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Bee 4 James Heddon This page contains early history of the Heddon family before James Heddon and his lure company. Learn about the Heddon ancestors at the Huxtable Farm in England before they immigrated to the United States and more Heddon information before the James Heddon and Son tackle company.
Creek Chub Company History The information used for this Creek Chub Bait Co. History webpage was generously supplied to me by Anita Rolfe. Anita's maiden name is Anita Dills, the daughter of Gordon S. Dills and her grandfather was Henry S. Dills one of the original founders of the Creek Chub Bait Co.
Heddon, Big Bud This page offer history and the background of the Heddon, #9410 Big Bud lure. There is also information along with great photographs of the many Japanese marketed Big Bud's
Practice Casting Weights This page offers information on casting weights starting in the early 1900's. I was unsuccessful in locating written information for casting weights THUS the reason for creating this page. If you collect Practice Plugs or interested in Tournament Casting Medals this is a page you will want to visit.
Mr. Clyde A. Harbin Sr. Information
Heddon "Iola" Wisconsin Footprints - Part I This first part of Heddon Wisconsin Footprints offers new information about future publications of Mr. Harbin's "James Heddon Son's Catalogue" and "Heddon Historical Footprints" books. Read about Mr. Harbin's involvement with Krause Publications and where Mr. Harbin leaves his Footprints.
Heddon "Chetek" Wisconsin Footprints - Part II The second part of Heddon Wisconsin Footprints deals with The Heddon Factory and W. T. and Laura Heddon and how Mr. Harbin brought this knowledge to the city and towns people of Chetek, Wisconsin.
Heddon "Roberts" Wisconsin Footprints - Part III Learn in part three of Mr. Harbin's Wisconsin Footprints the gifts to Floyd Roberts (Antique Fishing Lures Website Author) and the history behind the gifts. Also news on Dan Basore from Warrenville, Illinois about his Chetek discovery.
Holy Grove Footprints After many years of photographs and now a HP digital camera Mr. Harbin put together this handmade Essay book of his "Holly Grove Footprints".
Old Lure Japanese Story This terrific page Features Mr. Tsutomu Wakabayashi an early Japanese pioneer that was in on the beginning of old lure collecting in Japan. Read about Mr. Wakabayashi's early contribution to Japanese bass fishing and old lure collecting. Read about Mr. Clyde A. Harbin's involvement with his close long distance friend Mr. Wakabayashi and much more.
Old Lure Japanese Story - Part II This section of the Old Lure Japanese Story contains information on Mr. Mitsuru Sato President of Glass Eye International and his involvement in old lures. Terrific information when the EI Publishing Co. visited Mr. and Mrs. Harbin at their Memphis home to interview Mr. Harbin for an article in the Old Tackle magazine. Interesting information when Mr. and Mrs. Harbin field tested Mr. Sato's Glass Eye Stick fishing rods.
Old Lure Japanese Story - Part III This part of the Old Lure Japanese Story deals with more Japanese old lure collectors that Mr. Clyde A. Harbin Sr. had communications with and aided them along their way of collecting old lures in Japan. Here you will find many pictures from Japan along with information on the Heddon/Smith special lures.
Old Lure Japanese Story - Part IV Part IV the Final Chapter of the Japanese Story has information on The Florida Antique Tackle Collectors meets. A terrific story with the footprints of Mr. Hiro Naito by Mr. Lanny West the Senior Director of Marketing and International Sales for PRADCO. Information when Mr. Hashima Shoichi visited Mr. and Mrs. Harbin at their Memphis home.
Performance Package Complements of Mr. Clyde A. Harbin Sr. this page offers twenty three 1970's lure catalogues and many miscellaneous one page catalogues. Among these are PRADCO's Famous Brands such as Rebel, Heddon, Cotton Cordell, Smithwick, Creek Chub, Bomber and Arbogast. This area offers over 311 printable Mint Condition Catalogue Pages.
Sandbar Footprints The Sandbar page is a two story line page. The first story is about Bass Pro Shops acquiring Mr. Harbin's Duck Call Collection and the second story is Mr. Harbin's Sandbar Footprints & Marketing Duck Calls.
Tackle Collectors of Arkansas The TCA is a newly formed club by David R. Stainaker. Just like the NFLCC, ORCA and the FATC the TCA is an organization that promotes and supports the collection of antique fishing tackle and the preservation of its history.
Water Walkin' Blade Article This article was written by Clyde A. Harbin Sr. sometime ago around 1976. Clyde never had it published and has given me permission to publish his story and now presenting for the first time anywhere the Water Walkin' Blade Story.
Ye Olde Bass Lures by The Bassman™ Here you will find information on Heddon's very first and early baits. Including the 1898 Heddon hand made Frog along with the early Dowagiac Underwater Minnow, The Missing Link lure, The Dowagiac Exp
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