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VIRTUAL LURE SHOW XXIV

Featuring Creek Chub Bait Co's Series:
 #5600 Dinger, ##5700 Husky Dinger, and #6100 Midget Dinger

Today, these three "hair bait" series are among the most favored designs ever produced by Creek Chub.
They range from fairly common to very scarce, depending on the series and color.
It follows the most available size is the #5600 Dinger Series, since it has the longest production period
of the three models (1939-1953). The Midget Dinger is considerably scarcer and was cataloged from 1940-1949.
The boxes for these smaller Dingers are also much tougher than the #5600 Dinger series.
It ís common knowledge the #5700 Husky Dinger Series is, by far, the rarest.
This size lure was offered from only 1939-1946 and for a more limited angling market Also,
locating the correct Husky Dinger boxes for all the catalog colors is a project in itself that you may never complete.

All three series were sold in the same eight catalog colors with the exception of #13 Black.
It was standard in the #5600 Dingers and the #6100 Midget Dingers but not standard in the #5700 Husky Dingers.
Oddly, Black was cataloged in the brother of this lure, the #5300 Husky Dingbat.

Special orders from any of these series are seldom seen. The competition from hair bait specialists is intense
and by networking with other like-minded collectors, they usually get "first shot" at any hair bait Specials
before they hit the market. I only have two to share in this study.

The standard and Midget Dingers can be found over time in the condition of you choice.
If you demand "minty" examples, the process will naturally prolong your journey.
Adding boxes, will only add to their appeal. You may need to rethink your strategy if you demand virtual
perfection in the #5700 Husky Dingers. Originally, a smaller market for this size and a short manufacturing
period have created a perfect combination of a rare product,
especially since they were sold primarily during the limited production era of WWII. 

#5600 Dinger Series 1939-1953

This design was cataloged in only eight colors. All hair baits are very popular with Creek Chub collectors and this series is no exception. Most colors won't be too difficult to locate, even in pristine condition. Finding a super Black Dinger can be more of a challenge when you have passed on those baits that have been touched-up or rubbed in old tackle boxes. Black is such an uncompromising color! The most elusive pattern in this series is the #05 Dace. The box might be even tougher, although not as expensive.

The flat forehead initially featured a bright oval metal plate inscribed ìDinger.î It was replaced for a short time with a brass plate with the same marking. I believe this was necessary during WWII due to government restrictions on certain metals. Eventually the metal plate was deleted from the latest models. The marked lips were consistent throughout production. They featured an unimproved type without the reinforced ridges. Also, there wasn't any reason to have through-wire hardware in a bait intended for smaller species of fish. The lure's back was either stenciled "Dinger" or no marking of any kind on the back (or belly).The horsehair tail is dyed and color coded to the painted body.

Note: Rarity notations are relative. Nothing is as common as a #700 Pikie, Pikie Scale.
The reference here is between the Dinger colors.

#5600 Series Dinger, 1939-1953
All colors were offered for the entire production period.

#5600 Pikie Scale:
Common. A slightly bigger challenge is to find the two different metals in the head plate and the example without a plate. This is a late example without a flasher head plate. Also, there isn't a back marking.

#5601 Perch:
Common. Has the earlier bright metal (or plated) oval head plate. A ìDingerî back stencil.

#5602 Red Head & White:
Common. If you want an top-notch example, it will be a little tougher to find one without age lines than the first two colors. This one has a bright head plate and a back stencil.

#5604 Golden Shiner:
Scarcer. Yet, it isn't a rarity by any stretch of the imagination. This is a beauty with a bright metal head plate. It features a solid yellow horsehair tail. No wire leader on this one.

#5605 Dace:
Quite Scarce. It's definitely the most elusive color in this series. #05 color is also seen in several other variations. Dace is just one of the possibilities. You can also expect to find one without any blue, known as New Red Side. This series was produced too late for Early Red Side which featured larger scales. Actually, I haven't seen a true New Red Side in this series. A bright head plate and an unmarked back are the earmarks of this particular lure.

#5613 Black:
Semi-Common. As usual, if you aspire for a super grade example, the process becomes more difficult. This one has the bright metal head plate and stencil back. Itís the only solid color in this Dinger Series.

#5618 Silver Flash:
Common. This one is another later specimen without a metal head plate. Creek Chub was inconsistent in regards to the back mark on this color. There is a chain pattern running down the spine. The busy design on this example isn't cluttered with a stencil series name. Yet, if you collect Silver Flash lures from enough different series, youíll see some examples with a back stencil.

