Creek Chub Antique Lures
Creek Chub Bait Company 1906 - 1978
of the small town of Garrett, Indiana rose one of the largest antique fishing lure
companies of our time. The Creek Chub Bait company was born of Henry Dills,
George Schluthesis and Carl Heinzerling. Though Henry Dills is given much of the
credit for the true beginnings I feel it would not have been the same if not for
the three men mentioned above. Friendship, fishing and their desire to succeed
would put into motion one of the largest volume producers of wooden glass eyed,
now antique lures of the 20th century. Each played an intricate role in the firms success,
Carl, owning the local hardware and sporting goods store as well as being a
financier, Henry thought to be the originator of the idea of the wiggler, and
George the master businessman.
people think Pikie is synonymous with the word Creek Chub. How true that may be,
but the roots and official bait that started the company is the
patent or invention impacting the industry outside the lures themselves was for
the patent of the artificial appendage or lip to attach to the lure, to make it
wiggle. Patent # 1,352,054, or as most would know it by seeing it on the lip of
a bait, 9-7-20 and 9-27-20 .
fishing tackle and lure industry and old fishing lure hobby would not be the
same if it were not for Creek Chub and this idea which dramatically changes the
dynamics of the industry. The scale wars as we collectors call it were based on
Creek Chubs patent number 1,323,458 in which was granted 1921 to spay paint
trough a netting thus yielding a scale type finish on the lures. Although
granted so late, they had been doing this since the mid teens as well as
the other competitors copying their idea. Creek Chub not having the resources at
the time, concedes to accept other benefits from its competitors and grants
Heddon access to half the patent.
the most prolific bait, is the Pikie. This throughout the 20th
century was produced in more quantities than any other bait I do believe,
although I cannot prove that. Its myriad of styles, hardware's, colors, and
sizes leads to some great collectors displays.
progresses I will add to the pages, adding more history, to the evolution
of some of their now antique lures, from the wiggler, to the Pikie minnows and
on to the Injured Minnows.
There will be pages on this website to help distinguish colors painted on the
antique lures, boxes and the series numbers used to identify their baits. All in effort to provide a
enjoyable education website devoted to the Old Fishing Lure.
Creek Chub Antique Lure Resources