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Updated:November 4, 2017

QUIKDATE CCBCo ORIGINAL SERIES & COLOR REGISTER

Periodically, I may update this study when new information is located or I decide to add more variations to the mix. If you have previously printed out this chart, please check the date in the upper right corner of this page to see if you have the most updated version. Other Creek Chub references list certain colors that aren't listed here. If my continuing research confirms these additional listing they will be posted to Quikdate. Stay tuned.

The purpose of this study is to offer you instant access to valuable Creek Chub Bait Co. production data regarding the following:

1. Each of the original series & catalog colors of CCBCo lures from #100 Wiggler Series to the #9600 Deepster plus all the early metal baits & fly rod examples.

2. The years of production for each series & the years every catalog color was offered (including the "New Era" colors) within each series.

3. References here are for wood baits unless denoted as produced in plastic only.

* Note: No replacement numbered series (e.g. Giant Pikie, Silver Ss, etc) are listed here.

The product history of this early lure company unfolds through their single price sheets & catalogs. Although these printings are the basis of some confusion, they offer the most accurate method to date the myriad series & colors offered by Creek Chub. These CCBCo price lists range from a 1916 one-page flyer to extensive catalogs printed in the 1920's through the early 1950's; ending with a smaller format used from the late 1950's to 1978/'79.

Most collectors are content to own a few of these catalogs & flyers due to their expense & rarity. Therefore it isn't always possible to know the entire production history of a particular lure or color. Before, no one had attempted to assemble all of this information into one easy-to-read listing. Altogether, it has taken several years to locate CCBCo publications from many sources plus untold hours to actually enter the data. Now, collectors can decide at a glance if a color is a catalog color or a "Special" within a particular series.

Research this complex seldom develops without some speculation & logical conclusions. One of the dilemmas of correctly dating series & colors stems from the actual CCBCo publications! Pre-1922 offerings were generally undated except for testimonial letters from satisfied customers. These letters were sometimes used for more than one catalog so other clues such as lure colors & newly introduced series must also be taken into account to correctly date the printing. Some early price sheets had more than one edition for the same year. Also, should an offering with a customer testimonial from October 1918 be considered a 1918 issue or was it released in 1919? Another example is a 1945 catalog recently studied. It has an August 1946 price sheet inserted & a 1947 sticker on the cover that hides the original printed date! Where does a researcher enter these series & colors: 1945, 1946, or 1947? Actually this practice wasn't unusual for CCBCo due to the enormous expense of printing the all-color price lists. Leftover catalogs were sent out with updated tip-ins, newer price sheets, & a dated sticker on the cover that hid the original date. This has caused modern CCBCo researchers more than a little confusion. Some lures were produced in wood and/or plastic. You might encounter baits with glass or tack or painted eyes, depending on the series & time of production. There are many other production variations observed by today's tackle collectors but no attempt has been made here to list the years they were made. Consult my other site pages for this information.

A compilation of this size will surely have many interpretive & actual errors. Please contact the author if you can document any needed changes.

  • There was a limited production into early 1979 but for all practical purposes most production was over when the company sold to new owners in 1978.
  • These are all original series catalog baits & all the catalog colors in which they were made until 1978/79 .
  • The numbering is based on a revised system adopted by CCBCo in 1925. Many baits & colors were made before this date. The catalog codes for colors are often different in the 1916-1924 price lists but have been converted in this study for the purposes of clarity.
  • #13 Black is listed in the 1960 catalog. An attached catalog flyer states that any series offering a #13 Black is also available in #33 Black Scale.
  • The lures listed here are wooden examples unless noted. Some colors were produced in plastic ONLY and are included for the sake of showing a complete color set withing a particular series.

At times, a series was first offered in national tackle periodicals before it appeared in a CCBCo catalog. It's virtually impossible to locate every tackle-related publication printed from 1916-1978/'79 to verify if a Creek Chub lure appeared there first. Therefore, most of the introductory dates for lures are based on CCBCo's full size catalog or other Creek Chub ephemera, for the sake of continuity.

