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VIRTUAL LURE SHOW XXIX

 

Featuring the #6400 and #6100 Tiny Tim Series (1941-1954 & 1970-1978)

Often times, Creek Chub lures with painted eyes (and tack eyes) take a back seat to those series with glass eyes. This definitely isn’t the case with the Tiny Tim series, which were only cataloged with painted eyes. These baits were offered as a catalog item in a few colors seen on many other series, but also a few patterns that were unique to this model lure. As we will see, assembling a collection of Tiny Tims is not much different than any other CCBCo design. There are lures you will find at the first major show or a cursory look online, while others will seem to bedevil you forever.

This is one of the only designs that Creek Chub reintroduced after such a long interval (sixteen years)! The company presented nine different patterns during the initial phase of 1941-1954; then jumped to 1970. The series was then changed from #6400 to #6100. Three new fluorescent colors were immediately  marketed during the reintroduction. You will find mini-variations in the fluorescent paint. There are those with matte, semi-glossy and high gloss finishes. Also, three old favorites: Perch, Red & White and Silver Flash were brought back into the fold.

How does a collector tell the old production from the latest? Besides some new colors, a quick clue is the lip. The 1970 and later examples have an unmarked pressed slot in the lip while the older lures have a loose line tie that extends through a hole in the marked lip. 

Basically, the Tiny Tim in standard form is a small, wiggling, underwater bait with a belly weight. 1950 saw the announcement of a deep diving lip on this bait and only six other series. This was an option for these baits. These DD lips were company marked and had a pressed slot utilized as a line tie. This style line tie was similar to the late examples introduced in 1970, although the DD lips were only available from 1950-1953. Collectors can find most of these deep diver variations after a hard search, but there are a few that may never be seen.

Late production: As stated, the series was changed from #6400 to #6100 in 1970. Tiny Tim baits were pictured and described in price lists during the late years from 1970-1973. From 1974-1978 (no 1979 price list), the series was only shown in a written list of series available at the end of the catalog; without any mention of the possible colors.

Specials are another area that deserves particular recognition. Advanced collections of Tiny Tims often include an impressive array of special order baits. One of the problems in finding exceptional condition lures in this series is the lead belly weight. Often times, the paint didn’t adhere to this metal and has broken away from the weight. It’s each collector’s option to decide if this flaw overrides the rarity of the special color when it’s time to buy. A few Specials are listed after the catalog colors.   
  
Boxes for these baits should also be mentioned. None are particularly common. The deep diver versions are really tough and even the late plastic-top boxes for the fluorescent colors are not easy.

A short comment is shown after each of the colors in order to give collectors a better insight to the rarity of each pattern or other details. This may seem basic material to an advanced CCBCo collector, but much of this is read by enthusiasts of other lure companies or Creek Chub collectors who specialize in certain other series. In any case, I hope you enjoy the presentation as I proceed through the Original Series (#100-#9600 series) and eventually delve into the metal and earlier fly rod baits. 

CATALOG COLORS

#6400 Pikie (scale), 1941-1954:

You won’t have trouble finding this little guy. Although one of CCBCo’s most common colors, it wasn’t one of the options when this series was reintroduced in 1970. An example with a deep diver lip is tougher, yet not improbable to find.

#6401 & #6101 Perch, 1941-1954 & 1970-1978:

Another fairly easy color that sold so well, it was one of the three original colors offered again when the company decided to bring back the popular Tiny Tim in 1970. Get the correct box, a nice pocket catalog from the right era and you are on to the next project.

#6402 & #6102 Red Head & White, 1941-1954 & 1970- 1978:

Unlike other Red & White baits, these lures have a black stripe running down the bait’s back. One of the original colors the company decided to offer again in 1970 after CCBCo hadn’t cataloged any Tiny Tims since 1954. At this later date, the series number was changed to #6100 and this lure to #6102.

