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    Default The ABU Closed Face Reel - A Love Affair.

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    I couldn't argue with the "love affair" after all I have 4 501's still in use today - lovely reels.

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    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

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    Got one myself, and there's nothing better for ease of use when trotting on a river.

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    I have an ABU 501. It's a great reel. I've had it for 25 years and would never sell it. I made a spare spool for it out of PEEK - a lot tougher than the original more brittle plastic used.

    Right now I need some chenile for the edges of the spools. Does anyone know where I can get it? Tackle shops used to sell the stuff, but I can't find it these days.
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    Matt,

    Any decent Fly Tying Suppliers should have it.

    Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.

    Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary. ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Cholmondeley-Corker (PaSC) View Post
    Right now I need some chenille for the edges of the spools. Does anyone know where I can get it?
    Pick a thread or two out of your grannie's door curtain or chenille table cloth. That's what it was made into most of the time.





    I'd forgotten to add a last photo. Had a bit of trouble finding after I'd loaded it to the site, but it's on there now - at the bottom.

    ---------- Post added at 12:55 ---------- Previous post was at 12:41 ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jacobs View Post
    I couldn't argue with the "love affair" after all I have 4 501's still in use today - lovely reels.
    I'll give you a tenner for one of them Peter. That's all I gave for the last one. - insert stupid smilie thingy .
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    Woody

    Just seen the last photo. I have an ABU Cardinal Gold MAX (its got the gold plastic bit on the bottom like the one in your photo). I still use it for most of my float fishing.
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    That brought some fond memories flooding back.

    Just had the one 501 which I later sold to "upgrade" to the newer Daiwa 125m (which I still have) which wasn't as good or as nice to use IMO

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    I always wanted an Abu closed face reel, but when they were alll the rage I could not afford one!

    I bought the 507 MK2 and like most people I found it horrid! At first it was OK, but then evolved into "Tanglemaster MK1"!!

    I sold it to a mate who was going to try it for spinning - the theory being is that it was a modified spincasting reel and so it might be better with thicker lines.

    I ended up buying a French made closed face reel about 10 years ago (I have forgotten the make, but it was distributed by VMC). A very reliable reel that has never let me down and never needed more than a clean and a drop of oil and a light smear of grease in the right place.

    I still have a hankering for a Swedish made Abu though....
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    I dont have an ABU but I use the Dawia Harrier 125 for all my float work( well with line up to about 4lb). Ive never understood why people dont use closed face reels more, as I personally find them so much easier to get on with. Ive had mine for 12 years now and it still works as good as when I first bought it!!

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