Fly Rod Baits
No fishing lure collection is complete without a variety of great Fly Rod Baits. Redditch England became a famous location for some of the worlds finest fly fishing equipment of the mid 1800's up to the early 1900's. The manufacturing of fishing hooks in Redditch started sometime around 1770, the first notable manufacturers were actually needle makers. The 1898 catalogue of Henry Millward & Sons boldly claimed (they manufacture fishhooks on a very extensive scale, being probably the largest makers in the world). However in 1803, Polycarp Allcock, who was an apprentice hook maker, started his own business. His son Samuel Allcock was the man who really expanded and created the business to what it would become. Samuel was an entrepreneur & great salesman, he expanded the business to include reels, rods, along with other fishing tackle accessories. By 1880, Allcock could make the claim (“They were The Worlds Oldest and Largest Manufacturer of Fishing Tackle”). At the end of the 19th Century the Allcock Company had become the largest fishing tackle manufacturer in the World. It would employ more than 1000 people in the town of Redditch, the name Allcock would be known Worldwide and would even set up shop in Canada under Allcock, Laight & Westwood. Some of the carded flies in our collection are from the great town of Redditch, from makers like, A. E. Rudge & Son from the Unity Works. M Lee & Son, and others like AA, and W Bartleet & Sons, & Milward's Iron Arm brand. Other English makers like Turrall of Devon, and the great German company D.A.M. Many of the major lure companies in the U.S like Creek Chub, Heddon, South Bend, Pflueger, Paw Paw and many more created some of the absolute finest fly fishing baits of all time. The variety is vast, collecting flies could be a full time hobby, and for some like my wife it is. For us we like to blend flies into our collection to add depth and value to our overall collection. Flies are often overlooked and undervalued by collectors some will pass right by and leave great value behind. Other brands to look for include Orvis, Weber, Worth and Huron. Sometimes you can find complete dealer cards from these makers. Get out there and have some fun hunting for these little gems.
Introduced in 1940 the 980 Fly Rod Punkie Spook are among the most collectible spooks of all time. This amazing lure dates to 1951 it's still (NIB) in this condition.
Heddon Fly Rod Spook 974-BR aka the "Bass Bug Spook". This one in Brown, it's very well dressed with great details on the wings. These Brown colored bugs are amazing. Never overlook fly rod lures they can add a lot of value to your collection.
This cool dealer card for Huron 310 series flies in size 8 was acquired thankfully before any of the graphics was damaged. Two of the flies are missing but all the cards on the main card are intact. We are very happy to have this in our collection.
Vintage Huron Brand Jock Scott size 10 Trout Flies on card. Preserved on the original card. These are fantastic collectables. Made in Canada.
Worth Minnie Pop size 8 Fly Assortment on cards. These were great lures for panfish. Worth made some of the finest panfish flies ever. Made with cork and set in great colors, Worth flies are always a fun find and add to a collection.
Vintage Lee of Redditch Black Gnat size 10 Trout Flies on card. Preserved on the original card. Made in England by M Lee & Son incorporated. These were saved from a dank wet tacklebox at a garage sale in Calgary.
Vintage Lee of Redditch Cow Dung size 10 Trout Flies on card. Preserved on the original card. Made in England by M Lee & Son incorporated. These were also saved from a dank wet tacklebox at a garage sale in Calgary. Yes Flies are always found on a pile of Cow Dung!
Heddon Fly Rod Spook 974-Y aka, the "Bass Bug Spook" This Yellow 1950's era bug is well preserved in EX++ condition. These are extremely collectable flies. Often overlooked for other larger lures, these little gems can really round out a Heddon Collection.
As stated on the card, these flies were crafted in Redditch England by W Bartleet & Sons, Tied specially for Charles E. Tisdale, of Vancouver BC. Note the Trade Mark graphics and flies sewn onto the card not stapled! The little details on these cards is always fun to look at.
Vintage Huron Brand Montreal Dark Size 10 Trout Flies on Card. These great flies are preserved on the original card, another fine Made in Canada product.
We are still working on this very old card, this one sent us digging into a bunch of books and files. It's full of mystery and several of our friends have ideas we are working on. Note the flies are sewn onto the card not stapled. As we learn more about this cool card and the symbol on the ends we will get it posted here for you.
These are listed in the 1940 AL&W catalog as Creek Chub Bait Co. Fly Rod Pikie #400 Trout. This Red head and White fly rod bait is exactly 1 1/4 inches. The #401 Bass was listed at 1 5/8 inches. They came in Natural Pikie, Red Head & White, Rainbow & Perch colors. These look similar to South Bend's Trout Oreno but are different in size and shape, and had only 4 standard colors.
Vintage Lee of Redditch Royal Coachman size 10 Trout Flies on card. Preserved on the original card. Made in England by M Lee & Son incorporated. These were also saved from a dank wet tacklebox at a garage sale in Calgary.