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Old 11-23-2008, 12:33 PM
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Default Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

Hi,

I need help choosing an Abel reel for my new St Croix Legend Elite 9' #5 rod.

I mainly fish trout in small reservoirs and rivers (in England).

My budget is appx. $300.

Many thanks
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:21 PM
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Hi Banu, welcome to the forum.
I'm not sure you can get an Abel for 300 bones. It has been a long time since I've looked at one, but it seems that even ten years ago you were looking at 500 bones.

You will certainly be able to get a fine reel for 300. Bauer and Lampson are worth looking at.

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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

Hi banu,

Sure you can get an Abel Trout model for $300. They are a standard arbor with a fully enclosed click drag and the Abel quality. A good choice for Bamboo. In the $300 range my choice would be the Galvan Open Back.

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Buy a Ross..will cost you less and their service is great.
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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

Well what do ya know, ya can get one. I stand corrected. lol

Frank, Are those cast or machined?
Those Galvins are nice looking eh?
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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

Hi fysh,

All of Galvan's reels are machined in the USA from bar stock. Abel claims the Trout series is fully machined in the USA.

Some companies play with the words and claim their reel is fully machined but it starts out as a forging or casting. I just don't think Abel would do that. So I am assuming it is a bar stock reel also.

However, here is what Abel says on their WEB site:

Trout Reels/TR Series
TR/Series reels are precision machined in the U.S.A. from 6061-T6 cold finished aluminum in three sizes to accommodate 0- to 6-weight lines. Hang one on a bamboo or new graphite rod.

I don't know what "cold finished aluminum" means. That sounds like a stamping process. So I guess I don't know how the Trout reel is made for sure.

By the way, Abel has some close outs on reels that are priced pretty good for Abel. The "0" is right at $300. It would be a dandy reel up to a 4wt.

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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

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Hi,

I need help choosing an Abel reel for my new St Croix Legend Elite 9' #5 rod.

I mainly fish trout in small reservoirs and rivers (in England).

My budget is appx. $300.

Many thanks
banu,

If you like suspense look on eBay they show up there now and again. They are very nice reels but don't you have a famous reel manufacturer there in the UK.?

I couldn't resist that, Welcome to this forum and good luck in finding an Abel at a great price!

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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

I recently purchased a Galvan Open Back reel, OB-3 model, and I love it. It is a great reel. It has an incredibly smooth action and drag.

I actually bought it for my new St. Croix Legend Elite 8'6" 4wt rod. The rod itself is green and so is the reel, they look as though they were made for each other.
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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

I'd hardily recommend the Abel. the TR 2 will fit that rod great. It is a machined reel, the "cold finishing" is referring to their anodizing process I believe. I personally prefer the control and simplicity of a click and pawl reel and since the only British made click and pawl is over 800$ the Abel is a great buy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a used Hardy JLH either. You can usually get one in close to new condition for about 250$
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Default Re: Help choosing an Abel Trout Reel

Thank to all for the advice.
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