About

Andy Reekers is the grandfather I never knew. He died before I was old enough to remember him.

Many of you probably know him for the Andy Reekers fishing lure he invented and manufactured. In many ways that is pretty much what I know him for as well.

I created this web site because I like creating web sites and because I thought it would be a fun way to learn about a man who is a mystery to me as well as to share what I learn about him with the world.

I know Andy Reekers was a tinsmith who was talented at building things out of metal. I remember when I was a child we had a hammered copper box which my grandfather had made.

I also know he was an avid fisherman who used his skills to make some of the best fishing lures in the country. His vintage lures are collectors items that are cherished by people who collect fishing tackle.

My father, his son-in-law, portrayed my grandfather as a perfectionist who spent many hours testing his lures before he patented and sold them. Considering the many people who still cherish his lures, he must have been pretty good at what he did.

If you know anything about Andy Reekers or his lures please pass it along. I am eager to learn what you know and share it with the world.

Thanks.

Gary Olson

17 Responses to About

  1. Joe Carrillo says:

    I got some Andy Reeker # 5 lures from a neighbor who got them from his father who had recently passed away. I wasn’t aware that they were vintage lures and thought nothing of using one the other day when I heard that silver and copper were a good combination to use when the salmon are feeding on krill. The salmon we have been catching lately have been feeding exclusively on krill. The lure got bit repeatedly and ended up catching the largest fish of the day. The fish weighed in at 18.5# gilled and gutted. It wasn’t until later that I looked closely at the spoon and saw “Andy Reeker” stamped on it. An Internet search lead me here. The fish I caught were in Avila “Port San Luis,” CA. I have pictures of the fish if you would like to see them.
    Joe Carrillo

  2. Gary says:

    Joe,

    The vintage Andy Reekers lures aren’t collectable unless they are in the original packaging. Even then they aren’t real valuable. What seems to make the vintage Andy Reekers lures valuable, as opposed to the newer ones under the Grizzly label, is that they really catch fish.

    I’d love to see a picture of your fish. I’ll post it on the Tackle Talk section of this web site along with your post.

    Thanks.

    Gary

    • Bob Scarber says:

      My dad worked for the BIA and once we lived at Klamath Agency from 1947-1950. We fished Klamath Lake a lot in early spring and caught many large rainbow. Later when the algea bloomed the fish were not edible. We fished the Williamson with Polly Rosborough. He taught me to tie flies and trap muskrats out of Agency marsh (no longer exists). My first large trout was on a new design by Polly and on my first cast to a rising trout and it weighed just over 6#. One day while fishing about 50 yards offshore South of Modoc Point and trolling an Andy Reeker I hooked a huge fish. We had a five horse motor and the strike literally stopped the boat. My brother cut the engine and I played the fish for a long period of time. It never came to the surface until finally it made a run under the boat and broke off. My brother saw the tail for a moment and said it was by far the widest tail he had ever seen. We have no idea of it’s size. My brother, Gene Scarber caught a 36 in. spawned out raibow in Crooked Creek where the creek comes next to the highway North of the Agency. It weighed over 11 pounds and was estimated by OF&G to possibly have been 18 pounds prior to spawning. It won the July competition for trout and steelhead from Alaska to San Francisco for that month…probably 1949. Have some pictures if you would like a copy. Bob Scarber (Just turned 80).

  3. Russ says:

    Hello. I was doing a quick search on Andy Reekers and found this website. If its still active, let me know. I have copies of letter correspondence from Andy dating back to the 1930s and a catalog page. I’d be happy to send you copies. It will help you unstand your grandpa. Russ

  4. Dennis W. Nickell says:

    I ran a charter service on Lake Michigan back in the 70’s. I averaged around 600 hours a season out on the water and can never recall anytime that I did not have a least one Andy Reeker trolling behind the boat. A quality made lure that was a tremendous producer. I would always run a tiny fluorescent red Reeker right on the surface about 100 feet behind the boat. Can’t begin to tell you how many Steelhead I caught on that bait. Now that I am retired and return to Lake Michigan as much as I can to fish, would do just about anything to find some Reekers again. Truly one of the finest designed and made baits anywhere.

  5. Katelyn Malone says:

    My husband recently purchased some dodgers and they are in the original packaging. They are grizzlys. Are any of them collectable or just great to use?

  6. John cassidy says:

    Proud to have a few of these spoons I have one with a Pat. date of Oct16-23 and than a Silver Special. Nice to know a little about them.
    John Cassidy
    San Diego
    Rod and Reel radio

    • admin says:

      Thanks for posting, John. Nice to know you’re proud of your Andy Reekers. Sounds like you have a radio program to be proud of as well.

  7. R.G. Martin says:

    Have used the Andy Reeker for Steelheads in Michigan lakes with great success. Long trolled with light line. When hooked the fish jumps clear of the water as we only ran the lure just below the surface. Quite a spectacular show.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the comment. Interestingly, Andy developed and manufactured his lure during the years he lived in Oregon, but prior to coming to Oregon he lived in Michigan.

  8. Johnny Two Bellies of Big Sur says:

    I have a couple of Andy Reekers that I aquired somewhere through the years, and dug them up recently to try them out trolling for Salmon in Monterey Bay. I used some low abrasive metal polish on them and got them shining almost like new. I think I’m just going to use them, although I wonder if I should frame them instead, and hang them on the wall? They are truly beautiful. Makes me want to start a collection! I wonder if your grandfather had any idea that he would gather such a following for his spoons? Must have been a cool guy to want to perfect his ideas. Thanks for this web page.

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much for posting and especially your comment about the beauty of the spoons. Grandpa Reekers would indeed be amazed at the comments people are posting so many decades after he invented them.

  9. eric middleton says:

    Came across a small bag of old and weathered salmon trolling gear at a second hand store today, mostly flashers and dodgers but there was a single, all silver Andy Reekers #5 in the lot.
    Hoping it will clean up well. Any advice on methods or materials to restore the finish?
    Finish appears solid, just old and weathered. Thinking about trolling it on an upcoming trip to lake Tahoe if i can get it to shine up again!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for sharing your find! Lots of info on the web about how to clean and polish old fishing tackle. Take your pick.

  10. Toothpaste cleansing is effective and mild for these type of lures.

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