Wednesday, November 30, 2011

52 Trade Houses Part 35: Kelley-How-Thomson of Duluth, MN

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Over the course of the next year, we'll be detailing the history of 52 companies that sold branded fishing tackle. 52 trade houses in 52 weeks -- some obscure, some famous, and all available exclusively here on the Fishing for History Blog! If you have any items from the week's entry you'd like to share with us, please send it my way and I'll make sure it makes it on the blog.

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Trade House Tackle, Part 35:

Kelley-How-Thomson of Duluth, MN

Growing up in Duluth, it is nearly impossible to escape the influence of Marshall-Wells Hardware. The company, founded in 1893, was one of the largest and most influential wholesale hardware firms of the twentieth century, serving nearly half the country and all of Canada through its five massive terminals in Portland, Winnipeg, Spokane, Edmonton, and Vancouver. The waterfront headquarters of Marshall Wells on Park Point in Duluth is still one of the largest buildings in the city.

Almost always overlooked and in the shadow of its big brother was Duluth's other large wholesale hardware merchant: Kelley-How-Thomson. They competed alongside Marshall-Wells for over half a century. The Kelley-How-Thomson Hardware Company was founded in the l890s as a tool and hardware jobber for the northern lumber and logging industries, and by the 1900s was shipping a large line of products marked Hickory, its most famous trade name, out of its South 5th Avenue warehouse in the waterfront wholesaling district of downtown Duluth.

K-H-T also had branches in a number of nearby small towns, including Proctor and Cotton. One of K-H-T’s traveling salesmen in the 1920s was John Cotter, namesake of the Cotter & Co. that would later purchase Hibbard, Spencer, & Bartlett. He would later write favorably of his time spent working for K-H-T.

The K-H-T branded tackle is usually found with the word Hickory spelled over a diamond. Marked Hickory reels, lures and hook folders have been found, and date to the pre-WWII era. It is most often found on fluted spinners, but all marked Hickory tackle is rare. K-H-T also utilized the Sportland trade name on both rods and terminal tackle.

Here are four different Kelley-How-Thomson line spools. They are presented from oldest to newest.

This is the uncommon Hickory marked K-H-T fluted spinner.

Kelley-How-Thomson was purchased by Marshall-Wells in November, 1955, after which it was to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary under its own name. It met the same fate as its parent company when Marshall-Wells’ wholesale hardware business was liquidated in 1958.

There is an interesting footnote to Kelley-How-Thomson history. In order to boost its exposure, the team sponsored a professional football team in the 1920s known as the Duluth Kelleys (after founder Martin Kelley). They became part of a fledgling organization known as the National Football League, playing such legendary teams as the Green Bay Packers and the Canton Bulldogs. With their hall-of-fame halfback Ernie Nevers, for a short time they lit up the football world, but were gone by the end of the decade. The Duluth Kelleys were immortalized recently in a movie starring George Clooney called Leatherheads, based on a history of the team called Leatherheads of the North. Its actually worth checking out sometime.

-- Dr. Todd

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ben Wright's Spinning Reel Report (December 2011)





Record 1000 second version exc @ 235.64
333 4th version like new @ 175.99
Record 700 second version nib @ 150.00
444A paint wear on edges @ 163.47
444 second version exc+ @ 244.48
Suveran S3000M nmwb @ 185.39
3 second version slight wear on foot @ 527.26
52 e+wb @ 179.14
44 repro nib @ 169.49
3 plexiglass stands for 500 series new @ 74.26

Eildon small chip in foot @ 178.69
Cedar Seamartin exc- starting @ 2,400.00 NO BIDS

Dam Quick:
Microlite nib @ 462.80 HOLY COW !!!
Microlite exc+ @ 49.88
5001 like new @ 102.50

Bowell Auto Reel exc- starting @ 800.00 NO BIDS
Hardy Hardex no1 mk111 exc @ 73.72

Mepps Super Meca Red nib @ 169.56
Bretton 602 first version Black exc- @ 99.52
Crack 200 FB ewb @ 122.50
Centaure Caribe Green ewb @ 170.00 Wow
Centaure Caribe Black exc @ 182.00 another Wow
early Luxor second version ? exc- paint wear @ 140.34

