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Heddon Fly Rod Lures

Heddon fly rod lures, like Heddon baits, are lures "that will catch fish." The "Wilder-Dilg" lures, were designed by B.F. Wilder and Will Dilg, two world-famous anglers of a past generation - and are dear to hearts of oldtimers. Other famous anglers co-operated in designing more recent models, with the result that those illustrated on this page represent "America's Choice" in fly rod lures.

I'm going to show images and print directly taken from old Heddon catalogues, just click the picture to enlarge. Hopefully this page will  help the new as well as experienced collectors who wish to research Heddon fly rod lures.

I am not perfect. If you see any mistakes, please email me. The images are low resolution, but should give you a good idea. My Color Guides are printed at a much higher resolution, which can be purchased.

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CORK & WOOD BODIED

Wilder-Dilg Westchester Bug
Bass Bug Flap-Tail Bug
Tiny Teaz Fuzzi-Bug
Bug-A-Bee River-Runtie
Float-Hi Bug Pop-Eye Frog
Bubbling Bee Widget

SPOOK BODIED

Wilder Dilg Spook Bug-A-Bee Spook
Bass Bug Spook River-Runtie Spook
Popper Spook

Punkie Spook

Cork and Wood Bodied Fly Lures

No. 1-12 or 10 Series "Wilder-Dilg" Large Size

Click Here for 1923 to 1932 COLORS
1923-32 COLORS

Click Here for 1933 and later COLORS
1933-38 COLORS

The original Feather Minnow - Bass Size - also used for Trout.
These cork and feather body combinations closely imitate the action of a wounded minnow, causing bass to strike virously. These wonderfully effective lures, successfully brought to perfection by B. F. Wilder of New York and Will H. Dilg, have been christened, after twelve of the country's foremost anglers, men who stand for the highest ideals in the Camp of Walton.

Made from a light enameled cork head, brilliant eyes, a ruff of various colored hackle and fin-and-body-feathers that impart the curious rolling, dipping and depth-seeking throes of a wounded minnow, with a single non-twisting hook.
Very durable, 3-1/4 inches long. No. 1 O'Shaughnessy hook. Moth-protected and packed in individual boxes. Also in counter display boxes of 12.

No. 30-35 or S10 Series "Wilder-Dilg" Small Size

The Trout size is the same construction as the Bass size and has the same wounded minnow action. Are especially effective in "white water." No. 6 O'Shaughnessy hook. Moth-protected and packed safely in individual boxes. Click Here for 30 series COLORS

Key Dates

Introduced 1923
4 & 9 Changed Color 1933
Discontinued 1939
Re-introduced 10 1941
Switched Codes 1947
Re-introduced S10 1947
Discontinued 1951

Cataloged Colors for Wilder-Dilg

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
1 Captain Sampson 1924-43
2 Mannfeld's Coaxer 1924-38
3 Venable's Charmer 1924-38
4 Kemper's Charge** 1924-38
5 and 30 Irvin Cobb 1924-38
6 and 32 Wilder's Fancy 1924-38
7
13 and S13*
Peet's Choice 1924-43
1947-50
8 and 33
12 and S12*
Zane Grey 1924-43
1947-50
9
14 and S14*
Gifford Pinchot** 1924-38
1947-50
10 and 31 Brann's Glory 1924-38
11 and 34 Dilg's Own 1924-38
12 and 35
1 and S11*
Bob Davis 1924-43
1947-50
* indicates the later codes from 1947 to 1950
** indicates that the color changed, see below for the type of color change

Detail Description of Official Wilder-Dilg Lure Colors
CODE NAME HEAD HACKLE FINS TAIL
1 Captain Sampson: Green & White Red Green & White White
2 Mannfeld's Coaxer: Red Red Red & Yellow Red
3 Venable's Charmer: Green & Yellow Red & Yellow Green & Red Yellow
4 Kemper's Charge:
(1923-32)
Green Bronze Brown & Red Green & Red Brown
4 Kemper's Charge:
(1933-38)
Black White Black White
5/30 Irvin Cobb: Antique Gold Orange White Orange
6/32 Wilder's Fancy: Black Black and Orange Black Orange
7
13/s13*
Peet's Choice: White White White & Red White
8/33
12/S12*
Zane Grey: Antique Gold Brown Brown Brown
9 Gifford Pinchot:
(1923-32)
Red Brown Green White
9
14/S14*
Gifford Pinchot:
(1933-50)
Aluminum Grey Grey Grey & Black
10 Brann's Glory: Aluminum Yellow & Brown Brown & Red Yellow
31 Brann's Glory:
(30 series)
Aluminum Grey NONE Grey
11 Dilg's Own: Green & White Yellow & White Yellow & Green White
34 Dilg's Own:
(30 series)
White Red & White NONE White
12
11/S11*
Bob Davis: Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow
35
S11*
Bob Davis:
(30 series)
Yellow Green & Yellow NONE Yellow

