Vintage reel seats

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Vintage reel seats

Post by davelumb » Mon May 14 2018 20:08

My old tackle shop boss called round earlier and gave me some rod fittings he had kept from those days. New old stock I think they call it.

These are interesting. Sadly not a matched pair. Made in Redditch and only £2.01. Knowing Frank he'd have expected the penny. I learned a lot from Frank... :laughs:

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Post by John Milford » Mon May 14 2018 21:04

davelumb wrote:
My old tackle shop boss called round earlier and gave me some rod fittings he had kept from those days. New old stock I think they call it.

These are interesting. Sadly not a matched pair. Made in Redditch and only £2.01. Knowing Frank he'd have expected the penny. I learned a lot from Frank... :laughs:

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They're the reel fitting on the Pegley-Davis 'Tag Barnes Super Pike' rods. I like them - they work really well :thumbs:

(Does anybody still call them 'winch' fittings? :madmick: )
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Post by Mark_Houghton » Mon May 14 2018 21:57

What age would they be? 70s? or even earlier?

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Post by davelumb » Mon May 14 2018 21:59

I fitted one to the first rod I built from scratch in the mid 1970s.

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Post by Mark_Houghton » Mon May 14 2018 22:03

When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:

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Post by davelumb » Tue May 15 2018 07:53

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When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:

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Post by John Milford » Tue May 15 2018 08:41

If I remember correctly, Chris Leibbrandt fitted the Fuji 'Snaplocks' and rings on his PK3s with insulation tape - "just to work out the positioning and ring spacings".

Three years later he was still fishing with them - still taped on! (Proper piker! :laughs: ).

He also used to use Jiff lemons as the sight bobs on his drop-arm indicators!

Rubber walking stick ferrules for but caps anyone? :pipe:
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Post by davelumb » Tue May 15 2018 08:44

Rubber walking stick ferrules for but caps anyone? :pipe:
Fast taper glass blanks, Fuji plate seats, walking stick ferrules. Ultra Cult! :grin:

If you were a tackle tart you stuck a tennis racket grip on the blank before whipping on the Fuji seat. :cool:

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davelumb wrote:
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When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:
Bloody handy for taking the reels off when carrying the rods in the old rollup holdalls :laughs:

Still think these are the best reel seats for round Ambassadeurs....shame the rods are so heavy though....one day i might use the handle from one of these rods on a carbon blank :hammer:
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Post by John Milford » Tue May 15 2018 11:04

Here's my vintage 'real' seat (see what I did there? :clown: )

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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue May 15 2018 11:06

That Pike on the front is very cool mate :cool:

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Post by davelumb » Tue May 15 2018 11:09

Mark_Houghton wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:
Bloody handy for taking the reels off when carrying the rods in the old rollup holdalls :laughs:

Still think these are the best reel seats for round Ambassadeurs....shame the rods are so heavy though....one day i might use the handle from one of these rods on a carbon blank :hammer:

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Fuji made something similar. If I can find the one I have I'll post a pic.

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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue May 15 2018 11:10

davelumb wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:
Bloody handy for taking the reels off when carrying the rods in the old rollup holdalls :laughs:

Still think these are the best reel seats for round Ambassadeurs....shame the rods are so heavy though....one day i might use the handle from one of these rods on a carbon blank :hammer:

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Fuji made something similar. If I can find the one I have I'll post a pic.
I can remember those, think I had one at some stage. The handles were straight not offset like the Abus? Don`t think the reel sat as low from memory? :scratch:

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Post by andrew_nagel » Tue May 15 2018 11:37

Can you remember blister those Abu reel seats gave? It was caused by the pin end that runs in the slot. Sorted with a bit of bike wheel inner tube to cover it.

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Post by John Milford » Tue May 15 2018 11:39

Mark_Houghton wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:
Bloody handy for taking the reels off when carrying the rods in the old rollup holdalls :laughs:

Still think these are the best reel seats for round Ambassadeurs....shame the rods are so heavy though....one day i might use the handle from one of these rods on a carbon blank :hammer:

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Very similar to the one on my built cane 5' Norwegian 14g baitcaster Mark. :pipe:

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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue May 15 2018 11:45

andrew_nagel wrote:
Can you remember blister those Abu reel seats gave? It was caused by the pin end that runs in the slot. Sorted with a bit of bike wheel inner tube to cover it.
That was the later versions Andrew, the early ones as in my pic were flush to the reel seat. For some insane reason Abu decided to change them so the pin was sticking out, and ridged too. Proper finger rippers :dizzy:

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Post by davelumb » Tue May 15 2018 11:45

I never got any inserts to fi the blank to the handle. I have 'plugged' (bad pun) in to it though.
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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue May 15 2018 11:48

John Milford wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:
Bloody handy for taking the reels off when carrying the rods in the old rollup holdalls :laughs:

Still think these are the best reel seats for round Ambassadeurs....shame the rods are so heavy though....one day i might use the handle from one of these rods on a carbon blank :hammer:

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Very similar to the one on my built cane 5' Norwegian 14g baitcaster Mark. :pipe:

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That`s nice John, is it still in use? not used cane rods before....

I have a few non-Abu offset handles too. This lovely old near-mint condition Heddon Pal is waiting to get used this summer :smile:
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Post by Mark_Houghton » Tue May 15 2018 11:50

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I never got any inserts to fi the blank to the handle. I have 'plugged' (bad pun) in to it though.

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Yep thats the one I was thinking of Dave :thumbs: The solid rubber grip inserts made the handle heavy, but i remember they balanced the heavier blanks back then pretty well...

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Post by John Milford » Tue May 15 2018 11:59

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That`s nice John, is it still in use? not used cane rods before....
It'll be using it to throw your bugs around for chub and perch on the Derwent when the rivers open next month Mark :thumbs:

It should be interesting if any pike put in an appearance!
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John Milford wrote:
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That`s nice John, is it still in use? not used cane rods before....
It'll be using it to throw your bugs around for chub and perch on the Derwent when the rivers open next month Mark :thumbs:

It should be interesting if any pike put in an appearance!
Brilliant, post some pics as and when mate :grin:

We need a "fish caught on vintage gear" thread :pipe:

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Post by Monts » Tue May 15 2018 12:02

John Milford wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mark_Houghton wrote:
When i started building my own rods it was Fuji Snaplocks all the way :madmick:
How very modern! :laughs:
Bloody handy for taking the reels off when carrying the rods in the old rollup holdalls :laughs:

Still think these are the best reel seats for round Ambassadeurs....shame the rods are so heavy though....one day i might use the handle from one of these rods on a carbon blank :hammer:

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Very similar to the one on my built cane 5' Norwegian 14g baitcaster Mark. :pipe:

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Love that John, I do like a cane rod myself. :thumbs:

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