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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2014, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

I posted this on trapperman and figured some of the "PA boys" might be interested since Nick is from PA.

Here is a bottle of shellfish oil that is probably close to 25 years old. Bottled the the man who came up with the idea of shellfish oil and had it commercially manufactured, Nick Wyshinski.



It smells as good or better than anything available today. The label is wearing away and I had to replace a rusted cap, but the contents have not diminished in quality.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-24-2014, 11:45 PM
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Re: Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

Back in the 70's I bought a lot of Nicks and Stanly Hawbaker lures. Good stuff, grays love that shellfish. I still have both of their catalogs. Trapped in Lehigh Valley at the time.

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Re: Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

I remember Nick, although I haven't seen or spoken to him in years. Nick collected a lot of information on lure ingredients and lure compounding. Back in the late 1950s-early 1960s Nick was involved with the NTA. Dated myself a bit there.
At PTA conventions Nick used buy glands from trappers with which to make his lures with. He also wrote a book, very probably the best selling trapping book ever written, Muskrats, The Trapper's Meal Ticket. I don't know how many thousands of that little book were sold, but it was many. I noticed in the past few years my own copy got away. I probably loaned it to somebody.

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Re: Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

I met Nick for the first time a few years ago at a PTA convention. We sat on the tailgate and talked for probably the better part of an hour...mostly about lure making and the history of the trapping trade. He comes to our fur sale and sits and enjoys watching the auction. If I get a slip we chat for a bit.

Hern and I made plans a couple years ago to go visit Nick. The trip never materialized but I would like to see his shop sometime.
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Re: Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

Nick lives in my home town and is a great guy!! He is now out of the business and only buying deer hides as far as I know... If you want to visit with him, make it happen, there is more knowledge there than you can get in an afternoon!!!! And once its gone its gone!!!

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I was lucky one day I was at my local fur buyer trap supplier Johnsons Furs in Enola PA, the owner Jerry Johnson introduced me to him. Glad I got to meet him.
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Re: Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

Bought a box of traps at a sale about 15 yrs. ago, maybe longer. This bottle of lure was laying in the bottom. Looks now as it did then. Has "Hiestand Lures at the bottom, Manheim,PA. Don't know if he was a distibutor or the lure maker? I can't find any info on H.L. or Last Step Lures. I have know idea when it is from but appears to be old. Came out of an old barn and the box had old longsprings and about 7-8 Big Bear coil spring traps. Still 3/4 full. Never used it.
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Very cool...I never heard of Last Step Lures either.
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Re: Nick Wyshinski's Shellfish Oil

I never did either and yet Manheim isn't that far from here.
However, back in the early to mid 1980 during the last fur
boom lure makers were crawling out of the woodwork.
Perhaps this Hiestand was one of those.
Perhaps not.
This is not to imply they produced inferior products.
Just saying.

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