Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

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Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by jonsykes » Sun Apr 08 2018 16:59

Any idea on age/value. Look unused but sadly no boxes.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Andrew Croft » Sun Apr 08 2018 17:27

I'm no expert but they look pretty new. ive got a jointed hi-lo with all the same fittings, so probably not that old. mind you mines doesnt have those little dome things on top of the hooks eye mines is the same as the other ones fittings. :shrug:
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Post by jonsykes » Sun Apr 08 2018 18:07

Not that new Andrew, not made in Sweden since 1987.

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Sun Apr 08 2018 19:26

The top one glows in the dark :wink:

They were first Introduced in 1955. The oldest Hi-Los have 5 positions on the adjustable lip', but this changed to 6 after a few years. A 5-position Hi Lo would possibly be a collector's item, but later ones less so as there were lots made over the years.

They're based on Heddon's 'River Runt Spook' and 'Vamp Spook' and the 18g size HiLo was also sold by Heddon, briefly, when they were first developed.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Nobby C » Sun Apr 08 2018 19:36

You won't get a holiday out of the profits, why not use them to catch pikes?

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Post by Kev Berry » Sun Apr 08 2018 19:56

Nobby C wrote:
You won't get a holiday out of the profits, why not use them to catch pikes?
I have a few of them---I think they filled with anti pike dust, never even had a follow on them

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Jake Hamilton » Sun Apr 08 2018 19:57

John Milford wrote:
The top one glows in the dark :wink:

They were first Introduced in 1955. The oldest Hi-Los have 5 positions on the adjustable lip', but this changed to 6 after a few years. A 5-position Hi Lo would possibly be a collector's item, but later ones less so as there were lots made over the years.

They're based on Heddon's 'River Runt Spook' and 'Vamp Spook' and the 18g size HiLo was also sold by Heddon, briefly, when they were first developed.
John, I've got a couple of little 3 inch Hi-Los that are stamped 'Made in Japan'

When was that the case?
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Sun Apr 08 2018 21:19

The production of all Abu Garcia lures transferred to the Far East in 1981 Jake. Japan initially (then China, where there were quality issues) and finally Taiwan. Abu Garcia insist that the Taiwanese baits are made to the original Swedish specifications, but many would argue they are no longer as good.

They probably are (except for the Chinese ones), but I'm a lure snob - I only have Swedish Abus! :grin:
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Jake Hamilton » Mon Apr 09 2018 08:53

John Milford wrote:
The production of all Abu Garcia lures transferred to the Far East in 1981 Jake. Japan initially (then China, where there were quality issues) and finally Taiwan. Abu Garcia insist that the Taiwanese baits are made to the original Swedish specifications, but many would argue they are no longer as good.

They probably are (except for the Chinese ones), but I'm a lure snob - I only have Swedish Abus! :grin:
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Mike J » Mon Apr 09 2018 09:19

Problem is they are not tooth proof.
The originals could be coated with warm Araldite to toughen them up but the later models shrunk along the back when a hairdryer was used to flow the epoxy.

All sizes will catch but the largest with the 6" plus body was the best catcher (for me).

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by fergie68 » Mon Apr 09 2018 20:01

I have a few of the Hi-Lo minnow version and the firetiger has been a excellent pike lure.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Tue Apr 10 2018 12:15

Mike J wrote:
Problem is they are not tooth proof.
Not many plastic lures are totally 'tooth proof'. I've had Creek Chubs and Cisco Kids bitten through also.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Tue Apr 10 2018 12:26

If anyone ever comes across one of these (Heddon Abu Hi Lo River Runt), please let me know! :pipe:

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue Apr 10 2018 13:32

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Problem is they are not tooth proof.
Not many plastic lures are totally 'tooth proof'. I've had Creek Chubs and Cisco Kids bitten through also.
Had a 26g Hilo come back in half one time after playing a very heavy, unseen fish up in Scotland years back. It had parted at the glued jointed behind the head end :eek:

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Mike J » Tue Apr 10 2018 16:36

All my active Cisco Kids have been sheathed with Araldite.
Had to be done as the Pike loved them so much they wouldnt leave them alone, even had them picked up off the bottom.

Also have some in their original boxes along with the yellow company leaflet, reckon they must be worth something?

Those Runts are a lovely lure on a light rod, especially for the tourists!

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by jonsykes » Tue Apr 10 2018 19:19

What’s this one John? Note how the lip goes all the way back.
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Post by jonsykes » Tue Apr 10 2018 19:20

Missed one.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Tue Apr 10 2018 21:10

The holographic finish looks relatively modern, perhaps a Daiwa Hi-Lo copy? All sorts of companies have sold lookie-likies over the years - probably ever since Abu gave their specs to the Chinese! Shakespeare used to sell a particularly nasty version, but yours looks better than one of theirs.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by royboy » Tue Apr 10 2018 21:45

Is this one a rare beast ?
Don`t see too many about.

6 positions in total....
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Post by royboy » Tue Apr 10 2018 21:47

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Tue Apr 10 2018 22:42

That looks like the one Fergie rates Pat :thumbs:
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by fergie68 » Tue Apr 10 2018 23:52

Same lure type and colour but the ones I have are smaller 120mm I think. I have one that size in red. Mullarkeys used to punt them pretty cheap. I will post some pics tomorrow
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Wed Apr 11 2018 12:57

Can't beat a bit of Swedish Lure Porn! :wink:

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by davelumb » Wed Apr 11 2018 13:01

Second from the bottom was my favourite 'plug' in my teens. :thumbs:

Might dig my Hi-Los out for a snap later.

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Mark_Houghton » Wed Apr 11 2018 15:07

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Can't beat a bit of Swedish Lure Porn! :wink:

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Mark_Houghton » Wed Apr 11 2018 15:09

davelumb wrote:
Second from the bottom was my favourite 'plug' in my teens. :thumbs:

Might dig my Hi-Los out for a snap later.
Most productive colour for me back when I used them :thumbs:

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by davelumb » Wed Apr 11 2018 21:02

Here's my little collection of various vintages of Hi-Los.

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Left, top down : Sweden, Sweden, Japan, Taiwan.

Right, top down : Sweden, Sweden, Japan, Japan.

The red paint is from a time when I fell under the influence of Mr Burton. :red: The Brown Trout pattern became my all time favourite. I Might have another somewhere in the smallest size.

While I had the camera out I got a bit carried away - and when processing the pics...

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Wed Apr 11 2018 21:46

I've got a 40g BGL somewhere and a jointed 20g in BO - too many lures (no such thing! :laughs: ) and too many boxes and bags to store them!

I'll have to put a picture up of the Abu-only Abu lure box in my collection.
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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by John Milford » Fri Apr 13 2018 18:49

Just taken a few snaps of my 'non-fishing' Abu box. (The black shore minnow Hi-Lo lurking in the bottom of the box is 'going back to work' though, as I've now also got a near mint one :wink: )

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Re: Abu Hi-Lo’s Sweden

Post by Will Smith » Fri Apr 13 2018 18:55

Nice idea that John, storing them in a vintage Abu box.

I shall have to look out for one myself.

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