ABU 501 etc

Fartacus

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What's the differences between all the ABU closed face reels 501 and 506 etc
 

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Cowl colours, drag operation, drag knobs, spool depths and the 507/508 reel size/weight is greater.
 

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What's the differences between all the ABU closed face reels 501 and 506 etc
One has to remove the anti reverse pawl on the 506 to enable it to be able to backwind ( handy as not the best clutches on ANY closed face reels ), the 501 can backwind in it's original state.
 

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Cowl colours, drag operation, drag knobs, spool depths and the 507/508 reel size/weight is greater.
There's something even more special about a 508 - it's left hand drive!
501 (black), possibly 503(orange) had plastic shallow spools with breaking pipe cleaners, 505(red) & 506(silver/blue) had alloy but with cork packers.
Brass gears wore out on all.

Latest versions are as smooth as coffee grinders!

Most people (well me) think the 501 was best - simplest & lightest.
 
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The original 501 is prolly me all time favourite reel.
I like the original 506 also, but the drag is sticky and quite naff, I can't bring myself to butcher it by removing the pawl to allow it backwind when the 501 has a purpose made backwing built into thw handle.
They are great to use in windy conditions or if float fishing at night. I like to night fish for tench using mine.
 

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I have a a few 501s, a 507 and a 506. I like the 501s best , but they just don't get used that often 🤨
 

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For me the 506M was the best of the 500 series. Well once you had removed the anti reverse pawl and tightened the clutch down as far as it would go. I thought the 507 was jus a bit to big and the shallower spool and chenille edging on the 506M set it above the 501 and the 506
 

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The 501 is my favourite it's practically the only reel I use for running line fishing.
I used to use a 501 for most of my trotting Gary, but for the last 17/18yrs i've been using a centrepin reel.
As much as I like my 501 I find the centrepin reel to be the ultimate trotting reel.
 

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I used to use a 501 for most of my trotting Gary, but for the last 17/18yrs i've been using a centrepin reel.
As much as I like my 501 I find the centrepin reel to be the ultimate trotting reel.
Not used mine for the last few years, thinking of getting it back out again soon. 👍
 

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Not absolutely certain on this as it's been such a long time, but didn't the 501 have single pick-up and the 506 have double?

...or maybe my old 501 was just missing one of its pick-ups :D

Perhaps someone can confirm?
 

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Not absolutely certain on this as it's been such a long time, but didn't the 501 have single pick-up and the 506 have double?

...or maybe my old 501 was just missing one of its pick-ups :D

Perhaps someone can confirm?
I know that the 501 had a single and a 506M that I got 2nd hand came with a double. However, at least some of my bells had 2 holes, so I'm not sure if that enables you to do modify any of them to either single or double pick-up.

If i ever wanted to trot a large balsa/avon float down the middle Severn for barbel, then 4lb+ line wouldn't come off a 501-506 smoothly, so I used to switch to my 507. The larger diameter enabled 6lb bayer to peel off cleanly.
 

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I know that the 501 had a single and a 506M that I got 2nd hand came with a double. However, at least some of my bells had 2 holes, so I'm not sure if that enables you to do modify any of them to either single or double pick-up.

If i ever wanted to trot a large balsa/avon float down the middle Severn for barbel, then 4lb+ line wouldn't come off a 501-506 smoothly, so I used to switch to my 507. The larger diameter enabled 6lb bayer to peel off cleanly.
exactly the same experience - no pick-up but the hole is there.

Also agree 501 / 506 are both suitable for up to 3lb line - 4lb at a push (depending on the line)

Prefer my DAM CFM which I still use frequently - ABUs less so.
 

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The 501 and 506 original models mk1 are single pick up.
The 1044 and the (first version) 704 are double pick up.
Also the gold max 507
 

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When I used to do trotting on a weekly basis - stick, waggler, slider (and link lead on my sigma wand), I went through a phase of collecting them as people switched over to the 1044.

I currently have 4 x 501's & 2 x 507's in service, but I have a further 15 x 501/5/6's as back-up, so I can't see me ever needing to buy one again soon as circa 20 years ago I bought 8x replacement main gears for £40 on eBay.

Unless I needed an extra 10% distance on cast or larger lines for feeder, I'd always revert back to my 501's instead on the latest open face reels.

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I’ve just joined the 501 club. Intrigue got the better of me to be honest, so I thought I’d have a dibble at one.
 

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My dad had a 505 my brother had the 501 and I had the 506 and my uncle had the 503….
Not sure which was best but I know mine had no back wind just clutch from memory I think I did convert it to back wind !
 
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