Classic Vintage Fishing Tackle

Vintage Fishing Tackle & Collectable Angling Items


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Reply Brian
6:37 AM on April 12, 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 aging reels in tip top condition thanks from me down here in Australia
Reply niceroach
7:27 AM on February 4, 2020 
Great service, Vintage Abu reels parts arrived safely highly recommended

Kind Regards
Reply carlo
2:30 PM on March 9, 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
Reply Chris
4:01 PM on February 12, 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......
Reply Ed Green
9:56 AM on April 29, 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 off that my reels will probably outlast me!!!! Hope to see you at the Redditch show later this year.
Reply Philip Micklewright
9:41 AM on February 28, 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 & will be watching for other items.
Reply jack hutchins
9:37 PM on February 25, 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.
Reply Gary Smith
11:27 AM on June 2, 2016 
Excellent site.

Will be back and also refer you to others.
Reply Mike Wwebber
5:10 PM on October 26, 2015 
There now the perfect reel ..perfect condition ..and a perfect speedy transaction ...
Thank You Les ..You know I will be round again soon ...
Thank You
Reply Milton Christensen Denmark
3:26 PM on September 17, 2015 
Just purchased some sparre parts for my Hardy Marquis reels. Perfect condition like new one . Pleased whith the way the transaction was handled by Les.
Good service. Great seller.
Reply van nooten
5:40 AM on June 15, 2015 
Order of abu cardinal 54 well received
Reply Kjell A Ramstad
9:36 AM on January 14, 2015 
Just purchased some (perfect) parts for my Ambassadeur 30.
Great seller! Thanks a lot.
Reply Rob Snell
12:37 PM on October 30, 2014 
Abu 501 aluminium spool, fits like a glove and a great piece of kit. many thanks
Reply Steve Tallent
10:26 AM on October 7, 2014 
I have enjoyed viewing you site and hope to order some parts for my Cardinal 3's and 4's.....Thanks
Reply Bogomil Stefanov
12:36 PM on March 24, 2014 
Dear Les,
Thanks for all! The reel is in perfect condition like new one!
You are a great seller!
Reply martin murray
6:02 AM on November 22, 2013 
I have a small collection of old reel and need parts for some of them - first a bale mount for a cardinal 77
Reply Robin McMinnis
7:52 PM on November 6, 2013 
Just purchased a lovel Marquis reel and old not be more pleased with it and the way the transaction was handled by Les
Reply Michael Cavanaugh
2:47 PM on August 10, 2013 
Hello, from York Pennsylvania, USA... Found your excellent collections while searching for Foster Bros Ashbourne as having recently acquired an Airsprite 7ft. fly rod. Also have several other "Made In England" fly rods & reels and have sometimes need of repair & replacement component parts. Presently hunting the round black threaded Butt plugs or bumpers used on Foster Bros., Herter's UK-made St. Alban Grand Deluxe & Hardy fly rods - did not see them on your site but hopefully you may be able to direct me to a source to purchase in small lot or bulk order.
Thoroughly enjoyed looking through your posted collection items and reading your excellent comments.
Best regards, Mike Cavanaugh, York Pennsylvania, USA
Reply Robin McMinnis
4:22 PM on July 24, 2013 
Just taken delivery of a fly reel and am absolutely delighted with it and the swift and efficient service provided by Classic Vintage Fishing.
Reply mark
9:23 AM on March 27, 2013 
I have been looking for an Abu Cardinal 66 for very many years. Thanks to you my unused, new reel arrived this morning. Incredibly, I was also able to access genuine spare parts that you had in stock. The quality of the reel was exactly as described...superb; and the service you provided was excellent in every way.
I cannot commend your company highly enough and look forward to the pleasure of shopping with you again.
Reply Edward R. Smith
1:52 PM on February 8, 2013 
Hello Les,
I must say you have a wonderful website. I am an older fisherman, and to see some of these wonderful old reels brings back memories of past fishing trips and past friends. Thank you for a much needed trip down memory lane.
Edward R. Smith
Reply andrew baines
2:11 AM on January 30, 2013 
hi....i'm looking for info on my cardinal 44x,serial number 741000...i've looked at the images on your site and found that the badge is different to the ones you have pictured,mine has a square badge with abu cardinal 44x in it only,the body is green with a cream head and the spool has what looks like a cork liner....any help with this would be fantastic as i was taught to fish by my father with this reel many many years ago


