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Old 11-24-2013, 06:16 PM
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I got to play with the new Orvis Abel-made CFO III today. It is very light and built to exacting specifications with smooth action and a great sound both incoming and outgoing. The finish is a beautiful bluish-gray. The line guard is machined as part of the frame, which some had asked about in earlier posts. Also, there are two phillips-style screws by the spool release button, which someone had pointed out they didn't like.

Like other Abels, there is not a single plastic part anywhere on the reel. Even the drag knob to adjust tension on the click & pawl mechanism is machined aluminum. The handle is made of wood.

I spoke to the Orvis rep, and he said Abel used the 45-year-old blueprints for the original CFO reels for this project. I'm sorry, but I totally forgot to ask if they plan to produce the larger sizes eventually. I suppose all of that depends upon the demand for these particular reels first.

Anyway, the advertising push for this and the Superfine Glass rods is coming very soon.

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I think it would go great with the new glass rods. What a way to introduce both products. Did you have a chance to see the click and pawl? Most seem to view click and pawl as line holders but I am a fan of the solid click and pawls from Young reels.
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I think it would go great with the new glass rods. What a way to introduce both products. Did you have a chance to see the click and pawl? Most seem to view click and pawl as line holders but I am a fan of the solid click and pawls from Young reels.
Yes, the click & pawl is identical to the original Hardy-built CFO.
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