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1950 to Present

81 Chartruse (Still in Production)By 1950 all Jitterbugs were offered in plastic with the exception of the Musky Jitterbug. In 1981 they offered a limited edition 50th anniversary Jitterbugs in : Natural Cedar, Black, Yellow, Frog, and Red & White. The Jitterbug was offered in various styles and sizes in the later years. With such a long production period, comes many variations both in cataloged and non-cataloged colors.

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 resoultion, which can be purchased.

*indicates that the color was offered before 1950.

CATALOGED COLORS

CODE & NAME VERSION APPROX. YEAR VISUAL
0R or R or 01 Red Common *1950-Present Newer versions have less red near lip.
1F or F or 06 Frog, White Belly Common *1950-Present There are several variations of this color.
2B or B or 02 Black Common *1950-Present
3Y or Y or 03 Yellow Common *1950-Present The chevrons can vary in size.
4S Scale Common *1950-54?
4S Black Scale Common on Musky *1950-54?
5P or P or 05 Perch Common *1950-Present There are several variations of this color.
5P or P or 05 Perch Variation *1950-Present There are several variations of this color.
05 Perch Newest *1950-Present There are several variations of this color.
6PL or 32 Pearl Common *1950-54? There are several variations of this color.
7L Luminous Common *1950-54?
8BL Blue Head, White Common *1950-54? There are slight blue variations on this color.
2PLH Pearl Herringbone Older *1950-54? There are variations on this color.
2PLH Pearl Herringbone Common *1950-54? There are variations on this color.
680R Neon Red "Fireplug" Common 1950-54? This is a flat type of finish like other Firelacquer colors.
688S Fiery Sunrise "Fireplug" Common 1950-53 This is a flat type of finish like other Firelacquer colors.
689SG Saturn Green "Fireplug" Common 1950-53 This is a flat type of finish like other Firelacquer colors.
8C Clear Common 1958?-59 This is a tougher color to find.
FB Flocked Black Common 1964-68? This is a flat type flocked finish.
FBR Flocked Brown Common 1964-68? This is a flat type flocked finish.
04 or S Shad Common 1958?-93
07 or FY Frog, Yellow Belly Common 1954?-Present
09 Coach Dog, Orange Belly Common 1990-Present
10 or K/9 Coach Dog Common 1958?-Present
11 or YK/9 Yellow Coach Dog Common 1964?-Present
12 or RK/9 Red Coach Dog Common 1972-90
13 or Pr.K/9 Purple Coach Dog Common 1970?-93
14 Orange Coach Dog Common 1977-82
15 Brown Coach Dog Common 1977-82
21 or Pr.S Purple Scale Common 1970?-82 Found with small and large scales.
27 or Br.S Brown Scale Common 1964?-82 Many variations of this color.
27 or Br.S Brown Scale Variation 1964?-82 Many variations of this color.
39 or O Orange Common 1958?-76 There are darker versions of this color.
51 or SOB Silver on Body Common 1964?-93 Many variations of this color.
54  or SF Silver Flash Common 1964?-93 Many variations of this color.
55 or PR Purple SOB Common 1966-82 Many variations of this color.
56 Fluorescent Red SOB Common 1981
58 Chartreuse SOB Common 1981-90
66 Luminous Night Bait Common 1989-95
67 Yellow Glitter Ghost Common 1989-90
68 Blue Glitter Ghost Common 1989
70 Pumpkinseed Common 1989-91
71 Green Glitter Ghost Common 1989
74 Copper Glitter Ghost Common 1989-90
75 Red Glitter Ghost Common 1989
81 or CHT Chartreuse Common 1976?-2003?
82 Chartreuse, Orange Belly Common 1977-82
86 Glitter Ghost Common 1988-90
87 Ghost Common 1981-89
91 Fluorescent Red, Black Back Common 1994-2003?
105 or C Chrome Common 1973-90 Listed as 305 in 1996.
106 or CSH Chrome Shiner Common 1973-90 Listed as 306 in 1996.
107 or CH Chrome Herring Common 1971-82
1991-95
Listed as 307 in 1996.
115 Fire Tiger Common 1994-Present
120 Luminous Common 1977-82
1991
124 Luminous Shad Common 1978-82
132 Bass Common 1978-Present
135 Brown Parrot Earlier 1981-2003?
135 Brown Parrot Later 1981-2003?
136 Green Parrot Common 1990 It appears on Color Chart from 1980-82, but not cataloged until 1990.
136 Green Parrot Variation 1990 It appears on Color Chart from 1980-82, but not cataloged until 1990.
136 Green Parrot Variation 1990 It appears on Color Chart from 1980-82, but not cataloged until 1990.
144 Rainbow Trout Common 1978-82
206 Seein's Believin' Leopard Frog, White Belly Common 1980-92
207 Seein's Believin' Leopard Frog, Yellow Belly Common 1980-92
216 Seein's Believin' Brown Leopard Frog, White Belly Common 1980-92
217 Seein's Believin' Brown Leopard Frog, Yellow Belly Common 1980-89
247 or 147 Seein's Believin' Mouse Common 1979-91
273 Seein's Believin' Redwing Blackbird Common 1980-90
274 Seein's Believin' Sparrow Common 1980-82
1991
280 Seein's Believin' Chipmunk Common 1980-91
305 Legend Chrome Common 1996 This was also cataloged as 105 earlier.
306 Legend Chrome, Black Back Common 1996 This was also cataloged as 106 earlier.
307 Legend Chrome, Blue Back Common 1996 This was also cataloged as 107 earlier.
310 Legend Gold Common 1996 Tough Color.
315 Legend Purple Chrome, Black Back Common 1996 Tough Color.
320 Legend Red Chrome, Black Back Common 1996 Tough Color.
403 Tennesse Shad Common 1994-2003?
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*indicates that the color was offered before 1950, see Early Jitterbug Colors.

Arbogast started to use the color number system exclusively in 1977.

The colors listed with Present as end date are still being made today. Click here for a link to Pradco.

For other Arbogast colors, see Later Jitterbug Non-Cataloged Colors.

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