Ever since the first artificial lures were carved out of simple wooden blocks, anglers have constantly been trying to construct a better fishing lure. As we learned when we visited the Berkley fishing lure factory in Iowa last year, the business of lure designing is more elaborate than ever. These days designers use computers and tank testing with captive fish to capture literally thousands of datapoints that are then used in the design of new baits.
Indeed, things have come a long way since James Heddon tossed a whittled stick into a nearby lake near Dowagiac, MI in the late 1890s. Local legend says the stick hitting the water elicited a strike from a bass. It was this moment that allegedly was the lightbulb moment that gave Heddon the idea for the first wooden hardbait. It was shortly after he began designing and selling his own artificial lures.
Thus started the artificial fishing lure revolution. Over the next century, hundreds of fishing lure companies sprang up and many classic designs were unveiled. While there are tons of fishing lure designs that have come and gone over the years, the good ones are still around. These are classic fishing lures that are still around, and will still catch fish, sometimes 50 years or more after they were first unveiled to the world.
This is off topic, but I got sucked down the rabbit hole. I was a flyfishing guide for 20 years, and don’t do a ton of spin fishing. But my tackle box is almost entirely made up of these classics, rather than more modern, hi-tech lures. I think the recommended list for my first box for Camp Adanac (Canada spelled backwards) in Canada as a kid was: Dardevle, Flatfish, Rooster tails, Jitterbug, Hula Popper, some jigs and floating Rapalas.
And a Rapala filet knife, made by Martiini – there…it is now a knife post.View Linked Article