South Bend Antique Lures
roots and complete biographical history yet to be written and completed. This
major maker of now antique and old fishing lures and sporting goods finds its
part of its roots, or at least its location in its name sake, South Bend,
the evidence of early South Bend antique lures leads directly to Mr. F. G. Worden, it is
unknown on how the transition from the Worden buck Tail Bait Company.
Worden is credited for his famous use of the buck tail. Worden who was infamous
and instrumental in the fishing tackle industry for adding deer hair to the
trailing treble of artificial fishing lures.
a lot of uncertainty as to South Bend's role in the antique lure industry and
how it was formed early on. There have been documents recently found showing relations between other old
antique lure makers such as Heddon,
Creek Chub and
Paw Paw. Showing the
outsourcing or jobbing of painting antique lures, using certain paint patterns and even
using similar if not the same hardware early in the South Bend Antique Lure
company life. There is some great reading on this in a few articles of
recent NFLCC magazines; another great testament to the role a club can play in
any hobby. (If you are not a member please take the time to visit the club
section of this site to find out more information about the various old fishing
lure and antique tackle clubs that are available.)
One of the
most beautiful old fishing lures in my opinion is a South Bend Vacuum Bait.
Shown in the first picture on the upper left, the South bend Vacuum bait
initially was brought to life by Dr. Francis Howe in 1909, from North Manchester
Indiana. An example of Dr. Howe's lure can be found in the Misc. Lure Gallery
#2. This lure was added to the South Bend fishing lure line in approximately
progresses I will add to the South Bend pages, adding more history, to the evolution
of some of their antique lures, from the vacuum bait, to the underwater minnows and
possibly on to the fly rod lures, the Callamac Bug.
There will be pages on this website to help distinguish colors painted on
antique lures, boxes and the series numbers South Bend used to identify their baits. All in effort to provide a
enjoyable education website devoted to the Old Fishing Lure.
South Bend Antique
Fishing Lure Resources