Vaughn's Lure

Vaughn's Lure

Vaughn's Tackle Company - Cheboygan, Michigan

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Vaughn's Lure Examples

This wooden body lure was manufactured in the early 1940's by Vaughn's Tackle Company of Cheboygan, Michigan, and has a rotating head with three flutes of varying colors. The head rotates on a shaft which is screwed into the body. A small washer separates the rotating head and body. The hook hangers are simply small eye hooks which are also screwed into the body. The lure is depicted in Carl F. Luckey's book, Old Fishing Lures and Tackle (No. 4) as well as Karl White's Fishing Tackle Antiques and Collectibles (11/1995 edition). The colors listed below were cited or illustrated in both books. The wooden body measures 3 1/2" with another 1/4" tacked on for the nose loop. The two pictures illustrate all three flute colors when the head is turned. The value range for this lure runs from $90 to $200. (Additional note:  these price estimates are from the original 1996 article.)

 Vaughn Lure Box

Vaughn Lure Box

The box for the Vaughn lure was fairly simple with printed words and no graphics. These boxes are very scarce and seldom seen and can double the value of the lure if it's in the correct box.

Vaughn's Lure Box Paperwork

Vaughn's Lure Box Paperwork

As rare as the box and maybe even rarer is the box paper. This is the only known record of a list of advertised colors the lure came in.

Known Colors

Green body, red-yellow-white flutes
Yellow body, red-green-flutes
Yellow body, white-blue-red flutes
Black body, green-orange-white flutes
Black body, white-yellow-green flutes
Red body, yellow-white-blue flutes
Red body, white-blue-orange flutes
White body, black-green-red flutes
Orange body, white-blue-red flutes
Metallic gray body, white-yellow-red flutes


Author's Note: An extensive article on Vaughn's Lure was published after this Lure Lore in the NFLCC Gazette, June, 1998 (Vol. 23, #77) entitled Vaughn's Lure by Kelly Girard.


My Bait Shop Updates:

Since this original Lure Lore was first published in 1996 we know quite a bit more about this company and lure.  A lot of this can be attributed to Kelly Girard's extensive article in the 1998 NFLCC Gazette on "Vaughn's Lure" as well as additional research of Robert Slade in his Encylodpedia of Old Fishing Lures Made in North America Volumes.  Here are some additional facts about the company and their baits:

  • Ray Vaughn started the Vaughn Tackle Company in 1946 in Cheboygan, Michigan.
  • He applied for two patents on April 19, 1946.  One for the Vaughn lure and the second for a variation with a Globe type propeller.  That second version would never be put into production.
  • In January 1948 Ray Vaughn and his family moved back to lower Michigan ending production of the Vaughn Tackle Company.
  • In September 1948 Patent No. 151,106 (Vaughn Lure) and Patent No. 151,107 (Globe propeller type) were issued.
  • There was a 1946 largest pike and largest bass contest caught on a Vaughn lure.
  • There are four different box variations.  Two for 1946 and two for 1947.  Box variations are shown below.

Vaughn's Lure Box Style 1

    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 1:  1946  Long Skinny Box, Plain


    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 2

    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 2:  1946 Normal Size, Plain


    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 3

    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 3:  1947 Picture Box


    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 4

    Vaughn's Lure Box Style 4:  1947 Henry Lewis Box (Rare)


    Below are some additional images some Vaughn lures and their boxes (thanks to Langs Auction for use of the images). 

    Vaughn's Lure and Box


    Vaughn's Lure and Box


    Vaughn's Lure and Box



    If anybody has additional information or paperwork such as early advertisements they would share it would be greatly appreciated.



    Test Your Knowledge:  Vaughn's Lures FAQ's:

    Where were the Vaughn's fishing lures made?
    The Vaughn's Lures were made in Cheboygan, Michigan by the Vaughn Tackle Company from 1946-1947.

    How many different styles of boxes did the Vaughn's Lures come in?
    Despite being made for only two years there are four known different models of boxes.  The rarest is the Henry J. Lewis & Co. Canadian Distributor box. 

    Where can I find more information on the Vaughn's Lures?
    You can find more information on our website My Bait Shop where we have a full page dedicated to Vaughn's Lures.

    Related Articles / Pages:

    Lure Lore:  More great Lure Lore articles on My Bait Shop featuring in depth lure reviews and historical data.  An ever-growing section started in 1997 and continued on today at My Bait Shop.

    Lures For Sale:  See what we have in stock at My Bait Shop for vintage lures.  Our ever changing inventory makes this worth repeat visits.

    Unknown Lure

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    The lure pictured above is believed to have been made in the 1950's or 1960's based upon the type of hooks on the lure. It is made of light wood - there are no markings on the prop or the lure of any type. It is torpedo shaped, measuring approximately 1 1/4" in diameter and 4 1/2" long. The pictures are of the top and bottom of the lure.

    Identification Status to Date: Unknown


    If you have any further information on any of the items displayed on this page which you'd like to share, please send your comments to me and I'll update the page accordingly. Contributions of interesting items and/or unknowns are encouraged.

    (Originally Published on on October 20, 1996 - Vol. 1, No. 1)
    Moved to My Bait Shop in 2020 and updated as applicable

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