Rare Ambidexter exc @ 1,223.83
Alcedo 2C/S medallion marked Alcedo exc- @ 86.00
Alcedo Mercury common second version exc @ 249.99
Cargem 44/M exc- @ 152.50
Ted Williams 450 ewb @ 83.07
rare Zangi Audex e-wb @ only 284.46
rare Alcedo Omina Minor w/ flying bird on medallion
exc- starting at approx 692.00 NO BIDS
Reve paint wear @ 147.43

Daiwa GS9 exc- @ 66.00
Roddy 830 ewb B/N @ 139.98 NO BIDS
Compac Corona 75 nib @ 54.99

Mitchell/Garcia Mitchell:
306 Albatros Combi exc- @ 62.06
408G s/n 274 wear on gold parts @127.89
340 nib @ 85.99
408 ewb @ 180.20
300 X marked on box e+wb @ 199.75
498 Pro exc- @ 150.64
314 nib @ 229.52
308 Prince e+wb @ 229.99

705 second version e-wb @ 128.00
BLACK 711 Paint wear B/N @ 599.00 NO BIDS

2499 exc @ 77.00
2499 e-wb @ 45.00
2411 weak bail spring @ 154.50
2065 cut-a-way SS exc @ 49.99
2091A nib @ 197.57 holy cow !!

Fix mpu green/red handle nib @ 70.88
Fix mpu Blue/gold handle nib @ 70.88
Record 50B FB e-wb @ 61.00
Record Recordette FB black nib (poor box)@38.01
Record Recordette w/non original MPU? @ 94.00
Record 700 SCF under rod nib @ 91.19

101 CF rod/reel combo rare exc B/N @101.00 NO BIDS
45XBL Gold Plated 3 known exc missing wood base
B/N @ 1,200.00 no bids yet
cardinal 3 second version RESTORED ?? @ 194.58
cardinal 555 nib @ 150.00

Other Reels:
Taffy Reel nib @ 305.00
Pflueger Pelican 1020 nib @ 102.00
La Salle by Tamco exc- @ 85.00
American Classic 1V w/anti-reverse switch exc+ @100.00
Langley 820G nib @ 19.00
Jim Tatman's Rapid Titan 500 nib @ 124.36
Martin 27A w/Clear plastic sideplate exc @ 88.00
and Last----------
Waltco NY-O-Lite maroon/.white exc+ @ 122.50
same as above @ 30.99
same as above but w/box @ 35.17
now there's a price range for ya !!


Monday, November 28, 2011

News of the Week: 28 November 2011

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Fish Hooks can now be dated to 42,000 years ago…Hardy & Grey's layoffs…tackle shops scrambling to keep up with striper run…more on Mann's purchase of the 'Bama Rig…New Zealand lures are defined by diversity…the Surfcaster is up and running again…Chuck Norris helps out a fly angler…young angling writer Melinda Moustakis is a big hit…it must be THE NEWS OF THE WEEK!

The Big Lead: The biggest story of the year--deep sea fishing (and fish hooks) began 42,000 years ago.

More on layoffs at Hardy & Greys.

Most awesome tackle appraisal ever: Sante "Banjo" Giuliani and Fred Kretchman's "Antique Tackle Appraisal & Road Show" hits York, Maine.

Too bad your huge tuna was confiscated.

Hooking big fish on circle hooks.

Tackle shops scramble to keep up with striper run.

More on Mann's purchase of the Alabama Rig.

Kiwi lures are defined by their variety.

The Surfcaster is up and running again.

Bass tourney in Canada is back in the black.

Chuck Norris helps out this fly angler.

Finishing with a Flourish: Young writer Melinda Moustakis new book is out, and its about salmon fishing.

-- Dr. Todd

Sunday, November 27, 2011

1000 Words

1000 Words

Continuing our theme "Hollywood Goes Fishing" we get this nifty press wire photo of the legendary actor Mickey Rooney and the actress Martha Vickers. This Thanksgiving holiday I was able to go and see the new Muppet Movie (it was outstanding, by the way) and I was shocked to see a cameo from the ninety-one year old Mickey Rooney. Born in 1920, Rooney was already a film star by age eight and by his teenage years was one of the most famous people in the world. Martha Vickars was an actress who had some major roles in the post-war era. Mostly, however, she was famous for being married to Mickey Rooney from 1949-1951. Presumably this was the period this photo was taken, with its Pflueger reel (complete with Comfo grip).

