Heddon was already arguably the most prosperous lure company when the Vampire was brought to the product line in late 1920. They had fabricated a few “Roundnose Vamps” in early 1920 but never proposed them as a product. They must have sent out several “trial” baits to try out the market in different colors judging from the amount of uncataloged colors found on Vampires. When the line was presented it was offered in five colors. The name was permanently modified to Vamp in early 1922 and the front hook was moved somewhat back at the same time.
Heddon added catalog colors as the years passed by and as well offered to paint any color the customer desired if the order was big enough. This led to a wide variety of non-production colors found in collections nowadays. Most were colors which were being offered as classic for other model baits such as the Frog Scale/Red Head on the Lucky 13 but a few were unique colors not offered as a catalog item for some bait such as Yellow/Black Stripe or “Bumble Bee” and the Blue Eye and Tail.
Most of the very uncommon colors are found on the L-rigged Vamps of the free-wheeling twenties. When the depression appeared in the thirties, Heddon was pressured to stay more to their “bread and butter” catalog colors so less uncommon colors are seen with thirties hardware. In the late thirties Heddon modified their painting procedure and the hue of most of their classic colors. World War II brought a temporary stop to the production of baits at Heddon and an end to glass eyes on Vamps. These pages don’t normally include lures built after WWII.
Examples of most of the classic colors as well as the special, uncommon colors are exposed on the pages that follow. For a more complete history of the Heddon Vampire and Vamp lures and the assorted hardware configurations lures go to Floyd Roberts first-class essay.
Earnest F.Pflueger sent in his patent application in February 13, 1883 and the following years he developed and sold fishing lures all over the world. Not only pflueger lures but also reels, lines and rods.
His ancestors are from Germany but their business was established in Ohio. His business became the worlds biggest and his design influenced the fishing lure industry for many generations. His fishing lures consisted of either solid metal,hard rubber and crystals. In the beginning he was making tin ornaments for horses, but later he began making fishing lures with different metal plates.
The first lures had a shape of a small fish with rotating blades in front and back. Two treble hooks were attached on each side, right behind the “head” and one treble hook on the rear.
He also made a shorter and thicker pflueger lures with only one rotating blade in front and with two treble hooks. One right under the head and one in the back with colorful threads. It was called Floating Monarch Minnow.
He made an interesting lure called Maybug which was shaped like a libelle, with two sets of wings and a long and striped body. Not sure how this was going in the water but it seems that it is rotating. Even legs were put on. A single treble hooks in the back.
Pflueger even made spinners with decorated blades. The features should imitate fish shells and the body was just a thin pipe.
Frogs were imitated and many other odd fishing lures like the Wizard Wiggler were also created. Maybe its movement was similar to todays crankbaits or wobblers. Collecting pflueger lures is very interesting because its wide range and extremely high quality of lures.