Louis Rhead Hand-Made Nature Fishing Lures

Louis Rhead Hand-Made Nature Fishing Lures

Louis Rhead, Brooklyn, NY

Louis Rhead nature lures are some of the most interesting fishing lures that were made in the late 1910's and early 1920's. Rhead was an artist and an entomologist and endeavored to use both talents and his knowledge in his fishing lure designs. His advertisements always highlighted that his lures were hand-made and imitated nature. His designs varied from classic flies to common insects to frogs and minnows. The earliest Nature Lures were all made and painted by him. The Nature Flies were later made for him by Wm. Mills & Son. They were the exclusive agent for the flies and had them tied in England. Details about his lure designs can be seen in his book "Fisherman's Lures and Game Fish Food" published in 1920.

Louis Rhead was born in England in 1858 and learned the art of painting English pottery. He also studied art in Paris. Rhead came to America in 1888 and was a poster and book Illustrator in New York. In the early 1900's he became interested in angling art. He was the author of books on fishing techniques and natural lures. Rhead was a regular fishing contributor in the Forest and Stream magazine during the same period he was selling his lures. Louis Rhead nature lures early advertisements can be seen in the 1915 and 1917 Forest and Stream Magazines. His lures are considered to be made by one of the great lure makers. Louis Rhead died in 1926.




Louis Rhead nature lures

1920 Picture of Louis Rhead


Louis Rhead nature lures

WAGA-WAGA and DARTERS


Louis Rhead nature lures Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD FROGS


Louis Rhead nature lures Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD GOLDEN CHUBS


Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD FEATHER MINNOWS and HELGRAMITES


Louis Rhead nature lures Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD GOLD TERRORS AND SHINY DEVILS


Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD INSECTS


Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD EEL, STONE CAT, SCULPIN, MUDDLER and BULLHEAD


Louis Rhead nature lures

RHEAD CRAWFISH

Lures in the above Photos are from The Bill Stuart Collection


Pages from LOUIS RHEAD's 1920 Book "Fisherman's Lures and Game-Fish Food"

book book book book

Pages from LOUIS RHEAD's 1920 Book "Fisherman's Lures and Game-Fish Food"


LOUIS RHEAD 1915 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads

ad ad ad

LOUIS RHEAD 1915 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads


LOUIS RHEAD 1917 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads

ad ad ad ad

LOUIS RHEAD 1917 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads


ad

LOUIS RHEAD 1918 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ad


LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1920 "William Mills & Son" Magazine Ads

ad ad

LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1920 "William Mills & Son" Magazine Ads


ad

LOUIS RHEAD 1922 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ad


LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1922 "William Mills & Son" Catalog Pages

catalog catalog

LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1922 "William Mills & Son" Catalog


LOUIS RHEAD 1916 Letter to Outdoor Writer and Author Horace Kephart

LOUIS RHEAD 1916 Letter to Outdoor Writer and Author Horace Kephart



For any questions about vintage antique fishing reels, lures or tackle, please feel free to Email or Call me. I always like to talk about old tackle.

Remember, I'm always buying old vintage fishing lures and reels!

Email me at: ron@luresnreels.com or Call or Text me at: 407-496-7940

Thanks!

Ron Gast

Orlando, FL

Link to Another Great Antique Tackle Website

Link to My Facebook Page

Back to the Top of the Page

RETURN TO HOMEPAGE

Copyright  ©  1997 -  2021 Ronald W. Gast. All rights reserved.