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accepted primary dedicated reference to all things ABU Half-encapsulated
James Partridge and Martin Stone from the UK.
I am honoured to have this
personal copy in my collection to learn from!
Do buy your copy to know all
on all versions of the ABU 505
Do not miss their upcoming
ABU 500 series book
Marco Malavasi's book "Reelstown Guide to ABU Spinning Reels of Sweden"
and website is
also a very worthy wider reaching tome of which the 500 series are a small part.
ABU's Tight Lines 1983
offered this "Route 500" article which
furnished good historical information about all the half encapsulated 500 series
Tight Lines 1984 saw the demise of the popular match winning series of metal 500
reels. ABU placed confidence in the new plastic models and lauded the new
Diplomat 601/601M ad 602 series.
An un-sourced writer
(known only as Stefan, whom I would like to fully acknowledge) has also written a
very good and informative short 3 page article here .
The ABU 500 half encapsulated series burst onto
the angling scene in 1961 and held sway for 21 years.
Not so popular in my part of Northern Tropical
Australia, as Europe (particularly for UK match fishos) and USA, they are
still a strong, reliable, multi-featured and innovative reel.
I own a right hander and consequently my ABU 508
(rather than the normal identical size LHW ABU507) will always have a
place in my tackle box for fresh water fishing.
This gives ABU's introduction from
their Tight Lines Catalog of 1977 (Part
images courtesy of James and Martin cited above.
I have all nine models only which I can't fish
with even if I permitted myself the luxury of using near mint reels from so long
ago. They are left hand wind and most Aussies wind with their right hands. My
above mentioned 508 fits the bill.
Full kit of the right hand
Note the upside down badge!
In general , the popularity of the series was
largely due to the initial design features such as having a fixed spool reel
without the usual bailarm structure. Instead, an enclosing drum made from
stainless steel covered the hidden spool and it drove a pin(s) to safely guide
the retrieval of line. Anglers loved the one finger operation (merely
touch the rubber ring in front of the reel) which ensued making it a very
easy reel to cast and retrieve. This coupled with a wonderful drag system made
it a winner. More features would evolve over time.
First Garcia 505 from 1963
Model 1 and last 1975 model of the
The Match fisherman's most
famous and popular 506
Packaging for the
500 series interests me which I hope to add to my collection before too
contact me if you have a spare red display box or a green one. I
have the blue 501 boxed.
The true fan of ABU
500 series will drool at this rarely seen item. It was won as part of a
competition, promoted by Nabisco in USA
My reels include a 500 series 501,
503/520 (USA) , 505,
506M, 507, and 508 as well as a newer plastic and to my mind not so
desirable 601M and 602 Diplomat.
I will specifically detail my boxed
ABU 501 below when time permits.
here of 505 from Tight Lines also.
manual of the 506 is here
Loan reels for the 500 series was introduced in UK
This was the standard of service available
in UK when one's reel was in for service. The picture below shows the engraved
cowl of the 500 series reel "loaned " to the you. thanks to Les Shaw
for images of his service reel cowls. More recently Martin Stone has shared his
images here also.His friend who send him these images to share is Richard Burfield from the USA. Thanks to both ABU fans!
Thanks again Martin and Richard in USA for these unique beautiful images of loan reels.
Some UK advertizing of the 60/70's
At last I have a Green box ABU 506
My friend Julian from Germany writes,
Pictures of the ABU 505 Cutaway, in Germany only known of 2 x exists of ABU 505
Cutaway (See pic
5) and 1 x ABU 506 Cutaway, in other Countries i don't know about one
to exists, maybe in Sweden some Reels, Regards Julian.
more keen ABU anglers
decide to share more knowledge here.
If you have any
500 series red or green box mentioned above or a Service reel , that are unneeded or doubles in your
collection and are available for a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to
hear from you.