I do not: BUY – TRADE – SELL. Therefore, New Additions means, PICTURES. I gather pictures to place on this site for your viewing pleasure and information.
Do you have a picture of an OLD Smithwick lure you would like to share? Old heavy hook hanger lures or uncharted colors?
Any color Top-N-Bottom lures would be great as well.
If you would like to share but don’t want to tip your hand on whats in your collection, we can list it as from an anonymous collector. Otherwise we will be happy to list you as the sharing collector.
Two more pictures from Ray Wiggins. Ray has sent us pictures of individual lures in the past. Today he is sharing pictures of his collection. When I was collecting I had a very large collection. But size alone does not measure a collection. Check out these pictures. Ray has lures I never had. I only dreamed of having a Wanderer. He has a super one in the color Rainbow. Just under the Smithwick patch he has a Tootsie Bug in White with Black Stripes and at the bottom of the picture a Weedless Horse Fly in Coach Dog, Black and White. I didn’t have examples of either of these lures in my collection. Also a great display of other very early Smithwick lures. In this picture we have a nice collection of Smithwick Musky lures. Again he has one I never had. He has located the hard to find 2 hook Musky in a White with Blue Back. Overall, a GREAT collection. We really appreciate has sharing with us. If you have a Smithwick collection with OLDER lures, Special Colors or One of a Kind Lures, please share with us.
These pictures were sent to us by Ray Wiggins. He obtained this lure from a lady who said it belonged to to her grandfather and that her grandfather was a friend of Jack Smithwick. This is a Top-N-Bottom lure in a Red and Black color. The very first Top-N-Bottom chart that we have (1947) shows a color #122 Black and Red. Perhaps that is the color of this early lure. Thank You, Ray for all your help in growing this site for the befefit of all Smithwick Collectors.
In the early 1940’s, Jack K. Smithwick worked as a salesman for the Friden Calculator Sales Agency. He was trying to come up with a way to attract new customers and promote the business. Today many businesses use give away ink pens with the company name on them. As a boy Jack had enjoyed carving fishing lures. He decided to use fishing lures as his give away novelty item. He would carve them and give them to clients and prospective clients. He would print the company name on them.
This is one of those lures. It does have the name Friden Calculator stamped on the lure. This lure will later become the Top-N-bottom Gandy Dancer when Jack Smithwick leaves Friden Calculator Co. and starts the Smithwick Lure Co. These pictures come from Claude McMorris. Thank You Claude.
The next 14 pictures were submitted by Claude McMorris. He sent many more and they are posted in a folder on this site. To view them, Click Here
The first 5 pictures are part of his collection. There is a lot of eye candy and many unique colors and lures.
These 3 pictures show the limited production lure called the Tootsie Bug. It uses the name of a Smithwick lure that was produced between 1951 and 1953 and was discontinued. This newer version looked very similar to the Ridge Runner Hustler. The first picture shows the Hustler box and the Hustler lure just below it. The Smithwick Tootsie Bug is at the bottom of that picture. The Tootsie bug came with spinners front and back and also without spinners but with a ball weight on the rear.
Next we have 3 pictures of early King Snipes. The first one is in the very early color: Green with White Ribs. Could be from the first year of King Snipe production.
We wish to thank Claude McMorris for all of these great examples of early Smithwick lures. Check out his other pictures under General at Claude McNorris
Chad Gilbert sent me the following pictures. Box stamped C-1084 from Championship Tackle. It appears to be a painted lip Balsa Jack in a shrink wrap box. The box is stamped P.O. Box 1205 which is the Smithwick P.O. Box. Apparently Smithwick was selling them under both brands, Championship Tackle and Smithwick. Chad, thanks for sharing.
Ray Wiggins came through again. His buddy, Dusty Manor found this fantastic Stud Duck Combo in Canton and passed it on to Ray. We can’t thank these two guys enough for sharing these pictures with us. It is almost as fresh as the day it left the factory in about 1949. It is in color number 7, Shiner.
What a way to start the new year. Thanks to Ray Wiggins we have 5 great new lures for you to enjoy!!
The lure pictured is a Top-N-Bottom Wanderer. It is 2 1/2″ long and in the color #106 Rainbow. It is shown on the 1948 chart. These are extremely rare. I never was able to add one of these to my collection when I had it. Just beautiful.
The lure pictured is a Horse Fly. This Horse Fly blank came out in 1985. It came in two sizes 2″ and 2 3/8″. I am just working with the picture so I do not know which size blank it is. But it is a “Weedless” version. I have never seen one of these and this weedless version is un-charted. It is in the color #28 Coach Dog, Black & White. Great find Ray.
I want to again thank Ray Wiggins for sharing these pictures for all Smithwick collectors to see and enjoy.
If you enjoy seeing pictures like this, please take a moment and send us pictures of Smithwick treasures you have tucked away in your collection.
The lure pictured was shared with us several years ago by Steve Barrow. It is a S-200 Devils Horse Sinker. This must have been a very limited production lure. It does not show up on any of the lure charts we have. It is the only one we have ever seen. It was produced sometime after 1963. Thank You Steve
The lure pictured is an uncatalogued Rooter. The lure uses the Devels Horse F-100 blank. It is stamped: DEVELS Horse Rooter. It was produced somewhere between 1956 and 1962. It was listed on Ebay. We want to thank Ray Wiggins – TX for sharing this picture with us.
SOLD on Ebay on for $51 – Somebody got a real deal on this one.
The picture is a Spin Lill lure. This lure was made by the Spin Lill Lure Co. in Shreveport LA. It is stamped: Spin Lill. It is in a color that looks a lot like the Smithwick Color #9, Perch. The eyes are similar to the Smithwick eyes except they are more round. It is a good Smithwick look-alike lure (Non-Smithwick). This picture was shared with us by Wayne Marquis. We really appreciate his contribution to helping expand this site.
The picture of the lure comes to us courtesy of an Ebay seller. He gave us permission to copy this picture. It is a A-1000 Devels Warhorse in the color: Yellow with White Ribs. It has the light hook hanger. It comes with a 1? 2 piece cardboard box. They started using the 1? box in about 1957 and changed the names from DEVELS to Devils in 1963. It was produced between 1957 and 1962. It is as clean as the day it left the factory floor.
SOLD on Ebay for $95
The picture of the lure comes to us courtesy of an Ebay seller. He gave us permission to copy this picture.
This is an F-200 DEVELS Horse with the heavy hook hangers. The hangers and the color tells us that this lure was made between 1953 and 1955. It is in the charted color: Yellow with Silver Ribs. This color is first seen on the chart from about 1953. The heavy hook hangers were only in use up to about 1955.
SOLD on Ebay for $65