CAMARILLO, Calif. – Three new sizes of fly reels, new fish graphics by American wildlife artists, a larger knife, and a “bullet proof” money clip are among the Abel products on tap for 2010.
The new Super Series 3N and 4N reels were created based on recommendations from customers, dealers and the pro staff. They feature a narrower profile, reduced weight and increased arbor size for high speed line pick-up. Machined from 6061-T651 cold finished aircraft quality aluminum, both the Super 3N and 4N will be available in Large Arbor and Standard Arbor versions.
The 3N Large Arbor version was designed for 3- and 4-weight lines; the Standard Arbor configuration is for 5- and 6-weights.
The 4N Large Arbor is for 4- and 5-weights, while the Standard Arbor model is for 6- and 7-weight flylines.
Abel’s Large Arbor Super 9/10 Quick Change (QC) was designed for dorado (dolphinfish or mahi-mahi), striped bass, false albacore, Pacific yellowtail, tarpon, Chinook salmon and other saltwater big game. Weighing 9.7 ounces, it will hold 225 yards of 20-pound backing with a 9-weight line; 175 yards with a 10-weight. The large arbor configuration provides a distinct advantage in rapid line pick-up.
With the addition of the Super 3N, 4N, and 9-10 Super QC, Abel now produces 22 reel models in their Super Series, Super Series Quick Change, Anti/Reverse, Trout (TR) and Abel Creek (AC) series.
Florida wildlife artist Tim Borski has joined creative forces with the California tackle manufacturer to produce a collectors’ edition 7/8 Super Quick Change reel in a bonefish design to benefit the non-profit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Abel will produce 100 signed and numbered reels; this is the third release in the Borski Series. The bonefish reel by Borski is priced at $2,000.
Abstract cutthroat and brook trout reels with artwork by Montana-based fish and wildlife artist Derek DeYoung will be available in a limited edition run during 2010 on any size or model Abel reel for an additional $350. A graduate of the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., DeYoung’s fly-fishing abstract paintings are sold in galleries throughout the world.
Standard AbelBlade knives have been expanded some 25% to create a larger version for use by campers, hikers, rock and mountain climbers and others who need a slightly larger cutting tool. With a 3.5-inch blade and weighing 3.4-ounces, the proportionally balanced large version knife is the answer for those who want an Abel knife just a little bigger than the original design.
Whether carrying a few dollars or a wad of $20s, the new Abel Money Clip will keep bills securely folded and tight as a drum. Made in conjunction with Geraghty Products, Golden Valley, Minn., and anodized by Abel in both solid colors and fish graphic patterns, the clip holds cash and credit cards securely, with less bulk than any other money clip or wallet on the market. Made with a heat-treated stainless steel spring, Neoprene® grip pads to ensure money stays in place, and a Delrin® roller ball for the slide bars, clips are produced from bar stock on CNC computer-controlled mills.