Outdoor Life - - HUNTING - Marc Kloker

I found a lure buried in the dirt bank of a lo­cal fish­ing pond when I was in high school. It was a Lit­tle Cleo WIGL spoon with the pic­ture of a top­less young lady (Miss Cleo?) stamped into its metal sur­face. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, es­pe­cially as I was a teenager with a teenager’s li­bido.

I have kept it in my var­i­ous tackle boxes ever since, never once us­ing it, for more than 20 years. I would call it a good-luck charm, but be­cause I never use it, I can’t say if it brings me good or bad luck.

Once I discovered the in­ter­net, I also learned more about the ori­gin of Lit­tle Cleo. Ap­par­ently, she was a real-life per­former in the 1930s in New York City. The de­vel­oper of the lure was “in­spired” by Cleo and stamped the like­ness of the top­less belly dancer on the back side of the spoon.

It may not be a fish mag­net, but it’s a trea­sure in my lure col­lec­tion.

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