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Re: Ugly reels

Post by Mike F » Wed May 26 2021 09:39

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Wed May 26 2021 19:59

In all the years I've been lure fishing, I have never once felt the inclination to own one of these horrible lumpy Zebco things!

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Thu May 27 2021 12:29

It must be difficult to design an ugly drum reel? :shrug:

However, Abu somehow managed it with their 'Delta' fly reel series (1966 - 79)!

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I suppose they showed enough restraint not to actually add googly eyes, arms and legs! :laughs:

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by Mike F » Thu May 27 2021 14:10

John Milford wrote:
It must be difficult to design an ugly drum reel? :shrug:

However, Abu somehow managed it with their 'Delta' fly reel series (1966 - 79)!


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I suppose they showed enough restraint not to actually add googly eyes, arms and legs! :laughs:


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Is that for (pardon the pun) real?!
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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Thu May 27 2021 14:53

rapsy wrote:
John Milford wrote:
It must be difficult to design an ugly drum reel? :shrug:

However, Abu somehow managed it with their 'Delta' fly reel series (1966 - 79)!


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I suppose they showed enough restraint not to actually add googly eyes, arms and legs! :laughs:


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Is that for (pardon the pun) real?!
Yes - and in production for 13 years! I think the theory behind the triangular frame for the round drum was that it was supposed to help prevent the fly line snagging on the reel.

Totally the opposite to my experience of round Vs triangular net frames for snagging on everything in sight! :shrug:

They're quite sought after, perhaps because they're so distinctive. If I saw one cheap enough I'd probably buy it, purely for the novelty value.
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Post by Mike F » Thu May 27 2021 18:47

Ive never seen anything like it John.
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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Thu May 27 2021 21:44

The 1960s 'Le Omnia' reel was a pug-ugly little thing!

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It's centerpin stablemate, the 'Little Kraka', didn't quite live up to it's name either!

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Both reels were made by T. J. Harrington - who also made the 'Gat' air pistol (which by coincidence, is also one of the ugliest air pistols. :laughs: ).
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John Milford wrote:
The 1960s 'Le Omnia' reel was a pug-ugly little thing!


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It's centerpin stablemate, the 'Little Kraka', didn't quite live up to it's name either!


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Both reels were made by T. J. Harrington - who also made the 'Gat' air pistol (which by coincidence, is also one of the ugliest air pistols. :laughs: ).
With design like that it's no wonder English manufacturing declined!

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Fri May 28 2021 08:36

I dunno Dave. The Swedes have a reputation for manufacturing quality stuff, yet their 'flagship' reel of its time was the 'Suveran'!

No doubt beautifully engineered, but in this case the beauty was all on the inside! :laughs:

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by davelumb » Fri May 28 2021 09:39

John Milford wrote:
I dunno Dave. The Swedes have a reputation for manufacturing quality stuff, yet their 'flagship' reel of its time was the 'Suveran'!

No doubt beautifully engineered, but in this case the beauty was all on the inside! :laughs:


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I think the Suveran is a good looking reel. :shrug:

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Fri May 28 2021 11:23

The shape is OK-ish, but the awkward mix of modern and retro styling manages to miss both targets for me, as if it can't quite make up its mind which it is? :shrug:

All that nasty ribbed plastic also spoils it to my eye - especially when you consider its price tag.
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Re: Ugly reels

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davelumb wrote:
Impressive review - a reel enthusiast!

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peteren wrote:
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Impressive review - a reel enthusiast!
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Re: Ugly reels

Post by JoeNickel » Fri May 28 2021 22:23

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A German entry - the 1960s Sportex 60!

The rear drag was ahead of its time, but otherwise I think it's designer was on LSD! 😵


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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Tue Jun 01 2021 10:50

The Fuji 45 side cast. Not so much ugly as, well, very, Japanese! (Knowing them, the centre boss is probably a stylised Chrysanthemum, or some such? :shrug: ).

I'm not sure many western anglers would want to use this big old frilly lump of plastic - nearly 6" in diameter.

Some of their other reels were more attractive, if slightly twee. They also did a metal fly reel with heart shaped perforations in the spool! :hug: :giggle:

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John Milford wrote:
The Fuji 45 side cast. Not so much ugly as, well, very, Japanese! (Knowing them, the centre boss is probably a stylised Chrysanthemum, or some such? :shrug: ).

I'm not sure many western anglers would want to use this big old frilly lump of plastic - nearly 6" in diameter.

Some of their other reels were more attractive, if slightly twee. They also did a metal fly reel with heart shaped perforations in the spool! :hug: :giggle:


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That's not ugly. Interesting rel too.

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Re: Ugly reels

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davelumb wrote:
John Milford wrote:
The Fuji 45 side cast. Not so much ugly as, well, very, Japanese! (Knowing them, the centre boss is probably a stylised Chrysanthemum, or some such? :shrug: ).

I'm not sure many western anglers would want to use this big old frilly lump of plastic - nearly 6" in diameter.

