The Abu Garcia Amassadeur 2500c is Done!
by Les Albjerg
The project is done! I finally have the 2500c working well as a finesse reel. Well, maybe done is too strong of a word. There are still goodies I can add to it, but as far a performance goes, I have done all that I can. What you don't see are the ceramic air bearings that I added. Wow, do those ever improve the spin of the spool! Shown is my second spool. This spool is for braided line. The ultra light spool in my previous post, has a nylon only recommendation. So in its final form, I have two spools. It is going to be a wonderful reel. I'm looking forward to fishing it this spring and summer.
Would I recommend doing this build? No. This reel is still "old school" technology. Shimano and Daiwa have taken bait casting reels to another level that no amount of aftermarket parts for the 2500c can match. It is also less expensive to buy a JDM reel than trick out a 2500c. I'm going to enjoy my new reel. It has been a really fun project. I wouldn't discourage anyone who wants to do it, but don't think you are going to get a better reel than a Shimano or a Daiwa. From my research, the ultimate BFS reel would be the Shimano Aldebaran BFS XG with an Avail ultralight spool and additional magnet kit for the brake system. It will cast a 1 gram lure 20 plus yards with the right rod.
The weather is getting better. Time to go fishing and stop fiddling with equipment! If you want to get into BFS, just put together a package from this website. It will be sweet!