Classic Vintage Fishing Tackle

Vintage Fishing Tackle & Collectable Angling Items

Welcome to the
Classic Vintage Fishing Tackle Website

Specialising in vintage Hardy and Abu Reels as well as unused Abu Reel Parts

Hello, I am Les Shaw. I have been fishing since I was knee high to a Grasshopper and have been collecting vintage & classic fishing tackle for 20 years or so. I am a keen Carp angler and enjoy fishing with my son Jamie whenever we get the chance. After years of collecting I have decided with the help and encouragement of a few friends to start my own website. Some of you will already know me through my EBay Id which is skylark31. I am an honest trader and always treat customers the way that I would like to be treated. I never take anyone's business for granted!


Contact me
Home +44 (0)1335 346149

Mobile +44 (0)7970 557178


Below are just a few of the Vintage Hardy and Abu Reels - and unused Abu reel spares - that I have available. Please browse the site to see the full extent of my collection. Based in the UK, I post worldwide. For collectable vintage fishing tackle in excellent condition.

What Buyers from Classic Vintage Fishing Tackle Say

5 stars based on 42 reviews

, 18 April 2023
I discovered the existence of a guy by the name of Les Shaw. Somewhere in Derbyshire he runs a business, from home, which caters for the whims of anglers such as myself. Could he supply replacement spools for ABU Cardinal 55's? You bet your life he could and not just any old spools. He can supply brand new, all metal versions, that are better than the originals made by ABU in Sweden during the 1980's. Certainly not cheap, I ordered two, so that I could pair up my Cardinal 55 with my Cardinal 155. Not much change out of £80, but every penny well spent in my opinion. The new spools are simply superb and incorporate a line clip which the originals didn't have. So I now have another pair of reels saved from an existence of gathering dust at the back of my tackle cupboard. I sent a thank-you email to Les and asked if he was able to supply replacement spools for ABU Cardinal 44 X's? His reply speaks volumes about the character of this man. "Yes" he could BUT, the spools had been produced for the Cardinal 44 model and were a tight fit on the axle of the 44X. Honesty in business is a very rare commodity, so this is why I've made such a fuss about the service Les provides.
Reviewed on Of Esox and Observations

, 12 April 2021
Fantastic service I have bought a few parts now covering my Cardinals 44 a replacement spool just recently, some bail arm bits for my 77 and a new spool and sticker for my 52 all arrived in good time. Les is doing a fantastic service in keeping our beloved ageing reels in tip top condition thanks from me down here in Australia

, 6 February 2021
Excellent service, ordered spare spool for Cardinal 66, was with me within a couple of days. Quick and easy communication, would highly recommend.
Reviewed on Google

, 20 January 2021
Hello Les, My items arrived in top shape. Many thanks mate. What would I do without you ? Brilliant Stay away from the virus and tight lines to you.
Reviewed on Google

, 12 June 2020
Shallow spool for ABU 508 fits perfectly thanks...

, 30 April 2020
Just recieved my spool for my 508, beautiful piece of kit, can't wait to get out and use it. Thanks.

, 4 February 2020
Great service, Vintage Abu reels parts arrived safely highly recommended

, 17 April 2019
Hello- I just wanted to thank you for the prompt service and quality of the 2 Cardinal 4 Aluminum spools that I recently purchased from you.

, 25 March 2019
Hello, just got my "Golden Featherweight spool". Looks wonderful. Everything is fine, as promised. Thank you very much.

, 19 March 2019
The Hardy screw for my 2 7/8" arrived today! Quick as a wink. Thank you. HC

, 28 January 2019
Ordered a replacement spool for my vintage Cardinal 4 reel. Seamless transaction, shipped all the way to Canada and fits perfectly! Thanks Les!
Reviewed on Google

, 9 September 2018
If there was 10 stars you would get it. I recently purchase a rod from here, the 6'1" Fibatube 3.5wt. Ive been looking for this rod for years and when it popped up I had to buy it. Les was gracious enough to allow me to deposit on the rod to hold it. I paid within a week and he shipped it to me in 4 days. I still cant figure that one out because I'm in the USA. Having ordered many Hardy rods from the UK they always take weeks to arrive. On top of that Les has great communication which makes his buyers feel secure. WILL BE A REPEAT CUSTOMER HERE FROM THE USA> that said I fished the rod a few times now, a dream on brook trout streams just like I imagined it. Thank you so much LES!
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, 9 March 2018
I have purchased a Hardy Perfect reel. The reel is better than described. Perfect condition and good price. Fast and safely shipping. Great and honest seller. Thank you Les

, 12 February 2018
What a cracking site!!! Les helped me no end in getting my Cardinal 55's on the right track and in double quick time. Great service, reasonable prices and quick delivery. The one stop shop for classic and vintage reels. Highly recommended......

, 29 April 2017
Received the parts shortly after speaking on the phone. Great that you take the time to source parts for what I consider the best fixed spool reel made, Abu Suveran, and because of that my reels will probably outlast me!!!! Hope to see you at the Redditch show later this year.

, 28 February 2017
Reel received today and I'm very impressed. Condition was never a big issue for me as I wanted a reel to fish with but it has far exceeded my expectations. I'd recommend your site to anyone and will be watching for other items.

, 25 February 2017
Thanks Les for your great items.
When I visited your web site and seen you items I almost fell out of my chair.
You have the best items out there.

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