April showers bring May flowers.
And with it, every color under the rainbow….
Speaking of rainbows and colors….
It was sometime this late winter when I was going through my “lure closet” and doing some early Spring cleaning, when I came across a group of fishing lures that were tucked away quite some time ago. These were called “Rainbo-Wigglers” and I had bought several from one person some time back, but added very few to the collection since then. I was going to color collect these lures, but found out these did not show up for sale very often.
I thought it would be a good time to pass this tackle on to someone else. I looked at my list of lure collector contacts, and found a person on the list looking for Rainbo-Wigglers. I sent him an email and I was quoted a possible value. I was hoping for more, but I knew prices were down, yet I still wanted to get rid of them.
Then, the Northwest Sportshow comes along…and I decide to put the Rainbo lures is a small case and display them. I thought it would be the one and only time that I would display these as my lures.
At the show, the small case drew a lot of attention. The lures were bright and colorful and people were surprised they were not brand new fishing lures. Even though a small case, it was one of the hottest items I had displayed at the show. Then, the lures fate were sealed when my niece, Emily, who was helping me in my show booth says “Don’t sell those lures, I would like to have them someday”. How could I sell them now?
After the show, I contacted the possible buyer before an offer was made on the lures. “Sorry,” I said, “The lures are no longer for sale.” I am sure he understood.
This lure is made up of two pieces of Lucite plastic glued together with a thin strip of color in the middle. The color is then reflected over the whole lure to give is a surprisingly striking color. The Wiggler came out in 1949, but it never caught on and the lure was short-lived and were never produced in mass quantities.
This small collection of Rainbo-Wigglers has found a home in my collection and now they will be properly displayed. Who knows, maybe I will even add to them someday. Emily would probably like that….