Clinton Arthur Estabrooks

1925-2004

Clint Estabrooks

Clinton Arthur Estabrooks was born in Sackville, New Brunswick on June 11, 1925 and was the son of the late Gladys (nee Peach) and Jasper Linton Estabrooks. 
Clinton and his parents moved to Moncton, New Brunswick when he was just a young boy.
In 1943 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained in Mount Pleasant, Prince Edward Island until February 15, 1944.  From there he was shipped out to Halifax and into an overseas draft.  Eventually he arrived back in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and on August 13, 1946 he was honorably discharged from the Air Force due to health reasons.
After his discharge from the Air Force he got a job at the Canadian National Railway Shop in Moncton where he worked for several years, but in time had to quit on account of more health problems.  Clint’s physical problems fell upon him while he was in the Air Force and had to spend a lot of time in the Lancaster Veteran’s Hospital over a four year period before he got cured. 
On April 10, 1958 he joined the Moncton Police Force where he worked until October 1978.
Clint started tying flies in the early 1950’s after his uncle, Gerald Casey, from Springhill, gave him some fly tying equipment.  Clint was quick to catch onto how to put a fly together and before long he was tying more flies than he needed for his own fishing.  With a surplus of flies on hand Clint soon learned there was also a surplus of fishermen around who were just as eager to buy them.  In jig-time he had more than enough trout and salmon fishermen knocking at his door to purchase the bargain priced flies; and what a bargain they were.  For a meager twenty dollars an angler could walk away with several dozen freshly tied flies.

 

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Twelve dollars got you a dozen of Clint Estabrook’s flies

Clint operated a small fly shop that had once been a family room at the back of his house.  Sometimes his felt like they lived inside the walls of the home of a palliated woodpecker for the knocking on his door seemed ever constant; not that Clint Estabrooks would mind.  Being around birds was as natural for Clint as it was the woodpecker to beat it’s beak on a tree.  You see, Clint Estabrooks loved birds and he was able to capture their beauty by learning how to carve lifelike wooden replicas of them.  He carved ducks, shore birds, jays, finches and robins.  Some he sold at a modest price, but the most of them were given to the hard working provincial organizations raising money for special projects, especially the Moncton Fish and Game Association to help send kids to the NBWF Outdoor Heritage Camps.  In 2003 Clint was honored by being selected as Sportsman of the year by the Moncton Fish and Game Association.
In the heyday of Clint’s tying he would be out of bed before sunrise and by the time breakfast rolled around he would have several dozen flies tied and uniformly laid out on a cardboard fly holder beside the tying bench.  In the little back room of his house on Trueman Avenue he tied many thousands of flies and of the thousands of patterns he had to choose from the “Green Machine” was one of his all time favorites.
Clint was also in the business of buying and selling fly tying materials and fishing equipment.  
On November 9, 2004 Clinton Estabrooks died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Clint Estabrooks made you a better person for having met him.
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Moncton Fish & Game Award Presentation                 Clint’s Fly Tying Bench

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Clint, as a younger man, with a fine catch of trout