Starting a collection

10 Jan

Where do you start when starting a Shur Strike collection?

Don’t do what I did…..randomly collecting any Shur Strike lure that I found. When I first started collecting, I had no idea how many styles and colors there were. I got lost.

It is much easier to gain a focus by concentrating a specific style or color. For instance, I have collected more than 25 different colors of the river runt lure. You can also branch out into the older style runt with the inserted lip, floating river runt, the sinking river runt, and even the ventral lip that is a slight variation.

Sinking River Runt and Older Inserted lip Style
Floating River Runt
River Runt with Ventral Lip

There are also Jointed River Runts that you can collect as well, and they can come in a short or long body.

Short Body Jointed River Runt
Larger Body Jointed River Runt

So as you can see, we have just explored a small segment of Shur Strike lures, and found several different styles, variations, and colors. You may want to explore the older model lures which I reference in my book as the alphabet series of lures. These were the first lures Creek Chub came out with under the Shur Strike line.  They had styles of A-L and a few numbered series. They expanded later into more letter style lures, but the A-L were the first in the early 30’s. Here are some early examples:

Style A
Style 4 Round Nose Pikie

Whether you start with a style or a color, or another category, you may want to get a copy of my book to help break things down. Books can be ordered through Whitefish press at


4 Responses to “Starting a collection”

  1. Jim Engel December 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    Learned a bunch from this post and will follow-up with your book purchase etc. outstanding information, and Thank you for the work and reserch you put into this, Jim

  2. Jim Jordan December 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    I love the blog.I highly recommend your book also. It is a must have for any Shur Strike / Creek Chub collector. It is a great addition to any serious lure collectors library. I am always amazed at the amount of Shur Strike information you have compiled. Original Shur Strike printed material is so very tough to come across.
    Jim Jordan

    • Layne Wilkerson December 29, 2012 at 12:40 am #

      I love your post and it is very interesting to see all the different lures and all the great colors. You have done a good job presenting the information on Sure-Strike. My favorite color is the Peanut Butter. Thanks for sharing.
      Layne Wilkerson

  3. Gerald Garrett April 28, 2017 at 1:21 am #

    Florida hardware store stuck in time revealed the coolest Pflueger display sign ever. Woolworth circle W lures eye opening. So much yet to be learned. Thanks for sharing what you have learned,
    Gerald Garrett

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