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1933 to 1961

Heddon River Runt Spooks was one of the longest lasting production lures, spanning over 50 years. With this long production period, comes many variations both in cataloged and non-cataloged colors. It can be one of the toughest lures to color collect.

I'm going to attempt to show all colors known, with some variations. The body shape is a Midget River Runt; not all of the colors shown were offered on this series, but were offered on other series. Please remember that I'm showing 1933 to 1961 colors, see Later Runt Colors for the creme eye versions of some of these colors.

*indicates that the color was offered beyond 1961.

CATALOGED COLORS

CODE & NAME VERSION APPROX. YEAR VISUAL
0S or S Spotted Common 1938-56
1 or RB Rainbow Common 1933-56
2 or RH White, Red Head Common 1933-61*
2Lum Luminous, Red & White Common 1942-43 "Lum" is typically printed on other side upside down... Most have bubbled paint!!!
2XS or XRW Red & White Shore Minnow Common 1937-61* Heddon switched name from White & Red to Red & White Shore Minnow around 1946
2XS White & Red Shore Minnow Common 1940-43
9D Green Scale Common 1938-43
9GW Glow Worm Common 1935-43
9GWH Black, White Head Common 1938-43 This color has also been found with surface hardware...
9L or L Perch Common 1935-61* Can be found with both Silver & Yellow Scales on Belly
9Lum Luminous Common 1935-41 "Lum" is typically printed on other side upside down... Most have bubbled paint!!!
9M or M Pike Common 1936-61*
9N Dace Scale Common 1933-43 This color has also been found with surface hardware...
9P or P Shiner Scale Common 1933-61* Sometimes found with no Pink!!!
9PAS Allen Stripey Common 1939-43
9PL Pearl Common 1933-43
9R or R Natural Scale Common 1936-47
9RH Silver Flitter, Red Head Common 1939-43
9SS Silver Scale
or
SS Silver Flittter
Common 1936-45
1951-56
9XBW or XBW Black & White Shore Minnow Common 1937-61*
9XGF Greenfish Shore Minnow Common 1934-43 This color has also been found with surface hardware...
9XRG Green Shore Minnow Common 1934-39
9XRG or XRG Green Shore Minnow Common 1939-56
9XRS Silver Shore Minnow Common 1934-39
9XRS or XRS Silver Shore Minnow Common 1939-61*
9XRX Bluefish Shore Minnow Common 1940-43 This color has also been found with surface hardware...
9XRY or XRY Yellow Shore Minnow Common c1936-61*
9XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow Common 1937-39
9XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow Common 1939-43 This color has also been found with surface hardware...
9XWB White & Black Shore Minnow Common 1942-43
ECODEGB Green & Black WaterWave Common 1938
ECODERW Red & White WaterWave Common 1938
ECODEYB Yellow & Black WaterWave Common 1938
FFCODEGB Fish-Flash, Gold & Black Common 1954
FFCODEGR Fish-Flash, Gold & Red Common 1954
FFCODESB Fish-Flash, Silver & Black Common 1954 9400 color shown, all others have black stripe instead of silver.
FFCODESR Fish-Flash, Silver & Red Common 1954 9400 color shown, all others have red stripe instead of silver.
FGB Fish-Flash, Gold & Black Common 1955 See FFCODEGB
FGR Fish-Flash, Gold & Red Common 1955 See FFCODEGR
FSB Fish-Flash, Silver & Black Common 1955 See FFCODESB
FSR Fish-Flash, Silver & Red Common 1955 See FFCODESR
GB Fish-Flash, Gold & Black Common 1956 See FFCODEGB
GR Fish-Flash, Gold & Red Common 1956 See FFCODEGR
PG Golden Shiner Common 1952-56
RHF Red Head Flitter Common 1952-61* Has Green Back with Silver Scales
SB Fish-Flash, Silver & Black Common 1956 See FFCODESB
SD Shad Common 1946-56 See below Un-Cataloged 9SHAD version.
SG-XGY Spook-Glow, Green, Yellow Ribs Common 1951-52 Has light yellow stripe on back and belly, same color as ribs...
SG-XLB Spook-Glow, Red, Black Ribs Common 1951-52 Has light black stripe on back and belly, same color as ribs...
SG-XOY Spook-Glow, Orange, Yellow Ribs Common 1951-52 Has light yellow stripe on back and belly, same color as ribs...
SG-XYS Spook-Glow, Yellow, Silver Ribs Common 1951-52 Has light silver stripe on back and belly, same color as ribs...
SO Spotted Orange Common 1952-61*
SP Sparkle Silver 1953
SP Sparkle Gold 1953
SR Fish-Flash, Silver & Red Common 1956 See FFCODESR
SR-XRW Spook-Ray, Red & White Common 1950
SR-XRW Spook-Ray, Red & White Variation 1952
SR-XBY Spook-Ray, Black & Yellow Common 1950
XBP Pearl & Black Shore Minnow Common 1948-56
Any Cataloged Colors Help

*indicates that the color was offered beyond 1961.

