• Our tip for a modern collectable reel

    by  • November 25, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Nothing original about suggesting ABUs as reels that will rise in value, but one that has already gone way beyond its original retail price is the Suveran fixed-spool. It’s a brilliant reel to use, with its very sensitive adjustable drag just below the bail arm, and it’s very well made. These are selling at more than £200 if still mint in box. Make sure you buy the Swedish-made examples. It came in four spool sizes, though the four models, the 1000M , 2000M, 3000M, and 4000M, are the exact same reel with different spools.  All have a 5.2:1 ratio. It came in two types of packaging: a simple cardboard box made for “Center Drag” reels with a sticker carrying the Suveran’s name stuck on the sides. The pouch that came with it was a cheap cloth one. The other, and more valuable, is a gold fitted box with a leather pouch. The Royal Warrant and the text on the top of the box are embossed. If you’re interested in the technical workings of the Suveran (truly innovative), take a look at the analysis of its innards here by Alan Hawks.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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