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    Default Re: Abel Reels

    Quote Originally Posted by chi flyfisher View Post
    TN - if you go to the Abel website and do a search you will find the specs for the pt.5. To me, the pt.5 is too much reel for that rod. It's rated for a 5/6 but I use mine on 4 wt.s and it's fine.

    For the rod you have, and if you want an Abel at a "discount" I would suggest a fully ported Abel Super 2. Don't get me wrong, that Big Game "0" I have is awesome and a fine pairing to any small line weight rod. But it's heavy. And it's too heavy for your shorter light weight 3 wt. rod IMO. An even better choice, albeit more expensive, is the Abel Super 3N. I like it more than the Super 2 because it's narrower and taller.

    If drag is not important to you on a reel, and this is a personal preference, look hard at the creek/trout models. They're cheaper, they're well built, and they're beautiful. If I was buying an Abel for a short 3 wt. I would look long and hard here. I put my Abel 0 on a short Sage 373 SLT and it was way too heavy to be comfortable for me - and I prefer a heavier reel.

    As a side note, gentlemen, there is a line of Abel reels that incorporate a plastic reel handle. It's the Abel Extreme - a lower cost alternative to the original Abel Big Game Series. I think they're ugly.

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    I was waiting for you to chime in on this given your penchant for Abel reels. Solid advise as I'd have expected from you. Didn't know about the plastic on an Abel and not sure I've ever the Abel Extreme. Then again I don't know that I really looked for it because I think I've heard you mention how ugly you thought they were
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    I have a friend that works at Abel, does the custom color jobs on the reels. They are still made of quality materials. You can't go wrong with abel stuff, very well made and great customer service, if you needed it! I have a Super 2 on my 4wt 'loomis GLX and it works and looks great!
    Craig

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    On a 3 weight, I'd put either a TR1 or an Abel Creek 1 Large Arbor. Disc drags are just overkill.

    I use a TR1 on my old Sage 383-4 SLT.

    Dennis

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    Ok guys last time there was an Abel thread I wound up buying 2 pair of $50 nippers so let's chill on the Abel thread before I tap the 401k

    In all seriousness you know i fish lightweight rigs. Is Able's click n pawl pretty stout or adjustable. I have a old sage click 3200 and a new click II and both are stout enough to prevent backlash when stripping line. I had some other click/pawls I sold due to tons of backlash.


    Just curious
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    Default Re: Abel Reels

    Quote Originally Posted by comeonavs View Post
    Ok guys last time there was an Abel thread I wound up buying 2 pair of $50 nippers so let's chill on the Abel thread before I tap the 401k

    In all seriousness you know i fish lightweight rigs. Is Able's click n pawl pretty stout or adjustable. I have a old sage click 3200 and a new click II and both are stout enough to prevent backlash when stripping line. I had some other click/pawls I sold due to tons of backlash.


    Just curious
    Have a look at the link I posed above Avs.
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    Thanks guys....really appreciate the support , I am 48 hrs in to my commitment to not buy anymore gear.

    I have the below reels for sub 5wt rods....don't need another one

    Ross Evo O and spare spool
    Sage Click II
    Sage Click 3200
    Nautilus FWX
    Lamson Guru 1.5
    Ross Rhythm 1.5
    Ross Evo LT2
    Allen Trout II
    Bauer MSL 2.0

    Now you have me looking at a reel to match my nippers argggghhhhh

    What is the difference between Abel Creek std arbor and Large Arbor. Obviously I know what large arbor means but the diameter is the same ,so how is one std and one large if they are the same diameter ?
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    Comeonavs, I just picked up a beautiful Abel Creek LA 1 with the rainbow pattern. I admire your 48 hours, you're a stronger man than I!

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    I may just buy the nippers and ignore this thread; I'm already ebay poor from a long winter and this discussion of fine Abel reels isn't helping
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    Well I started off in Abel with a TR1 in brown trout. Now I have a 7/8N for my 8wt and will be picking up a 9/10N for my 10wt in a couple of months. For me there is just something about the classical classiness of the reels that can't be denied.

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    Default Re: Abel Reels

    Quote Originally Posted by comeonavs View Post
    Thanks guys....really appreciate the support , I am 48 hrs in to my commitment to not buy anymore gear.

    I have the below reels for sub 5wt rods....don't need another one

    Ross Evo O and spare spool
    Sage Click II
    Sage Click 3200
    Nautilus FWX
    Lamson Guru 1.5
    Ross Rhythm 1.5
    Ross Evo LT2
    Allen Trout II
    Bauer MSL 2.0

    Now you have me looking at a reel to match my nippers argggghhhhh

    What is the difference between Abel Creek std arbor and Large Arbor. Obviously I know what large arbor means but the diameter is the same ,so how is one std and one large if they are the same diameter ?

    Read this first.

    Abel Reels - FlexABELity

    In theory, it's going to allow you to use the same frame with a greater variety of lines. If you purchase extra spools, this is obviously true. The problem is given the cost of spools, in some cases you might just be better off with another reel Avs, I think I warned you before when you got those nippers, but I'm going on record: Abel is a slippery slope. When you get one, there will be more. Just ask Chi, and grouch, and <insert other Abel owners here>.
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