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20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth A Fortune

20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth a FortuneHave you seen our latest article?  It's titled "20 Vintage Heddon Fishing Lures Worth A Fortune" and I had a blast writing it.  Heddon is one of the most collected companies of vintage fishing lures and for good reason.  They are certainly one of the giants of early fishing lures starting in 1894.  They stayed in business independently in Dowagiac, Michigan until 1984.  They are now part of Pradco and still have lures produced.  The early ones though before the move out of Dowagiac are the ones that really generate interest from collectors.  Below is just a small sample of the article.  A link to the full article is at the end.  Click "Read More" to continue.

Oster's Jointed Tuffe Minnow

Oster's Jointed Tuffe Minnow

Oster's Lures or Oster's Tackle Manufacturing of Cleveland, Ohio began in the late 1940's.  Oster's trade name was "Fish-Getter Lures" and can be seen on their packaging.  The original lures were made of Tenite.  The Jointed Tuffe lure was one of five original lures made by the company.  They were:
  • #200 Lone Streamer
  • #300 Jointed Tuffe Minnow
  • #400 Tuffe (or Straight Tuffe)
  • #500 Popper
  • #600 Super White Bass Fly

PICO Lures - A Short History of the Company

PICO Lures - A Short History of the Company

PICO is one of the oldest lure manufacturers not just in Texas, but also in the nation.  The year was 1933 and the Great Depression had a stranglehold on the United States.  Corpus Christi resident, Fred Nichols, carved a cedar wood lure resembling the salt-water piggy perch.  It proved successful when used for speckled trout and other salt-water game fish.  Nichols carved a few more lures for family and friends to use.  Soon word spread and people started inquiring about the lure.  With encouragement from family and friends, Nichols soon found himself in the fishing lure business.  Times were still tough in the mid-30s, but people eked out a fishing trip every once in a while. 

Slammer Topwater Company, Kelliher, MN

Slammer Topwater Company, Kelliher, MN

I was recently going through a large stack of older tackle catalogs I had purchased awhile back and one of the catalogs jumped out at me.  It was a...

The Original Mickie Spoon - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The Original Mickie Spoon - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The Original Mickie Spoon - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Living in Wisconsin I am especially interested in antique Wisconsin made fishing lures.  Th...

Outdoors May 1949

Outdoors May 1949

A cool magazine cover from 1949.  Was still 20 cents at the time.  How many lures can you name?
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