(*) Entries marked with an asterisk have a special note at the end of the series which varies in content but sometimes confirms production dates from CCBCo ephemera other than full size catalogs.
(**) Production dates of lures or colors marked with TWO asterisks are "best guesses" & will be updated if certain catalogs are ever discovered.
(***) Dates that #05 Dace was first listed in the catalogs on certain series.

#100 WIGGLER 1916-1964
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Chub 1916-1963 or *1964
01 Perch 1917-1963 or *1964
02 White-Red 1916-1958
03 Silver Shiner 1950-1954
04 Golden Shiner 1916-1954
05 Red Side or ***Dace 1917-1954
06 Goldfish 1919-1954
07 Mullet 1918-1954
09 Brilliant Greenback 1917-1949
11 White/Black 1919-1949
12 Red 1916-1949
18 Silver Flash ** 1926-1958
19 Frog 1937-1954
*#100 Wiggler was listed in 1964 but no colors were shown.
Only 00 Chub & 01 Perch were late production colors.
***#105 Dace first listed in 1950.

#200 BABY WIGGLER 1917-1954
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Chub 1917-1954
01 Perch 1917-1954
02 White/Red 1917-1954
03 Silver Shiner 1950-1954
04 Golden Shiner 1917-1954
05 Red Side or ***Dace 1917-1954
06 Goldfish 1920-1954
07 Mullet 1950-1954
09 Brilliant Greenback 1917-1949
11 White/Black 1919-1949
12 Red 1917-1949
18 Silver Flash **1926-1954
19 Frog 1950-1954
***#205 Dace first described in 1950 catalog but illustration of this color shown since 1939.

#300 CRAWDAD 1917-1964
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Natural Crab 1917-*1964
01 Perch 1950-1954
02 Albino 1918-1954
15 Tan Crab 1919-1954
16 River Peeler 1919-1954
18 Silver Flash 1950-1954
*1964- this lure could be ordered but no colors were listed. Only the #00 Natural Crab was offered after 1954 so it's assumed this is the catalog color that was sent.

#400 BABY CRAWDAD 1918-1964
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Natural Crab 1918-*1964
01 Perch 1950-1953
02 Albino 1918-1953
15 Tan Crab 1919-1953
16 River Peeler 1919-1953
18 Silver Flash 1950-1953
*1964 - This series could be ordered but no colors listed.
It's assumed the catalog color available was
#00 Natural Crab.

#500 OPEN MOUTH SHINER 1918-1931
Catalog # Color Years Produced
02 White/Red 1918-1931
03 Silver Shiner 1918-1931
05 Red Side 1918-1931
18 Silver Flash 1927-1931

* #600 HUSKY MUSKY 1918-1954
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Chub 1918-1954
01 Perch 1919-1954
02 White/Red 1919-1954
07 Mullet 1918-1954
18 Silver Flash 1926-1954
*These colors were also made in the 1960s & 1970s with glass eyes, but not shown in any price lists.  
#700 PIKIE 1920-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Pikie 1920-1978
01 Perch 1921-1978
02 White/Red 1921-1978
03 Silver Shiner 1925-1978
04 Golden Shiner 1921-1964
07 Mullet 1950-1964
08 Rainbow 1923-1964
10 White/Blue 1920-1949
11 White/Black 1920-1954
12 White/Red Eye 1972-'73
13 Black 1957-1960 & 1967-1978
18 Silver Flash 1926-1978
19 Frog 1959-1961
20 Mackerel 1972-1973, plastic only
21 Day-N-Nite 1928-1952
21 Fluorescent Red 1972-1973, plastic only
22 Lum. Red Head/White 1929-1952
30 Orange w/ Black Spots 1952-1962
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1952-1956 &
1960-1964
34 Blue Flash 1959-1978
37 Yellow Flash 1957-1958
39 Tiger Stripe 1964, plastic only
40 Chrome 1969-1978, plastic only
41 Amber 1972-1973, plastic only

#700 SALTWATER PIKIE (2 trebles) 1957-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
02 White/Red 1957-1978
03 Silver Shiner 1957-1978
07 Mullet 1957-1978
18 Silver Flash 1957-1978
34 Blue Flash 1957-1978
35 Purple Eel 1957-1961

#800 DELUXE WAGTAIL 1921-1953
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Chub 1921-1953
01 Perch 1921-1953
02 White/Red 1921-1953
04 Golden Shiner 1921-1953
05 Red Side or ***Dace 1921-1953
06 Goldfish 1921-1953
18 Silver Flash **1926-1953
*** 1950 was the first year #805 Dace was listed in the catalog.

