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VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON 67 BOAT ROD GREAT ROD


Vintage NOS MINT Garcia Conolon 2508A Spinning Rod made in USA
Vintage NOS MINT Garcia Conolon 2508A Spinning Rod made in USA


Garcia Conolon Vintage Fishing Rod
Garcia Conolon Vintage Fishing Rod


Vintage Garcia Conolon Rod 4 Star 2202 D
Vintage Garcia Conolon Rod 4 Star 2202 D


Vintage 73 Garcia Conolon Fishing Pole Rod Blue Cork Handle 2 piece
Vintage 73 Garcia Conolon Fishing Pole Rod Blue Cork Handle 2 piece


VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON FISHING ROD 2460 LIGHT ACTION
VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON FISHING ROD 2460 LIGHT ACTION


Vintage Garcia 7 Ft Custom Fishing Spinning Rod Old Rare Antique Reg No 7622
Vintage Garcia 7 Ft Custom Fishing Spinning Rod Old Rare Antique Reg No 7622


Vintage GARCIA Light Action 2 Pc Fishing Rod
Vintage GARCIA Light Action 2 Pc Fishing Rod


EX GARCIA CONOLON 5 STAR 2218 A 2pc 66 GLASS BAIT CASTING ROD MEDIUM ACTION
EX GARCIA CONOLON 5 STAR 2218 A 2pc 66 GLASS BAIT CASTING ROD MEDIUM ACTION


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Vintage Garcia Bamboo Trolling Rod 7 Roller Tip Garcia Blank Wood Handle Rod


Vintage Garcia Conolon 8200A 3 Star 46 Ultra Light Nice Made in USA
Vintage Garcia Conolon 8200A 3 Star 46 Ultra Light Nice Made in USA


Garcia Conolon Companion 86 Fast Taper 2 Piece Fly Rod
Garcia Conolon Companion 86 Fast Taper 2 Piece Fly Rod


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VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON SPINNING ROD 2506A 7 FT freshwater bass fishing USA


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Vintage Garcia Kingfisher 2 piece Fishing Rod USA Nice


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LOT OF 7 VINTAGE SPINNING RODS HEDDON BERKLEY ABU GARCIA AND MORE LK


Vintage Garcia STRIPER Med Heavy Action Fishing Rod Model 7376 Made in USA RARE
Vintage Garcia STRIPER Med Heavy Action Fishing Rod Model 7376 Made in USA RARE


OLD RARE ABU GARCIA 2218D 6 6 MEDIUM ACTION COLONON 2 PIECE ROD FREE SHIPPING
OLD RARE ABU GARCIA 2218D 6 6 MEDIUM ACTION COLONON 2 PIECE ROD FREE SHIPPING


Vintage Garcia Conolon Spinning Rod Four Star 72 VERY NICE
Vintage Garcia Conolon Spinning Rod Four Star 72 VERY NICE


Rare Vintage Garcia Conolon 6 1 2 Ft Heavy Action Salt Water Fishing Rod
Rare Vintage Garcia Conolon 6 1 2 Ft Heavy Action Salt Water Fishing Rod


Vintage Garcia Conolon B520 C 2 Pc 5 6 Very Heavy Action Rod Musky Taper
Vintage Garcia Conolon B520 C 2 Pc 5 6 Very Heavy Action Rod Musky Taper


Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Fishing Rod Model  8327 A 5 1 2 Foot Stiff Action
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur Fishing Rod Model 8327 A 5 1 2 Foot Stiff Action


VINTAGE GARCIA 2 PIECE CONLON FISHING ROD WITH CANVAS CASE
VINTAGE GARCIA 2 PIECE CONLON FISHING ROD WITH CANVAS CASE


ABU Garcia Conolon 300 Graphite Rod Vintage Collectible
ABU Garcia Conolon 300 Graphite Rod Vintage Collectible


Vintage Garcia Conolon B528 D 6 2 Pc Medium Action Rod FAST FREE SHIPPING
Vintage Garcia Conolon B528 D 6 2 Pc Medium Action Rod FAST FREE SHIPPING


Vintage Garcia Kingfisher Spinning Rod Reel Combo 2329 Ultra Light Action 5
Vintage Garcia Kingfisher Spinning Rod Reel Combo 2329 Ultra Light Action 5


Vintage Garcia Conolon fly rod 73 DRY FLY ACTION RARE attention collectors
Vintage Garcia Conolon fly rod 73 DRY FLY ACTION RARE attention collectors


vintage fishing rod garcia CONOLON Vintage Fly Fishing 8 1 2 ft 7wt fiberglass
vintage fishing rod garcia CONOLON Vintage Fly Fishing 8 1 2 ft 7wt fiberglass


