In the February 2013 issue, we are "loaded for bear" as they say. Bill Sonnett gives us the details on the Northwestern School of Taxidermy, John Etchieson outlines the history of Ashaway Line & Twine's Swastika brand line spools, Robert Ellis gives us the history of the Bronson Reel-o-Mine, Harold Dickert looks at wooden rules from small (and large) tackle shops, Dick Braun outlines the history of the first production Zebco, Big Nemo gives us the first of a series on display tips, the fish hooks section from the 1888 Simmons Hardware catalog gets the annotated treatment from Dr. Todd Larson, Finn Featherfurd details the history of the American Angler magazine (all four of them), Ben Wright's spinning reel report for January 2013, Dean Smith gives us Tackle Smalls, Dr. Tim O'Brien outlines the history of fishing for tuna, Gary Miller remembers a bizarre ice fishing experience involving a lynx, Buck Juhasz gives us Buck's Shots on fly fishing, a Jeanette Hawley minnow comes to market, the Collection of the Month featuring the Demon Lure Co. Sail Fins of Randy McCurdy, and in our feature article, Peter Lellos gives a detailed history of the McCormic/Shakespeare McCormic lure. The Photo Essay this month is, fittingly, the Fishing Valentine.
Other features include Voices from the Past (William Henderson, Dixie Carroll, Bilkin's Electric Frog, and the Case of the Killer Fly Rod); Lost Patents featuring the Everlasting Creel from 1937; the Miami Metropolitan Tournament; Hollywood Goes Fishing; the UNID Files; 1000 Words; and the News of the Month.
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