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Old 01-29-2013, 08:10 PM
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I'm thinking about adding a TR or Creek series reel to my arsenal. My question is will the click and pawl drag be enough for trout up to 18-20" on 5 and 6x tippet? Any feedback is appreciated.

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If I can catch 18 - 20 inch trout on my Battenkill C&P...You have no worries with the Abel.

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The short answer to your question is YES, you would be fine with a click & pawl in terms of being able to handle fish in that class. You can easily handle fish over that too. If you are used to putting fish on the drag, you will need to adjust your tactics. Learn to palm the rim if you're not already doing so. You can do on reels with or without a disc drag.

This thread may be of interest to you.

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I'm thinking about adding a TR or Creek series reel to my arsenal. My question is will the click and pawl drag be enough for trout up to 18-20" on 5 and 6x tippet? Any feedback is appreciated.

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Absolutely.
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Default Re: New Abel Reel

Guys land Salmon & steelhead over 20 pounds on click & pawl reels, sure an 18" - 20" Trout is manageable as well!

That being said, the Abel Creek is a true gem in the World of fly reels, highly recommend that model!
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I'm thinking about adding a TR or Creek series reel to my arsenal. My question is will the click and pawl drag be enough for trout up to 18-20" on 5 and 6x tippet? Any feedback is appreciated.

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Absolutely 18-20" and bigger. You have more control but also requires a little more touch/feel. Think of it as driving a manual vs. automatic transmission.

Just a note, the Abels unlike the Click and pawl CFOs and Hardy lightweights among others don't have any external adjustment for the clicker tension. to adjust you have to remove the spool, so whatever you have it set for when you get a hookup is where it stays and you do the rest by palming.

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With 6x tippet? I've owned and fished an Abel TR3, and big fish aren't fun without a drag. It'll have a light enough drag for 6x tippet, but you'll be working hard. I sold both of my TR3 reels after loosing a huge smallmouth in a heavy current. It didn't break my 3x tippet, but the light drag allowed the fish to make a lightning fast run into the heavy current. Had I managed to keep it out of the current, I could have landed it. My wimpy 4wt just couldn't turn the beast, and was never able to recover the line that was stripped so suddenly.

Having said that, everyone should get the click/pawl itch out of their system.
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