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Sutton Collection

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Thought I would share a photo of my Sutton flutter spoon collection that I have been gathering for a few years.  Odd that I am aware of 42 different numbers and that I need a number 42 to round out the board.  

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Sweet!:yes: Nicest one I've seen yet. Some real rare ones in there too:smile: I'll check to see if I have one....I doubt it though. Just checked... no luck there....sorry about that.

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Great idea. Thanks for the picture. #5 if its hammered is a real killer.I will look for a 42 when I get to the boat.

 

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Thanks to those who are looking. The 42 is going to be hard to find.  It is a hand cut spoon that was made in the same time period as the 43 and 47.  

 

Suttons are works of art in a fishing lure.

 

 

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No #42 I just checked my sutton box. By the way Ive got 3 miller 66's I will never use if anyone is looking for them.

Ive probably got 15 of the #5's. In the early 2000's I took the #1 laker in the NLT derby on a #5 off the boards. Most of them have caught fish.They get bent up easily and the hooks break its hard to get them swimming right after you bend them.The #88 used to be my diver spoon it died the last few years I dont know why.

Not much info here just trying to get something going on the fingerlake board. Its 12 degrees.Boat winterized?

 

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Those # 5, 6, and 8's have always been deadly in the Finger Lakes....great rainbow and landlock lures. I always changed out all the hooks on the Sutton's to single Mustad stainless with the open eyelet  and cut the trebles off while maintaining the solid ring on the spoon. # 1/0 for the smaller spoons and #2/0 for the larger spoons with only minor changes in the action of the spoons.  The Millers were great spoons too and sturdier construction than Sutton's. I still have some of them which I purchased directly from Bernie Klimczac (the maker of them) while fishing the Seneca Lake Derby back in the 80's. Another great and highly effective spoon of that size range was the Quick Strike #11 ( hammered silver, swirl silver , brass hammered, brass swirl), made by Bill Quinn and I still run a whole rig of them from time to time.

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I checked with the person at Sutton's in Naples and she said she had never heard of the #42 just 41's and 44"s I explained about the age and nature of it etc.

One of the other LOU members has a bunch of Sutton's and he graciously said he will check out his group of them for one.

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In the back of the store there is a piece of paper tacked up.  There are three spoon outlines, 42, 43 and 47.  The first 47 I saw I thought was a fake and I did not purchase it.  Then I saw the outline in the store.  Got lucky to come across the 47 and the 43.   

 

5's are my favorite for RT on hot flat days in mid-summer, but a hammered 44 is a great all-around spoon.  31 was the go to for LT back in the day along with the 88 at the bottom leader of the Seth Green rig.

 

Miller finishes seem to hold up a bit better over time and would not bend quite as easy as a Sutton.  But Suttons always seem to have that certain awkward kick every 3rd or 4th flip if run at a certain speed.   I like them all, Miller, Sutton, Quick Strike and Pine Valley.  

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Right on the money with everything you said:smile:

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My all around favorite for landlocks in the Adirondacks is a Silver 44, oddly I have never found one for sale up there, I've always had to go to Naples and buy them.  Number 2 is a Mooselick wobbler.  Be aware that there are Chinese knockoffs of Suttons out there now.  It is likely bittersweet flattery that a manufacturer halfway around the world will copy your product, then undercut your prices, which they can do because they are not faced with the regulations on plating and plating wastes.

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I got a 5, 44 and 31 from Old Forge Hardware years ago.  I wish I had gotten more as they were old stock. 

 

Got out this AM and had a 10 minute flurry from shore.  17" and 21" RT.

 

 

 

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Nice work!:yes:

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