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Acme Little Cleo Collector's Edition Kit

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In 1951, C.V. "Charlie" Clark, a songwriter and music publisher, started Seneca Tackle Co., Inc. in New York, New York. Seneca’s first successful lure introduction was the Wob-L-Rite spoon, which was produced in 1951 and is still available today. However, Charlie’s most famous lure creation was the Little Cleo, millions of which have been sold worldwide since its introduction in 1953 and still enjoy immense popularity today.

Charlie supposedly named his lure "Little Cleo" after an exotic dancer whom he saw perform during the 1930’s. Believing that the wiggling, dancing action of his new lure would be as bewitching to the fish as Little Cleo’s dance was to him, he decided to have a dancer’s image appear on the concave side of the 1/3, 2/5 and 3/4 oz. size lures.

Acme Tackle Company of Providence, Rhode Island bought Seneca Tackle in 1980 and continues to produce and sell the Little Cleo. In 1996, Acme received a complaint from a major national retailer that one of its female store employees was offended by the dancer’s image and insisted that Acme remove it from the lures. Rather than risk the loss of this customer’s business, Acme decided to remove the dancer from the lure. Thus, after a 43-year run, the dancing lady on the Little Cleo became a victim of the "politically correct" 1990’s.

Acme Tackle would like to say thank you Little Cleo for charming Charlie and all those fish over the years. In remembrance, we’re presenting you in a special package in the hopes that you will be cherished for many years to come.

Lure sizes and colors will vary. All lures will have the dancer image on the back (concave) side of the lure.

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