Re: My first Abel question
A slight terminology clarification. The term "pawl" indicates the slotted, spring pressured, steel triangular components in an over-run check design of a "spring and pawl" reel...which in turn produces a "click"...as in a traditional Hardy. In the case of a "draw-bar" design like Abel exemplifies, the corresponding spring loaded bits are called "dogs". They (only one is really needed this is back-up redundancy) lock into the teeth around the perimeter of the drag plate to prevent it from counter rotating creating a click and locking it against the coil spring tensioned drag surface against the precisely flat inner surface of the spool. Hence that famous smooth and powerful drag. Draw-bar reels classically produce no out-going click, just the wheeeer of neatsfoot oiled cork against metal. Anglers weaned on spring and pawl and other designs that produce a song as a fish runs missed this sound so Abel designed the spring loaded pin clacking in detentes feature, It is not a functional part of the reel's performance and can be disabled if you do not care for the sound; many old timers don't.
The design history of these reels is traceable to a lineage beginning with the Fin-Nors and Seamasters built in Florida for big game fly fishing back in the 1950's. Abel has refined the design to the point where diminutive trout reels are scalable from the ever successful larger reels...a rarity in fly reel design.
Enjoy your great new reel and keep a coin in the plastic window on your reel case along with your name, cell number and type of line and date mounted so you can remove the lock nut when desired. What color did you get?