ABU Ambassadeur 6500i TSR
Made in Sweden!
So, is this reel only for long distance casting off the beach? It sure is amazing for that, but I think it's a great kayak reel too.
There are several reasons why I chose this reel. First of all it suited both purposes for me. When I go away in my van, I do both beach and kayak fishing. Space and weight are at a premium and I don't want to load up with loads of different bits of kit. The TSR ticked this box nicely.
Shown here on Abu Suveran 12lb Rod Butt with ALPS Reel Seat
The reel has a one piece machined solid aluminium frame and is designed to sit low on the rod. Perfect for me on the kayak as I don't like bulky reels sticking out all over the place. They just get in the way!
With Stainless Steel Gears and Ceramic bearings there will be no rust or corrosion to worry about. Again, perfect for the kayak as reels do endure fairly harsh conditions and even the odd dunking!
One thing I can say is the reel foot is fairly large so won't fit every rod seat so, do check...!
Stunning colour makes this reel really stand out.
I've been using the reel all year and I am extremely happy with it. It's so smooth and ticks so many boxes for me, as I have mentioned. The Reel is made in Sweden and just feels like quality in your hand. I can go beach casting if the weather is inclement but then switch the reel onto my Suveran and paddle off for a session on the kayak. Perfect!
You can see from this picture just how low it sits on the rod.
Abu Suveran 12lb Class rod coupled with the 6500i TSR. Great combination.
It also catches fish!
Thanks for reading.
Ian Pickering 17th October 2014.