After browsing some vintage lure and collectors websites, I once again came across this tiny little topwater plug originally invented by Fred Arbogast. Developed and refined in the basement workshop of his home in 1937, the Jitterbug is one of of the few vintage topwater lures that is still available today.
His double cupped lip, that is producing the characteristic and irresistible rhythmic, surface-busting sound is still inspiration for a lot of Japan’s most prolific lure designers and it’s quite interesting to see how the successful concept of the Jitterbug is constantly getting refined and improved.
If you like to read more about the history of handmade lures and the connecting link between American collectors and todays vibrant topwater scene in Japan, I recommend browsing through the following links. They are providing fascinating insights into the early days of American lure design and manufacturing and are proving once again, that traditional concepts are still remaining valid and fascinating even today.
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