I hope to cover both baitcasting combo and spinning style reels over time.
Model name Spidercast rod, used in International Casting Federation competition
Maker/designer In house team work, no known specific engineers
Production dates Early 60's
Images Show detail of rod and reel being totally integrated together.
Features Only 40 ever made, as a 'special' in the early 60's. Offered to the Swedish Casting team only,
Specific details It is a tournament class COMBINED CASTING REEL/ROD, 65 inches long, 2 piece, brown fibreglass blank, with 4 Abu wire-coil rings and cork handle in excellent condition.
It bears the maker's name "ABU SVANGSTA" just above the butt, and also the Owner's name, who was a previous world champion.
The rod is joined together by a strong, tight ferrule grip to the handle section.
You can see from the photos the
reel is integral to the rod handle, and is made of steel and alloy
with brass gears.
It is put into free-spool mode for casting by pulling the twin handle bar out slightly.
You then cast by holding the
trigger with your index finger, thumb on the spool, cast and release
the spool, then re-engage the twin handles to retrieve your casting
In competiton the spool contained over 200 yards of 1/4 lb breaking strain line, then attached to a length of heavier Salmon Line used for a Shock Leader, which was then attached to a tournament casting weight of 5/8 oz.(Original weight will be sold with the rod).
The light line strength explains the name "SPIDERCAST" very well ! I feel sure that the older tournament casterswill recognise this unique item which will bring back a lot of memories of days gone by.
Catalog Never catalogued
Details are provided by Ron Elsenaar from his knowledgeable friend who wishes to help but seeks privacy....
1.This rod/reel combo was used only ever for competitive casting.
2. It was built for the event called UNRESTRICTED CASTING
3. The cast type was single handed using 18g plug.
4. The spider like line was as thin as a human hair and made by Dupont in USA in 2000 yard spools.
5. The spool speed was controlled by the quality of the oil. Bad oil=slow spinning spool=short cast or backlash and disqualification
Please be patient and enjoy as they appear and do contribute!
If you have any others not listed above, that are unneeded or doubles in your collection and are available for a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to hear from you.