James Heddon & Son's.
James Heddon, originally a beekeeper, the legend has it that James Heddon while waiting for his friend was carving on a stick of wood. When his friend had arrived, James threw the carved plug sized stick of wood off into the water. When the stick hit the water, James observed a huge bass burst up & hit the stick. That’s the moment when the light went on and the idea for a new fishing lure was inspired. A year later, James created the Dowagiac Casting lure, a topwater bait design and the beekeeper's first official lure. The Heddon Company was established in 1902, & James Heddon carving his fish catching lures by hand at his kitchen table. The company signed a deal with a Canadian sales supply company in 1910 & added a factory in Dowagiac, Michigan. Unfortunately, James Heddon died in 1911, however his sons, Will and Charles, were inspired to continue the fishing equipment business & led it to become an industry leading giant. The company kept growing and by 1950, the company was producing more than 11,000 units a day. By this time, Heddon also produced reels, rods & other general fishing equipment. The first officially marketed lure by the Heddon Company the famous Dowagiac Casting Bait. Known by the nickname Slope-nose because of the lures blue slanted nose. The lure features a white body and two hooks, & anglers will find this classic lure is still a deadly lure. The Heddon Company continued producing their popular Dowagiac Minnow into the 1950s. In 1955, Will & Charles Heddon sold the company to the Murchinson family, this due to tough competition by several other companies along with a desire to leave the industry while their company still had value. The Heddon Company was purchased by several other owners, before it ended up part of EBSCO. A vintage fishing lure collection can not be complete without several old Heddon lures in it. With timeless style, legend & quality, Heddon fishing lures are a must in any collection. We have one of the best River Runt Spook collections in Alberta.