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VRB - Rainbow Shiner or Rainbow Chrome or
Nickel Rainbow Shiner

COLOR NAME: Rainbow Shiner or Rainbow Chrome or Nickel Rainbow Shiner
LURE(S) PICTURED: Wee Tad (590VRB), Tiny Torpedo (364VRB), Sonic (387VRB), Chugger Jr. Spook (9520VRB), Zara Spook (9255VRB)

Tiny Torpedo: Chrome or silver body, metallic blue back, light purple side, red gill mark with black spot on either side. The Sonic has a more definite red line down the side. This was a cataloged color for these lures starting in 1971. The Rainbow Chrome color along with 5 other 'chrome' colors were introduced in Heddon's 1971 catalog for a number of other Heddon lures. The colors included NPY (Yellow Chrome), NPR (Red Chrome), NFD (Green Shad Chrome), NBL (Black Chrome) and VGS (Gold/Brown Chrome). In addition, Heddon assigned a different series number to every lure produced in the Chrome color, i.e., '9520' was the standard series number for the Chugger Jr but in a Chrome color, it was 9522. That series number continued to 1974 and then Heddon reverted back to the standard series number for the lure(s). In 1991, the Heddon catalog listed VRB as Nickel Rainbow Shiner and the color remained much like the Chrome version.

The 1980 version of VRB was a bit 'softer' with less chrome appearance as shown in the Wee Tad. This was a cataloged color for the Wee Tad as well as the line of other Heddon Tadpolly lures.

(Tiny Torpedo picture from the collection of Rick Schmidt!)
(Picture of Wee Tad courtesy of Glen Brewton!)
(Picture of Chugger Jr. Spook courtesy of Charles Woolley!)
(Picture of Zara Spook courtesy of Erik Spengler)

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