No. 50 Series "Bass-Bugs" Large Size
Click Here for 50 series COLORSFly Casting lure with solid cork body finished with Heddon superior enamel. Beautifully selected wings, hackle and tail, securely tied for extraordinary durability. Hackle aids weedlessness, conceals hook point and spreads water, supporting wings. Always alights in proper position with hook down. Hook firmly embedded in cork; will not turn.
No. 1 Model Perfect Hook. 2 in. long Each Bug packed in attractive box.
No. B50 or S50 Series "Baby Bass-Bugs" Small Size
Click Here for B50 series COLORSThe "Baby" size is popular for Bass; also for large Rainbows and Browns. A very light lure that strikes the water with the least amount of "splash." Made with No.6 Model Perfect Hook. 1-1/2 in. long. Six colors. Each bug in individual box.

Key Dates

Introduced 1924
Discontinued 1951

Cataloged Colors for Bass-Bugs

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
50 Peet's Favorite 1924-43
51 Dilg's Gem 1924-41
52 and B52 Brann's Ranger 1924-41
53 Carter Harrison 1924-41
53 and S53* Gifford's Pinchot 1947-50
54 and B54
51 and S51*
Bob Davis 1924-43
1947-50
55 Buckingham's Glory 1924-41
56 and B56 Chadwick's Sunbeam 1924-41
57 and B57
52 and S52*
Ozark Ripley 1924-43
1947-50
B58 St. John's Pal 1924-43
59 and B59
54 and S54*
Clark's Fancy 1924-41
1947-50
60 Wilder's Fancy 1924-41
61 Alex's Friend 1924-41
* indicates the later codes from 1947 to 1950
Detail Description of Bass Bug Lure Colors
CODE NAME HEAD WINGS TAIL/HACKLE
50 Peet's Favorite: White White & Black White & Black
51 Dilg's Gem: Brown Brown & Yellow Brown & Yellow
52/B52 Brann's Ranger: Aluminum Orange & Black Yellow & Red
53 Carter Harrison: Black NONE Yellow & Black
53/S53* Gifford's Pinchot: Aluminum Grey Grey & Black
54/B54
51/S51*
Bob Davis: Yellow Yellow Yellow
55 Buckingham's Glory: Aluminum NONE Red & Brown
56/B56 Chadwick's Sunbeam: Red Brown-Blue & Green Red & Yellow
57/B57
52/S52*
Ozark Ripley: Black Black Black
58/B58 St. John's Pal: Red Grey White & Yellow
59/B59
54/S54*
Clark's Fancy: White White Red & White
60 Wilder's Fancy: Black Black & Orange Red & Yellow
61 Alex's Friend: Red NONE Yellow, Red & Black

No. 80 Series "Tiny Teaz" Fly Rod Wiggler

A lively little lure of many uses. Primarily designed as a fly-rod lure for large Trout, it is also very effective for Bass and pan fish.

Floats; dives when retrieved with excellent action. One double hook so placed to insure hooking. Length 1-3/4 inches; weight 1/10 ounce.

Key Dates

Introduced 1930
Discontinued 1934

Cataloged Colors for Tiny Teaz

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
1 Rainbow 1930-33
2 White and Red 1930-33
9BK Brook Trout 1930-33
9N Red Dace  Scale 1930-33
9P Shiner Scale 1930-33
9R Natural Scale 1930-33

No. S1 and S4 Series "Bug-A-Bee" Two Sizes

S1-YS4-RA "Spent-Wing" Bug completely exhausted and an easy prey. Striped cork bodies with non-twisting hooks. Exceptionally good for Bass and Large Trout. Packed in individual box.

No. S1 has feather wings and tail. (No.1 Hook) 1-3/4 in. long.
No. S4 has feather wings and buck-hair tail. (No.4 Hook) 1 in. long.
The smaller is also suitable for Trout, Crappies, and pan fish.

