How to Display Old Fishing Lures

How to Display Old Fishing LuresFishing lures have come a long way with time. Fishing has been a means for survival throughout history, and the techniques, materials used and laws around it have changed a lot. Antique lures go back more than a century, and many are still being found by hunters and fishermen in the wild today. Others are sold within the antique lure trade, which give information about the manufacturer and the times as well. Old lure displays create a conversation piece and pride in the sport of fishing for all who view them.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Display case or display stands
  • Hook protectors
  • Labels
  • Calligraphy pen
Step 1
Place hook protectors over all hooks. This will allow you to easily handle your lures as you prepare to display them, and it will keep others safe if you choose to display them in a way that they could be touched.
Step 2
Set out your lures on a table. Decide whether they are worth displaying all at once, or if you will rotate your display periodically. Displaying about ten lures at a time is ideal. Move them around to help you decide which ones look best together. Place them in groups according to size, color, type of bait or age. Another option is to create a mix that shows the diversity of your collection.
Step 3
Place one grouping of your collection into your display case, or on individual stands. Space each lure equally from one another.
Step 4
Write on a label as neatly as possible the name of the lure, the name of the company and the date it was made. Place each label next to or under its corresponding lure.
Step 5
Place your display somewhere that it can be admired. This may be in your home on a mantle or in a game room on the wall. It could also be at a local bait and tackle store or yacht club.

Tips & Warnings

If your handwriting is not nice enough to display, get printable labels and create them using the computer.
You can get different colored labels, or print with a background color that matches the display case to make labels less obtrusive than bright white ones.
If you have the original lure boxes, these look nice displayed under lure stands, and labels will be unnecessary.
If you choose not to use hook protectors, there is a risk of infection or tetanus if someone is pricked. Also, barbed hooks are difficult to remove from skin.
If you choose to use individual lure stands, they will be less protected than in a case. Keep them out of reach of children.

Article Written By EmilyTrudeau

Emily Trudeau has been writing all her life. She has recently been working on a blog about gourmet outdoor cooking called Dirty Gourmet. She majored in biology and philosophy at Florida State University, and loved writing with both scientific and logical focus.

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