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LIMITED EDITION - Wandering Blue Lines X Trouts Abel Reels

Ivan Orsic / Dec 23, 2022

Nothing distracts us from the sting of old man winter than the hottest Abel Reels in the game. Trouts Fly Fishing teamed up with the one and only Tyler Hackett of Wandering Blue Lines to release a very limited run of engraved Abel Reels.

There were only 26 reels produced and each one is adorned with one of two exclusive Hackett designs that celebrate the pursuit of trout on the fly and the wandering blue lines they call home. These are truly one-of-a-kind functional pieces of art that any angler would be proud to add to their From the precise machining and design of every Abel Reel to the From Roves to SDFs to TRs to Vayas, there's something for everybody.

Tyler is well known throughout the fly fishing community for his unique, wood-carved, old-school-inspired prints. In addition to his originals, he's been commissioned to produce work for The Fly Fishing Film Tour, Flylords, Costa, Nautilus, Hooke, Pig Farm Ink, and Denver Trout Unlimited - to name a few.

The Trouts x Wandering Blue Lines Abel Reels are available exclusively in-store (Trouts Denver) and ONLINE.

Learn More about Wandering Blue Lines

Tyler Hackett, of Wandering Blue Lines, is an artist based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. Tyler is well known throughout the fly fishing community for his unique, wood-carved, old-school-inspired prints. In addition to his originals, he's been commissioned to produce work for The Fly Fishing Film Tour, Flylords, Costa, Nautilus, Hooke, Pig Farm Ink, and Denver Trout Unlimited - to name a few.

Here is his artist statement: "Making art for all who follow the wandering blue lines of streams, rivers, and coastlines, be it with a finger on a map, or boots in the water. I put the same amount of passion into making art as we all do into spending time on the water. In an effort to help promote a culture of respect for fish, water, and the surrounding land, 10% of all sales will be donated to a non-profit working to protect the environments we all enjoy."

Each print starts out as a drawing, distilled down to a black-and-white image. Care is taken to retain each species unique characteristics. The drawing is then transferred to a prepared piece of finish-grade plywood. Then I begin hand cutting, removing all the wood that represents the area to remain white after printing. It takes quite a bit of time to get everything cut out, especially all the beautiful spots and scales. Once I feel the carving is complete the "plate" is sealed to prevent the oil-based ink from sinking into the wood. Ink is then rolled over the surface of the plate, paper is placed on the inked plate and the whole thing is hand-cranked through a flatbed press. The prints are then allowed to dry. Once completely dry, some of the prints are individually hand-colored, rendering it one-of-a-kind. The fish is then pasted onto 3/4 finish grade Birch plywood, and cut out. Hardware is added to the back side of the print to make it ready for your wall.

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