11-24-2013, 05:16 PM
Re: New Orvis CFO
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.
....Just one more cast