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Deconstructing Old Ads: The Creek Chub Bait Company's “New Creek Darter” (1923)

The Creek Chub Bait Company's “New Creek Darter” (1923)

by Bill Sonnett

This is another advertisement with much to ponder. It appeared in the July 1923 issue of Forest & Stream, a year before it made its first appearance in a Creek Chub Bait Company catalog in 1924. I was unaware (though it was there all the time in Dr. Smith's book) that this bait was originally called the “Creek Darter” before having its name shortened to the more familiar “Darter.” It is also commonly called by its catalog number the “2000.” No one that I have spoken with has seen the frog color listed, as it is in this advertisement, as “Frog Camouflage.” It is true that this early, light olive green version of the "Frog" coloration strongly resembles a military camouflage paint job rather than the more familiar dark green C.C.B.C. version of its “Frog” pattern.

Growing up, I never saw a C.C.B.C. Darter in any one's tackle box. I do remember reading that it was a favored lure in the deep South and it was prominent in photos of open tackle boxes in articles written about bass fishing by southern writers such as Robert E. Price. Ray Bergman called it an “exceptional killer in the frog finish."
My own experience with the Darter began fifteen years ago fishing with Warren Platt. Warren is not strictly a “one-lure fisherman” but is pretty darn close to it. His weapon of choice is the “2000 Darter” or its shorter cousin the “8000 Midget Darter.” It would never have occurred to me to fish these baits as he does, retrieving them on the surface with a steady twitching motion, making them “walk the dog” in the same fashion as a Zara Spook. The hang-up is that only a small minority of them “walk” in this fashion rather than swim to one side. No one seems to be able to figure out why this is or what adjustments to the bait would correct this condition. I believe Warren has tried about everything. I know there is always a lot of weeping and wailing when a big one makes off with one of his that “works” as it should.

I do not have the patience to fish this bait in this fashion but I will admit (if pressed) it has accounted for several, memorable “Bottom of the Ninth” victories in the other end of the boat. We'll finish today with Warren and one of many Bass that have surrendered to the "Old Frog Darter."

-- Bill Sonnett

Friday, November 25, 2011

The (Black) Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week

Vintage tackle and Miranda Lambert--nice combination!

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This is a pretty neat old Weber point-of-purchase display sign.

I don't know if I've ever seen an Eager Beaver in a box before.

Carter's Bestever is one of the best named lures of all time.

A round split shot tin for Abbey & Imbrie is a nice find indeed.

Holy rare Wilcox wigglers, Batman!

This Vom Hofe Perfection has seen its share of wars, but man -- it is a sweet reel!

Walter Brunner was a German bamboo rodmaker who crafted some absolutely beautiful rods.

This Farlow & Co. British reel is as nice as it gets.

Heddon Checkerboards have weathered the economic downturn pretty nicely.

A Shakespeare Rhodes Minnow in the wooden box is a great bait.

A Bagley's Nellie's Goldfish is a super tough color on any bait.

A Bingo advertising bait for Pearl Lager has attracted a lot of attention.

Have a good and safe Black Friday, and be good to each other, and yourself.

-- Dr. Todd

Thursday, November 24, 2011

7 Things to be Thankful For This Year

For the Fifth consecutive year--2007's Missive is Here, 2008's Follow Up is Here, 2009's is here, and 2010 is here.

7 Things tot be Thankful For Today (Part V)

1) Endurance. Last year my number one thankful thing was patience; this year it is endurance, as in the human ability to endure difficult times and difficult circumstances. The past sixteen months brought a termendous amount of stress into the Larson household, including one very, very frightening cancer scare. It has reminded me that the phrase, "This, too, shall pass" is meaningful on multiple levels.

2) Loyalty. In times of stress, you find out who your friends really are. In 2011, it was never made more apparent to me that loyalty is perhaps the single most prized character trait of all. There are many who will stand by you in good times, but those who offer friendship, advice, and amity in hard times are those worth spending time with.

