James Heddon's Sons Fishing Lures, Baits and Plugs
James Heddon's Sons Lures, Dowagiac, MI
James Heddon's first commercially available lure was the "Dowagiac"
Casting Bait. It was a white lure with a blue sloped nose and a red
metal color. He received a patent for the lure on April 1, 1902. By
1905, Heddon was producing a number of different underwater minnow
designs. You can tell the oldest models because they had three long
flowing gill marks painted under the large glass eyes. The lures became
famous because of their high quality and they caught fish.
Early Heddon catalogs state that their minnows have 7 to 12 coats of special
porcelain enamel and were guaranteed not to peel off or crack. Heddon
continued to make glass-eyed wooden lures up until World War II. In
the 1950's and later, plastic lures were the most common design. The
first lures pictured below are all very early models. The earliest
lures had cup hardware and screw eyes for the hooks. Then came what is
called L-rig, then 2-piece and finally surface rigged hook
hardware. The following photos show some of the basic color patterns and the
wide variety of body styles. Early Heddon lures are very collectable.
Uncommon Heddon Lures
Heddon Dowagiac Minnows
More Heddon Dowagiac Minnows
Heddon 150 in Bar Perch Finish
Heddon Dowagiac 150 and 200's
Heddon Lures in Strawberry Spot Color Pattern
Heddon Rainbow Pattern
Heddon Shiner Scale Pattern
Heddon Green Scale Pattern
Heddon color pattern lures are from the collection of Mark Hostetler
Abbey & Imbrie 1907 Catalog Pages Showing Heddon Minnows
For any questions about antique fishing reels,
lures or tackle, please feel free to Email or Call me.
I always like to talk about old tackle.
P.O. Box 420703
Kissimmee, FL 34742-0703
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