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CREEK CHUB’S UNLISTED SERIES IN POCKET CATALOGS…

AND WHY WE CARE


CCBCo collectors often prefer to add the correct paperwork to their boxed lures. It can be a tricky job because Creek Chub changed the ephemera in their lure boxes over the years. This is a quick breakdown of the possibilities over the years.

  • Instructive hang tags for certain series were included in boxes from c.1926-1949. A couple different format order forms were also available in all boxes for the same period of time.
  • The pocket catalogs (aka insert catalogs) were part of the package beginning in 1920. A brown foldout style pocket catalog (PC) was used through 1925. It was then replaced with a stapled version on better paper in 1926. This style remained through 1932. Several more variations were printed in a fold-out style through 1976. They differ in style considerable. In order to make sense of it, I recommend that you contact Rev. Alan Celoria through the NFLCC and order his book entitled “Creek Chub on Paper, Volume One.”  
  • Sometimes, a few other bits of promotional paper were part of the post-1960 packaging.

As stated, there are several Original Series not described in these
mini-catalogs. The following series in wood, metal and fly rod types are examples not seen, although you can find them in the full-size CCBCo catalogs.  If you have any of these designs, the best you can hope for is to add a PC from the same perceived era as your bait. In fact, you are essentially adding the same type of pocket catalog as the company would have incorporated decades ago.  

Note: Creek Chub began producing replacement numbered series in 1954. They were either different designs or different sizes of lures already in production.  Original Series numbers from series that had been discontinued were also reissued. They are outside the realm of this study. This includes any of the all-plastic series introduced in 1956. 

#100-9600 Original Wood, Metal & Fly Rod Series Unlisted In CCBCo Pocket Catalogs:

SERIES

LURE

LURE YEARS

#1800

Underwater Spinner Minnow

1923-1933

#1900

Creek & River Fishing Lure

1923-1933

#3500

Husky Injured Minnow

1929-1961

#4000

Tarpon Pikie

1932-1961

#4500

Wiggle Wizard

1934-1938

#4900

Jointed Darter

1938-1943 & 1970-1978*

#5000

Close Pin

1936-1946

#5800

Husky Plunker

1939-1946 & 1948-1954

#5900

Midget Plunker

1939-1943 & 1972-1978*

#6000

Midget Beetle

1939-1954

#6100

Midget Dinger

1940-1949

#6500

Baby Bomber

1942-1945

#6600

Dive Bomber (Kreeker)

1942-1953

#6700

Big Bomber

1942-1945

#7500

Surf Popper

1955-1958

#7600

Surf Darter

1955-1958

#7700

Salt Spin Darter

1955-1958

#8000

Midget Darter

1938-1978*

S-10

Wigl-Y-Rind

1929-1940

S-40

Musky Champ

1937-1950

S-50

Saltwater Champ

1937-1950

F-10

Feather Casting Minnow

1924-c.1926

F-20

Bass Fly

1924-c.1926**

F-40

Hopper Fly

1924-c.1926**

F-500

Bug-A-Moth

1934-1937**

F-600

Bug-A-Bass

1934-1937**

                     
*There are three series listed in PCs, but deserve a mention here. Although all three designs were first available in the late 1930s, they weren’t shown in a PC until decades later. If you have an early variation of any of these lures, a late PC won’t be appropriate:
#4900 Jointed Darter: Available in 1938 but not in a PC until 1971.
#5900 Midget Plunker: First cataloged in 1939 but not in a PC until 1971.  
#8000 Midget Darter: First sold in 1938 but not in a PC until 1965.

**Technically, the F-20 through F-600 fly rod hair baits may have never been housed in an elongated
Creek Chub box that would have included a PC.

***A #500 Bug-A-Moth IS pictured in the 1933 PC but not described.
Instead the reader is asked to send for a fly rod circular from the company.