3) Daughters. You could easily substitute sons for daughters here, or children if you have multiple kids. My daughter is turning 12 and she is a downright blast to be around. Funny, inquisitive, smart, sensitive, and caring, she is a wonder and a joy in my life. When I look at her I think only of how proud she makes me every day.

4) Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines. I recently had the great honor of completing a book about a gentleman named Lt. Commander Joel Stewart, who went to Iraq in 2005 and founded the Baghdad School of Fly Fishing and Angler's Club. Delving into the book, it continually reminded me of the many freedoms we have here -- freedoms that are protected by American men and women (all volunteers) against implacable enemies who seek to undo everything the nation stands for. Some, like local Cincinnati area Soldier Matt Maupin, gave their lives. We shouldn't wait until Memorial Day to remember their sacrifices.

5) Terminal Tackle. The older I get, the more that "bottom of the tackle box" items intrigue me. Sure, certain items of terminal tackle like bobbers, line spools and fish hooks are widely popular, but a whole host of other items--sinkers, swivels, scalers, stringers, tackle boxes, priests, nets, etc.--are fascinating and a virtually virgin world for collectors and researchers. So much fun!

6) Historically Important Fishing Ephemera. I've really gotten into historically important fishing ephemera lately. It's one of the finest sources of information on the many companies that made and sold tackle. It's been great watching fishing ephemera become more and more popular of late. For a long time, it was only catalogs that got interest, but with some letterheads going for $200 or more, it's really attracted a lot of attention to the whole ephemera field.

7) The Readers of this Blog. I can't thank you -- YES YOU, who's reading this right now -- enough for stopping by every now and then and reading what we have to say on the subject of fishing and fishing history. We take that obligation seriously. Now, I can't say that it's easy to provide content every day -- some days its downright brutal -- but with the help of Bill Sonnett and the occasional guest writer, we've managed to provide ORIGINAL content for over 1000 consecutive days without a break. That's pretty impressive. We've also turned down several hundred (unsolicited) opportunities for advertising. Not that we're against making money, but the fact is I never saw this as a way to make money, but rather wanted it to be a place where we could share information without being bombarded by pop-up ads and links to spam sites.

So, for our fifth Thanksgiving, we are thankful for many things, but above all else, for the readers of our humble blog.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and as always, be good to each other -- and most of all, be good to yourself.

-- Dr. Todd

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

52 Trade Houses Part 34: L.P. Wood of Burlington, VT

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Trade House Tackle, Part 34:

L.P. Wood of Burlington, VT

Today, we will feature a sporting goods store that had a long presence in the local Vermont community of Burlington. I chose this company because it represents just how difficult it can be to research even companies with a long and important local history.

The firm in question is L.P. Wood's Sporting Goods Store of 78 Church Street, Burlington, Vermont. I have spent a good bit of time researching this firm, and have not found very much at all about this firm, despite the fact it appears to have been in business for six decades or more.

L.P. Wood (and his wife Edna) was an important local businessman in the Burlington community. Forest & Stream tells us he was a a member of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club in the 1910s, along with a number of other local leading lights.

We know the company was in business as early as 1910, when it was listed in the Vermont Year Book as one of the state's four sporting goods retailers, and likely was founded even earlier than this. Gun historians have uncovered the fact that L.P. Wood's Sporting Goods Store of Burlington, Vermont received an order of 25 "Super .38" Colt pistols which were then sold to the Vermont Motor Vehicle Department. It's the earliest mention I can find of the firm.

The post-war era brings a lot more references. The firm was being listed in the Vermont Year Book in 1960 and was further listed in a 1967 issue of Esquire Magazine. L.P. Wood billed itself in the post-war era as "Vermont's leading sporting goods store." It also advertised in all of the local high school and university year books.

Thanks to recent obituaries, we also know the names of three principals at L.P. Wood's in the post-war era. The manager of the store in the 1950s and 1960s was Sabe Abell, who helped turn the store into a premier place for skiing equipment. Two other long-time employees included Royden Edgar "Ductchey" Brown (1895-1985) and Kenneth "Ted" Haynes (1912-2001).

A nice piece of fishing tackle marked "L.P. Wood" is this really nifty complimentary snelled hook holder with the firm's name on it. Inside was an actual snelled hook packet stamped with the firm's name. Both of these date from the 1930s.

