Louis Rhead Hand-Made Nature Fishing Lures

Louis Rhead Hand-Made Nature Fishing Lures

Louis Rhead, Brooklyn, NY

Louis Rhead made for collectors what could be arguably called some of the most interesting fishing lures in the late 1910's and early 1920's. He was an Artist and an Entomologist and endeavored to use both talents and his knowledge in his fishing lure designs. His advertisements always highlighted that his lures were hand-made and imitated nature. His designs varied from classic flies to common insects to frogs and minnows. The earliest Nature Lures were all made and painted by him. The Nature Flies were made for him by Wm. Mills & Son. They were the exclusive agent for the flies and had them tied in England. Details about his lure designs can be seen in his book "Fisherman's Lures and Game Fish Food" published in 1920.

Louis Rhead was born in England in 1858 and learned the art of painting English pottery. He also studied art in Paris. Rhead came to America in 1888 and was a poster and book Illustrator in New York. In the early 1900's he became interested in angling art. He was the author of books on fishing techniques and natural lures. Rhead was a regular fishing contributor in the Forest and Stream magazine during the same period he was selling his lures. His earliest lure advertisements can be seen in the 1915 Forest and Stream Magazines. He died in 1926.




1920 Picture of Louis Rhead


WAGA-WAGA and DARTERS


RHEAD FROGS


RHEAD GOLDEN CHUBS


RHEAD FEATHER MINNOWS and HELGRAMITES


RHEAD GOLD TERRORS AND SHINY DEVILS


RHEAD INSECTS


RHEAD EEL, STONE CAT, SCULPIN, MUDDLER and BULLHEAD


RHEAD CRAWFISH

Lures in the above Photos are from The Bill Stuart Collection


Pages from LOUIS RHEAD's 1920 Book "Fisherman's Lures and Game-Fish Food"

Pages from LOUIS RHEAD's 1920 Book "Fisherman's Lures and Game-Fish Food"


LOUIS RHEAD 1915 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads

LOUIS RHEAD 1915 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads


LOUIS RHEAD 1917 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads

LOUIS RHEAD 1917 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ads


LOUIS RHEAD 1918 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ad


LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1920 "William Mills & Son" Magazine Ads

LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1920 "William Mills & Son" Magazine Ads


LOUIS RHEAD 1922 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ad


LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1922 "William Mills & Son" Catalog Pages

LOUIS RHEAD Lures in 1922 "William Mills & Son" Catalog Pages


LOUIS RHEAD 1916 Letter to Outdoor Writer and Author Horace Kephart

LOUIS RHEAD 1916 Letter to Outdoor Writer and Author Horace Kephart



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