Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Voices from the Past: Dixie Carroll on Lowe Spoons (1919)

Over the next several months, I’m going to feature the fishing tackle writing of one of my all-time favorite writers, Dixie Carroll (Carroll Blaine Cook). These famed pieces of tackle were featured in his great book Fishing Tackle and Kits. They are fascinating write-ups of the tackle from a contemporary perspective. Below is Dixie’s write up on the Pflueger Lowe Star Spoon, one of the iconic metal baits.\

LOWE-STAR SPOON.- Made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company, Akron, Ohio. This spoon is so swell looking that, honestly, fellows, you hate to throw it into the water, but, say, when those gold and silver sides start ·flashing down in the watery recesses it takes a mighty tame game fish to lie still and let it go revolving past without said game fish taking a walloping crack at it. And, believe me, the way the musky go for that shining- spoon makes your teeth rattle to think of it. I have one Lowe-Star Spoon, a No. 1-o, that is completely bent double from the hammering crack of a big old musky; he sure must have been most highly in- terested in that little old spoon to smash it like that. This spoon was a silver and gold on one side, and red enameled concave side with a feathered trebled hook trailing along behind, partly red and white feathers with a dash of peacock. It just made the pike and musky stand right up on their toes to get a chance at it, and this size and style is worth a place in any tackle-box. For bass-casting the silver and gold spoon of smaller size made an attractive lure used with minnows and pork-rind. These spoons are made strong and of good material, and they stand the rough work of trolling in snaggy and weedy waters. For the pike family- the musky, pike, and pickerel- they stand right out like a house afire and they get the fish.

— Dr. Todd

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