Canadian tackle company Brecks International, has acquired the New York-based Thomas M. Delaney company, and will now produce the iconic Lake Clear Wabbler spoon.
The Lake Clear Wabbler originated in 1920, in Lake Clear Junction in the Adirondacks. Mr. H. Robare, a French-Canadian guide in the area fashioned the original “spoon” using a pair of tin snips and a car headlight bezel. The interior of the bezel was chrome and the exterior brass—the original finish of the Lake Clear Wabbler.
The company changed hands several times over the decades, until it was recently purchased by Brecks, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The Wabbler joins the Brecks stable of brands, which includes Mepps, Mister Twister, Mooselook, Wiliams and several others.
Copied by many but never duplicated, the lake Clear Wabbler is an eastern favourite for trout of all species. Especially sought after by anglers in New England, the Adirondacks, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, it has been in short supply as of late.
“We will maintain the proven shapes and styles of the existing series, stamping the Lake Clear in the original dies acquired from Thomas Delaney,” said Mark Stiffel, Brecks vice-president of marketing. Using the technology the company employs for its Williams, Mooselook and Savant spoons, “We will improve upon them… with our trademark jewelry-quality finishes of genuine silver and 24 carat gold,” Stiffel said.
The Lake Clear Wabbler selection for 2014 includes three sizes, ranging from 1/3- to 1/16-ounce. The Wabbler will come in a wide variety of colours and finishes, including the classic silver and copper, along with gold, half-and-half, painted multi-colours and glow finishes.