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Old 02-11-2012, 06:43 PM
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Default Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

I'm considering pairing up a deep green Abel reel with a Sage XP. Does anyone know if the blank and the reel would be a match and does anyone use this pairing? I was going to get a black one but the deep green might be a nice change of pace.

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:16 AM
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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

I have seen the combination before. I think that the XP is a smidge lighter than the Abel Deep Green. However, if you want to match a premium Winston, the Abel Deep Green is a perfect match.

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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

Personally, I would go for a contrast rather than a match. I tried that with an Abel and a Winston and the colors were just different enough that they fought with each other. Bronze, gold or even black would be good, I would consider a two tone myself. A black spool on a gold or copper frame (Billy Pate Style) would be very nice. If you want some green I would consider looking at a dark olive spool on a gold frame. -just my two cents, these are the things I thought about when a purchased my three Abels..
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:23 AM
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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

Thanks guys. Most of my reels are black so I'm looking at mixing it up a bit. I think bronze might be a cool look on the XP too. That deep green might not be the best option.
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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

One of my top fishing partners fishes a 9'/#5 XP mounted with a black Super 5 and it is a 1st rate outfit for a big river. You might call Abel and ask if they have a match for the Sage XP color, they very well might!
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:56 AM
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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

Another option for a reel might be to look at Tibors Moss Green ( http://www.tiborreel.com/images/tibfin.jpg )

Plenty of other green reels out there too, but most of them are to green to match up with an XP blank. I've got one of Bauers Green spools and a few XP's, they aren't close at all. Bauers Green is more like an emerald green.

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One of my top fishing partners fishes a 9'/#5 XP mounted with a black Super 5 and it is a 1st rate outfit for a big river. You might call Abel and ask if they have a match for the Sage XP color, they very well might!
This is my 9' 6 wt. XP. I was thinking of pairing it up with a Super 6 - a little narrower than the Super 5 and a bigger diameter. I've kicked around a Super 5 as well. There is a weight difference, but I paired up my Super 7 with the 6 wt. just to check balance and diameter and I think it will work well. I could get away with a Super 5 but the 6 has a double pawl that while not necessary, provides a little insurance if I ever need it when I fish winter Steelhead with it. The Super 6N is a nice looking tool but just too expensive. I'm more of a "closeout" shopper when it comes to Abel reels.

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Another option for a reel might be to look at Tibors Moss Green ( http://www.tiborreel.com/images/tibfin.jpg )

Plenty of other green reels out there too, but most of them are to green to match up with an XP blank. I've got one of Bauers Green spools and a few XP's, they aren't close at all. Bauers Green is more like an emerald green.

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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

Or, you could do what I did in this poor quality, ten year old photo. Just go ahead and clash with the entire world. It's an Abel Super 5 in purple with platinum spider mounted on a Sage 697-4 XP.

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Or, you could do what I did in this poor quality, ten year old photo. Just go ahead and clash with the entire world. It's an Abel Super 5 in purple with platinum spider mounted on a Sage 697-4 XP.

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Nice feesh!

The Super 5 pairs up well with the 6 wt.? Right now I'm torn between a Super 5 and a Super 6.
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Default Re: Abel Deep Green & Sage XP

I like the Super 5 on my 9' 6wt Beulah, and use the Super 6 on my 9'6" 6wt S4. I like both combo's alot, the only real reason I got the 6 on the longer rod is because it gets used for both trout and Steelhead, plus I plan on using it in the surf when we go ab. diving this year. the double pawl was the main selling point but I also like the narrow/larger diameter spool for faster line retrieve and not having to guide the line across a wide spool is nice too. The 5 is perfect for my 9' 6wt and holds plenty of backing, I have about 110+yds and a 7wt line on mine. Either way you go you'll be happy, after all they're both Abels'....
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