Reply lee
8:47 AM on January 19, 2013 
thanks les bits came this afterrnone all seems good and packageing was all good just need to take it 2 my local tackle shop for them 2 service and fix bits thanks once again.
Reply Lars Hansen
7:26 AM on November 29, 2012 
Hello Les
Recieved the Cardinal 54 spool to day. 100% perfect. Thanks a lot. Les, will I have the same problems with spools og Cardinal 52, 55 and 57 ?
Kindly / Lars from Denmark
Reply Patrick Mercy
3:46 AM on November 8, 2012 
Very pleased with the Ambassadeur IGFA 20 and 30 reels, good communication, very cooperative, highly recommended.
Reply Ray Moss
7:07 AM on October 28, 2012 
First class service,excellent seller with large stock,pleasure to do business with,
Top website,i recommend to anyone.
Reply Andrew Levens
11:00 PM on October 13, 2012 
Lovely reel and quick friendly service from Les.
Reply Birgit Albrechts
6:05 AM on September 15, 2012 
Excellent service!
My father is very happy that his ABU is now working again!
Many thanks from Belgium
Reply John Aeschliman
6:48 PM on August 1, 2012 
Hi Les. I received and installed the parts yesterday. The Abu 66X parts fit the Zebco 6X perfectly. Good strong bail operation. Works like a new real.

Thanks for helping identify the correct parts and for the quick shipment to the US. I look forward to doing business with you in the future.
Reply marc pareja
2:41 PM on August 1, 2012 
Bonjour Les,
Un superbe panier!!! Qui a été inauguré par une très belle truite Fario de 38 cm dans Le loir à Château du Loir.
Merci encore.
Reply Gerald Harris
2:04 PM on July 27, 2012 
Hi Les, Many thank for the 501 parts,I didnt think that I would be able to find new parts for my reels.Fitted and checked like new reels now.
Many thanks Ged ,AAAAA++++
Reply Paul Miller
1:52 PM on July 7, 2012 
Hi Les, thank you for my quick delivery of your brilliant Abu Cardinal 54 replacement aluminium spools. These spools really are a godsend to anybody trying to keep these reels alive (no more exploding plastic spools). My only disappointment is that I did not find your website sooner. I would recommend you to anyone for your very quick, efficient and friendly service.
Many thanks Paul
Reply David Finnimore
9:13 AM on May 4, 2012 
Les, Many thanks for a brilliant service. The Hardy reel and spare spools purchased were in great condition and I am very pleased. The website is excellent too with lots of stock to peruse. Highly recommended.
Reply monty moy
1:22 AM on April 12, 2012 
great web site, it will go to the top of my favourite sites. I collect old Hardy reels and other Hardy gear thanks
5:11 AM on March 10, 2012 
Great web site and Great service mind seller for whom looking for vintage ABU parts. I have been waiting for the spare parts for my lovely Abu 55 & cardinal 33 for almost 20 years since I gave my cousins for one of his fishing trip. Since then, with the being neglected of maintained, those reels were left in the box with no one care them anymore. I know that they are very good reels. THANKS. Les Shaw ,you bring me back to my glory fishing day.!!!!
PS. You also can find some rare parts that can not find elsewhere on this web-site.
Reply Massimiliano Mari
7:27 AM on January 28, 2012 
I have buyed a Abu rod from this seller in good condition a delivery time from England to Italy has been of only 19 hour !!!!very raccomended seller !!!!
Reply john coleman
9:34 AM on January 20, 2012 
Thanks for the prompt service when i ordered rod guides from you recently. love the website.
Reply Gruber S.
2:35 AM on January 13, 2012 
Very interesting and noble things on your website.
Thank you for the perfect and fast checkout.
Reply Tang From Malaysia
9:19 AM on January 9, 2012 
Nice seller. Fast Shipping. New Original Cardinal Parts. Recommended. A+++
Reply Iain Jones
12:41 PM on January 7, 2012 
Nice Website Les. thanks for the rings.Will stay in touch.
Reply flyboxfan
11:26 AM on August 28, 2011 
The site is coming on nicely. I keep dropping back regularly to see if there is anything for me on it. Keep it up.
Reply peter moorhouse
4:52 PM on August 23, 2011 
Thanks for your help Les concerning my abu reels.Which are now back in perfect working order having been shelved for a couple of years. Great service , both with the parts and the speedy dispatch .Wont think twice about contacting you in the future.

thanks again, Peter
Reply Rizamry
1:31 PM on August 21, 2011 
First of all, thank you very much because introduce me to your website Classic Vintage Fishing Tackle. I really appreciate because now I'm have an opportunity to buy so many product about reels especially Abu ambassadeur spare parts,accessories and many others. Now make me easy to get it from this website.


Reply Robert Taylor
6:43 PM on July 31, 2011 
Very nice site Les....
here is my Photobucket link to share with any one who cares to look.... I have most of my Abu Spinning reel collection in there and a lot of North American fish I have caught here in Michigan .... the Great Lake State....USA