Millsite Fishing Tackle: A History & Collector's Guide
Including the History of the Beetle Bug and Lur-All Bait Companies
Stephen L. Lumpkin
Softcover, 160 pages, 8.5" x 11", Full Color throughout
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is a comprehensive and well written history of the Millsite Steel & Wire Works and the Millsite Tackle Company, both fishing tackle makers in the city of Howell, Michigan. In Part One of this definitive history, the author takes you from the times of the early settlement of Livingston County, Michigan in 1833 to the closing of the factory in 1976. Each chapter is a chronological walk through time and includes many informative advertisements, catalog pages, patent drawings, and photographs. The book also includes histories of the Beetle Bug Bait Company (1934-1936) and the Lur-All Tackle & Mfg. Co. (1946-1953), both from Michigan.
Mr. Lumpkin’s thorough research of these companies has provided the reader with an excellent background of not only their products but who was involved with development, many details of the aspects of production and the intricacies of running a tackle business. Stories in the book tell us about Millsites impact on other fishing tackle manufacturers (including the whole story of the James Heddon’s Sons law suit), the early use and failure of plastics in fishing tackle, and how the natural environment played such an important role on the eventual demise of the company.
Part Two is primarily a collector’s guide and includes stunning photographs of all of the products manufactured and sold by the four tackle makers. Chapter XIV in this section is a comprehensive value guide for the collector that determines a specific “level of scarcity” for each item. Chapter XV is an excellent presentation of various collections. The vast majority of the items pictured in this book are from Mr. Lumpkin’s private collection and show the commitment he has made to preserving a part of fishing tackle history. Finally, to make the book complete, the reader will find excellent charts for referencing the production dates of each of the 60+ artificial lures, and other fishing paraphernalia they manufactured and sold.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK
"Millsite Fishing Tackle is an engrossing and well-researched look at Millsite’s long history...Steve Lumpkin’s 160-page softcover book offers a detailed look at this Howell, Michigan manufacturer and brings Millsite’s story to life. It is a 'must read-must have' book for tackle collectors and for readers of Michigan history."
-- Terry McBurney, Woods-N-Waters News (January 2010)
"The book is awesome and tells the full story. Great job by all."
-- Robert Word, grandson of the Owner of Millsite Tackle
Steve did a great job on this one! Wonderful book and story. Who doesn't like a Rattlebug? Great job Whitefish Press!
-- Colby Sorrels, Author, The Fly Fisher's Guide to the Texas Coast