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Northern King Lures are back .

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The company has moved from Rochester ,NY to Canada and today to my surprise I found new Northern King lures in Field and Stream in Rochester,NY. The salmon had better be afraid!

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Are they the same blank as before?


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According to their website, They are the very same silver coated blanks.

ABOUT NORTHERN KING

In 1984, Patsy Distaffen created the original Northern King spoon. A tool and die specialist with Xerox and an avid hunter and fisherman, Patsy found his passion making fishing lures when he founded Northern King. He recognized the need for a trolling lure that wouldn’t spin while being trolled at higher speeds. He spent countless hours refining the shape and details behind his incredibly successful lure design.
 
“When we cleaned out my parent's house, in every single room, every single floor, there was files… because he was always tinkering with dies or the lures or something. We had shoeboxes full of files.” Says daughter Beverly Cahill.
 
The Northern King lure grabbed the attention of many charter boat captains and derby fisherman on Lake Ontario. Patsy was able to talk to anyone and would talk your ear off about fishing. By word of mouth, Patsy went from producing 20,000 lures a year to 150,000 in full time production by 1988. It enjoyed many years of success under Pat’s leadership.
 
“When my dad died, it was his passion. All of us kids knew how to make the lures, we knew his customer base, could take orders, ship orders, but we didn’t have that passion to keep designing the way he did.” Says Beverly.
 
In 2016, Northern King was purchased by Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd.; the Canadian manufacturers of Len Thompson Lures. As a fourth generation family business, Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. was thrilled to acquire a company with similar values. “Len Thompson, our great grandfather, also created his own unique fishing spoon which turned into a successful legacy brand.” Quotes Brad Pallister, President.

 
The company has purchased the Northern King brand name and, most importantly, all of the original die sets which mold the unique shape of each Northern King spoon. “We will be bringing back a small selection colour patterns to start available Summer 2017.” Says Brad.

Each new Northern King lure will be Canadian manufactured in Lacombe, Alberta using quality components including strong stainless steel split rings, Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp hooks and environmentally friendly, durable paints.
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2001 with Patsy. Billy was 6.
Great guy,
Most of the fish that I have won money on have come on NK’s
Lots of great lures on the market but NK’s have always been my go to. Image1528249301.001860.jpg


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Love the matching NK hats!
Patsy always had time for everyone.


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I have many of the original designs from Pat. My father and Pat were great friends and Pat would come and test the lures in our in ground pool On Shoreway Dr. Off of Lowden Pt. Rd in Greece. That was the early 80's. Once Pat got them all tuned up we would jump in the boat and head out to the lake via the Long Pond channel. We CRUSHED the fish with them lures. All of them plated with real sterling silver as Pat said, "nothing reflects like real polished silver". Well, my father passed away 3 years ago and when I was looking at his old tackle, there they were. All original NKs wrapped in tissue, hand made and never used.

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Fishy Business on Keuka Lake has 6 different colors in two different sizes in stock.Check them out when in the area.

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I have a bunch of them.  Always was impressed with the quality of finish, quality of split rings and quality of hooks.  Great spoon for steelhead when you want to cover some ground and get that speed over 2.5 mph.  I have heard some of the early reproductions the new company put out had some issues with the paint jobs holding up?  That was over a year ago so they probably have the kinks ironed out.  

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Back in the 80's my brother and I used to buy the blanks from Pasty. There were 10 spoons  wrapped in tissue paper for 10 dollars. what a deal even back then!

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I have a bunch of them.  Always was impressed with the quality of finish, quality of split rings and quality of hooks.  Great spoon for steelhead when you want to cover some ground and get that speed over 2.5 mph.  I have heard some of the early reproductions the new company put out had some issues with the paint jobs holding up?  That was over a year ago so they probably have the kinks ironed out.  
Ya they've got it solved.. If you run into old stock and the paint washes off... Mail em back and they send you more. Len Thompson the company that bought nk are the grandkids of the founder len Thompson. So it's still a family owned business. And really nice people.

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In the spring cold water lighter spoons worked best at two mph. Summer speeds were best at around three.five mph with the heavier magnum spoons.


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Thanks for the update. I have been searching for some colors all over the place. Bought blanks and tried to paint them.

I put in an order yesterday

Salmon watch out

Although i have caught perch smallies and pike on the spoon. So all fish watch out. IMG_2170.JPGIMG_2173.JPG


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thats a great article from the past!  Good find Cornelius!

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Used many NK's when I salmon fished on Lake Ontario back in the day! Still, own a fair number of them. Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd. is a quality company that I'm sure does a great job keeping them as close to the originals as possible.

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