Garcia Mitchell 600 A Saltwater Reel Vintage w Steel Rod Clamp France NICE
Garcia Mitchell 600 A Saltwater Reel Vintage w Steel Rod Clamp France NICE


BIG GAME SALMON FISHING COMBO GARCIA MITCHELL 624 WRIGHT  MCGILL NoMDSC 9FT
BIG GAME SALMON FISHING COMBO GARCIA MITCHELL 624 WRIGHT MCGILL NoMDSC 9FT


Vintage Garcia ABU Crossfire XT CFS 66 M 66 Two Piece Spinning Rod Unused
Vintage Garcia ABU Crossfire XT CFS 66 M 66 Two Piece Spinning Rod Unused


Vintage 1962 Garcia Mitchell 300 reel and Garcia Conolon rod
Vintage 1962 Garcia Mitchell 300 reel and Garcia Conolon rod


Vintage Garcia Fly Rod model 2535C 6 1 2 rare
Vintage Garcia Fly Rod model 2535C 6 1 2 rare


Early history

The factory in Svngsta where there still is production. Photo taken from the north.

Still one of the most recognizable names in fishing technology, A B Urfabriken began at a factory located near the Mrrum River, in Blekinge, Sweden. The company, founded in 1921, originally manufactured watches, telephone timers and taximeters. However, the founder's son, Gte Borgstrm, a fishing enthusiast, soon redirected its focus towards fishing reels during World War II, when demand for those products grew scarce. The reigning outdoor sports participant distributing and manufacturing firm THE GARCIA CORPORATION USA 1947-1978 was the largest fishing tackle company of its time, formerly known under the earlier name Charles Garcia & Company New York. The Garcia Corporation started importing and marketing ABU's many reels in the 1950s, including the famous Ambassadeur reels. Garcia was already the leader in fishing tackle importing and distributing, marketing the famous Mitchell 300 spinning reel from France since 1947. Garcia Tackle Company 1979-1980 was a short-lived partnership between ABU and MITCHELL S.A. of France and in 1980, ABU AB acquired New Jersey based Garcia Tackle Company and changed their name to Abu Garcia. Mitchell S.A. would go their own way, but the two brands would join together again under the Pure Fishing banner only again to be sold to the Jarden Corporation in 2007.

Modern developments

A pair of ABU reels from the late 1960s, the smaller is the Cardinal 33, the larger is the Cardinal, 66, and the Swedish royal coat of arms can be seen clearly

ABU Garcia introduced a series of fishing reels and related products in the early 1950s.

The Swedish-built ABU 444, the company's first spinning reel, was introduced in 1955, followed in 1965 by the first model of the Cardinal series of spinning reels.

Beginning in 1957, the company also became known for its advanced spin cast reels (Abumatic) featuring several engineering innovations such as level-wind mechanisms (oscillating spools), under-rod spin cast reel designs (the Abu 500 series) and improved drags for fighting larger gamefish. The famous Ambassadeur series of bait casting reels, which utilized advanced metal alloys, ball-bearing friction interfaces, and precisely-cut gears, was introduced at the New York World's Fair in 1964, and subsequent Ambassadeur models are still produced by the company.

The professional angler Paul Gustafson worked for seven years as chief angling consultant for ABU Garcia.

Today they still make ambassadeur's along with a new model called a revo which is another version of the ambassadeur.

Collections

This section requires expansion.

There are collectors of ABU equipment.

ABU Garcia Collectors from all around the world choose to buy, sell and exchange rare items on popular auction sites such as eBay.com and Tradera.com (Swedish). Rare items can fetch thousands of dollars. Specialist sites exist to aid finding these items such as Auction Angler.

Publications that aid the collector of ABU Garcia merchandise include 'The Ambassadeur and I' and its sequel 'The Ambassadeur and I Final Chapter' both by Simon Shimomura. There is also a book titled 'Vintage Fishing Reels of Sweden' by Daniel Skupien that contains a large amount of valuable information on ABU Garcia fishing tackle.

See also

Fishing reel

Notes

^ "Vintage Fishing Reels of Sweden by Daniel Skupien". Reel's Reels. http://www.realsreels.com/links/danielskupien.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-29. "...of A.B.Urfabriken products since its beginnings as a watch making company in the 1920's." 

^ "Record and ABU Accessories". Reel's Reels. http://www.realsreels.com/accessories/default.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 

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