Re: Abel or Hatch????
I have a Hatch Finatic 7+ and an Abel Super 9. Both are great. I fish the Abel on my 9 and 10wt rods with sinking lines from the boat when chasing Longtail tuna, Spanish Mackerel etc in my home waters (Tropical North Australia).
Reading many of these forums has made me a bit paranoid about the non-sealed drag in the Abel (though it has not posed a problem for me). Thus my purchase of the Hatch for flats fishing.
My Hatch 7+ is my newest addition to the family and I just fished Autitaki with it for 2 weeks and loved it. Those big bonefish there gave it a great work out and it is one smooth bit of kit. It sits well on my 7, 8, and 9wts.
My next reel will be a Hatch 9+ or 11+? But I note Abel Supers are being run out at good prices these days.