Key Dates

Introduced 1931
Discontinued 1938

Cataloged Colors for Bug-A-Bee

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
Blk Black Body, Wings and Tail 1931-37
BR Brown Body, Wings and Tail 1931-37
G Grey Body, Wings and Tail 1931-37
R Red Body, Wings and Tail 1931-37
WR White Body and Tail, Red Wings 1931-37
Y Yellow Body,  Wings and Tail 1931-37

No. 550 Series "Float-Hi Bug"
550YFloats high and stays on surface, very easily seen. When moved the stiff hairs of front wings make a "wake" and give motion. Cork body with feather tail. Ideal for bass, also for pan fish. Very light and an easy caster. No. 4 size hook. Length, 1-3/4 inches. Hook turned down.

Key Dates

Introduced 1933
Discontinued 1939

Cataloged Colors for Float-Hi Bug

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BY Black Body, Yellow Stripes, Black Wings 1933-38
GG Gold Body, Green Stripes, Green-Black Wings 1933-38
WR White Body, Red Stripes, White Wings 1933-38
YB Yellow Body, Black Stripes, Yellow Wings 1933-38

No. 90 Series "Bubbling Bug" Weedless

Brings up big bass with a rush! Very weedless. A very lively surface lure that will produce big bubbles when twitched slightly. Has cupped front. Creates a surface wake when retrieved. Strongly made and very durable. Swivel prevents line twisting. Weight 1/10 oz. Should be used with bass-weight fly rod only. Length, 2 inches.

Note: On special order, hook turned down will be supplied.

Key Dates

Introduced 1933
Discontinued 1939

Cataloged Colors for Bubbling Bug

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BY Black Body, Yellow Stripes, Black Wings 1933-38
GG Gold Body, Green Stripes, Green-Black Wings 1933-38
WR White Body, Red Stripes, White Wings 1933-38
YB Yellow Body, Black Stripes, Yellow Wings 1933-38

No. 40 Series "Westchester Bug"

A Bass Fly Rod Lure with a new dipping, diving and darting action. It leaps to the surface after each dive, and acts like a small minnow trying to escape. Has light cork body with notched slot in head and a long tail feather. A sure hooker. Length overall 2-3/4 inches Weight 1/20 oz.

Key Dates

Introduced 1934
Discontinued 1936

Cataloged Colors for Westchester Bug

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
GW Green and White 1934-35
YB Yellow and Black 1934-35
WR White and Red 1934-35

No. 710 Series "Flaptail Bug"
Liveliest of Surface Lures. Something new and different in a real swimming "Bug" that brings savage smashes.

The tiny flapping spoon at tail gives a lifelike action just like an insect swimming for its life. On a fast retrieve, the spoon breaks water, reverses its revolutions and kicks up a lot of surface commotion. An excellent caster Length 1-1/2 inches. Weight 1/10 ounce.

No. 720 Series "Flap-Tail Bug"
The tiny flapping spoon at tail gives a lifelike action just like an insect swimming for its life. On a fast retrieve, the spoon breaks water, reverses its revolutions and kicks up a lot of surface commotion. An excellent caster and sure hooker for Bass, large Trout, etc. Length 1-1/4 in., weight 1/25 oz. No. 1 size hook.

Click Here to view Display Cards for Flap-Tail Bug.

Key Dates

Introduced 710 1935
Introduced 720 1936
Discontinued 710 1938
Discontinued 720 1954

Cataloged Colors for Flap-Tail Bug

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME 710
SERIES YEARS
720
SERIES YEARS
BR Brown 1935-37 1936-43
GM Grey Mouse 1936-37 1936-53
GR Grey 1935-37 1936-43
WR White & Red 1935-37 1936-53
Y All Yellow 1935-37 1936-53

No. 75 Series "Fuzzi-Bug" Large Size
Click Here for 75 series COLORSWide spreading wings, like a spent moth on the water, beady eyes, and a natural fuzzy finish, make this the outstanding bass bug. Front of body slanted to make pick-up easy and natural, choice light cork, non-turning hook, well made and serviceable. Each bug in individual cellophane-top box. No. 1 Model Perfect Hook

No. 74 Series "Fuzzi-Bug" Small Size

Click Here for 74 series COLORSIdeal for Blue-Gills, Crappies, and other pan-fish. Each bug in individual cellophane-top box. No. 6 Model Perfect Hook

