METAL SPOONS AND ATTRACTORS
fter the turn of the 20th Century, internal combustion engines were being developed that could power small boats. A new type of fisherman was born; the commercial salmon troller. Some fishermen started developing their own metal spoons which led to several patents, opened a new market for existing metal fabricators, and inspired entrepreneurs to start new businesses specifically for making and selling metal fishing spoons. The early salmon derbies were won by fishermen using commercial trolling spoons, and this prompted another new group of entrepreneurs to start making metal lures for sportfishermen. This volume documents these lures, and the men who invented and made them. B&W photos of lures, patents, packaging and advertising. Paperback 8.5" x 11". 198 pages, 297 illustrations, 98 patents. 2nd edition 2014. Currently out of stock.
PRE-WWII PLUGS AND SINKERS
In the early 1930s, salmong fishing with bass plugs modified with stronger hooks led to new businesses starting up to make plugs specifically for salmon fishing. This book covers 53 salmon plug makers and 34 sinker makers that were in business prior to WWII. It includes representative plug models with sizes and colors as well as a short history on the maker and company. It has the same type of information on vintage sinkers and diving plane sinkers. This book is mostly black and white with some color plates that show many of the plug colors used before WWII for a reference. The colors identified under the plugs can be referenced back to the color plates. Paperback 8.5" x 11". 190 pages, 265 photos and illustrations, and 80 patents (36 patents for plugs and 44 for sinkers). First edition 2015.
POST WWII PLUGS, BAIT HOLDERS AND COHO FLIES
In 1942 The War Production Board directed conversion of industries from peacetime work to war needs. Tackle manufactures were shut down because they were deemed nonessential businesses, and the ones that used metal for making lures had to sell it to the government for scrap prices. Shortly after the defeat of Japan, tackle makers were allowed to go back into business. Some did and continued where they left off, but others embraced new materials and processes that were developed during the war. The post war boom also encouraged entrepreneurs to start up new tackle making businesses to compete with established companies. This book covers the history and identification of post-WWII West Coast salmon plugs, bait holders and Coho flies. Paperback 8.5" x 11". 235 pages, 551 photos and illustrations, 60 plug makers, 30 Coho fly makers, 13 bait helmet makers, 40 patents, 4 color plates showing common salmon plug and Coho fly colors. First edition 2016.