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Ray with one of his favorite lures made by the C.W. Lane Manufacturing Company in Madrid, NY. Photo: Todd Moe
Ray with one of his favorite lures made by the C.W. Lane Manufacturing Company in Madrid, NY. Photo: Todd Moe

In Canton, North Country-made antique fishing lures on display

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Just in time for fishing season, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York is celebrating the art of antique hand-made fishing lures. In the 19th and early 20th century, anglers were able to purchase lures manufactured in small shops in communities from Old Forge to Lake Clear to Clayton.

Norwood collector Ray Bartholomew grew up fishing in Jefferson County and has been collecting old-time fishing tackle for more than 30 years. Some of his favorites will be on display at TAUNY in Canton starting this Saturday. Todd Moe spoke with Bartholomew about his passion for antique fishing equipment and research into some of the North Country's finest lure artisans.

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Among Ray Bartholomew's favorite antique lures are these wagtail minnows, with hinged tailfins, made by the C.W. Lane Company in Madrid, NY in the late 19th century. Photo: Todd Moe
Among Ray Bartholomew's favorite antique lures are these wagtail minnows, with hinged tailfins, made by the C.W. Lane Company in Madrid, NY in the late 19th century. Photo: Todd Moe

Ray's collection includes more than 800 antique lures, spoons, spinners and flies made of brass, wood, cork, deer hair, feathers and even glass. Photo: Todd Moe
Ray's collection includes more than 800 antique lures, spoons, spinners and flies made of brass, wood, cork, deer hair, feathers and even glass. Photo: Todd Moe

This unique glass minnow tube lure was made in 1883 by a company in Natural Bridge. The minnow lived in the glass tube while being used as bait. Photo: Todd Moe
This unique glass minnow tube lure was made in 1883 by a company in Natural Bridge. The minnow lived in the glass tube while being used as bait. Photo: Todd Moe

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