdoor sporting fields both hunting, fishing, and fly fishing for many decades. Acting as a major jobber and distributor of fishing tackle [...]

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Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie

August 29th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie The Creek Chub Fly Fishing Lure Pikie was fist introduced in 1924. This fly rod sized version of the classic Pikie minnow fishing lure came in both a bass and a trout size as so many of the Creek Chub Fly rod lures did. The Pikie Fly was only [...]

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Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure

August 20th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure The Tropical Bait Stormy Petrel Lure has always been a favorite with collectors. Ned Danforth of Indianapolis, Indiana was the Owner and inventor of the Stormy Petrel. Ned began making his now famous fishing lures as early as 1935. The Stormy Petrel as it is referred to some as the [...]

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Hastings Frog Antique Lure

August 18th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure

August 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Shakespeare Lures|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly Lure The Shakespeare Midget Oregon Fly lure was first introduced in the 1934 Shakespeare. A copy of the lure catalog ad by the Shakespeare Bait Company from Kalamazoo Michigan is shown below. I apologize for the quality but it was the best I could present. This small wooden antique fly lure [...]

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1794 Fishing Tackle Ad

August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , , |

1794 Fishing Tackle Ad This a 1794 Fishing Tackle Ad. It proves that sometimes while we believe the roots of the American Fly Fishing or Fishing Tackle industry started in the early to mid 19th Century, it did not. While names such as TH Bate, JT Buel, WD Chapman and others like Bradford and Anthony [...]

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Izaak Walton Colored Print

July 27th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , |

Izaak Walton Colored Print This Izaak Walton Colored Print is one of my favorites. I posted the other week a Currier and Ives Colored Trout photo and got good reception, so I thought another piece of art was apropos. This dates to the mid 1800's and was published by Dean and Company. There are as [...]

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Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company

July 26th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , , |

Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company This Syracuse Split Bamboo Fish Rod Company, Henry Loftie catalog is a great early pre 1900's Catalog. Circa 1889, this cover has made it over a century protected for it to be enjoyed by collectors and American Fishing Historians a century later. I've always been fond of Antique Paper [...]

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Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888

July 25th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures, Pflueger Lures|Tags: , , , |

Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 This Pflueger Antique Fly Lure 1888 ad is one of those that I found off the beaten path. Recording media has been done since the beginning of time, its just the mode, methods and the medium for transmission have change. I found this great old Pflueger Antique Fly Fishing lure [...]

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Tempter Frog Antique Lure

July 25th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tempter Frog Antique Lure The Tempter Frog Antique Lure is always a fun lure to find. The antique fly eater was made around 1930 and comes from a place we don't see a lot of lure manufacturers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its namesake being the name of the company, The Tempter Bait Company located at 707 Forbes [...]

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Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass

July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|Tags: , , , |

Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass The Creek Chub Fly Rod Ding Bat Lure Bass size was a series F1400. This antique fly lure was first introduced by the Creek Chub Bait Company of Garrett Indiana in 1937. It would last less than a decade and be gone from the catalogs by 1946. [...]

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Heddon Widget Fly Lure

July 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , |

Heddon Widget Fly Lure This Heddon Widget Fly Lure was first introduced in 1952. This antique fly lure was given model series number 300. This fly lure measures 1 1/4" in length and has a #10 size treble hook. The lure has a small split shot ring attached to the front line tie on the [...]

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Heddon Wee Tad Lure

June 28th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , |

Heddon Wee Tad Lure The Heddon Wee Tad Lure was made around 1980. This Fishing lure only made it a few years in the James Heddon Fishing lure line up and was gone by 1983 and came in the green diamond two piece slide top lure box. This is one of the later lures Ive [...]

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Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives

June 25th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lures, Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc), Fly Fishing|Tags: , , |

Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives This Brook Trout Fishing Currier and Ives is part of a series of lithographs I've always enjoyed. Currier and Ives created over 7500 different titled lithographs. They were made between 1834 to 1907. Some of their fly fishing and fishing series even appearing on calendars. The annals of American [...]

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Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box

June 21st, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Paw Paw Moonlight Lures|Tags: , , |

Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box This Paw Paw Indian Sign Fly Lure Box is a great example of a antique fly lure box. Collecting the lures themselves is just one piece of the Antique lure puzzle, or paradigm the boxes which house them and the paperwork inserts is another. Here is a classic [...]

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Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures

June 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , |

Country Living Facebook Cover Photo Antique Lures Just a quick post to note the Country Living Facebook Cover Photo is now showing Fin and Flames Antique Lures They published the article on their Facebook Page here, but got a few of the details mixed up like Heddon being the first lure producer, but O well...Country [...]

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Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure

June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Heddon Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure We've come to know the Heddon Wilder Dilg Bob Davis Fly Lure as Yellow Head Yellow Hackle fly. But, do we know who Bob Davis the American Editor and photographer is? Why is this a face on the cover of the intro Heddon Fly rod antique lure box. [...]

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South Bend Callmac Fly Bug

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, South Bend Lures|Tags: , , |

South Bend Callmac Fly Bug The South Bend Callmac Fly Bug was a series model number 860. This South Send Antique Fly Rod Lure was made for over two decades beginning in 1921 and ending in or around 1942. This antique fly lure was available in 2 different lure sizes and were always well adorned [...]

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Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure

May 10th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Creek Chub Lures, Fly Rod Lures|Tags: , , |

Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure The Creek Chub Fly Rod Crawdad Lure was a series model number F50 and F51. This antique fly rod lure was first introduced in to fly fisherman in 1924. The fly lure was a success for fisherman and for the Creek Chub Bait company out of Garrett Indiana. Fashioned [...]

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Reuben Wood Forrest Stream

May 9th, 2016|Categories: 19th Century Fishing Lures, Antique Lure and Reel Ads, Antique Lures|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

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Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack

April 17th, 2016|Categories: Antique Lures, Fly Rod Lures, Miscellaneous Lure Makers|Tags: , , , , |

Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure 6 Pack The Rush Tango Trout Tango Lure is the smallest of the Tango line up. 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 [...]

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Fly Fishing Feature Friday IV

April 1st, 2016|Categories: Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , |

Fly Fishing Feature Friday IV Fly Fishing Feature Friday IV: I've heard the old saying twisted around, the reason you fish are yours and yours alone, but the passion is for all to share. People spend tens of thousands of dollars to travel to the most remote faces of the planet to enjoy and pursue [...]

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Fly Fishing Feature Friday III

March 25th, 2016|Categories: Fly Fishing|Tags: , , , , |

Fly Fishing Feature Friday III Fly Fishing Feature Friday III: What a great week, a week of fly fishing fun even if it was living vicariously through the F3T. A word of thanks today, goes out to the crew of F3T, and Backwater Fly of OKC ladies and gents that made it possible. A night [...]

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Antique Fishing License the Paper Years

February 24th, 2016|Categories: Collectible Fishing Empherma (Books, Catalogs, Photos, Etc)|Tags: , , , , |

Antique Fishing License the Paper Years Not all fishing collectibles are specifically lure or reel related. In this gallery you see some great examples of Antique Fishing License. Just as each state has there own regulations on tariffs, trade, property and income. On a micro or personal level the regulation of certain industries was left up [...]

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