Way Before the Revo

ABU 2600 and 2650 circa mid-1960s. Both are freespool reels with centrifugal cast control.

ABU 2600 and 2650 circa mid-1960s. Both are freespool reels with centrifugal cast control. Note the button on the handle acts as the freespool button.

A B Urfabriken, or ABU as it’s more commonly known has been making fishing reels since the World War II era. It wasn’t until the mid-1950s, though, that United States anglers got see a new style and quality casting reel. That’s when The Garcia Corporation decided to market the ABU reels in the U.S.

The first reel to my knowledge that came over was the ABU 5000. The ABU 5000, marketed as the Record Ambassadeur 5000, introduced a number of new design concepts in casting reel design. One of these was the centrifugal brake system that nearly all reels today incorporate. The 5000 came in a number of models and versions over the years and include the 5000C (Bearing model) and the 5000D (direct drive model). [Read more…]