This week in our vintage tackle contest we have an interesting example of how tackle evolves. This chest-mount fly box certainly didn’t stand the test of time, as you don’t see them around anymore. However, the concept wasn’t bad…perhaps metal was too bulky and uncomfortable, but nowadays I see more cloth chest packs on the rivers than trout vests. Ben Minchhoff sent in this photo, and he wrote:
I got this chest-mount metal fly box from my father and I believe he received it as a gift. It was purchased in western Pennsylvania. It has no brand name, but it has two levels with dividers and a third level with streamer felt and a leader wallet.
Ben, your entry got some serious special treatment from Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog. You know a guy loves investigating vintage tackle when he takes time out of a muskie trip to hunt down a patent number! Dr. Todd says:
“I really thought you stumped me, Ben, especially since I am up in northern Wisconsin muskie fishing and don’t have access to my research files. Feeling that a neat box like this just had to be patented, I took a trip to town and searched the patent office. Bingo! Your box is a “Buoyant Portable Tackle Box” invented by Glenn H. Lindaman of Wescoeville, Pennsylvania, in 1978 (patent #4,208,826). It’s a waterproof, floating tackle box designed to be worn strapped to the torso. I’m not sure who would strap an entire tackle box to their chest, but regardless, it’s a superb box and very interesting. I believe it’s worth $75-$100. To see a picture of the patent papers, click here.”
Excellent find, Ben. I’d say that’s a nice piece for the shelf. Thanks for sending, and enjoy the new Cabela’s 50th Anniversary Trout Net headed your way.
If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a limited edition Cabela’s 50th Anniversary Trout Net (above, $90).