US RE14377 E
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E. L. COX- ARTIFICIAL BAIT.
APPLICATION FILED nc.22.1915.
Reissued 0015.16, 191". v 1 14,377.
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UNITED. STATES PATENT oFFIoE.
EDWABD-LAFAYETTE COX, OF'DENVER, COLORADO, ASSIGNOR TO THE .WI-IITNEY SPORTING GOODS COMPANY, A CORPORATION OF COLORADO.
v ARTIFICIAL BAIT.
Specification of Reis sued Letters Patent. Rejs sued Oct 16, ,1917,
OriginalNo. 975,883, dated November15, 1910, Serial No. 486,371, filed March 29, 1909. Application for reissue filed December 22, 1915. Serial No. 68,273.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it'known that I, EDWARD LAFAYETTE Cox, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Denver, in the county of Denver and State of Colorado, have invented a new and Improved Artificial Bait, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
The invention relates. to artificial fish bait of the type in which a hook is concealed by a winged insect.
It is well known that insects 011 which 'fish'in shallow streams "feed, light upon the surface of the water to become a prey for the fish inhabiting the streams.
In most all the artificial bait of the type mentioned, at present in use, the non-metallic parts after having been in the water for a short time becomev water-soaked and thus add to the weight of the metal hook sufliciently to cause it to sink below the surface of the water.
To catch certain kinds of fish, such as the trout which inhabit the mountain streams of Colorado and other l/Vestern States, the bait after it has sunk below the surface of the water is ineffective, and the fisherman in order to attract the fish must repeatedly pull the bait out of the water and cast it upon the surface of the same at different places.
It is the primary object of the present invention to provide an artificial bait made in imitation of a winged insect which floats permanently and naturally upon the surface of the water and thus resembles the insects in action as well as in appearance.
Another object of the invention is to provide a bait of this character which with the exception of the metal hook, is entirely composed of animal matter and thus is rendered more attractive to fish which like the mountain trout, are instinctively discerning.
I attain the above objects by placing around the shank of a fish-hook of ordinary construction, a hollow body of suflicient buoyancy to permanently maintain the hook and other parts connected therewith in a floating condition. The body is preferably made of a piece of quill which is closed at its ends by suitable means. Feathers and other light material are attached to the body ends of the hollow body may be employed within the spirit of my invention, I preferably attain this result by tying the ends-of the quill together by means of av gut 'orother suitable binding-material, after the quill has been soaked in warm water to prevent its splitting.
'In'some instances it has been found=advantageous to reinforce the hollow body by a filling of cork or other similarmaterial which supports its wall without materially lessening the buoyancy of the article.
An embodiment of my invention has been illustrated in the accompanying drawings in the various views of which like parts are similarly designated, and in which,
The figure is a partially longitudinal section and side view of my invention.
Referring more specifically to the drawmgs:
In the form shown in the figure, a body 7 of cork or other buoyant material is placed within the uill for the purposes hereinbefore set forth The body of the bait may be colored in any suitable manner to more closely simu late the insect it is intended to represent, and it may be applied in connection. with a smaller body to represent the head of the insect as shown at Sin the drawings.
' By the term quill as used in the specification and claims is meant the hard horny hollow part of any feather.
The hollow body placed around the shank of the hook as hereinabove described, is of suificient size to provide a water-tight chamber which permanently supports the hook and other parts of the fly in a floating condition upon the surface of the water. The position of the body relative to the hook, causes the fly tofloat upon the water in a position closely resembling that of the live insect, and the absence of excessively projecting parts aids in the deceptionand still fiurther adapts the bait for use as a lure for The use of quill in the production of the body, also adds toits value as a bait since it is a well-known fact that game fish are