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« on: March 14, 2019, 02:45:43 PM »

Herbert Leon Todd
JUNE 5, 1930 – MARCH 7, 2019


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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 02:49:06 PM »

Truly a sad day for the fishing community. Took rod blank building to the next level. RIP
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 03:20:21 PM »

Sad news.
RIP Leon.

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 03:24:13 PM »

Even though I am a East coaster, I love my Calstars. I have 5 of them. RIP Mr. Todd. Hope the family keeps up the tradition.
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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 04:09:19 PM »

I will miss Leon, and hope the good Lord welcomes him home.
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« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 07:59:49 PM »

I'm just glad my grandfather finally has someone up there that can build him a decent rod to go with what Carl has been dreaming up. We will miss all three of them.

I'd say I'll start fishing something from California Tackle Co. in his honor, but those that know me know that I've been doing that for decades.

RIP, and thank you for what you gave those of us that must fish.

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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 11:10:41 PM »

There's a legend.  Calstar is a big name but, like Ron says, before Calstar he was one of the head guys at California Tackle Company (that later became Sabre).  Leon Todd and California Tackle were in the absolute first wave of fiberglass rod makers and he had a huge influence on how the technology and the industry developed.  A real pioneer.  Those early 1950's California Tackle Company, Cal Royal tobacco rods remain just really good rods to this day.  Better than the competing pre-Garcia Conolon and as good a pre-Browning Silaflex... thanks mostly to Leon Todd.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2019, 02:29:02 AM »

At 89, Mr Todd must have taking good care of himself.  I wonder when that picture was taken, he looked really good.
RIP Mr. Todd.

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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2019, 08:01:46 AM »

that's an early photo from years ago.   Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2019, 08:45:59 PM »

I only met him once, in the mid to late 80s with the old man at a fishing show in Anaheim I think. Didn't realize who he was until years later.
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« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2019, 10:05:01 PM »

RIP Leon.
I did not know you, but your Legend will live on.
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