Vintage Tackle Contest: Heddon Punkie Spook

Pictured below is a Heddon Punkie Spook, which was entered into the vintage tackle contest by Troy Walz. Though I wasn't sure what Dr. Todd Larson of the The Whitefish Press and "Fishing For History" blog would have to say about this one, I never dreamed I would learn so much about ultra-light fishing back before there was such a thing as ultra-light spinning gear. All you fly rodders will get a kick out of this one! Troy wrote:

_I got this neat little lure from my grandpa when I was a kid. Not sure who made it, as there isn't any writing on it. I would wager a guess it's a crappie lure. I haven't seen a little lure like this anywhere else. Just thought I would share. I have had it in my tackle box for a very long time. _

Dr. Todd says:

"You've got a really nifty and collectible fly rod lure. Fishing lures meant to be fished with a fly rod are largely a thing of the past due to the advent of ultra-light spinning equipment, but from the 1920s through the 1950s most manufacturers made tiny versions of popular lures to fish with a fly rod. Yours is one of the most popular--a Heddon Punkie Spook, the fly rod version of the Heddon Punkinseed. My father had this exact lure in his tackle box when I was a kid. I used it about 10,000 times and never caught a single fish. Worst. Lure. Ever. But fortunately, it is highly collectible, and in the shape it's in its worth $100-$150. You can see the 1940 catalog cut introducing the lure here."

Funny...there is so much debate these days over what is truly considered a fly. I bet most of you fly anglers would never dream of tying a tiny crankbait on the long rod, but I guess in the 1920s people cared more about catching fish than what they were catching them on. Congrats on a great find, Troy. And a nice appraisal price, too! You've got a Cabela's 50th Anniversary Fly Box and Fly Assortment headed your way.

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 fstackle@gmail.com, 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 Cabela's 50th Anniversary Fly Box and Fly Assortment (below, $50).