Heddon Fishing Lures

1898– The original fishing lures were frogs carved from broomsticks by James Heddon. He came upon the idea when he threw a stick he had whittled into a local lake known as the Mill Pond, and watched as a bass hit it.

from wikipedia

This assortment of fishing lures includes Heddon crazy crawler (wood), red one – dare devil lure, wood frog, wood grasshopper – all vintage. The metal one is a dingbat popper. The large one is a gold color wooden pike.

Larger view of the frog and grasshopper (Heddon lures)

A bit more about the Heddon lures:

1902– The first manufactured fishing lures were created by James and his son Will (also, W.T.). Will moved to Florida to test and develop new plugs, as the wooden lures became known.

1932– The first plastic fishing lures were introduced. They gained the name “Spook” because of their transparent color appearance. These early lures were susceptible to decay from poor early plastic mixtures. Few examples remain, the examples that have survived usually are distorted by bubbling. Because of their scarcity, they are premium priced collectors items today.

FROM WIKIPEDIA

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Who would have thought tossing a whittled stick in the water would lead to a small business that created something people still collect today?

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