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Updated: November 17, 2010

IDENTIFYING CCBCO LURE COLORS 1916-1960
Examples from the #100-#9600 Original Series
Not all fly rod colors are depicted here.

First, one quick explanation about SERIES numbers & COLOR numbers. Each series of lures had a number designation. For instance the Wiggler lure was #100 series, The Baby Wiggler was #200 series, etc. Numbers were also assigned within each lure series for each color offered. For example #06 was assigned to the Goldfish color, #07 to Mullet pattern, etc. Therefore, a #100 series Wiggler in #06 Goldfish color was given the catalog #106 . And so it goes. This system of standardizing the colors wasn't introduced until 1925.

Before that (1916-1924), it's necessary to consult a special chart to unravel the color codes! Each color often had a different number for each lure. The Golden Shiner color could be #03 on one lure & perhaps #05 on another. This mass confusion led to the standardized system mentioned above that was developed in 1925.

The new system also contained some unusual quirks. Creek Chub often used the same number for DIFFERENT COLORS produced during the same era. However, they didn't normally offer two colors with the same number on a particular lure. Let me explain. A good example is the 00 (zero, zero) colors. Although there were many colors that shared the 00 color code, only ONE was used for a particular series. Therefore, the company chose Chub finish for the  #100 Wiggler series, a brown Pikie finish for the #700 Pikie lure & Gray for the #3600 Lucky Mouse. The same system holds true for OTHER NUMBERS that were offered in two or more colors. Actually it wasn't that troublesome for a customer ordering from a catalog because the number & color was listed below each bait illustration. The buyer knew, for instance, that a #3600 Lucky Mouse was in gray & not one of the other 00 colors.

The purpose of this study is to assist those who might have trouble identifying certain colors. The data is geared for the neophyte but some experienced lure collectors might find a few nuggets of information that is valuable to them. Some patterns such as #00 Chub are often mistaken for #03 Silver Shiner or  # 07 Mullet & the reverse is sometimes true. There are other colors that share the same dilemma. This can cause a problem especially if a common color is offered as a rarer color!

Creek Chub eventually began to reissue color codes that had been discontinued years before.  These reissued numbers are OUTSIDE the scope of this study. For instance if you have a late lure in the original box, it may have a color totally unlike that pictured here but have the correct number for the later example listed on its box.

With that said, please don't use any number or name on the end of a CCBCO box to determine the lure's color or model. Anglers rarely cared if they placed a lure back in the original box. Once you have identified the lure type, check it against the pictures that follow to find the correct color.

ONLY CATALOG COLORS ARE LISTED HERE. NO SPECIAL COLORS.

00 Chub – Used on only five different lures: 100, 200, 600, 800, 4300 series. It has an olive green head & back stripe. Scale pattern on the sides varies from a very small pattern to a larger scale. There are an untold number of color variations within the Chub pattern, especially in the early lures. Some have a blue streak by the green & some have light gold scales. This color is often confused with #03 Silver Shiner & #07 Mullet. Study the images closely. Two variations of Chub are shown.
00 Natural Crab – An army green & black pattern used only on the #300 Crawdad & #400 Baby Crawdad series.
00 Pikie – First used c.1920 on the #700 series Pikie. It's a combination of brown & cream hues. The “stripes’ on the side were more prominent in the earlier years. Produced in a greater overall quantity than any other Creek Chub color but not offered on as many models as some other colors. Offered until the company closed in 1978/'79.
00 Bug – You will notice a great variety of patterns within this designation. Generally a scarce color regardless of the series.
00 Pollywog – A pattern used only on the #1700 Poly Wiggle series. Small metallic green spots over a darker green body. Don't confuse this color with the #19 Frog pattern employed on many other series.
00 Natural Gray – This color was given two numbers during our study period. 00 was used on the #3600 Lucky Mouse series. Also, check #28 color if you have a Tiny Tim lure.
00 Close Pin – Applied only to the #5000 Close Pin series. The top of the tail is sometimes red & sometimes golden yellow. This is a rare color on a rare lure.
00-B – Black Sucker – This pattern occurred only on the #3900 Sucker series discontinued in 1933. Another Black Sucker color was introduced in 1954 on the #9600 series Deepster (#9634). It is much different than the old motif.
00-R – Red Pickerel Pikie – Applied only to the #2600 Jointed Pikie & #2700 Baby Jointed Pikie. The fore section is all glitter. The rear section is solid red.  A scarcer lure on the #2700 series.
00-Y – Yellow Pickerel Pikie – An unusual combination applied only to the #2600 Jointed Pikie & the #2700 Baby Jointed Pikie. The fore section is all glitter & the rear section is solid yellow. Also, see 00-Y for Yellow Sucker.
00-Y – Yellow Sucker – A paint pattern used only on the #3900 Sucker series in the early 1930’s. A gold/green scale pattern. Also, see Yellow Pickerel Pikie using this same color code.
01 Perch – The earliest types have distinct side “stripes”, hand painted gills & fins. The balance of the body is a combo of deep green & small side scales, which become brighter yellow in later years. One of CCBCO’s best selling colors although it can be difficult to find on CERTAIN baits.

02 Red Head & White – This is one of Creek Chub’s most popular colors. There are several variations within this color: some red heads were dipped at an angle; most are dipped so the line between the head & body is vertical. The airbrush painters would also blend the red into the white creating a “soft” edge. Darters are sometimes seen with a red bar extending on each side from the mouth. Two types of Red Head & White are shown.
02 Albino – Essentially an all white bait with a small red circle on the chin area. Applied on the #300 Crawdad & #400 Baby Crawdad series only.
02 White – This is another CCBCo color code number that was used on several baits although there were many stylized differences incorporated. This #F202 Fly Rod Mouse was painted virtually all white (with a blush on the chin). Creek Chub called it a White Mouse but it was given a red/white 02 code. They used this number because the lure usually had red eyes, thus creating a red & white bait. However, some had black eyes. Also, see #17, which is a luminous white bait.
02 Red & White Victory – This combination was offered only on the #6500 Baby Bomber, #6600 Bomber & #6700 Big Bomber series. The red & white lure had a black stripe on its back. The sides employed a sideways “V” & Morse code for “V” (dot, dot, dot, dash). The code is reversed on the Baby Bomber only! This WWII motif signified Victory over the Axis powers. It was discontinued after the war.

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