Walter Manning Clevenger

Born in Columbus, OH – 1925

Walter Clevenger History

Walter Clevenger moved to Tampa, Florida in 1933. His first real love was building race cars He is credited for the first midget race car. Walter made his own fishing rods, first Bamboo then fiber glass. He began carving lures in 1950 and carved duck decoys as well. His first lures were a Shad type lure though not many have been found. Perhaps only about 20 or so. Walter carved four differant sizes . MIDGET 2 3/4, SMALL 3 1/8, SPIN 3 3/4, large 4 1/8 The lures were named Yawners, Moles, and Tummy Runners. Below is a picture of a Mole.

Clevenger passed away on June 23,1959

Walter Clevenger Mole

Much of the information on this page was obtained by utilizing the information provided by Doug Brace, Bill Stuart, and Russell Riddle in “Florida Lure Makers and Their Lures” (Currently out of print). The information we have provided is only a portion of the story.  If interested in purchasing this book, please reach out to other collectors in our forum to inquire about availability.

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