Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sneak Peek At the Upcoming FISHING FOR HISTORY Magazine!

Here’s a sneak peak … of the relaunch of the Fishing for History Magazine! Here’s a look at the contents in this issue (adding more every day). Going live February 15!

Bill Sonnett on Virgil Ward’s First Bait • Matt Lollman on Bert Winnie’s Stump Dodger • Tom DeLong on the Fuerer Bros. #202 Flip Reel • Dixie Carroll on Joe • Dr. John Elder on the First Big Game Cradle Reel • John Etchieson on Abbey & Imbrie’s Earliest Fly Line • Finn Featherfurd on Newspaper Tackle Ads • Michael Hackney on the World’s First 3D Printed Spinning Reel • Dr. Todd E.A. Larson on Part One of a Corporate History of James Heddon, 1950-1984 • Tom Jacomet on the Roller Flasher Bait • Matt Lollman on Mosquito Dope • Classic Outdoor Writing: W. Wallace Ham • Kevin Virden on Part One of the the Inner History of the Fred Arbogast Company • Emil Polansky on the Fred Nichols Lure Company • and Much More!

-- Dr. Todd

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Friday Funhouse for January 12, 2018

NOTE: Guess what? I’M BACK BABY! Yes, I’ve got time to restart the Friday Funhouse and the blog again. It’s been some time but I’m happy to be back in the swing of things. I’m partnering with my man Matt Lollman over at Fin and Flame so check back for some cool happenings in 2018!

The Video of the Week

I’m a sucker for Hemingway. Not only was he a great writer, his love of fishing knew no bounds. For those who haven’t, pick up a copy of The Old Man and the Sea. You won’t be disappointed!

12 Things I Would Buy If Only I Could Afford Them

This Julius vom Hofe Perforated Fly Reel is incredibly rare, even missing an end cap. How rare? One in the box went for 25k in a past Lang’s Auction!

You have got to love this Manitou Minnow.

Pflueger Atlapacs in the carrying case are super fun reels.

This CCBC Striper Pikie in Blue Head is very rare.

When’s the last time you’ve seen a Union Hardware reel get this much interest???

Instant Collection Alert: Storm Wiggle Warts from the pre-Rapala era. Remind me to tell you about Rapala’s purchase of Storm some time!

Spears are always fun collectively and this Brainerd, MN made Lewis Gaustas model is pretty great. …

An early Heddon Zaragossa in the box is a great classic bait.

Been busy laying out an Al Foss book so this cardboard Little Egypt intro box was good to see. Predates his tin boxes.

This Penn Model 420 Spinster is a reel with a fascinating history — made in Japan, and rejected by Penn. It was never sold commercially.

Any W.D.Chapman Spinner is a nice find.

The Salties out there love these Devonshire Surf Plugs.!

And it feels good to say once again, have a good weekend, and be good to each other and yourself.

— Dr. Todd