By Joe Cermele

This week’s vintage tackle contest winner has me day dreaming about a local pond I love on a summer’s evening just as the sun is going down and the bluegills are sipping the surface. It comes from Steve Neher, along with this great back story:My wife’s great Aunt Freda worked at Creek Chub Bait Co. in Garret, Indiana, in the 50’s and 60’s. When she found out I fished, her gift to me was a bait from Creek Chub every Christmas. The last bait she ever gave me was this Fly Rod Lure, and she apologized because all she had was a small bait for that year. The bluegill is my wife’s 10-incher for size comparison.

Well Steve, per Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog, the last bait Aunt Freda ever gave you might be the best.


Dr. Todd says:

“Creek Chub was one of the legendary tackle manufacturers in American fishing history, and with your family connection to the company, I am very happy. What you have is an absolutely fantastic Creek Chub Fly Rod Bug Wiggler. This lure, along with a number of other fly rod baits, came out in the 1920s. What makes yours so spectacular is the introductory box that goes with it (not shown in photo)_. It’s a really, really rare combo and I would value it at $300-$400. It’s a great find with personal history for you, and should stay right on the board with that beautiful mounted sunfish!!”


This is one of my favorite entries as of late, Steve. Thanks so much for sharing, and keep an eye on your mailbox, because there’s a set of Berkley Aluminum Pliers 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, 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 pair of Berkley Aluminum Pliers (above) worth $50.