Established in 1987, the Abel name is synonymous with quality fly fishing products. Their fly fishing reels have set the industry standard for excellence. Steve Abel, the Abel behind the company name, was schooled as a machinist in the aerospace industry. Frustrated with the fly reels available to the demanding saltwater angler, he set out to create the "perfect fly reel;" and as Steve will gladly admit, he became obsessed with this pursuit. The time and effort Abel craftsmen have spent developing their superb reels becomes clear the first time you fish with one.
Skillfully machined from solid blocks of high molecular density cold finished 6061-T6 aluminum and 303 stainless steel, Abel reels maintain an ideal balance of durability, weight and performance. Every possible facet of Abel reels are beautifully ported, or ventilated, by CNC
(Computer Numerical Control) lathes and mills without compromising
structural integrity. In fact, every machinable part, right down to the
stainless screws, is produced in Abel’s Camarillo, California facility
to insure the utmost in quality control. All parts are hand polished
before assembly. The result is a light, yet extremely robust reel that
can survive a lifetime of fishing. Though their outward appearance
exudes precision, with an Abel reel, it's what is inside that really
At the center of
every Abel Big Game and Super Series Reel is a large cork composite
disk actuated by a draw bar through the center of the reel. This cork
drag system is elegantly simple, with very few parts, yet, is highly
effective. As the drag knob is tightened, the back of the spool is drawn
against the cork drag disk. This large drag surface can create a
substantial amount of friction and thus can effectively slow a powerful
fish. The resultant heat is the reason that many reel drag systems fail.
However, the Abel open draw bar utilizes the entire spool and frame to
dissipate this heat quicker than any other drag design. Cork is the only
durable drag material that is compressible, offering a very low
start-up inertia and silky-smooth transition with a wide range of
adjustability The results speak for themselves; fly reels that have been
the most successful in landing fish over 100 pounds, and, therefore,
operate more smoothly and survive the greatest amounts of stress, have
draw bar drags. That’s why, according to the International Game Fish
Association, Abel Fly Fishing Reels landed more World Records in 2006
than any other brand.
The Leland Team has
fished Abel reels all over the world, from New Zealand to Nantucket,
and they have consistently landed fish without problem, time and time
again. Whether pursuing ocean giants or fishing your favorite trout
stream, you can count on your Abel Reel.