Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Funhouse

The Friday Funhouse

Video of the Week

Joe Yates sends us a video that has to be seen to believed. Unreal....

Things I Would Buy If I Could Afford Them

A nice CCBC Jointed Deep Dive Pikie in Tiger Stripe is a nifty find.

A really classic lure is the Miller's Reversible. To find it in the box? Wow.

This CCBC Tarpon Pikie in the box (with messed lettering) has attracted a ton of interest.

A nice Heddon 150 seems so old school compared to the plastic lures that have attracted so much interest of late...

A Paw Paw Crippled Minnow is a beautiful, intricate lure.

Another tough Heddon 740 Punkinseed in Goldfish Scale.

Jaleoxe? Jaloxe? Jeloze? No, its a Bronson J.A. Coxe Invader 26 and people are going crazy for it, under any name.

Green Reel. Green Box. Green exploded drawing. Add the word "Ambassadeur" and you've got the makings of a great reel.

The Hurd Super Caster is a very, very popular rod-and-reel combo.

Hey Heddon Hi-Tail collectors, this Bud's for you.

Simple, elegant and effective, the Jim Donaly Redfin is a classic topwater bait.

A classic Heddon 200 Surface Expert is a good start to an early lure collection.

A W&M Granger Victory 8' fly rod is a great fishing tool and a nice collectable.

A really neat A.G. Spalding celluloid split shot tin dates from the late 1920s.

A Heddon Midget River Runt in Blue Shore Minnow is a rare bait.

A Meisselbach Okeh 630 in the box is a really hard combo to find.

Is there a prettier lure--old or new--than the Little Sac Niangua???

Although the photo finish series River Runt Spooks are a relatively late bait, they are rarer than hen's teeth.

This Shur Strike Surf Oreno in Green Frog/Orange Belly is a very cool lure.

Rinehart Musky Jinxes (in the box) are a nice testament to a great luremaker.

A nice Hiram Leonard Bangor, ME rod with the name F.H. Patten, Bath ME engraved on the butt. Doesn't get much better than this!

I always love inscribed vintage rods. I think the more we can discern from the few inscribed rods that exist the more we can tell about the rodmaker's clientele. In this case, F.H. Patten of Bath, Maine.

I did a little digging and it seems Frederick H. Patten (1838-1889) was the son of James Fulton Patten, one of three brothers (George and Charles were the other two) who formed a very prosperous shipbuilding enterprise in Bath and who were in business with the famous steamboat man James Fulton (maybe related per his father's middle name). F.H. was the founder of the Bath Water Supply Company in Bath and went to New York to conduct a shipping business, but returned in 1883 when his father died and left him a massive estate. He promptly retired and spent the remainder of his time managing his wealth, and clearly, doing some fishing too. His days, unfortunately, were to be all too short--he died only six years later at the young age of 51. The History of Bath and Environs called him "A quiet, unassuming gentleman, of striking personal appearance and genial manners."

Pretty much exactly the kind of guy you'd think would buy (or be gifted) a Leonard rod.

Finally, you can own Joe David Brown's A&F custom made passport rod. If you don't know who J.D. Brown is, he only wrote the novel Addie Pray--which was turned into the great Academy Award winning movie Paper Moon.

Have a great weekend and be nice to each other, and yourself.

-- Dr. Todd

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