Key Dates

Introduced 1936
Discontinued 1939

Cataloged Colors for Fuzzi-Bug

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BR Brown Body, Wings, and Hackle 1936-38
DG Dark Green Body and Wings, Black Hackle 1936-38
GR Grey Body, Wings, and Hackle 1936-38
R Red Body and Wings, Yellow Hackle 1936-38
WR White Body and Wings, Red Hackle 1936-38
Y All Yellow 1936-38

No. 750 Series "River-Runtie"
759PHere is a fly-rod lure that is making a remarkable record for Bass, Blue-Gills, Crappies and large Trout. It floats and dives a few inches under water with an attractive wiggle. Cane-pole anglers tell us "it's a honey" for pan-fish of all kinds.
Length 1 inch. Weight 1/25 oz.

Key Dates

Introduced 1937
Discontinued 1938

Cataloged Colors for River Runtie

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
1 Rainbow 1937
2 White, Red Head 1937
9L Perch  Scale 1937
9P Shiner Scale 1937
9R Natural Scale 1937

UnCataloged Colors Found on River Runtie

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
GR Grey 1937?

Also see River-Runtie Spook

No. 85 Series "Pop-Eye Frog"
There is something in the tantalizing stare of the downward-looking popping eyes that makes Mr. Bass really mad. "The Eyes have IT." Casts nicely, easy pick-up and never turns over. Equipped with effective weed-guard. Cork body, bucktail legs. Length 3-1/2 in. Weight 1/20 oz. No. 2 Weedless Hook.
The tied-leg version shown above is more difficult to find than the non-tied-leg. Heddon used this image until 1943, but was likely offered for a shorter period.

Click Here to view Display Boxes for Pop-Eye Frog.

Key Dates

Introduced 1937
Discontinued 1957

Cataloged Colors for Pop-Eye Frog

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
GF Green Frog 1937-55
YF Yellow Frog 1937-56

No. 300 Series "Widget"
This bait is a most unusual type of fly and spinning lure. I was specifically designed to crawl and wiggle along the surface of the water. When it is desired to troll or fish deep holes, the lure can be made to go to any desired depth by placing one or more split shot a foot or so ahead of it. It is unexcelled for large trout, bass and panfish such as crappies, white bass and rock bass. Length 1-1/4 inch. Weight 5/100 oz. No. 10 Treble Hook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1952
Discontinued 1957

Cataloged Colors for Widget

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BF Bullfrog 1952-56
BO Black, Orange Spots 1952-56
GM Gray Mouse 1952-56
L Yellow Perch Scale 1952-56
RH White, Red Head 1952-56
RHF Read Head, Flitter 1952-56
SO Spotted Orange 1952-56
SRB Silver Body, Red & Black Spots 1952-56

 

"Spook" Bodied Fly Rod Lures

No. 950 Series "River-Runtie Spook"

A Tiny Fly Rod Wiggler that fills a long-felt want.
Also effective with cane pole.

Floats and dives a few inches under water, and wiggles like a small minnow. Excellent for Bass, Crappies, Bluegills, etc. Also large Trout. Weight 1/25 oz. No. 5 Model Perfect Hook. Hook molded into body and cannot pull out. Length 1-1/4 inch.

Before viewing Key Dates and Cataloged Colors below, please read this first. The River Runtie had disappeared from catalogs in 1948, but the 1951 shows it as discontinued. It is not shown or listed in 1948 through 1950 catalogs, but I will act as if it were re-introduced  for 1951.

Click Here to view Display Boxes for River-Runtie-Spook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1937
Discontinued 1948
Re-introduced 1951
Discontinued 1952

Cataloged Colors for River Runtie Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
2 or RH White, Red Head 1937-51
2XS White & Red Shore Minow 1937-38
9L or L Perch Scale 1937-51
9P or P Shiner Scale 1937-47
9XRG or XRG Green Shore Minnow 1937-47
9XRS or XRS Silver Shore Minnow 1937-47
9XRY or XRY Yellow Shore Minnow 1937-51
9XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow 1938
XBW Black & White Shore Minnow 1951

UnCataloged Colors Found on River Runtie Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
Y All Yellow ?

