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The rarest of
is the one piece rod /reel combo made in very minted numbers by ABU to
assist Swedish Casters win the World Championships! I have pics of two models
here courtesy of Kjell and John.
My friend Kjell Johansson from Sweden, who may soon be parting with this lovely combo has advised
me about its details. If it does not sell, I certainly hope one day I will be
able to afford it and coax it to both my collection as well as my website.
"ABU Combo Casting Set prototype. Total length 168cm. On the rod spells "ICF game
A very rare collectible. ABU Casting Set produced by the ABU in the 60´s in a
limited edition of about 200 pieces.
The above pics show a complete
prototype of the ABU Combo and is therefore even more rare!
is probably the only available sample, developed in the 60´s, and has
belonged to the ABU´s former advertising executive Dan Åslund. "
Another rare and limited production
Record Tournament Caster
Another friend John of UK has shared this
info for us all to appreciate as it will be unlikemost of us will ever own one.
This must be every ABU collector's dream,
being only 1 of about 40 EVER MADE, originally for the Swedish Casting Team to
use in competition.
Made by ABU as a "Special" in the early 1960's , this amazing ABU rod/reel was
never catalogued, but used by the Champions of that period,and known to them as
the "SPIDERCAST ROD".
I understand these casting tournaments are primarily now held abroad, in America
I am showing this very rare specialist rod on behalf of a friend , who actually
used it in INTERNATIONAL CASTING FEDERATION competitons, ( I.C.F.), at
Scarborough in the U.K. between 1968-76.
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 weight.
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.
Thanks John for sharing
Personally to date, my own collection of combos which ABU marketed as a
pair of matched items in a boxed kit, initially to educate inexperienced users
to fishing, has tried to cover casting,
spinning and fly fishing
have attempted to collect and combine various rod and reel combinations from
the years in which they would have been released.
I hope to match more lines and lures to these combos (and also display and photograph
them a little better, see below)
displayed combos from the 40's through to the 80's. I fish with some later
combos as well!
Many find vintage-fishing a passion, but personally, give me my tricked up
custom Ambassadeurs any day over the early Record casting reels. The lures are
still as effective but rod technology has marched on like the reels.
Still occasionally re-visting the past can be a blast especially if done with
kindred spirits. Pure Fishing has great roots in A.B.Urfabriken and will do well
to revisit and continue to value the old goals instilled from 3 generations of
the Borgstom family who knew the importance of educating the consumers of their
Failing to produce the full and complete English language Tight Lines catalogs
after 2002, was a major step away from their heritage of being masters of the
pisctorial universe for people of all major nations/languages. Please re-instate
out English language catalogs.
ABU was most particular from the earliest times, to include informative material
about heir individual products in their
40's Napp och Nytt catalogs and later English
translated Tight Lines catalogs.
The education of anglers (covered in another Chapter) was always the prime goal
of the company from around the 50’s, to
ensure success with combining their excellent products for the best possible
I will draw some conclusions from each decade after 1949.
In 1949, A.B.Urfabriken was still finding its feet, concentrating on
excellence in individual product lines, but forgetting the anglers needed advice
on matching their rods, reels, lines and lures, so we only saw distinct pages
dedicated to reels, rods etc.
After a decade they understood the need to
match the hatch so to speak with all
their wonderful products. So from the 50’s all catalogs had Balanced tackle or
combo deals, way before the fast food chains latched onto the concept, except
there were no upgrades. Perfection was there in the first offering.
This Balanced tackle chart from 1959 would have been very useful to beginning
anglers needed advice on matching their tackle choices.
In 1969, this offering below introduced the 4 fishing types and matched to the
By 1979, matched fishing kits comprising reel, rod, line and lures are being
In the 1989 catalog, we see the eye catching packaging come to a new level,
though aimed more at the novices who always need help, and not containing their
premium products. I guess it was thought the perfectionists had enough knowledge
and could discern for themselves what they needed
By 1999, this trend to market to the uninitiated or novice angler was still continuing.
The current 2009 catalog has a myriad of different Combo’s including some
Back on a more personal historical note, I always found these images my
favourites including the rare 70’s fold up flyer to be a favourite.
attempted to collect and combine various rod and reel combinations from the
years in which they would have been released.
I hope to match authentic lines when found, and lures to these combos (and also
display and photograph them a little better)
you are a person that has significantly had an effect on
design/development/testing of ABU equipment over the years please contact me
if you wish your contribution documented for posterity and the immediate
interest of the ABU fans worldwide!