With many thanks to my friend Hans van der Pauw ,
ABU fan (The Netherlands)
One small piece of information I can give you though.
In the 1960’s a certain Mr. Cor van Beurden, who owned a tackle shop in The Hague, was the importer of ABU in Holland.
On his special request ABU made a certain amount of un-weighted Reflex spinners for retailing in Holland.
The only difference is that the metal body was replaced by a piece of red plastic tubing.
That was requested because Holland has mostly shallow still waters in which a weighted Reflex sinks too fast.
I have seen one of those (either in copper or zebra, I’m not sure anymore) from my friend, the Dutch international angling journalist and writer Jan Eggers, whom I often go fishing with.
He assured me the spinners were produced un-weighted in Sweden and not doctored with in Holland. He’s totally reliable.
Jan has been very much involved with ABU ever since about 1960. He even learned Swedish at that time, because he wanted to emigrate to Sweden and work for ABU! But history took a different turn and he ended up being an internationally famous angling writer and an expert on pike (together with Fred Buller in Britain). I pointed out your website to him some years ago, but he knew it already.
I’ll add a picture of Cor van Beurden with a mirror carp, taken around 1960. I knew his picture was in some old ABU catalog as well and it took me some time to find it, but here it is as well. The text says: “ ‘There’s no bait like the ABU Spinner’, says mr. C.J. van Beurden, The Hague, and he shows one of the giant pikes he has taken on this lure.”
Update Nov 2010
It has taken a while, but I’ve finally received the photo’s from Jan Eggers of his unweighted Reflex spinners, one taken together with some weighted ones. All spinners pictured are from the early sixties. I have higher resolutions if you should want them. The unweighted Reflexes have the typical W-shaped end where the trebles are attached. They had orange feathers on the trebles originally, but not much of that is left after almost 50 years. As you already know the unweighted Reflexes were made for the Dutch market and Dutch circumstances by special request of the then ABU-importer Cor van Beurden. The first advertisement I’ve found that mentions them dates from May 1956 (I’ve already sent you that one). Jan has added a picture of himself with a catch of five pike taken on this unweighted Reflex and using an early ABU 505 reel. It was taken around 1965 in the Dutch village of De Rijp. He is still very much devoted to these reels and he uses them a lot, both for spinning and ledgering, especially 506’s.
Carl van Beurden :ABU importer into Holland (cira 1950's)
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