Trouts Journal

Fresh Restock - Abel Fly Fishing Reels

Ivan Orsic / Dec 8, 2021

We are super excited to have a brand new restock of some of the slickest Abel reels on the market. The incredible attention to detail in these reels is enough of a selling point alone, but if you are more interested in performance rather than a beautiful paint job, let's go over some of the quick specifics details of these Abel Fly Reels.

Abel SDF Fly Reel:

Winner of the best new freshwater reel at the 2017 ICAST/IFTD show, the SDF comes on the heels of our move to Colorado: the trout-based surroundings inspired us to take it up a notch. Based on the SDS (Sealed Drag Salt), the SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh) is a scaled-down version of the award-winning saltwater titan featuring similar porting and a stainless steel/carbon fluoropolymer drag system. The SDF boasts enormous drag, an adjustment range almost three times greater than its predecessor, and virtually zero start-up inertia. We took what was learned from our SDS design, made sure to include the unmistakable Abel fit and finish, and created the best freshwater reel we have ever seen.

Abel VAYA Fly Reel:

VAYA: Spanish for 'Go!', as in go outside, go explore, go fishing!
Crafted by avid Colorado anglers, the VAYA series debuts an all-new technical look and feel paired with outstanding performance. The partially-ported VAYA frame offers the unique combination of minimized weight, incredible rigidity, and just enough surface area to highlight Abel’s hard-anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of CNC-milled fly patterns, relevant to each size of reel.
The large-arbor spool features a precision-balanced, dual-pawl drag engagement design that eliminates the need for a counterweight. The spool's mechanical incoming click compliments the audible, smooth feel of the outgoing drag. The carbon / stainless multi-disk drag system produces substantial resistance while providing a wide range of adjustability for delicate tippet.

Now let's take a look at some of the freshly restocked colorways we have just gotten from our friends over at Abel.


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