The Heddon River Runt Identification & Collector's Guide
Changes and Additions

Last Update: September 26, 2014

Thank you for purchasing the Heddon River Runt Identification & Collector's Guide by Thomas Jacomet and Dennis Boulais and published by Whitefish Press! As a benefit to purchasing this book, we are providing this web page of changes and additions to the book that have come to our attention since its publication. We suggest you bookmark this page and check back from time to time to see the latest updates. Feel free to print this page to supplement your book!

9/26/2014 ADDITION

Chapter 8 (page 45) - Jointed Sinking River Runt Spook: In the uncataloged colors listing chart, after "White, Red & Green Spots", add: "Yellow, Red Head", 1937-1943 CODES column "9339YRH", Rarity: "5"


Jointed Sinker River Runt Spook in Yellow, Red Head
(Picture courtesy of Ed Brown Sr.!)

9/24/2014 ADDITION

Chapter 6 (page 36) - Sea Runt: In the uncataloged colors listing chart, after "Silver Shore Minnow", add: "White", 1946-1953 CODES column "610W", Rarity: "5", 1 piece column "X"
Chapter 6 (page 36) - Sea Runt: In the uncataloged colors listing chart, after "White", add: "White & Black Shore Minnow, 1937-1943 CODES column "619XWB", Rarity: "5", 2 piece column "X"


Sea Runts in White (610W) and White & Black Shore Minnow (619XWB)
(Pictures courtesy of Tom D)

9/23/2014 ADDITION

Chapter 3 (page 20) - River Runt Spook Sinker: In the uncataloged colors listing chart, after Waterwave, White & Red, add: "White, Black Head", 1946-1984 column "9110WGH", Rarity: "5", 1 piece column "X"

Chapter 29 (Page 152 - after color code "W+XPLB" add:

Code: WGH
Name: White, Black Head
Pictured: Pre World War II box marked for Standard Sinker Runt Spook, series #9110WGH

White body with Black Head. It would be the opposite of GWH. What is interesting about this box is that it is the 1st version River Runt Spook box that came into use prior to WWII.  After WWII, Heddon used up the existing stock of these and then went to a similar box but different in some respects.  Also, the color code system changed so what you have is a pre-WWII box with a 'new' color code system.  After WWII the color code for "Black" was changed from "G" to "B" so that adds another unusual aspect to this box.  It may well be a factory error marking, i.e., should have been WBH?

(Box picture courtesy of Daniel Graham!)

6/16/2014 CHANGE & ADDITION

Chapter 3 (page 18) - River Runt Spook Sinker: In the cataloged colors listing chart, delete "9110PL" (Pearl) from the 1946-1984 column. This is not a cataloged color for that time period.

Chapter 3 (page 19) - River Runt Spook Sinker: In the uncataloged colors listing chart, after Orange, Black Bone, add: "Pearl", 1946-1984 column "9110PL", Rarity "5", 1 piece column "X"


River Runt Spook Sinker in Pearl (9110PL)
White eyes, 1 piece hardware
(Pictures courtesy of Mike Berendt!)

5/22/2014 ADDITION

Chapter 12 (page 61) - Midget River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged color listings, add "Black, Red & Green Spots?", 1939-1943 color code "S.BLK", rarity rating "5".

Chapter 29 (page 145 - Color Identification: After color code "S", add:

Code: S.BLK
Name: Black, Red & Green Spots? (actual name not known)
Pictured: Pre World War II "Brush" box marked for Midget River Runt Spook, series #9010S.BLK

There are 2 possibilites what this color code stands for:

1. Black body with red & green (and possibly white) spots. This would be identical or nearly identical to a much later color documented after WWII called Spots On Black (SOB). As this is a pre-WWII box, it would have 2 piece hardware.

2. A white body with black spots. This would be very similiar to the pre-WWII color, White, Red & Green Spots (S) but the spots would just be black; also would have 2 piece hardware.

