September 22, 2011
Vintage Tackle Contest: Ewing Egg-Lug
By Joe Cermele
Here's an entry in our vintage tackle contest I bet a lot of you can relate to...the Egg-Lug. I remember my grandfather giving me one when I was about 6 years old, and I proudly wore it on my hip on opening day of trout season. Then I flipped it open in his truck and spilled eggs everywhere and it got taken away. Not sure what happened to it after that, but lucky for submitter Jon McKibben, he still had his and sent the photo below. John wrote:
Here is my older Egg-Lug Salmon egg dispenser. It was given to me by my grandfather. I think they were manufactured in Burbank, CA,, though I'm not exactly sure when these devices first came out. I know they still make a modern version of the Egg-Lug. Would love to know more about it and its time frame if Dr. Larson could help me out.
"Few pieces of the fisherman's kit get less respect than salmon eggs, yet from the 1910s onward they were a hugely effective fishing bait that was popular enough to sustain a thriving salmon egg packing industry in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, as there were tens of millions of jars of salmon eggs sold, so too were there salmon egg holders. Your "Egg-Lug" was manufactured by Ewing Products Inc. of Burbank, CA, beginning in the late 1930s and was quite ingenious--you screwed the jar onto the metal ring and held the top down by metal pins. It even came with a detachable pin for hooking eggs, and was made in two sizes (2 oz. and 3 oz.) to reflect the jar sizes available. In the 1950s the Egg-Lug was purchased by Luhr Jensen Inc. and was carried for a number of years afterward. Phil Beguhl's "Art & History of Salmon Egg Bait" values your Egg-Lug at $5-$10. For a picture of three different styles of Egg-Lug, click here."
Maybe your Egg-Lug isn't going to bring in big bills, John, but thanks for sending. Just having this piece of tackle remind me of trout fishing with my grandfather makes it a winner in my mind. Keep and eye on the mail box for your new Cabelas' 50th Anniversary Fillet Knife.
If you've already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven't and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a limited edition Cabelas' 50th Anniversary Fillet Knife made by Buck Knives (left, $80).