Friday, February 16, 2018

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

If you don't know Andy Foster -- former president of ORCA -- watch this video as he gives a great overview of antique fishing reels.

12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Holy moly are these two Tuna Jigs blowing up!

This is a really intricately engraved Winchester #2644 Reel.

This is another great Heddon 150.

This Heddon #900 in the box is driving the Heddon folks wild.

Storm Wiggle Warts are just plain hot right now.

I really love the Green Crackleback color especially on a Heddon River Runt.

A mint Penn Model 249 is a great find.

A Hildebrandt dealer display case is superb.

An early Pflueger Medalist #1392 is an iconic fly reel

This Doug English Advertising Lure is incredible -- Doug gave them out every Christmas to friends and clients.

This CCBC Wagtail Chub is a nice find.

You don't see these Martin Triple Jointed Salmon Lures very often.

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

-- Dr. Todd

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

If you've never been introduced to Lee Sisson, you need to check out this short video to learn how he impacted Bagley Baits.

12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This is a BEAST of a Heddon Muky Lure.

I've seen a lot of Bear Creek decoys growing up in Northern Minnesota but I don't know if I've seen any that were this popular!

A Gold Ambassadeur 5500C is a great find!

This early wood minnow (possibly Woods?) has gotten a lot of interest.

I've always felt the Shakespeare underwater minnows like this Kazoo 3-Hook were greatly underrated.

You won't find a nicer Horton Meek #5 combo than this one!

English made baits are always fun to collect and this old Devon is no exception.

This Don Musso Needlefish is a rare example of saltwater lure craftsmanship.

Several things I like about this Zangi 3V. First, its a classic Italian spinning reel. Second, its in a Taico box -- a company best known for cheap Japanese imports. The American Import Co. (TAICO) did in fact import tackle from around the globe, not just Japan.

An old brass clamp reel is a classic early 19th century fishing reel. Kudos to the artistic photo!

Collectors need to recognize that these Hetzel Tuna Jigs are very collectable.

Give some love to this Central Wisconsin Bon-Net Musky Bait

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

-- Dr. Todd

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

Some of you may have seen the ABU Garcia documentary, but if you haven't, sit back and enjoy. It really its great!

12 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

Once or twice a year do you get a lure like this Heddon 150 that goes insane. Very possible it will go to five figures!

This Edward vom Hofe #360 is really rare. Could use a cleaning though!

Well, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning then finding a Charles F. Murphy fly rod.

A Heddon 100 in Black Aluminum is a striking bait.

Holy moly does this CCBC Wiggler in Black and White Spot look pretty!

Storm baits are super hot and this Wiggle Wart is leading the way.

You simply won't find a better hand-made reel thana Jack Welch.

The Thoren Minnow Chaser is an iconic bait.

My vote for one of the most underrated collectible lures would be Smithwick, and this xxx is so cool and rare.

Be honest, have you ever heard of a Boris Flipper lure?

Love this Lash Master reel in the box!

Man, do I like this conical shaped minnow bucket!

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

-- Dr. Todd

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

NEW VINTAGE MAGAZINE! Angling Echoes: A Monthly Collection of Classic & Forgotten Fishing Articles

CLICK HERE to read the first issue, and think about subscribing! 12 issues a year, $.99 an issue!

Angling Echoes is a unique departure in fishing magazines based on a very old idea. There is an ancient Hebrew saying that declares that some people die twice; once when the spirit leaves the body, and then again when their name is said out loud for the last time. This is as true for writings as it is for people. There are millions of words of angling literature that have been allowed to recede from memory and die unnecessary deaths. Angling Echoes collects these classic, obscure, and forgotten writings on fishing from authors ranging from the greatest in their field to anonymous scribes whose names are lost to history. Each issue will contain a long feature article of between 5000-10,000 words, followed by a selection of writings spanning the period from the eighteenth century to the modern era. These writings have been carefully curated both for the content and for their readability and interest. Everything from profiles of famous anglers and tackle makers to classic informative articles to writings that show a passion for the sport of angling will be included. Every fourth issue will be a “themed” issue based on a single author, publisher, or subject matter. So sit back every month and revisit the best and most interesting angling articles of yesteryear. When you read them, take pride that you are helping to rescue the echoes from anglers long gone but thankfully not forgotten.


Here is a list of articles included in the first issue!


This exceptionally important 10,000 word essay by Edward Seymour is one of the most important works on nineteenth century fly fishing ever written. It introduced the American reading public to the incredible fishing in Maine. The article is reproduced with the original 24 images.


This eight panel cartoon is a humorous depiction of saltwater fishing on a party boat and is one of the earliest depictions of this style of fishing in history.


This is a very rare description of how fishing lines were made in the 1870s written by a reporter who toured Captain Henry Hall's line works in Highland Mills, New York. It explains in great detail the minute detail on how fishing line was made, from the "line walk" to the braiding of Cuttyhunk line.