*#900 BABY PIKIE 1921-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Pikie 1921-1978
01 Perch 1921-1978
02 White/Red 1921-1978
03 Silver Shiner 1929-1978
04 Golden Shiner 1921-1964
08 Rainbow 1923-1964
13 Black 1957-1960 &
1967-1978
18 Silver Flash **1926-1978
21 Fluorescent Red 1972-1973, plastic only
30 Orange W/ Black Spots 1952-1961
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1952-1956 & 1960-1978
40 Chrome 1969-1978, plastic only
    *Deep Diver lips were produced as an option from 1950-1954.

#1000 CREEK BUG WIGGLER (Trout Size)
1922-1946
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Natural Bug 1922-1946
02 White/Red 1922-1946
13 Black 1922-1946

#1100 CREEK BUG WIGGLER
(Trout & Bass Size) 1922-1946
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Natural Bug 1922-1946
02 White/Red 1922-1946
13 Black 1922-1946

#1200 FLY ROD PIKIE (Trout Size) 1922-1946
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Pikie 1922-1946
02 White/Red 1922-1946
05 Red Side or Dace 1922-1946

#1300 FLY ROD PIKIE (Bass Size) 1922-1946
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Pikie 1922-1946
02 White/Red 1922-1946
05 Red Side or Dace 1922-1946

#1400 BIG CREEK BUG WIGGLER 1922-1931
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Natural Bug 1922-1931
02 White/Red 1922-1931
13 Black 1922-1931
 
#1500 INJURED MINNOW 1923-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Old Red Side 1923-1925, see #05
00 Pikie 1938-1978
01 Perch 1925-1978
02 White/Red 1925-1978
03 Silver Shiner 1925-1964
04 Golden Shiner 1925-1964
05 Red Side or ***Dace Late 1925-1978, see #00
09 Shad 1962-1964
11 Purple 1974-1975
13 Black 1957-1960 & 1967-1975
14 Yellow Spotted 1950-1954
15 Luminous (early #) 1925-1926
17 *Luminous see notation
18 Silver Flash 1926-1978
19 Frog 1950-1978
21 Day-N-Nite 1928-1954
24 Redwing Blackbird 1941-1954
25 White Scale 1941-1954
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1960-1964
38 Pearl 1955-1958
* #17 Luminous was listed in some of the late 1920's catalogs for this series & again in 1937 within the company color chart for all lures. Since an all white Luminous was a catalog color only on this series, #17 is listed here.
***#1505 Dace pictured in the catalog since 1939 but the "Dace" description not shown until 1950.

#1600 BABY INJURED MINNOW 1923-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Old Red Side 1923-1925, see #05
00 Pikie 1950-1978
01 Perch 1925-1978
02 White/Red 1925-1978
03 Silver Shiner 1925-1964
04 Golden Shiner 1925-1964
05 Red Side or ***Dace Late 1925-1978, see #00
09 Shad 1962-1964
11 Purple 1968-1978, plastic only
13 Black 1957-1960 & 1967-1978
14 Yellow Spotted 1950-1954
18 Silver Flash **1926-1978
19 Frog 1950-1978
21 Day-N-Nite 1950-1954
24 Redwing Blackbird 1941-1954
25 White Scale 1941-1954
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1960-1964
38 Pearl 1955-1958
***#1605 Dace pictured in the catalog since 1939 but the "Dace" description not shown until 1950.

#1700 POLLY WIGGLE 1923-1931
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Natural Pollywog 1923-1931
02 White/Red 1923-1931

#1800 UNDERWATER SPINNER MINNOW
1923-1933
Catalog # Color Years Produced
05 Red Side 1923-1933
08 *Rainbow 1923-1933
09 Brilliant Greenback 1923-1933
18 Silver Flash **1926-1933
*1925 Catalog - Rainbow listed as #11 instead of correct #08.