#6418 & #6118 Silver Flash, 1941-1954 & 1970-1978:

A wonderful color that assuredly caught fish, based on the fact Silver Flash was offered as a catalog color on seventy-four different Original Series (#100-#9600 series). Collectors often acquire an early lip, a late lip, one with a stencil back and a specimen with the deep diver lip. As you can see, this collection can extend considerably over the basic twelve catalog colors and some Specials thrown into the mix.

#6121 Fluorescent Red, 1970-1978:

One of the hot new colors in this series and first offered in 1970. The finish is typically matte, but other gradients up to a glossy finish are known. These late colors will be found in a plastic top box.

#6122 Fluorescent Green, 1970-1978: One of three fluorescent colors offered the year the Tiny Tim series was reintroduced in 1970; then cataloged for several more years. The plastic top boxes can often be a bigger chore to acquire than the lure!

#6123 Fluorescent Yellow, 1970-1978: It’s hard to say which of the fluorescents are the toughest to find. All are eye-popping flashy. You might find a gold CCBCo label on these late lure’s back. More often, the lure backs are unmarked.

 

#6424 Redwing Blackbird, 1941-1954:

A very popular color combo regardless of the series. Also, it’s a pattern often preferred by repaint artists, so look closely. An example from pre-1950 is possible with a “military stencil” back mark. If you find an original one with a deep diver lip, grab it! Quite rare. Good luck finding a correct lure box for the standard and the deep diver lip.

#6425 White Scale, 1941-1954:

Another collector favorite. It’s possible to find this color with a few variations: a stencil back, an unmarked back, the standard lip and a deep diver lip. None are easy pickings. If you find a correct empty box before the lure, add it to your stash.

#6426 Red & White with Wings, 1941-1954:

A cool pattern not available on any other series! You will find a standard specimen of the era, but you may never see any other variation, especially one with a Deep Diver lip. These last three colors (#26, #27, #28) are nearly impossible to locate with this optional feature.

#6427 Spotted, 1941-1954:

Another pattern only offered in the Tiny Tim series. You may have noticed that all of the original colors were sold for the entire 1941-1954 period. When this series was reintroduced in 1970, most of these color combos were long gone from production.

#6428 Gray, 1941-1954:

There were other lure designs that were offered in Gray, yet none were painted with the same airbrush details as this Tiny Tim. Tough to find, but a box for the standard lip or deep diver version will often be the prize you’ll wait the longest to discover.

SPECIALS

Although there are a lot of special order baits known within this series, most are gobbled up by Tiny Tim specialists before they reach the market. Specialized collectors often have trouble adding to a mature collection and reach out to like-minded enthusiasts to ask them to
“give me first shot” if they ever sell their (in this case) Tiny Tims.
This is my excuse as a general CCBCo collector for not having a pile of Specials from this design and I’m sticking to it!

#6402 or #6102 Red & White:

An odd duck. A combination of early and late features:
1. An early style marked lip with the line tie riveted through the lip.
2. A blended red head instead of the usual dipped type.
3. No back stripe vs. the standard #02 Tiny Time with a black stripe.
4. Black eyes instead of the usual gold eyes on earlier Tiny Tims.
The question remains - is this a Special or a standard late bait while utilizing a leftover early style lip?

#6404 Golden Shiner:

This one has the desirable back stencil marking. It’s such a popular color to collect; coupled with a series that is a huge favorite. The
result is a cross section of heavy competition for an obviously finite supply.

#6405 Dace:

A pattern with a complicated past. Creek Chub offered a large scale Red Side color combo in the ‘teens, followed by a few other updated styles in the 1920s and later. The final Red Side was painted with much smaller scales. That final version shared the #05 color code with Dace. This Dace was first advertised in the early 1930s, but wasn’t shown in catalogs until c.1950. Based on surviving lures, it appears the latest Red Side and Dace were manufactured in tandem. This example is a pre-1950 stencil back variation.

Next time look for a study on the three Creek Chub Bomber Series. Stay tuned.