Fishing Lures Made by Miscellaneous Makers
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The Flying Hellgramite
Made by Harry Comstock, Fulton, New York. Circa 1883. This is considered one of
if not the first glass eyed antique fishing lures produced. The inventor Harry
Comstock a noted gun enthusiast, salesman, inventor and designer from Fulton Ny.
The Comstock flying Hellgramite embodies not only
the future or what the artificial minnow or lure would evolve from, but also has
ties and roots in a common insect that was used in Fishing. The Dobsonfly in its
Larvae stages is called a Hellgrammite, and is a water dwelling insect which
ferociously fees on its predators.
However, what I find interesting is that the lure itself
resembles the Dobsonfly an not namesake. Also noted for its nocturnal feeding
habits, the Dobsonfly had 2" wings which folded down its back. Interesting
enough by themselves, Harry's eccentricity, combined with his travels to China
as a gun salesman, his noted efforts as a inventor of guns, and yet we only ever
would see this one fishing lure come from this worldly thinker.
The Enterprise Manufacturing Co., Pflueger, would
eventually take over this fishing lure from 1883-85 still calling it the
Hellgramite, while utilizing its own patent process of applying a luminous paint
to its wings for its addition. It would also later have in its lure line up
another Hellgrammite, which resembled the real water dwelling insect.
As far as I know Harry is one of the more famous, and if
not the only antique fishing lure maker to ever commit suicide. Harry ingested
carbolic acid in April of 1895 to end what must have been his own complete
metamorphosis from the Hellgrammite to the Dobsonfly.