Makinen Stream Tested Lures.
Starting in 1917 Bill Makinen began whittling out fishing plugs from wood. Just a kid at the time and not much for money to buy what he wanted to fish with. And with a deep love of hunting and fishing he started working on ways to catch fish with his own hand made lures. Bill would carve & whittle for hours working to perfect and produce a new action for his new style fishing plug. He would field test his lures in a nice stream close to home, playing with colors and fine tuning his designs, and catching some amazing fish in the process. As his obsession grew Bill began crafting lures on a larger scale turning his garage into a work shop. As with many successful people, his persistent and driving obsession with quality led to a large demand for his lures. Growing to a point, his obsession developed into a nice business that would employ north of fifty people in Kaleva Michigan. By the mid 1940's The Makinen Tackle Company would have a new factory and be building lures from wood for a time and Tenite, later having most all of the lures crafted in Tenite. We will feature as many great Makinen Lures as we can find right here on our site, as we love the story and the quality of this great company and the great people behind the lures. If you have Makinen brand lures you believe we would be interested in please contact us.
This Scarce Wooden Makinen Merry Widow L-10-E is an early version dating to 1946/1947 We believe this lure was Manufactured in 1946 and packaged and sold in 1947. With the "Stream Tested Baits" Slogan added to the boxes in 1947. Makinen also switched to Tenite plastics in 1947. Our lure is in Wood dating it to 1946/47 before the switch to tenite.
This Makinen Holi-Comet P-10-A is a Tenite version dating to the mid 1950's This lure is complete with correct box and paperwork. The Holi-Comet was and is a fantastic fishing lure. Creating a lot of action and delivering results for anglers who chose to use these remarkable lures.
Makinen Waddle Bug K-10-F Black. This very cool early 1940's era, Wood version of the Waddle Bug is in fantastic shape. A very nice addition to our collection, the Waddle Bug is a more scarce Makinen series. The Waddle Bug is the hardest of the Makinen lures to find, these lures worked very well, the success rate with them was spectacular. As stated from the 1947 Makinen catalog "The Black Waddle Bug Is a rascal".