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Collectible Fishing Tackle References

The following references are listed in no particular order. Many are available from individual web sites (links provided) or can be purchased through book stores or internet web companies such as Amazon or even eBAY auctions. You can use a internet search engine such as Google to help find a source. I suggest you talk with other collectors to determine which might be appropriate for your use.

THE HEDDON RIVER RUNT IDENTIFICATION & COLLECTOR'S GUIDE by Dennis Boulais and Tom Jacomet. Covers both wood and plastic lures made by Heddon using the River Runt name - click HERE for more information and to order.

IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE TO SOUTH BEND LURES By Terry Wong. MUST HAVE book for South Bend collectors! Available along with many of the other books listed on this page from Fishing Tackle Books web site.

AMBASSADUER AND I by Simon Shimomura. A complete study of Ambassaduer reels; available at: Mr. Ambassadeur web site.

HEDDON PLASTICS COLLECTIBLES by Masami Takeyama and Tatsuya Kumada. A comprehensive color book for classic Heddon plastic lures.

THE HISTORY & COLLECTIBLE FISHING TACKLE OF WISCONSIN by Robert A. Slade. A history and identification guide to Wisconsin fishing tackle; hardcover; color; value guide.

MEISSELBACH and MEISSELBACH-CATUCCI FISHING REELS - A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE and WINCHESTER FISHING TACKLE, both by Phil White. Available from author - click HERE to go to his web page for more information.

FISHING TACKLE MADE IN MISSOURI by Dean Murphy. A history and identification of Missouri tackle; softcover; black & white.

MADE IN MICHIGAN FISHING LURES by George Richey. History and identification of Michigan fishing lures; softcover; black & white.

THE FISHING LURE COLLECTOR'S BIBLE by R.L. Streater with Rick Edmisten and Dudley Murphy; softcover; color; Released in 1999; contains pictures and value guide.

OLD FISHING LURES AND TACKLE, by Carl F. Luckey. One of the "bibles" of tackle collecting; an excellent source for identifying and learning about the history of fishing tackle; softcover; color; value guide.

FISHING TACKLE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES by Karl T. White. Another of the "bibles" which has been updated periodically; softcover; color; value guide.

COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO CREEK CHUB LURES & COLLECTIBLES by Harold E. Smith, M.D. Hardcover and with lots of full color pictures, this is a MUST book for Creek Chub collectors but even if Creek Chub is not your field, it is a valuable reference; value guide.

JAMES HEDDON'S SONS CATALOGUES by THE BASSMAN (Clyde Harbin) - this is a compilation of Heddon catalogs beginning from 1903 and ending in 1953. All years are not included, however. Excellent reference for Heddon collectors.

FISHING LURE COLLECTIBLES by Dudley Murphy and Rick Edmisten. Hardcover book with full color pictures of fishing tackle. The book was recently re-issued to update the prices; hardcover; color; value guide.

ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE FISHING RODS IDENTIFICATION AND VALUE GUIDE by David Homel; softcover, black & white pictures; value guide.

SOUTH BEND - Their Artifical Baits and Reels by Jim Bourdon. Specials in South Bend lures - softcover, black & white pictures.

THE HEDDON LEGACY - A Century of Classic Lures by Bill Roberts and Rob Pavey - a history of the Heddon Company; hardcover, color pictures; value guide.

OLD fly rod LURES by Jim and John Muma - best book on the market for identification of fly rod lures; hardcover; color pictures; value guide.

DICK'S MOUSE BOOK by Richard Gresock - a guide to the identification and valuation of antique mouse fishing lures; softcover; black & white pictures; value guide.

19TH CENTURY FISHING LURES by Arlan Carter - a collector's guide to U.S. lures manufactured prior to 1901 including early metal lures and spinners; hardcover, color pictures; value guide.

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