NON-CATALOGED COLORS

CODE & NAME VERSION APPROX. YEAR VISUAL
2 or RET White, Red Eyes & Tail Common 1940's See 2Lum for a similar color, but this is NOT luminous.
2YB Red Head, Yellow Belly Common Early 1940's
4 Red Common Early 1940's
8RH Red Head, Gold Flitter Common Early 1940's
9G or B All Black Common 1940's-50's
9LYB Perch, Yellow Belly Common Early 1940's
9PLXB Blue Pearl Shore Minnow Common Early 1940's
9PRH Shiner Scale, Red Head Common Early 1940's
9PRHYB Shiner Scale, Red Head, Yellow Belly Common Early 1940's
9PYB Shiner Scale, Yellow Belly Common Early 1940's
9RHYB or SSRHYB Silver Flitter, Red Head Common Early 1940's
9RRH Natural Scale, Red Head Common Early 1940's
9SH Silver Herring Common 1940's See SH for the Later version of this color...
9SHAD Shad Common 1940's I call this version with GOLD EYES uncataloged, as they were suppose to have YELLLOW EYES.
9W All White Common 1940's Also available as all white, see W below.
9XBY Black & Yellow Shore Minnow Common Early 1940's
9XWB Lum Luminous, White & Black Shore Minnow Common Early 1940's Back is Luminous
BF Bullfrog Common 1950's
BGL Bluegill Common 1950's
BP Blue Pearl Common 1950's
BR Brown Scale? Common 1950's
BSS Black Scales with Stripes? Common Late 1950's
CS Crystal Shad Common Late 1950's
GCB Green Crackleback Common Early 1950's
LWB Perch, White Belly Common 1940's-50's Also came with Creme Eye, see Later RR Colors
S9402M Saltwater, White, Red Gills S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9402XS Saltwater, White & Red Shore Minnow S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9409GW Saltwater, Glow Worm S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Help
S9409P Saltwater, Shiner Scale S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9409PAS Saltwater, Allen Stripey S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Help
S9409PBH Saltwater, Blue Herring S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9409PLXB Saltwater, Blue Pearl Shore Minnow S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9409PLXR Saltwater, Pearl Shore Minnow S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9409XRY Saltwater, Yellow Shore Minnow S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
S9409YS Sp. Saltwater, Yellow Scale, Red Ribs Special S9400 Silver Salmon Runt 1938 Only offered on the S9400 Salmon River Runt with Scooped Lip
SH Silver Herring Common 1950's See 9SH for the Older version of this color...
SGSO Spook-Glow, Orange Spotted Common Early 1950's
SG-? Spook-Glow, Orange, Black Spots Common Early 1950's
SOB Spots on Black Common 1950's
SR-XCW Spook-Ray, Chartreuse & White Common 1948 This color was only offered in a 1948 hardware catalog.
SSD Silver Shad Common 1940's
W All White Common 1950's Also available with clear belly and scales, see 9W above.
WCODE9D Luminous, Green Scale Common Late 1930's Belly is Luminous
WCODE9P Luminous, Shiner Scale Common Late 1930's Belly is Luminous
WCODE9XPLB Luminous, ??? Shore Minnow Common Late 1930's Help
WBS White, Black Spots Common Late 1950's
XBL Blue Shore Minnow Common Late 1950's Similar to Bluefish Shore Minnow?
XRYBB Yellow, Black Ribs Common 1940's-50's Color Code may be 9XYB : Yellow, Black Bone?
XWB White & Black Shore Minnow Common 1950's
YBS Yellow, Black Spots Common Late 1950's
GFYBS Fish-Flash, Gold & Yellow with Dots Common Mid 1950's
GFWBS Fish-Flash, Gold & White with Dots Common Mid 1950's
SFWBS Fish-Flash, Silver & White with Dots Common Mid 1950's
? Fish-Flash, Gold & Black with Dots Common Mid 1950's
? Fish-Flash, Gold & Black Spotted Common Mid 1950's
? Fish-Flash, Silver, Brown & Black Common Mid 1950's
SFBR Fish-Flash, Silver & Brown Common Mid 1950's
? Fish-Flash, Gold & Perch Common Mid 1950's Gold Flash Insert
? Fish-Flash, Silver & Shad Common Mid 1950's Silver Flash Insert
FFCODESX or SX Fish-Flash, Silver & Clear Common 1950's
? Clear Common 1950's Also available w/Creme Eye, see Later Colors!
? Clear, Black Ribs Common 1950's
? Pearl, Gray Ribs & Silver Scales Common 1950's Silver Scales are over the Gray Ribs
? Green, Silver Ribs Common 1950's
? Yellow, Black Ribs Common Early 1940's Color Code may be 9XYB : Yellow, Black Bone?
? Red, White Ribs Common 1950's
Any Non-Cataloged Colors Help

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From 1943 to 1945 Heddon was engaged 100% in producing implements of war. It is commonly accepted to find colors that were dropped in 1943 with surface hardware. An assumption would be that Heddon filled pre-war orders in 1946 through 1948, thus surface hardware can be found on older colors that were discontinued. 

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