#5619 Frog:
Semi-Common: One of the most popular patterns in angling and shared with hundreds of manufactures. No head plate or back mark. I've noticed the later lips don't seem to have the same quality of finish as the earlier lips.

#5700 Series Husky Dinger Catalog Colors 1939-1946

All catalog colors were produced for the entire production period.
All the examples I have encountered have a stencil "Dinger" back mark but there wasn't
any through-wire hardware on these baits.
This lack of rigging is unusual for a lure that was intended for the larger species of inland fish.

#5700 Pikie Scale:
Scarce. It appears to be the most available color in this series. Just don't expect to find it at every show. Between the ravages of time and the damage incurred by Muskies and other big fish, the ranks of these baits have thinned more than usual.

 

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#5701 Perch:
Very Scarce. This is a color that is underrated in this series. Very Good condition or worse is the norm, if you can find one. Locating all the colors in EX+ for this series may not be feasible but holding out for a lure between well above average and spectacular is possible with a lot of networking and "shoe leather" at shows.

#5702 Red Head & White:
Scarce. This series is scarcer, overall, than its cousin the #5300 Series Husky Dingbat. The boxes for them also differ. The Husky Dingbats require a deeper box due to their girth while this series fits into the standard depth medium size CCBCo box. As usual, the white portion of this bait shows the slightest surface problems.

#5704 Golden Shiner:
Much Scarcer. One collector who specializes in this color has over 250 Creek Chub baits (including many different variations). I've seen two great examples of this #5704. Not a color in this series to be taken lightly. A winner!

#5705 Dace:
Rare! The #05 color code is shared by many variations of this pattern. Some collectors attempt to find all types in their series of choice. In this case, locating just one bait in this color would be considered an extraordinary find.

#5718 Silver Flash:
Scarce. What a wonderful looking bait to hold in your hands. The combination of: the impressive size, color, the large bushy tail, profile, and rarity, all contribute to a winning collectible. If you can find the correct box for this bait before the lure, grab it.

#5719 Frog:
Scarce. If you ever finish all the catalog colors in this series, consider it a major accomplishment. Even better if you have found all the correct boxes for your baits. After twenty years I'm still not finished with this project.

#6100 Midget Dinger Catalog Colors 1940-1949

All the catalog colors were produced for the entire production run.
This lure is much scarcer, overall, than the standard #5600 Dinger Series but more available than the super-tough Husky Dingers. You will see 10-20 boxes for the #5600 Dingers for each box in this series.

#6100 Pikie Scale:
Semi-Common. These lures shouldn't be underestimated, even the "common" colors. This series was offered for only ten years.

#6101 Perch:
Semi-Common. Besides the smaller size, you'll notice this design has only one hook compared with two on the other featured hair baits.

#6102 Red Head & White:
Scarce. This one is underrated, especially if you want a "minty" example. Finding the correct box can take even longer.

#6104 Golden Shiner:
Very Scarce. It took me years to find a super example. This size Dinger is much more difficult to locate than most believe. You'll definitely acquire the lures before the correct boxes are added to your stash.

#6105 Dace:
Very, Very Scarce. Don't let this one get away if you have a chance to add it to your collection. I don't know where you will find a labeled box.
#6113 Black:
Scarce. It will definitely take some time for you to find one that is totally original and in pleasing condition. Even nice examples of hair baits can suffer from some damage or sparse horsehair.
#6118 Silver Flash:
Semi-Common. You will find this pattern in most other series before a decent specimen appears in the Midget Dinger.
#6119 Frog:
Semi-Scarce. This is a bait that finds you in competition with frog collectors searching for miscellaneous companies or CCBCo Frog collectors, and those who are chasing all types of hair baits.
Special Orders
Only two Specials to show you from these three series.

Husky Dinger, All Black:
As mentioned, this IS a catalog color in the #5300 Husky Dingbat series but a special order here. This example isn't in pristine condition but the chances of find any Special in this series is slim to none!

Midget Dinger, V-355 Western Auto Skunk:
Very Scarce. A Creek Chub Midget Dinger produced for this giant chain of sporting and car-related stores.

The next installment of our CCBCo Virtual Lure Show will feature:
#5800 Husky Plunker & #5900 Midget Plunker Series