This classic article, by American Angler editor William C. Harris, is perhaps this famous editor's most esteemed piece of writing. It is a charming description of how to fly fish streams. A charming piece. Includes both original images.


This lost profile written by a correspondent to the St. Paul Globe is a great example of the kind of literature that has been lost to history. A charming depiction of this angling British aristocrat, it's a fascinating article that likely introduced the subject to Americans for the first time. Includes an original image.


This great article on ice fishing by the famous Emerson Hough -- noted novelist and editor -- gives as good a description of fishing through the ice as you are likely to find. Buried in the lost pages of a Chicago newspaper, it describes both ice fishing and ice spearing as it was conducted at the time. Beautifully written, it's a great example of why Hough was one of the finest outdoor writers of his generation.


This is not your typical fishing story. Written by the 2nd place prize winner in the 1911 Field & Stream, it's a classic big fish tale and a good one at that. Includes one original image.


Dixie Carroll was one of the most popular fishing writers of his era, writing in the vernacular of the people and getting a syndicated fishing column before just about anyone else. This article on artificial minnows was written only two years before his untimely death at the age of just 39. Includes two original images.


This detailed profile of Seth Green, the legendary pisciculturist and angler, comes from the American Angler. It is a great history of this fascinating figure, tracing his career from unlikely origins to his place as the most important figure in fish propagation in American history. Includes four original images.


This article written by the incomparable Will. H. Dilg -- founder of the Izaak Walton League -- is a great example of the kind of writing that made him beloved by the reading public (and also hated by some of his colleagues). It's a classic piece of black bass literature. Includes original image.

FISHING THE MIKADO’S STREAMS by Shegetaro Morikubo (1921)

A really interesting piece by a forgotten outdoor writer, the Japanese-born American citizen Shegetaro Morikubo. The son of a famous Japanese parliamentarian, he came to America and trained as a chiropractor. He was also a very good fishing writer, and this description of the styles of trout fishing in Japan is unique and fascinating. Includes original image.


This article by the iconoclast Edward T. Whiffen -- poet, playwright, rod maker -- is exemplary of the strange subject matter this forgotten writer regularly tackled. Whiffen describes fly fishing for Adirondack Fly Fish (the Round Whitefish) in clearly the first article of its kind arguing for this as a sport fish. It's a clever and interesting article. Includes two original images.


This great article by a 22-year old Larry Koller showed that even early on, he was an outstanding angler and skilled writer. This piece came at the beginning of his career, and shows all the signs that made him a legend among Catskill fly tiers.


This neat saltwater article was penned by Bill DeWitt, noted tackle maker and owner of Bill DeWitt's Baits, a division of his Shoe Form Company of Auburn, New York. Published in a trade journal, it's an obscure piece that describes well fishing in the Floria Keys. Includes two original images.


A one page artistic pictorial of LeRoy Ward, a teenage ace angler who caught a 750-pound marlin.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

If you haven't seen this video of Frank Rybarcyk's Shakespeare collection, you really should.

10 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Heddon Vamp #7509X is a truly astounding lure.

A Leonard Mills Fly Reel is a classic reel.

A Creek Chub Dealer Box of #502swill make a Creek Chub collector very happy.

Heddon reels like this Chief Do-Wa-Giac have been really hot of late.

This J.A. Coxe Model 15 has been very active.

A signed letter from H.L. Leonard is insanely rare.

The Ocean City Long Key is super rare, especially in the box. It's an underrated reel.

You really don't see many Nifty Minnies around. They are very brittle so a complete example is qiote a treasure indeed.

The South Bend Underwater Minnows are just incredible baits.

Three cheers for this Shakespeare Rotaryhead lure in a wooden slide top box.

Everyone loves the A&I Glowbody but remember, the material inside is poisonous!

I love glass minnow traps and this Orvis in shipping box is incredible.

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

-- Dr. Todd

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

If you have about 50 minutes you need to watch this beautiful movie by James Prosek, as he retraces the steps of Izaak Walton. Really well done.

10 Thing I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This 1930s Wilson fly rod from Oregon is very rare.

Well this Rick Clunn belt buckle is a super cool piece of bass fishing history!

You don't see many glass fly rods reach this high of a level like this Payne Glass.

Of the contemporary makers, is there a classier maker than Jan Cummings?

This Clark Bros. Make-Em-Bite is a classy bait.

This Rhodes Kalamazoo 3-Hook Minnow is amazing.

LOVE this Paw Paw Crippled Minnow, such a pretty bait!

Edward vom Hofe 9/0 Model #621 is a great add to an ocean reel collection.

This is a very nice and early Heddon 150.

You don't see many of these Valentine fly reels around, but they are cool and pretty rare.

This Winchester 9205 is a nice find.

A CCBC Fintail in the box with papers? Hell yeah!

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

-- Dr. Todd