This is NOT just a Regular Straight Runner with a Fish Head insert: Straight Runner Fish Heads are different lures. Take a look on pages 156-157 of the book “Joe Yee and His Lures” and you will see that these are not the same Straight Runners as in the chapter on page 101.
It is apparent that the term Straight Runner was kind of a catch-all for 12” and 14” ‘plungers’ back then. In Joe’s old catalog, of the 6 Lots (not counting Lot 7 Novelty Lures) 4 had lures called Straight Runners.
14” Fish Head Straight Runners are very old: they were shown in Joe’s only catalog which he says was published in the “late 70’s early 80’s”. The pointer in one of the pictures shows this style of lure in that old catalog. This lure is the same style as “E” in Lot #3.
Another photo shows its 3” head length, which is longer than any of the modern day Straight Runners in the Chapter on page 101. Its face is 1 ¾” wide, where the Regular is only 1 3/8” wide.
Interestingly enough – this lure was brought out of moth balls and renamed “Five Star” (page 80) years later. But this is the old original before the lure was renamed. You won’t see many … if any … more of these.
Obviously, the old Yee Fish Head Straight Runners made in this time frame do not have labels. Note the quote from Joe Yee on page Page 133:
“I never used to label my stuff. No use. I made lures 20 years with no labels. Why Label? But they all keep saying, ‘Joe, label your lures’. Yama kept getting after me, ‘Joe label your lures’. So, I finally decide to label my lures. I think it was late 70’s or early 80’s but I don’t remember the year exactly.”
This head has been in storage for many years, unfished and unskirted. Dan put a Yellowfin Tuna skirt combination for listing because he believed that was the intent when the head was made: the skirts are new.
This Fish Head Straight Runner was made by Joe Yee, is from Dan Magers’ personal collection, and is guaranteed authentic.