I got some old reels from my father in law and i have 3 i cant find anything on one is a Horrock-Ibbotson  the Genesee 700a. number 2 reel is a Bronson Flyer no.2450 The 3rd reel is a Abu Garcia 5600AB I would like to know if there worth anything   Thanks Terry

Hi Terry,

The H-I and the Bronson are both great old conversation pieces but rarely worth much more than $20-$25.  There were just too many of them produced.  It hard to say about the 5600AB.  If it is old enough and in good condition, it could be worth $50-$100.  There are a Abu collectors out there that are looking for mint ones in the box and then it could easily go over $100.

Good luck,



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I can answer questions relating to all types of freshwater fishing, tackle, and tactics. I also can answer questions regarding rod building, lure making, and lure modification. I am not an expert at the value of old rods, reels, or lures.


My expertise is in Bass, Pike, Musky and the Great Lakes species. I have a lot of experience in Wisconsin and Lake Michigan in particular. With regard to Rod building, I have built custom rods since 1978. I have been building and designing lures for 35 years. I currently sell several of my lures both locally and nation wide. I have done work for several lure companies such as Mepps, Storm, Cisco Kid, and Suick. I am not an expert at the value of old rods, reels, or lures.

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I have an engineering background.

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