Friday, April 18, 2014

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

Angler is surprised by shark while kayak fishing.

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This neat Kingfisher Underwater Minnow is a nice find.

Wow, this Heddon Magnum Torpedo is really attracting bidders.

This aluminum Edward vom Hofe is pretty cool.

Love this Leonard bamboo fly rod.

This is a great S.E. Bogdan reel!

People love these Leo Wise lures.

Musky Dan is having himself a good week with his hand-made lures.

Two patent date J.T. Buels are just a treat.

OH I love this Chippewa!

Can't beat this CCBC Baby Wiggler in the box!

A Meisselbach Ranger is a VERY rare reel!

Who wouldn't want a Welch & Graves minnow tube

As always, have a great weekend, and be good to each other -- and yourself!

-- Dr. Todd

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Fishing Advertisement: Kutis Lodge (1934)

I love this ad for Ed Kutina's lodge in Effie, Minnesota (a city near the Canadian border with a population of 123 in 2010). Mostly I love his claim that "I will serve meals that surpass Minnesota's average and the best foods obtainable in our markets." At the time of this ad, run throughout the spring of 1934 in sporting magazines, this area of Minnesota was virtually unknown (decades later it would become protected as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area). The fishing would have been incredible.

-- Dr. Todd

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Angling Miscellany with Gary L. Miller: A Fish Story (1891)

This article was first published in the Marshall Statesman for September 18, 1891. It is well worth the read …

-- Gary L. Miller

Monday, April 14, 2014

In The News: Collections on Display

I'm always interested in articles about local collectors, such as this one about upstate New York collector Ray Bartholomew.

I think what Ray is doing is outstanding. By allowing his collection to be displayed, he not only is educating the public, he is also making new collectors. Who wouldn't want to start collecting after seeing some of Ray's collection?

I hope more collectors will follow Ray's lead and get an educational display out there in front of the public!

-- Dr. Todd

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Art of the Lure with Elissa Ruddick

I love most every color of vintage fishing lure that was ever made, as they all have their own unique beauty. Like all lure collectors though, I suppose I do have a favorite color. Let me rephrase that, I do have a favorite color! For me, it is Heddon’s “Rainbow Fire,” a nickname given by collectors to describe a variation of Heddon’s Fancy Sienna Yellow, color code 7. I’m not sure who first started painting this variation, nor when, nor why, but I have to tell you, whoever came up with it, IS MY HERO!

First of all, the regular Fancy Sienna Yellow color is a fabulous color in its own right -- no improvement necessary -- but whoever thought of adding the rainbow colored vertical bars or stripes, which look like they are dripping down from the normal rainbow colored horizontal stripes toward the yellow bellies of the lures, was a genius! Maybe it was by accident, and the employee decided to just keep going. No matter how this color came about, I am completely infatuated by it. I don’t think I have the words to describe what this color combination does for me! Well, I can think of some, but I best keep those to myself… Can y’all tell how much I love this color? I don’t think Heddon made very many lures in this color, as this particular variation seems very tough to find. It’s a good thing I do like many other colors, because I wouldn’t qualify as a true lure collector with only two lures in my display case. Hey, don’t y’all think a 1969 Camaro Z28 would look cool painted in this color?

If you have any questions/comments, Elissa Ruddick can be reached at elissaruddick AT aol DOT com.

-- Elissa Ruddick

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

Ever wonder how salmon egg bait is made?

12 Things I Would Buy If Only Could Afford Them

This is just an insanely great Heddon #700 in Green Crackleback.

Yep, this Fred Nichols Finned Perch is awesome.

A mint CCBC Gar is going bonkers.

Gotta love this Heddon Surface Casting bait.

This Talbot #21 is right on the money.

This Bronson Invader is setting all kinds of records.

A CCBC Open Mouth Shiner intro box is delightful.

This Jim Harvey salesman's sample case is A-OK.

This Hardy Aaro salmon fly is a beauty.

This Malte Blohmer tournament casting reel is pretty darn cool.

A CCBC Wiggler #100 is a work of art.

Just love this Moonlight Wobbler in the box.

As always, have a great weekend -- and be good to each other, and yourself.

-- Dr. Todd

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Fishing Advertisement: The Defender Watch (1945)

When this advertisement for Defender Watches came out in the middle of 1945, America was still involved in World War II. American business, however, had its eyes on the post-war era, with the millions of G.I.s ready to be decommissioned and brought home with a war's worth of pay in their bank accounts.

Defender Watches was one of the companies that sought to jump start their business, offering this waterproof wrist watch and using the fishing theme to help sell the watch with the military name. It's a neat ad that promises much; alas, Defender Watches seemed to have disappeared by 1949. Still, this is a cool ad.