4/30/2014 ADDITION

Chapter 5 (page 32) - Series 9430 Jointed River Runt Spook Floater: To the uncataloged colors listing, add "Perch, Yellow Belly, 9439LYB, 2 piece hardware, rarity rating - 5" (Pictured below)


Box for Jointed River Runt Spook Floater in Perch, Yellow Belly

4/29/2014 ADDITION

Chapter 31 - ERRATA: (Add - page 176A) - BELLY PRINTING

The vast majority of Heddon's River Runt Spooks were identified in BLACK printing on the belly starting with the very first produced in 1933. There are examples, however, of other colors used for whatever reason, most notably on the very early Yellow Shore Minnow color lures that had red printing. These date to the 1st version of the River Runt Spook Floater in the Yellow Shore Minnow color and the the 2nd version of the Sinker model as well, both dating to 1935 and earlier. Later versions of these that date to pre-WWII also have black printing as well. Red belly printing, however, wasn't limited to these as it also can be found on the Heddon River Runtie Spook which also dates to pre-WWII. One example of a post WWII lure has been found on Heddon's Midget Digit Spook in the color Smokey Joe, series #9020SJ.


Top to bottom: Floater, #9409XRY, Sinker, #9119XRY,
River Runt Spook, #979XRY, Midget Digit Spook, #9020SJ

River Runt Spook lure belly printing also is in some other colors as well. Most common is gold which was used on Heddon's Shad, color code SD, though lures in this color also have black printing as well.


Jointed Go-Deeper River Runt Spook in Shad, series #D9430SD

Two other colors have also been used, yellow and white, though not as often as the other two, as pictured below.


White belly printing (top to bottom): River Runt Spook Floater in Spots on Black, series #9400SOB;
River Runtie Spook in Black & White Shore Minnow, series #970XBW

Another belly printing color is yellow which appears on a Midget River Runt Spook in Black Crappie, series #9010BC as picture below, which dates to the 1970/1980's.


Yellow belly print on Midget River Runt Spook in Black Crappie, #9010BC

Since the belly color printing was standard for all of the lures shown in their time and production period, there is no special value attached, but does provide a variation for collectors to look for!

 

2/2/2014 UPDATE

Chapter 30 - BOXES: (Page 164) - changed/added text (bold italics) & picture change added to Box #12 and Box #13. New box #13A as follows:

Box 12: Plastic Top Box for Tiny Runts
USE DATE: 1955-1962
SIZE: 3-1/8 x 1-1/2 x 7/8"
CONTENTS: Tiny Sinking, Tiny Floating & Tiny Go-Deeper River Runt Spooks
COMMENTS: This plastic top box was the second box used for the Tiny River Runt Spook Sinker, Tiny River Runt Spook Floater and the Tiny River Runt Spook Go-Deeper. It came in two versions, one with a marked plastic top with the Leaping Bass symbol and printing and another that was completely blank. Note the box is not marked RIVER-RUNT on the side but instead GENUINE DOWAGIAC LURE. This was therefore a generic box and used for other Heddon lures as well. Tiny Runts in this box would with some exceptions have gold eyes.
VALUE: $10-$15
PICTURED: Box for Tiny River Runt Spook Sinker in Fish Flash, Gold & Black Scale (FF350GB)($25-$35)

Box 13: Plastic Top Box for Standard & Midget size Runts
USE DATE: 1955-1962
SIZE: 4-1/8 x 1-7/8 x 7/8"
CONTENTS: River Runt Spook Sinkers, Floaters, Go-Deepers (step-lip), Midgets, Saltwater
COMMENTS: This plastic top box is similiar to the smaller size box #9 that was used for the Tiny Runts, having a marked plastic top with the Leaping Bass symbol and printing. It differs in that is is specific to River Runt lures as it is printed on the side RIVER-RUNT. Runts in this box would with some exceptions have gold eyes.
VALUE: $10-$15
PICTURED: Box for Saltwater River Runt Spook in Fish Flash, Gold & Black Scale (FFS9400GB)($35-$50)

Box 13A: Plastic Top Box for Standard & Midget size Runts

USE DATE: 1955-1962
SIZE: 4-1/8 x 1-7/8 x 7/8"
CONTENTS: River Runt Spook Sinkers, Floaters, Go-Deepers (step-lip), Midgets, Saltwater
COMMENTS: This plastic top box is identical to the smaller size box #9 that was used for the Tiny Runts, having a marked plastic top with the Leaping Bass symbol and printing and is generic in that it does not have RIVER-RUNT printed on the side. Runts in this box with some exceptions have gold eyes.
VALUE: $10-$15
PICTURED: Box for Floating River Runt Spook in White, Red Head (9400RH)($10-$15)

(Special thanks to John Fishkat for the picture and providing the information regarding the box differences!)

