Just when you think you've seen just about everything possible. . .
Here's one from the Creek Chub Bait Co., dating the early 1960s.
From Krause Publishing, Old Fishing Lures & Tackle,
a very well done book with identification and value guide for
collectors (or sellers) just one of thousands of very neat oldies.
Quoting from page 401:
"At last! The Fly Fisherman who delights in
using Bass Lures on a fly rod has something which is new, unique
and best of all practical for use with a Fly Rod.
So many of the hair bodied lures now on the market strain a rod because
they are hard to lift from the water and harder still to cast owing
to the fact that they carry a heavy weight of water in their hair
bodies and wings.
It has remained for Creek Chub to produce this latest innovation in
Bass Bugs - a cork bodied insect with a surface covering which
looks and feels just like the body of a moth or butterfly. It
floats high in the water, making it easy to retrieve without
straining the rod. The wings are formed from a soft yet moderately
stiff hair and are almost paper thin. Hence, the water drops
from them instantly the fly leaves the surface. There is no sodden
mass of watersoaked hair to strain the tackle in the lift or cast.
The flat rather stiff wings have an aeroplane effect which causes
the lure to sail through the air like a live insect. The streamer
tail of a few strands of hair adds to its life-like appearance and
the hook being almost centrally located places it in the most
advantageous position to hook the striking fish.
The Hum-Bird comes in eight popular and effective color combinations
as shown below, the price being $0.50 each."
Just in case you can't wait to try and duplicate this one, the color
F-300 Wing: Red, Body: Red, Tail: Red
Credits: Quoted text and color photo from
Old Fishing Lures & Tackle, by Carl F. Luckey, published by Krause
F-301 Wing: White, Body: White, Tail: White
F-302 Wing: Red & Yellow, Body: Yellow, Tail: Yellow (shown above)
F-303 Wing: Green & White, Body: White, Tail: White
F-304 Wing: Red & White, Body: Red, Tail: White
F-305 Wing: Green & Yellow, Body: Green, Tail: Yellow
F-306 Wing: Black & Yellow, Body: Black, Tail: Black
F-307 Wing: Black & White, Body: Green, Tail: Black