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Arbogast Celebrates 75th Anniversary, Offers Collectors Tin Liz


Fishing-Fred Arbogast's lures are a part of sport fishing's living history. His timeless Fishing lure designs - such as the Jitterbug, Hula Popper, Hawaiian Wiggler and Tin Liz - have been tackle box staples for 75 years. While most anglers are quite familiar with the intrinsic value of an Arbogast Fishing lure, they may not realize Arbogast's classic designs now earn an entirely different value as highly coveted collectibles. Many of Arbogast's Fishing Lures original designs are worth hundreds of dollars.

"I have an extensive fishing lure collection on a mantle in my home in Hot Springs, Ark.," said Bobby Murray, two-time Bassmaster Classic champion. "I guarantee this Tin Liz will be sitting next to my prized Big 'O' collection. The Tin Liz is one of the forefathers of the artificial fishing lure."

The two-finned, glass eye Tin Liz is the hallmark of the Tin Liz series. This metal minnow, which was Arbogast's first commercially produced fishing lure, was created in 1928 and trademarked in 1932. Arbogast described it as "the most natural cripple ever made." His fishing friends thought so, too. Demand for the lure grew so quickly that he left his job at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio and started his own fishing lure company in 1930.

Arbogast Fishing Lure Company is celebrating its 75th Anniversary by offering an authentic replica of the Arbogast two-fin Tin Liz. This replica has been meticulously recreated from an original fishing lure found in the Arbogast archives. Today, such a lure in similar condition commands a high price from avid Arbogast collectors. This authentic replica, an ideal Christmas gift, will likely someday establish itself as a truly valuable collectable and is the perfect fishing lure to be the cornerstone of a new collector's Arbogast antique fishing lure collection.

Arbogast's Limited Edition Tin Liz Fishing Lure is available in two original colors, Red Head and Perch, for $29.99 at Cabela's stores or catalog. (800-237-4444/


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