 

9/17/2013 UPDATE

1. Chapter 29 - COLOR IDENTIFICATION: (page 151) - Add color code W+N after color code W+M to read: "CODE: W+N, RATING: 5, NAME: Dace Scale, White Belly, PICTURED: River Runt Spook Floater, series W9409N - This color is Dace Scale (9N or N) with a solid white belly rather than a scale pattern. The "W" prefix appears in Heddon's 1936 and 1937 catalogs in listings for luminous color lures for River Runt Spooks. Examination of the few examples found indicate that the belly is painted solid white instead of a transparent scale pattern. The paint used does not appear to be the same as luminous paint found on known luminous lures. (Pictured below)


Dace Scale, White Belly - W9409N
(Picture courtesy of Larry Stoeckley!)

2. Chapter 4 - Series 9400 River Runt Spook Floater: (Page 28 - 9400 Uncataloged colors) - insert after Clear 9400X:

NAME: Dace Scale, White Belly, 1935-1943 CODE: W9409N, RARITY: 5

 

9/11/2013 UPDATE

1. Chapter 29 - COLOR IDENTIFICATION: (page 136) - Color code BLP - deleted.

2. Chapter 29 - COLOR IDENTIFICATION: (page 136) - Add color code BPL after color code BOD to read: "CODE: BPL, RATING: 5, NAME: Blue Pearl?, PICTURED: Midget River Runt Spook series 9010BPL - Pearl or white body with blue face and back (spine). The actual name is unknown. This is a uncataloged color for this lure, c. 1970's based on the box. (Pictured below)


Blue Pearl? - 9010BPL
(Picture courtesy of Nolen Holt!)

3. Chapter 12 - SERIES 9010 MIDGET RIVER RUNT SPOOK: (Page 61 - 9010 Uncataloged colors) - insert after Blue Pearl color codes 9019PLB/9010BP:

NAME: Blue Pearl?, 1946-1982 CODE: BPL, RARITY: 5

 

7/15/2013 UPDATE

1. Chapter 31 - ERRATA: (page 176 - add) - Folk Art Heddon River Runt Lures with Rattlesnake Skin

Made by Georg Homan of California, these two Heddon River Runt lures including the Standard Sinker, series 9110 (top) and the wood version series 110 (bottom) were covered with authentic Rattlesnake skin. These are but a couple of several lures made by various manufacturers that he made and sold, circa 2012 and later. Most but all not all of these are signed "BY GEORG".

 

2/10/2013 UPDATE

1. Chapter 24 (page 104) - Tiny Deep Diver River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged color listings, add "Gold/Pearl?, DD350GPL - Rarity rating: 5"


(Picture courtesy of Doug Ramey!)

2. Chapter 29 (page 141) - Color Identification - after color code GOA:

Code: GPL
Name: Gold/Pearl? (actual name not known)
Pictured: Tiny Deep Diver River Runt Spook, series DDE350GPL

Gold/Pearl? has a black spine and face, orange body with red to reddish-pink spots and yellow belly.

5/21/2012 UPDATE

1. Chapter 14 (page 67) - Standard Go-Deeper River Runt Spook: Change last sentence on page to read: "These 'imitation' lips have been found on Standard Sinkers, Midgets, Midget Digits and even Floaters."


(Picture courtesy of Bill Peters!)

5/10/2012 UPDATE

1. Chapter 2 (Page 11) - River Runt: To the uncataloged colors listing, aded "Perch, Red Head, 119LRH, rarity rating - 5" (Pictured below)
2. Chapter 29 (Page 129) - Color Identification, add:

Code: 9LRH or LRH
Name: Perch, Red Head
Pictured: River Runt, series 119LRH

This is the same color as Perch but with a red head. This is a uncataloged color for the 110.

(Picture courtesy of Elisa Ruddick!)

