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Rare Vintage Garcia Conolon 2 piece 2535 B 6 1 2 Dry Fly Action Fly Rod


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Vintage garcia CONOLON Spinning FISHING ROD 8 1 2 Ft NICE


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Vintage LARGE garcia Conolon OCEAN FISHING Spinning ROD 8 1 2 Ft 2 PIECE


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Vintage Garcia Conolon 2133 D Spinning Rod made in USA excellent condition


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Vintage Garcia Mitchell 7121A 5 Star 2121 conolon 5 Ultra Light USA


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


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Vintage GARCIA CONOLON Model 5571 Surf Rod 9Ft Med Action 29606 Hard to Find


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Vintage Garcia Conolon Four Star 6 ft 10 1 2 inches 725 inch Rod 2571 Two piece


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VINTAGE GARCIA FISHING ROD 6 5


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VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON 67 BOAT ROD GREAT ROD


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Vintage GARCIA Light Action 2 Pc Fishing Rod


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Garcia Conolon Custom 2133 A spinning rod


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LOT OF 4 VINTAGE SPINNING RODS BERKLEY ABU GARCIA Wonder Rod LK


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


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VINTAGE GARCIA 3 PIECE ROD VERY COOL ATACHMENT SYSTEM STRONG ROD ACT NOW


VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON 2637 A 8FT FLY ROD MADE IN THE USA TROUT LURES
VINTAGE GARCIA CONOLON 2637 A 8FT FLY ROD MADE IN THE USA TROUT LURES


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


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Vintage GARCIA MITCHELL 510 Claw Foot Conolon Factory Fishing Rod


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GARCIA MITCHELL 508 510 524 REELS WITH MATCHING 2460 GARCIA CONOLON ROD


Vintage Garcia Conolon 2133 D Spinning Rod made in USA base section only
Vintage Garcia Conolon 2133 D Spinning Rod made in USA base section only


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3 Vintage SHIMANO MagnumliteBERKLEY Cherrywood ABU GARCIA 2000 Casting Rods


2 Vintage Garcia Spincast Fishing Rods
2 Vintage Garcia Spincast Fishing Rods


Vintage Abu Garcia Conolon 6 1 2 Foot Custom Graphite Medium Action Fishing Rod
Vintage Abu Garcia Conolon 6 1 2 Foot Custom Graphite Medium Action Fishing Rod


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Vintage 1970s 7wt 2pc GARCIA CONOLON 8 1 2 7 S 638 DRY ACTION FLY ROD


Vintage Royal Javelin Fly Rod Custom Built by Garcia RARE Garcia Fly Rod 86
Vintage Royal Javelin Fly Rod Custom Built by Garcia RARE Garcia Fly Rod 86


Vintage Garcia Conolon 8 Foot Dry Fly Action Fishing Rod Made in USA
Vintage Garcia Conolon 8 Foot Dry Fly Action Fishing Rod Made in USA


abu garcia ambassadeur 5000D Rod And Reel Combo Vintage
abu garcia ambassadeur 5000D Rod And Reel Combo Vintage


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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