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The Reel Deal

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

Refurbished reel and new handle

Refurbished reel and new handle

I have all the parts now for making the Abu Ambassadeur 2500c into a Micro Finesse reel! In the first picture you will see my nice clean reel that came back after a total refurbishment in Texas. Installed is the handle that I really like. So as I begin installing the Japanese parts, everything that was worn is new. It has been totally cleaned and lubed. The second picture is the ultralight parts that I bought. The solid spool has a 2mm depth and weighs 5.7 grams. This is the spool that Angler Saito uses. I figured "in for a penny in for a pound", so I ordered the perforated spool when I ordered the new braking system and the ultra light level winder. The light spoon comes in at 4.8 grams and is 1.8 mm deep. The third picture is the new braking system that I am putting in. The part on the left doubles the smoothness of the centrifugal system that is in the reel currently. The second part on the right adds a magnetic braking system. This upgrades the reel to be like the modern BFS reels. I went with red parts for two reasons. I think it will look nice on the reel, and everything I wanted was available in red!

The rod build is coming along. I've got the dimensions of the handle and reel seat figured out. Next is figuring out the artistic accents I want to do on the rod. More to come when the reel is all together and the rod is built. I have about 2 weeks before the run off season begins and I will blown off all the rivers for at least 6-8 weeks. I'm going to get as much fishing in as possible during this time. So it may be awhile, I'm not in a major rush.

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Mar 08, 2019
Nice reel
by: Jerry

I had several 1500 series in the 70’s. My favorites for lightweight Fenwicks.

Mar 08, 2019
by: RICK

Looks good. Keep us posted as you work on the reel and rod. Good fishing.

Mar 08, 2019
by: Craig

Look forward to your thoughts once you get some time to play.

Apr 05, 2019
by: Kelly Peterson (northern Wisconsin)

Les, how can the solid spool be lighter in weight than the perforated one?

also, you now have two braking systems on the new reel, 4 pin and magnets? And there is no adjustment for these, ie no braking system adjustments like on modern BFS reels?

Apr 05, 2019
Lighter spool
by: Chris Stewart

I don't know the details for the Ambassadeur spools, but for the Shimano Aldebaran spools, the Avail replacement spool, which is not perforated, is significantly lighter than the factory spool, which is. I suspect it is a combination of thinner, lighter metal and thinner spokes. The Avail spool is 4.9g. The factory spool is 7.2g.

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