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Abel reel is ‘Classic’ for modern trout angler

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The new Classic from Abel– a retro-look, but modern reel for trout anglers.

Abel’s 2013 Classic reel for 4, 5 and 6 weight fly lines has been designed for the modern trout angler, says the Camarillo, California-based company.

Despite its contemporary features, Abel adds that the Classic has the feel and appearance of a generation-old Spey reel. Weighing just 5.9 oz, it has been engineered with an externally adjustable click/pawl drag and line over-run system and is available in either a vented (open) or solid spool.

The Classic reels are anodised using Abel’s exclusive method for both fresh and light saltwater use.

The frames and spools are made from cold-rolled 6061-T650 aircraft-grade aluminium. Cold rolling increases the strength by 20% and also improves the surface finish and holds tighter tolerances.

In addition to field tests in a variety of freshwater locations from Alaska to upstate New York, the Classic was used extensively in the salt of Washington’s Puget Sound for sea-run cutthroat trout.

Classic data:

  • Weight: 5.9 oz;
  • Spool diameter: 3.300 inches;
  • Spool width: 0.800 inches;
  • 4-weight line with 200 yards of 20# backing;
  • 5-weight line with 175 yards of 20# backing;
  • 6-weight line with 150 yards of 20# backing;
  • Reel $450
  • Extra spool $225.

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