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Old Style Peck Poppers


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#16 tidewaterfly

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:29 AM

Bob,  In 1952 Pecks son was running the business, so even by then some of the original designs may not have been the same as fishing trends changed. Kirk may know more about this, but Tony Accardo (Accardo & Peckinpaugh) bought Pecks business or the rights to the name in 1980 & produced versions of Pecks Poppers for many years.

 

Here's a good article I've found to be very interesting about E.H. Peckinpaugh & his poppers. 

http://www.warmwater...assicpopper.htm



#17 Kirk Dietrich

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:05 AM

Tide, you're right and I don't really know anything about the purchase by Accardo.

 

Sad thing is Accardo died and his son had thrown away a good amount of his stuff to do with the business.

 

At a sporting goods show years ago, Mr Accardo brought this big ole binder, the kind with the screw post on the binding edge. It was full of all sorts of patent submissions and approvals - really great stuff. My friend asked him if he talked to the fly fishing museum about the book - Accardo then asked if we thought they would give him a good price for it...we told him they take donations so I doubt it ever made it to the museum.


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#18 ditz2

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:21 AM

Thanks for the article Tidewater......I always enjoy reading some fly history..

 

The article indicated that small poppers for small waters. I once saw a 7# LMB caught in a farm pond in IN on a 1/4 oz Creek Chub Plunker which is a popper that is larger than most large poppers sold for bass. A 7# bass in IN is huge BTY.

 

I do have one critique on your poppers Kirk. They ain't Yaller!  :)



#19 ditz2

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:41 AM

Does anyone know if there was ever a catalogue for the vast selection of poppers Peck offered?



#20 tidewaterfly

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 11:45 AM

Kirk, that is very sad indeed! I've said before on here, I met Tony Accardo many years ago at a Fly Tackle Dealer show in Boston. There was a dinner one night & my wife & I had the pleasure of sitting next to him. Interesting fellow & a very nice gentleman!

He told a story that he started his business with $100, as that was all the money he had at the time. 

 

I guess his son didn't appreciate what his father had built! Such a shame! sad.png

 

Ditz, that article indicated there was, but it's likely you would pay a huge price if you could find one today. I would imagine collectors would want them. 



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 01:47 PM

Accardo then asked if we thought they would give him a good price for it...we told him they take donations so I doubt it ever made it to the museum.

Too bad there was no E-bay then ... bidding might have gone high.  It definitely would today!


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#22 Kirk Dietrich

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 03:07 PM

I don't know if that patent book was something his son threw out or not.

 

Ditz, they have yaller eyes. As soon as I've fished these and find out what tweaks need to be made, I'll probably do some yellow faced ones and all yellow.

 

Yeah Tide, he was a nice fellow. I think he may have even started before he started a company kind of like most of us; pretty sure he told us he was making bugs in school (college probably but maybe not) and selling them for some pocket money.

Did you know about him buying the cork factory in Spain so he wouldn't have a middle man between him and the bark on the cork trees?


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#23 tidewaterfly

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 03:25 PM

 

 

Did you know about him buying the cork factory in Spain so he wouldn't have a middle man between him and the bark on the cork trees?

 

He could have very well mentioned it, but he did a lot of talking that night & that was back in 1989, and my memory isn't all that great these days. 

 

I also met Tom Eggler during that show. Tom owned the Gaines Company. He was another very nice man & like Tony Accardo had a lot of great fishing tackle ideas.

 

It's unfortunate IMO, that there doesn't seem to be as many folks around these days like those guys. Both men probably did well with their respective businesses, but it's likely they could have invested in a different type of business that was more lucrative. It was evident to me that both really enjoyed the businesses they were in & this sport, so it was not entirely about money.  Perhaps Tony's family didn't have the same interest in producing such items as he did. That too IMO is quite sad.



#24 Big Fly Bob

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:15 PM

Thanks Kirk, mine were a little more modern than that. Here's the only ones I have left. They are in different levels od deterioration.

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#25 Kirk Dietrich

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:32 PM

Bob, those are still pretty old. My guess is certainly pre-Accordo buy-out. The one on the bottom has a large hook eye and the forged hook bend look like an old hand made Gelic Supreme hook.


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:21 AM

 

 

 

Did you know about him buying the cork factory in Spain so he wouldn't have a middle man between him and the bark on the cork trees?

 

He could have very well mentioned it, but he did a lot of talking that night & that was back in 1989, and my memory isn't all that great these days. 

 

I also met Tom Eggler during that show. Tom owned the Gaines Company. He was another very nice man & like Tony Accardo had a lot of great fishing tackle ideas.

 

It's unfortunate IMO, that there doesn't seem to be as many folks around these days like those guys. Both men probably did well with their respective businesses, but it's likely they could have invested in a different type of business that was more lucrative. It was evident to me that both really enjoyed the businesses they were in & this sport, so it was not entirely about money.  Perhaps Tony's family didn't have the same interest in producing such items as he did. That too IMO is quite sad.

 

 

When he spoke to the Red Stick Fly Fishers at one of our monthly meetings several years before he died, Mr. Tony claimed he had a half interest in the production of a cork plantation.

 

Based on what has been in the local papers and information I have from the dentist I share with the Accardo family, Accardo was having profitability issues prior to Mr. Tony's passing(foreign competition?).  The family couldn't agree on what to do with their cottage industry business.  Some of the last poppers from the company had these horrible silicon skirts behind the popper body.

 

It ended up going to court and was put up for sale.  The only assets the business apparently had were the rights to the designs and names of the poppers and other flies the company sold and the then existing inventory of materials some of these were/are in the possession of the individuals who tied for Accardo out of their homes and since been passed on to other tiers.  I know people who would love to get their hands on more of the Miss Prissy.  I have a fondness for the fly myself.  It was making imitations of Miss Prissy in smaller sizes than Accardo produced which first began my interest in making poppers.



#27 Kirk Dietrich

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 09:11 AM

Ron, thanks for the input! Much more accurate that what my guesses have been.


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Posted 14 March 2015 - 05:58 PM

I got these from a guy I used to work with.  Not sure how old they are, but they're wrapped in cellophane.  There was a small Accardo popper with them.  Bream tore it up.

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#29 Kirk Dietrich

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 07:08 PM

Hey Kirk,

Those are from after Tony Accardo bought out Peck's. See the address in the packaging? Baton Rouge, LA.

 

Here is one of a few that I got off of ebay last year. Notice the address.

Peck%20Popper%20Grey%20Ghost-1-1_zpshpts


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#30 Big Fly Bob

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Posted 14 March 2015 - 09:31 PM

Speaking of old poppers. This is one given to me by a friend several years ago. It is certainly of that style of poppers in the Peck era. Does any one happen to know what make it is?

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