-- Dr. Todd

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hooked on Paper with Michael Koller: Canadian Border or Canada Crossing or Fishing Trip or ?

Canadian Border or Canada Crossing or Fishing Trip or ?

If you have ever been fortunate enough to go fishing in Canada there is a good chance you crossed the border going in to Canada by car. It is an exciting part of a long trip. There is a formality to the crossing itself. You are asked a number of questions and have no idea if the ordeal is going to take minutes or up to hours pulled over on the side.

Each year I have crossed at the Fort Frances-International Falls International Bridge. The bridge is a privately owned toll bridge connecting the towns of Fort Frances, Ontario and International Falls, Minnesota. This road and rail bridge is jointly owned by the Boise Inc. and Abitibi Consolidate, which operate paper mills.

The bridge carries both road and rail traffic. Take a look at some older postcards of both the American side and the Canadian side of this crossing. Collecting even a few of these postcards can remind you of some of your favorite fishing trips. I hope these postcards bring back some of your memories.

-- Michael Koller

Monday, April 7, 2014

In The News: The Fishing Post Card

Close readers of the blog realize we are big fans of the fishing post card here. Michael Koller, in his Hooked on Paper column, has written on the subject twice, first on Regular Fishing Post Cards and then on Real Picture Post Cards.

I was reminded of this when I came across British writer Calvin Daniels in the Yorkton This Week paper who has produced his own two part history of Fishing Post Cards, which you can read by clicking here and clicking here.

It's an interesting read and worth going through if you have the time. As a simple search on eBay for "Fishing Post Card" reveals 12,000+ hits, they must have been very popular over the years.

-- Dr. Todd

Sunday, April 6, 2014

1000 Words: Virginia Bruce

This week in Hollywood Goes Fishing we feature another classic actress, Virginia Bruce (1910-1982). A native Minnesotan, she got her start in 1930 and her big break in 1932 with the MGM movie Downstairs, pictured below. During filming, actor John Gilbert (handing the fishing tackle over to her) and Virginia Bruce fell in love and got married. This scene also features Olga Baclanova, pictured on the left. Alas, Bruce and Gilbert divorced after two years, and she continued working throughout the 1940s and 1950s, although less frequently with time.

-- Dr. Todd

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Art of the Lures with Elissa Ruddick

What an ingenious invention Henry J. Welch had with his “Welch and Graves Protected Live Fish Bait” glass minnow tube. I mean, what could be better to fish with than the real thing? And to make it worth a fisherman’s money back in 1893, it was advertised as “One minnow lasts a day.”

Patented by Welch on January 3, 1893, the idea was that a fisherman could save money, time and hassle, by using the same minnow all day long. Evidently neither Welch nor Calvin V. Graves, who manufactured the lures, gave much thought about the minnow they so beautifully illustrated on the paper labels (6 BAIT), that adorned the bottom of the wooden boxes. The glass tubes came fully equipped with a leader line, swivel, three hooks and the cork to hold the minnow inside. The fisherman simply needed to provide one minnow. br>
Now put yourself in the minnow’s shoes, or should I say, GLASS PRISON! “Protected” live fish bait, “protected” live fish bait? What minnow in their right mind would want to be “protected?” Just think about being placed in a glass container, being cast out into the water, then being scared out of your wits every time a fish comes near, much less being swallowed up by one, then later by another, then by another and another! (I can hear the music from the movie Jaws playing.) It was every minnow’s nightmare I’m sure! Gosh, where the heck was P.E.T.A. back in 1893?! Yeah, I wish they were in the same place now as well …

If you have any questions/comments, Elissa Ruddick can be reached at elissaruddick AT aol DOT com.

-- Elissa Ruddick

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Video of the Week

A nice video on Charles Alma Baker from the IGFA.

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Heddon 700 Musky bait is really great.

People seem to love these Fish Ohio pins.

A Heddon Spin Diver in the box is really great.

I like this Pflueger 610B in the box.

Who wouldn't go nuts for this Pflueger American spinner?

A 1947 Mitchell half bail in the box will always cause a commotion.

An engraved Shakespeare Criterion is doing just fine.

This Ocean City Panama 12/0 is great.

A White Scale CCBC Injured Minnow is a cool lure.

This Tarp Oreno prototype for Luhr Jensen is pretty cool.

This is an interesting Bagley lure.

This 5' bamboo Montague Stone Harbor boat rod is great.

As always, have a great weekend, and be good to each other, and yourself.

-- Dr. Todd