Great piece by Ron Judd in last Sunday’s Pacific section of the Seattle Times — a big article that details legendary Northwest lure makers, the industry’s consolidation, and the multigenerational battle between the wits of anglers and the pea-sized brains of our quarry, salmon.
Judd takes us back to the Great Depression when men by the names of Davis, Knight, Worden and Jensen were bending thin sheets of metal in their chicken coops, and brings us forward to today when much of that local production has moved offshore.
Not all of it has — the Morrisons still make their hoochies, plugs and other Silver Horde hardware up in Lynnwood while Dick Figgins defiantly tinkers in his shop out in Machias.
Dick Figgins, who purchased the Dick Nite company from his parents in 2003, says he has been approached by Chinese factory reps who say they can make him a carbon-copy Dick Nite spoon for about 28 cents apiece. His own manufacturing cost today: $1.50. He competes by constantly cutting costs — and putting out a higher-quality product.
Knew there was more to why I liked Dick Nites than the fact they flat out work.
Lots of good photos and good storytelling with the rest of the piece here.