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Erne St. Claire

Erne St. Claire

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 04:59 PM



The archive for which I work -- the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, not a hot-spot for fly-fishing -- just received a small box of hand-written manuscript pages along with copies of magazines, all featuring work by Erne St. Claire.  I'm looking for information on him, and would appreciate anything that anyone could offer.


I've gathered that he began his professional fishing career in Portland, Oregon, owned a tackle business in Aurora, MO, and spent time later in his life in Harrison, AR.  It also seems that he was an early pioneer in spin-casting for large fish, and that his flies and lures were well-though-of.


Thanks in advance,


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:47 PM

"The Modern Science Of Spin-fishing" https://www.docdroid...pin-fishing.pdf

He was a guy that cut down light weight fiberglass fly rods and made ultra light spinning rods from them ~1960.  Joe Robinson (think he was from TX.)  author of "Piscatorial Absurdities" carried on the idea. video of Robinson; https://youtu.be/kpxWurslYxk

There was a discussion of St Claire's rods on another forum not too long ago and that is I recall from it, or have bookmarked.

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 03:21 AM

Don't have any information to add, but I'm more than curious about that box of yours.

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Posted 04 July 2019 - 09:34 AM

Welcome to the sight, archivist.  I don't think you're planning on staying, after your research is done, but you are welcome to.  You never know, maybe this is the start of a new career as a fishing historian.  Or just a new hobby as a fly angler?


You too, Stupidcar.  Welcome to the site, if you're staying.

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