Some of their other reels were more attractive, if slightly twee. They also did a metal fly reel with heart shaped perforations in the spool! :hug: :giggle:


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That's not ugly. Interesting rel too.
:thumbs:

I agree Dave not ugly - just rather strange to the western eye - and, as I said, probably has some deeper symbolism lost on us.

(I just read that a white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love and also represents happiness, longevity and joy in Japanese culture).

I want one now! :laughs:
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John Milford wrote:
davelumb wrote:
John Milford wrote:
The Fuji 45 side cast. Not so much ugly as, well, very, Japanese! (Knowing them, the centre boss is probably a stylised Chrysanthemum, or some such? :shrug: ).

I'm not sure many western anglers would want to use this big old frilly lump of plastic - nearly 6" in diameter.

Some of their other reels were more attractive, if slightly twee. They also did a metal fly reel with heart shaped perforations in the spool! :hug: :giggle:


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That's not ugly. Interesting rel too.
:thumbs:

I agree Dave not ugly - just rather strange to the western eye - and, as I said, probably has some deeper symbolism lost on us.

(I just read that a white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love and also represents happiness, longevity and joy in Japanese culture).

I want one now! :laughs:
:giggle:

That Youtube channel is worth checking out for other vintage reels. :wink:

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Tue Jun 01 2021 12:04

I don't care what a strange-looking beast this creation is - it is truly fantastic! :cool:

I'm guessing either a prototype or artisan reel from the very earliest days of thread line spinning reels. It might even have utilised an old egg whisk for its mechanics? :shrug:

While it has the look of a fixed spool reel, its spool rotates and the 'bail arm' is fixed. A similar principle to the Allcock-Stanley reel, although the non-rotating pick-up on those oscillated back and forth to facilitate line lay on its tiny revolving spool.

It strikes me this one would have been awkward to fix to a rod as one end of the foot is blocked by the frame and pick-up!

Marvelous! :grin:

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John Milford wrote:
I don't care what a strange-looking beast this creation is - it is truly fantastic! :cool:

I'm guessing either a prototype or artisan reel from the very earliest days of thread line spinning reels. It might even have utilised an old egg whisk for its mechanics? :shrug:

While it has the look of a fixed spool reel, its spool rotates and the 'bail arm' is fixed. A similar principle to the Allcock-Stanley reel, although the non-rotating pick-up on those oscillated back and forth to facilitate line lay on its tiny revolving spool.

It strikes me this one would have been awkward to fix to a rod as one end of the foot is blocked by the frame and pick-up!

Marvelous! :grin:


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Re: Ugly reels

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John Milford wrote:
I don't care what a strange-looking beast this creation is - it is truly fantastic! :cool:

I'm guessing either a prototype or artisan reel from the very earliest days of thread line spinning reels. It might even have utilised an old egg whisk for its mechanics? :shrug:

While it has the look of a fixed spool reel, its spool rotates and the 'bail arm' is fixed. A similar principle to the Allcock-Stanley reel, although the non-rotating pick-up on those oscillated back and forth to facilitate line lay on its tiny revolving spool.

It strikes me this one would have been awkward to fix to a rod as one end of the foot is blocked by the frame and pick-up!

Marvelous! :grin:


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Looks like the sort of reel that the knights of the round table used on their days off..........truly medieval! :giggle:
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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Wed Jun 02 2021 23:16

Eeeeeew! - Nasty! :sick:

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Re: Ugly reels

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Daiwa "AutoCast" ? I still have one of these in great nick from circa 1985 or so :) (pic from tinternet)

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John Milford wrote:
Eeeeeew! - Nasty! :sick:


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Re: Ugly reels

Post by JoeNickel » Fri Jun 04 2021 23:28

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Daiwa "AutoCast" ? I still have one of these in great nick from circa 1985 or so :) (pic from tinternet)

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I've got two of those! Still work fine.

And I lusted after the yellow Abu baitcaster when I was a kid. Think there may have been a coloured range - vaguely remember other colours?

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Re: Ugly reels

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JoeNickel wrote:
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Daiwa "AutoCast" ? I still have one of these in great nick from circa 1985 or so :) (pic from tinternet)

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I've got two of those! Still work fine.

And I lusted after the yellow Abu baitcaster when I was a kid. Think there may have been a coloured range - vaguely remember other colours?
You're right Joe - also available in black. There was also a very similar Abu (different number) that had a red option, as well as black.

The brighter coloured versions are rarer and more popular with collectors than the standard black models.
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Re: Ugly reels

Post by John Milford » Tue Jun 15 2021 00:26

Otherwise nice enough looking reels, but with ugly great 'counter-balanced' handles! (Something I'm pleased no longer seems 'fashionable').

I quite like double handles personally, although I understand why some might find them cumbersome.

What I can't see the earthly point of though, is having a handle that is equally cumbersome, but without the benefit of an extra handle! :shrug:

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Re: Ugly reels

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Re: Ugly reels

Post by davelumb » Thu Jul 15 2021 16:46

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If I had the money to waste I'd buy that.


And do a KLF on it. :laughs:

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