5/8/2012 UPDATE

1. Chapter 12 (Page 62) - Midget River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged colors listing, add "Silver Scale, Yellow Belly, 9019YB, rarity rating - 5" (Pictured below)
2. Chapter 29 (Page 135) - For the color code 9YB, change to read: "Pictured: Midget River Runt Spook (9019YB), box for No-Snag River Runt Spook (N9119YB). Solid white body covered with silver flitter (sparkle or glitter) with a solid yellow belly. This is a uncataloged color for any model of River Runt Spooks and would has gold eyes. (c. 1940's). (Picture of Midget River Runt Spook courtesy of Will Nelson)(Picture of No-Snag box courtesy of Dennis McNulty)


(Picture courtesy of Will Nelson!)

 

2/22/2012 UPDATE

1. Chapter 15 (Page 77) - Midget Go-Deeper River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged colors listing, add "White, Red Head, Yellow Belly, D9012YB, rarity rating - 5" (Pictured below)


(Picture courtesy of Doug Ramey!)

 

12/30/2011 UPDATE

1. Chapter 3 (Page 19) - River Runt Spook Sinker: To the uncataloged colors listing, add "Luminous Silver Scale, W9119SS, Rarity rating - 5" (Pictured below)


(Picture courtesy of Doug Ramey!)

11/19/2011 UPDATE

1. Chapter 15 (Page 76-77) - Go-Deeper Midget River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged colors listing, add "Natural Scale, D9010R, Rarity rating - 4, step lip". (Pictured below)

10/4/2011 UPDATE

1. Chapter 14 (Page 71) - Standard Go-Deeper River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged colors listing, add "Spotted Orange, D9110SO, Rarity rating - 5, step lip". (Pictured below)

 

9/30/2011 UPDATES

1. Chapter 21 (Page 97) - Tiny Go-Deeper River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged colors listing add "Silverfish, Spotted, D350SFS, Rarity rating - 5". This lure is pictured in the Color Identification Chapter 29 under the color code SFS but was mistakenly omitted in the Chapter 21 color listing.

2. Chapter 30 (Page 163) - Boxes: Box #11 should read "Window Box for Tiny Runts and River Runtie Spooks". Added to the comments: "Considered rare, there is a known example of this box being used for River Runtie Spooks." (Pictured below)

3. Chapter 23 (Page 101) - Tiny Floating River Runt Spook: To the uncataloged colors listing add "Frog, 340F, Rarity rating - 5". (Pictured below)

4. Chapter 29 (Page 139) - Color Identification - color code F: The description should read: "Frog has a green body with yellow spots that have black centers; came in both white and gold eye. Two variations exist, one with a yellow belly and one with a white belly. It is a uncataloged color for the River Runt Spook in any model."

5. Chapter 17 (Page 85) - Midgit Digit River Runt: To the uncataloged colors listing add "Silver Scale, White & Red Shore Minnow?, B112XS??, Rarity rating - 5" (Pictured below)


Two known examples - Midgit Digit in Silver Scale, White & Red Shore

6. Chapter 29 (Page 155) - Color Identification - Unknown colors: Add "#22 - B112XS?, Silver Scale, White & Red Shore Minnow" (Pictured above)

7. Chapter 14 (Page 67) - Standard Go-Deeper River Runt Spook: Bottom paragraph sentence should read, "Known examples of Ab Saint lips include the Standard Sinker (2-1/2"), the Standard Go-Deeper originally with the scoop lip (2-1/2"), the Midget Sinker (2-1/4"), the Floater (3") and two very scarce examples on a wood Midgit Digit (1-5/8"). (Pictured below)


Ab Saint Lips on Midgit Digits in White, Red & Green Spots (B110)
and Black & White Shore Minnow (B119XBW)

8. Chapter 23 (Page 101) Tiny Floating River Runt Spook - in the uncataloged color listing, change "Orange, Black Bone, 340OBB, rarity rating - 5" to read "Fluorescent Black Shore, 340XFB, rarity rating - 5". (Pictured below)

9. Chapter 29 (Page 143) - Color Identification - color code OBB: Deleted.

10. Chapter 29 (Page 153) - Color Identification: Add color code XFB after color code XBP to read: "CODE: XFB, NAME: Fluorescent Black Shore, PICTURED: Tiny Floating River Runt Spook series 340XFB - This has a solid fluorescent orange body with a black rib pattern and is a uncataloged color for River Runt Spooks." (Pictured above)

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