Abel celebrates anniversary with commemorative model
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It was in 1988 that the first Abel fly reel was machined in the rural Ventura County town of Camarillo, California. Twenty-five years and thousands of reels later, the company is celebrating its silver anniversary with a special commemorative model featuring the work of Montana artist, Derek DeYoung.
A native of Michigan, DeYoung’s early work included a black and grey charcoal-style trout flank, which has now been painstakingly reproduced to mark the company’s quarter century. The artwork is available on every model and size of Abel reel.
“This is a piece of machining and anodised heirloom art that exemplifies our 25 years of providing anglers with the finest looking and functioning products in the fly fishing industry,” said Don R. Swanson, Abel President.
Abel had further reason to toast its anniversary when it took one of the coveted awards in the Best New Product Showcase at the recent IFTD Show in Las Vegas. The company’s Grateful Dead edition reel was named top in the ‘Best Gift’ category.
Other new custom finishes from Abel include the Japanese Yamame, plus updated representations of tarpon and rainbow trout. The Yamame, an anadromous, trout-like fish, is endemic to Japan and one of the most beautiful species in the world. Abel has more than 20 custom, fish-themed finishes available.
Abel has also teamed with Rivers of Recovery (ROR), the organisation offering rehabilitation programmes to combat veterans, to produce fly reels to aid the work of the nationwide non-profit group. For each one of the Super 5N models sold, Abel will donate $100.
ROR estimates that between 400,000 and 600,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from psychological injuries and another 325,000 returning forces members suffer from probable traumatic brain Injury. ROR hosts four-day rehabilitation programmes based on outdoor activities including fly fishing instruction.
The Abel Super 5N (narrow) Large Arbor reel is designed for five and six-weight fly lines. It holds a five line with 125-yards of 20lb backing and a six line with 100-yards of 20lb backing. At 5.2oz, the Super 5N balances with all eight to nine-foot rods, from bamboo to graphite
Machined in the US, the Abel reel frame, spool, drag knob and foot are made of cold finished, aerospace grade aluminum. The reel features Teflon sealed bearings and a cork drag system.
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