Also see River-Runtie "Wood"

No. 940 Series "Popper Spook"

Bass and pan-fish strike this little top-water fly rod lure. Body transparent, with cupped front, it can be made to bubble or pop by a short twitch of rod tip. Has colored hackle at its rear. Hook molded into body and held fast. Outlasts half a dozen cork-bodied lures. Casts easily and accurately. Length 1-1/8". Weight 1/25 oz. No. 5 hook.

Click Here to view Display Boxes for Popper-Spook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1938
Discontinued 1954

Cataloged Colors for Popper-Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BR Brown 1938-53
BW Black & White 1938-53
DG Dark Green 1938-43
1949-53
GR Grey 1938-53
WR White & Red 1938-53
Y Yellow 1938-53

No. 910 Series "Wilder Dilg Spook" Large Size "Wounded Shore-Minnow"
Click Here for 910 series COLORSFor Bass and large Trout. Dives and darts when jerked, like a wounded minnow, at or near top of water.
No. 1 Hook. Length overall 3-1/4 inch. Six best "Shore-Minnow" Colors.
No. 930 Series "Wilder Dilg Spook" Small Size "Wounded Shore-Minnow"
Click Here for 930 series COLORSFor Crappies, Bluegills, Bass, etc. Length overall 2 inch. No. 5 Hook.

Click Here to view Display Boxes for Wilder-Dilg-Spook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1939
Discontinued 1954

Cataloged Colors for Wilder-Dilg-Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
2XS or XRW Red & White Shore Minnow 1939-53
9XBW or XBW Black & White Shore Minnow 1939-53
9XRG or XRG Green Shore Minnow 1939-43
1949-53
9XRS or XRS Silver Shore Minnow 1939-53
9XRY or XRY Yellow Shore Minnow 1939-53
9XSK or XSK Goldfish Shore Minnow 1939-43
1949-53

No. 975 Series "Bass Bug Spook" Large Size for Bass and Large Trout
Just like a spent moth with wide-spreading wings.

The last touch of lifelike appearance is given these bugs by the transparent body carefully decorated in natural designs. They are not made of cork and are very buoyant, and very serviceable as hooks cannot pull out nor lure get water-logged.
Length 2" on No. 1 Hook. Very light and buoyant

No. 974 Series "Bass Bug Spook" Small Size for Bluegills, Crappies, Etc.

Length 1-1/2 inches on No. 5 Hook. Very light.

Click Here to view Display Boxes for Bass-Bug-Spook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1939
Discontinued 1954

Cataloged Colors for Bass-Bug-Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BR Brown 1939-53
BW Black & White 1939-53
DG Dark Green, Yellow Hackle 1939-53
GR Grey 1939-53
WR White, Red Hackle 1939-53
Y All Yellow 1939-53

No. 960 Series "Bug-A-Bee Spook"

A small "spent-wing" bug that fools the wisest fish. Lies helpless on the water with wings extended. Length 1/2 inch. Very light. Colors same as "Popper-Spook." No. 4 hook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1939
Discontinued 1946

Cataloged Colors for Bug-A-Bee Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BR Brown 1939-43
BW Black & White 1939-43
DG Dark Green 1939-43
GR Grey 1939-43
WR White & Red 1939-43
Y Yellow 1939-43

No. 980 Series "Punkie Spook"

In response to the demand from anglers for a fly-rod size of the famous "Punkinseed" bait-casting lure we have perfected this little lure. It duplicates the shape and appearance of tiny little pan-fish, baby Bluegills, Crappies, etc. Casts easily on bass-weight fly-rod, and is an excellent hooker. Body of transparent "spook" material, very sturdy, and hook cannot pull out. Length 1 inch. Weight 1/20 oz.Click Here to see 980 series COLORS

Re-introduced in 1951

Treble hook version c1953, maybe earlier

Click Here to view Display Boxes for Punkie-Spook.

Key Dates

Introduced 1940
Discontinued 1948
Re-introduced 1951
Changed to Treble Hook 1953
Discontinued 1958

Cataloged Colors for Punkie Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
BGL Bluegill 1940-57
CRA Crappie 1940-57
ROB Rockbass 1940-47
SD Shad 1947-57
SHA Shad "flitter" 1940-43
SUN Sunfish 1940-57
2XS or XRW Red & White Shore Minnow 1940-47

UnCataloged Colors Found on Punkie Spook

COLOR CODE COLOR NAME YEARS
RHF Red Head, Flitter ?

I hope you find this information useful. If you have an uncataloged color, please email me with pictures.

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