L.P. Wood's is a great store with a lot of positive memories associated with it. It appears to have still be in business as late as the 1970s, meaning it had a very long run as a major sporting goods retailer in Vermont.

Anyone with any additional information about Wood's Sporting Goods drop me a note!

-- Dr. Todd

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Voices from the Past: Fishing in Greece (1884)

The following account of fishing in Greece in the 1880s comes from the Murray's Handbook for Travel in Greece (5th Edition--1884). It's important because it chronicles the potential for fly fishing in the Balkans, a very dangerous place in the late nineteenth century. While researching my dissertation on travel in the Balkans, I found many accounts of fishing in the region, but I can't imagine it would have been widely appealing, with the activity of klephts (a kind of Greek highwayman) on the rise up until 1914.

Fishing in Greece

The majority of the Greek rivers being mere mountain torrents, dry during summer, the country affords very little sport in this respect.

Good trout-fishing is to be had in some of the rivers of Albania and Arcadia.

Salmon is reported to be found in some of the AEtolian lakes which communicate by the Achelous with the sea. M. v. Heldreich quotes a salmon from Lake Trichonis weighing over 13 lbs.

Very fine carp is found in the Lakes of Joannina and Kastoria, and an inferior kind in the lakes of AEtolia and Acarnania.

Barbel occurs in the Alpheus and the lakes of AEtolia.

Mullet is found in the brackish lagoons of Western Greece, and frequently ascends the Eurotas, Alpheus, and Achelous.

Perch is caught in the lakes of AEtolia.

Chub is found in the river of Karytena and in the Alpheus.

The Silurus or Sheat-fish abounds in the Achelous and the lakes of AEtolia and Macedonia. Col. Leake mentions a Silurus which weighed 176 lbs. as caught in the lake of Kastoria, but says that these fish are sometimes much larger!

The angler's prospects would probably be better in Albania, Macedonia, and Thessaly, but all details on the subject are wanting. Any traveller inclined to try his hand on the Greek lakes and rivers should bring complete tackle, flies, etc., from England, as nothing whatever of the kind is procurable in Greece, and very seldom in Turkey. Greeks have no idea of fishing as a pursuit followed for pleasure, and all information on the subject is wanting.

There is no evidence that the ancient Greeks, any more than the modern, practised angling as an amusement, although we know from Athenaeus that several treatises existed on fishing. The earliest known allusion to flyfishing occurs in the gossiping Natural History of AElian, a contemporary of Hadrian. He describes the art as practised on the river Astraeus, in Macedonia, and even gives directions for making the artificial fly. AElian's ippoouros is evidently one of the Ephemeridoe, and in all probability a Palingenesia.

-- Dr. Todd

Monday, November 21, 2011

News of the Week: 21 November 2011

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Did an angler catch-and-release a 70 pound musky?…Aussies have a one-legged reel thief on their hands…A Miami marine consignment shop is a big hit…two articles on bamboo fly rods…the myth and mystery of steelhead fishing…a great interview with actor and fly angler Henry Winkler…Hardy & Greys cuts staff…Tom Mann Inc. gets exclusive rights to the Alabama Rig…Redditch history…a good blackfish rod…Charlie Campbell's big fish story…a guitar made out of a tackle box?…a combination rifle and fishing rod?…it must be THE NEWS OF THE WEEK!

The Big Lead: Did this angler catch and release a seventy pound musky ?

Australia has a one legged reel thief.

A marine consignment shop is a big hit.

Fly fishermen hear the call of the bamboo.

This author argues bamboo fly rods are sill a big hit.

Why steelhead fishing is both myth and mystery.

Henry Winkler, the Fonz and dedicated fly angler.

Hardy & Greys cuts staff, causes shock waves.

Mann's Bait Co. gets exclusive rights to the Alabama Rig.

Lake Michigan gets a nice fall perch run.

Redditch -- the home to Britain's hook industry -- gets profiled in a new book about the city.

WHat makes a good blackfish rod?

Charlie Campbell's big fish story.

Do you want to see a guitar made out of a fishing tackle box? Of course you do!

Finishing with a Flourish: The combination Fishing rod/Rifle is…well, see for your self.

