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A group of antique tackle collectors will be gathering for an informal meeting July 14th meeting for antique tackle collectors at the Heddon Museum.

The group meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the former Heddon factory, 414 West St. in Dowagiac, Mich., that now serves as a museum. It’s located two blocks north and two blocks west of the McDonald's.

The get-together of antique lure collectors is mostly a show-and-tell with some selling, trading, and buying of old tackle taking place.

It’s open to anyone interested in old antique fishing tackle or who has old gear that he or she would like to be appraised. For more information, email Doug Bucha at ndBucha@yahoo.com.


By Doug Bucha

Early Vintage Heddon reels valued by collectorsWhile Heddon is most famous for its lure creations, most people don’t realize that the company offered fishing reels in its catalogs as early as 1905.

These early Heddon reels were made by another other reel companies who stamped the Heddon name on them.

Heddon began making its own reels in 1920 after they lured a famous reel maker named Jack Welch away from the Talbot Reel Company located in Kansas City. Jack got things going!

The company’s first in-house reel was the model 3-15 (1920-27), a non level-wind reel made of German silver. The name German silver is misleading as there is no silver in the metal.


Got a box of old fishing gear in the attic? You can get it appraised at the June 9th meeting for antique tackle collectors at the Heddon Museum.

The group meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the former Heddon factory, 414 West St. in Dowagiac, Mich., that now serves as a museum. It’s located two blocks north and two blocks west of the McDonald's.

The informal meeting of antique fishing lure collectors is mostly a show-and-tell with some selling, trading, and buying of old tackle taking place.

It’s open to anyone interested in old antique fishing tackle or who has old gear that he or she would like to be appraised. For more information, email Doug Bucha at ndBucha@yahoo.com.