#1900 CREEK & RIVER FISHING LURE
1923-1933
Catalog # Color Years Produced
05 Red Side 1923-1933
08 *Rainbow 1923-1933
09 Brilliant Greenback 1923-1933
18 Silver Flash **1926-1933
*1925 Catalog - Rainbow listed as #11 instead of correct #08.

#2000 Darter 1923-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Frog (thru '32, also see #19) 1923-1932
00 Pikie 1936-1978
01 Perch 1950-1978
02 White/Red 1923-1954 & 1957-1978
08 Rainbow 1961-1964
09 Shad 1962-1964
13 Black 1957-1960
14 Yellow Spotted 1923-1978
17 Coachdog 1961
18 Silver Flash **1926-1978
19 Frog (Also, see #00) 1933-1978
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1955-1956 & 1960-1964
38 Pearl 1955-1958

#2000-S SPINNERED DARTER 1946-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00-S Pikie 1946-1964 & 1968-1978
01-S Perch 1950-1964 & 1968-1978
02-S White/Red 1946-1964 & 1968-1978
08-S Rainbow 1961 only
13-S Black 1957-1960 & 1968-1978
14-S Yellow Spotted 1947-1964 & 1968-1978
17-S Coachdog 1961-1964
18-S Silver Flash 1946-1964 & 1968-1978
19-S Frog 1946-1964 & 1968-1978
31-S Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32-S Fire Plug 1950-1954
33-S Black Scale 1955-1956 & 1960-1964
38-S Pearl 1955-1958

#2000-SW DARTER SALTWATER 1957-1964
Catalog # Color Years Produced
02-SW White/Red 1957-1964
07-SW Mullet 1957-1961 & 1964
18-SW Silver Flash 1957-1964
34-SW Blue Flash 1957-1964
35-SW Purple Eel 1957-1964

#2100 FINTAIL SHINER 1924-1946
Catalog # Color Years Produced
01 Perch 1924-1946
02 White/Red 1924-1946
03 Silver Shiner 1924-1946
04 Golden Shiner 1924-1946
05 Red Side 1924-1946
18 Silver Flash 1926-1946

#2200 MIDGET PIKIE *1924-1961
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Pikie 1924-1961
01 Perch 1924-1961
02 White/Red 1924-1961
03 Silver Shiner 1950-1954
04 Golden Shiner 1924-1961
08 Rainbow 1924-1961
13 Black 1924-1960
18 Silver Flash **1926-1961
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1955-1956 &
1960-1961
*This series not shown in the full size 1924 catalog but listed in a 4 page 1924 supplement.

#2300 HUSKY PIKIE 1925-1978
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00 Pikie 1925-1978
01 Perch 1925-1978
02 White/Red 1925-1978
04 Golden Shiner 1925-1964
07 Mullet 1947-1964
08 Rainbow 1925-1964
12 White /Red Eye

1972-1973 & 1975-1978

13 Black 1967-1978
18 Silver Flash **1926-1978
20 Mackerel 1972-1973 & 1975-1978
20 Mackerel 1972-1973, plastic
30 Orange w/ Black Spots 1952-1954
31 Rainbow Fire 1950-1954
32 Fire Plug 1950-1954
33 Black Scale 1952-1954
34 Blue Flash 1953-1978
35 Purple Eel 1953-1961
37 Yellow Flash 1953-1958
39 Tiger Stripe 1964 & 1967-1978
41 Amber 1972-1973, plastic only

#2300-L HUSKY PIKIE (leaded; 2 trebles)
1957-1962
Catalog # Color Years Produced
00-L Pikie 1957-1962
01-L Perch 1957-1962
02-L White/Red 1957-1962
04-L Golden Shiner 1957-1962
07-L Mullet 1957-1962
08-L Rainbow 1957-1962
18-L Silver Flash 1957-1962
34-L Blue Flash 1957-1962
35-L Purple Eel 1957-1958 &
1961-1962
37-L Yellow Flash 1957-1958
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CONTINUED: [Page 3 - Series #5000-6900]
CONTINUED: [Page 4 - Series #7000-#9600]
CONTINUED: [Page 5 - Metal Lures Series #S1-#S50 &
Fly Rod Baits Series #F1-#F1400]

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