-- Dr. Todd

Sunday, November 20, 2011

1000 Words

1000 Words

This week in 1000 Words we continue our "Hollywood Goes Fishing" theme with a great studio photograph of starlet Leila Hyams. Hyams was one of those silent film stars who transitioned into talking pictures. Beginning in 1924, she began as a supporting character in silent films but by the late 1920s had graduated to speaking leads. In 1930, she co-starred with Robert Montgomery and Wallace Beery (both ardent anglers) in The Big House. She retired from films in 1936 but remained active in Hollywood as the wife of noted agent Phil Berg. Here she poses for a studio still ca. 1930 with an Ocean City surf reel.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Deconstructing Old Ads: Millsite's "Daily Double" (1941)

The Millsite “Daily Double”

From the 1941 Sports Afield Fishing Annual comes this beautiful full page advertisement for the "new" Millsite Daily Double.

Almost forty years ago I was canoe camping with my fishing partner on an island twenty miles north of Chapleau, Ontario when a friend named Jim paddled in to spend a few days in camp. He was not a fisherman but he  brought along his Grandfather's tackle box, rod and reel with the intention of learning something about fishing. I had the job of looking over his supply of plugs and advising him on what he should use. Almost all of the plugs were 'second line' baits of dubious parentage and I saw nothing I had ever used. Though I had never seen one before, a frog colored Daily Double in his box looked enough like a Flatfish that I figured it was a good place to start. I was unfamiliar with the bait and truthfully thought that it was some sort of novelty lure that was designed to run at different depths depending on which end of the bait the line was attached to. I was not expecting too much in the way of results. I was right about the way it was supposed to work, but very wrong about its fishing catching abilities. Jim caught fish 'hand over fist' for three days before a large pike made off with his lure.
Fast forward forty years and the Millsite Daily Double has become a favorite of several well known collectors. The largest (in every sense of the term) Daily Double collector is Bill Hellmer (better known as “Bigfoot”) of Illinois. This is what Bill has to say about this ad:

“The lures and color numbers are all correct in the ad and are all in reference to musky size lures (700 series) as shown. The lures are made of Tenite Plastic, NEVER wood, as some people may like to think. The lures pictured are 4 inches in length and all have the double line tie, which allows the fisherman to run the lure shallow (2-3ft) or deep (5 ft+).  Usually the lures are marked under the chin with the words "deep" & "shallow" on opposite ends.

The twelve colors shown in this advertisement were the standards, however, other colors were also made and sold. Perch scale 704, solid black no #, 1/2 blk /whte (the newer 709), were a few.  And as with many lure manufacturers, "Saturday Specials"  appeared as well. As far as I know the Daily Doubles were introduced in 1941 and were not taken out of the catalog in any following years.  Along with the 700 series there was the 400 and 800 series. The 800 was considerd Bass and Pike size, while the 400 series was the spin or fly rod size at only 2 inches.
My first Daily Double, an orange one, came as a gift from my Uncle around 1955 (I was ten). He told me he was giving it to me because he never had a hit on it. My first cast (right in front of Uncle Floyd) produced a Largemouth Bass, and a big, 'Thank you Unc'. The look on his face was priceless."

Thanks Bill.  I can only add one thing to Bill's information: the darn thing does catch fish!

-- Bill Sonnett

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Friday Funhouse

The Video of the Week.

A monster pike from a kayak. Sounds like fun.

12 Things I Would Buy If Only i Could Afford Them

An ABU Garcia 5500C Deluxe is a superb find.

Well, this Akroyd 10/0 Salmon Fly has attracted a ton of attention.

A six-pack of Pflueger Globes is a nice find.

The Pflueger All-in-One is a great lure, but this auction is for the mouthpieces only!

The EL Cajon Coxes are very scarce.

South Bend Vacuum baits in boxes are great.

Holy UMCO Possumbellys, Batman!

Tiny Tims in gantron are fun.

Charlie Russo saltwater lures are superbly made examples of striper plugs.

The Gee Whiz Frog is superb.

These 10 Whopper Stopper Hellraisers are a blast.

A 9-foot Harnell steelhead rod is attracting a lot of interest.

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

-- Dr. Todd