My most recent
addition was gifted to me (believe it or not) while I was in a
hospital operating theatre. Apparently I talked for 3 hours to the
Anesthetist and theatre wardsman John, as I had a spinal instead of a
full knockout anesthesia When I awoke the rod was in my room. I must
have talked passionately about ABU!
The history of this
rod is it was apparently made in the early 70's at Sam Vecchio's
Sportstore in Innisfail, North Queensland. The rod was designed and
built by Jeff Cheetam who was in turn trained under the guiding light
of my old friend, (but now deceased 5 years) Jack Erskine of Cairns
and great ABU pedigree, having fished with CO Erricsson, Len Borgstrom
and other from Svangsta. As you can see it sports the best Fuji guides
(8 and a tip no less), of the era as well as Jack's usual under
and over binding custom Chevron binding. The plug in nature fits a
metal ABU Speedlock grip also of the era. A real treasure with no pun
The only repair
needed is to replace the aging rubber "O" ring with a silicone one.
I have recently
received two more rods with ABU heritage; the documented Milbro
baitcaster and now, this New Zealand licenced Kilwell/ABU fly rod
have photographed them together for comparison purposes.
will notice the similar high quality components as well as the similar
colour tonings used.
Alaistar for allowing it to come to my collection.
2 rods 5 sections , side by side.
proudly bagged for protection.
Close up of but / grip sections
Notice the exact Speedlock grip used in the ABU range of
Swedish made rods.
This did not happen for the USA made Garcia Conolon rods.
I will feature the Garcia grips utilizing the ring grip when
they arrive from USA.
Mid sections, close up
High quality cork fly rod grips and beautifully spun
aluminium collet on baitcaster.
Tips and joins up close
IQuality agate tip runner and underbinding on the Milbro
baitsacter and nice backbinding on the Kilwell
I would like to add an ABU or Garcia
baitcaster , spinning or flyrod of this 19. 60's era from USA
production line, to my collection for comparison
purposes. All will be built on the uSA made Conolon fibreglass
of the day. If I can't acquire one, then detailed images
would be appreciated to show here.
you are a person that has significantly had an effect on
design/development/testing of ABU equipment over the years
please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
if you wish your contribution documented for posterity and the
immediate interest of the ABU fans worldwide!