Here's another fanciful Neff Bros. portrait. The subject this time is Clarence English, stepson of George Crowell. We last saw Clarence English on the steps of the George Crowell General Store in this image.
Clarence English served as a clerk at the George Crowell General Store at Second and Oak. Do you think he would be pleased to know that same space now houses the Gorge Fly Shop, where you can buy waders and other fishing gear?
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
Clarence English was born 29 May 1869 and died 20 Jan 1965. He is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, San Mateo, California. I also found the following patents in his name:
Invented, "Wrench," U.S. Patent No. 599,895, patented Mar. 1, 1898.
Invented, Wrench," U.S. Patent No. 645,074, patented Mar. 13, 1900.
Jeffrey Bryant on 12th April 2013 @ 7:24am
I am impressed with those waders! And the pole.
This must be around 1900 and I didn't realize fishing supplies were that sophisticated.
Clarence's mother was a Stranahan. There is an interesting story about her trip by steam ship to California to attend Clarence's wedding in one of the worst storms on the coast. She missed the wedding by two days.
l.e. on 12th April 2013 @ 7:25am
Salmon or Steelhead?
l.e. on 12th April 2013 @ 7:27am
dsc on 12th April 2013 @ 7:31am
A few comments. Pretty obviously a posed photograph. Catching salmon with a flyrod very hard. 25 years living and fishing in Alaska and I never caught one that way. But did see a few caught that way in small creeks. Maybe this fish came from Celilo. Used to enjoy watching those guys. They understood how to catch salmon out of a big river.
Buzz on 12th April 2013 @ 7:34am
Never considered that it might be a steelhead. I always thought steelhead rivers were close to saltwater. Do they run in Hood River. Maybe I just learned someyhing.
Buzz on 12th April 2013 @ 7:48am
I wonder if he fished in a suit and tie.
db on 12th April 2013 @ 8:03am
Just read where steelhead do run in the Hood River, so you are probably right. That is what I get for spending most of my life living near saltwater.
Buzz on 12th April 2013 @ 10:31am
Steelhead range well into Idaho, far from any salt water.
Ranger on 12th April 2013 @ 11:41am
Both Salmon and Steelhead are native to the Hood River.....the fish in the photo does not appear to have the tell tail, black lower gum line as a Chinook Salmon will have....and the body shape of a Salmon is more like a football....much thicker than a Steelhead .
ODFW defines a "legal" Steelhead in the Hood River as basically a trout that is 20" in length or longer.
dsc on 12th April 2013 @ 1:24pm
Thanks for the info. Thought that was a pretty skinny salmon, but it is a good sized steelhead--at least compared to what I remember from my youth on the Siletz river.
Buzz on 12th April 2013 @ 2:17pm
Buzz, do you remember "Tex" Lyda the janitor at HRHS? Well as soon as he got off the job he was down by the Y-Inn fishing for steel head. Have eaten many he caught there, as he was a neighbor.
charlott on 15th April 2013 @ 7:09am
Don't remember Tex. But do you know if he caught them on a flyrod? When in grade school we always used used cured salmon eggs to catch them on the Siletz river.
Buzz on 17th April 2013 @ 7:20pm
This has got to be a stuffed fish prop. The gentleman in question, could not hold such a relaxed pose otherwise. I have taken too many pictures of my husband holding fish, and believe me, even with a digital, he can barely keep his expression straight, from the strain.
I'd like to see the man, that could catch that size fish, on that piddly little rod and reel too. How funny!
What on earth is the animal skin he is standing on? Looks too white for a bear.
Lesa on 4th May 2013 @ 7:48pm
I had my husband, "the expert," look at this photo. He says that it is most certainly a steelhead. Probably about eight pounds. Also it was very common to catch them with such a rod. His grandfather had several just like this one, so I stand corrected! I thought the fish looked heavier, but he says the way the fish is being held, out toward the camera, would tend to make it look bigger.
It's an old fishermen's trick. Notice the pole is held close to his body, but the fish is held further out, closer to the camera.
My grandfather was the same, had to have a picture of every fish he ever caught.
Lesa on 6th May 2013 @ 8:05am
That's my grandfather holding that steelhead, and I believe he would be dressed in that fashion when he hooked that fish, things were proper back then including Clarence.
Don English on 4th October 2013 @ 9:54pm