"Rudy's Snell Tyer - The Original Fisherman's Knot Tying Tool"

The Burbank Leader Wednesday September 4,1985

Businessman Rudy Masson has assembled a machine which he conceived and built, that would rival any of Rube Goldberg's creations, into a most profitable business.

At his shop on West Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, Masson manufactures, labels and packages Rudy's Snell Tyer which will snell and tie any size fishing hook. While on a fishing trip to Virginia Lakes many years ago, Masson's hands became so numbed by the cold that he continually dropped his hook and line while trying to make his knots.

Always the inventor, Masson started designing a prototype of his present product from a metal lamp clamp, a needle and a cork. His first attempt was clumsy and heavy.

That was 21 years ago. Now Masson travels around the country to sports shows demonstrating his product under the sponsorship of Garcia Fishing Products.

Travel is not new to Masson.  At the age of 15 he came to America as part of a high-wire act with Ringling Bros. Circus.  He worked in the circus a few years, then went into musical comedy, working with Eddie Cantor and performing his specialty, Adagio Dancing.

Masson has been involved in many aspects of show business including vaudeville, the Broadway stage and motion pictures. He did stunt work in the movies and stunt doubled for Tony Curtis, Robert Taylor and Clark Gable."

Nov.1998 - I purchased The rights to sell and Rudy's supply of #300 and #400 Snell Tyers.   I moved into his office & workshop and have been selling his Snell Tyers ever since.

Rudy retired and moved with his wife Albertine to Florida. On September 2nd, 2001 Rudy passed away.


Thank you Rudy,  I'm lucky to have known you.

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