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    Default Re: Abel: The Harley Davidson of fishing reels.

    Sometimes fishing is just more important to one person then the next guy. I personally take my choice of reels very seriously for the environment I choose to fish in. To each his own.-CB

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  3. Default Re: Abel: The Harley Davidson of fishing reels.

    I think cork drags are the AK-47 of the fly reel world. Beat the hell out of them, disassemble, clean, lube, grease, assemble, enjoy.

    Well, maybe Abel’s are the gold plated AK-47s that they are using in Michoacan, Sinaloa, etc.

  4. Default Re: Abel: The Harley Davidson of fishing reels.

    I fish Abels salt and fresh, mostly salt and have since 80s started with an Abel pliers in Carib Camo then asked my shop if Abel would do a 4N solid back and spool in Carib Camo that was my first and still is my go to for my 9wt switch with the solid spool, my 11 wt RPLX with ventilated spool, and mt 11 wt Method with Super 11 Spool...it has the same cork...I have yet to see any machining and finish polishing equal to my early 4N(Charlton except)... rifle analogy would be a Pre '64 Winchester Model 70 in 30-06... shotgun analogy Parker GHE or Winchester Model 21 in 12 bore.
    I do own and use a Danielsson for my 4wt,a Lamson Speedster 3.5 HD for my 9wt TCX, and a TFO BVK 4 sale 120 for my heavier two handed rods for swinging steel in Michigan.

    I don't exceed 5lbs fixed spool drag(at the start of the backing) usually, as I have said before, 2-3lb...I have no reason in my experience to use a sealed drag of the techo reels that can stop jet planes...pull over tall buildings...it's simply marketing hype to distinguish the "new" from Abel and Tibor...marketing hype for the better mouse trap...no need if you fly fish with tippet limit of 16-20...the Abel Tibor mouse traps were/are good enough. Whilst early Abels were heavy compared to others their Aluminum was not soft ...drop an Abel on the deck or rocks you can still fish...engine analogy Chevy Small Block...

    There are not any of my Abels or any part thereof that would bring to mind a Harley...having just finished watching "Lincoln Lawyer" and recalling the Harley gang scenes what those Harleys' remind me of in fly fishing are my marl caked Patagonia's or the worst after a great day on the flats in KW relaxing with a Cuba Libre and it's Harley time that gross, obnoxious, cacophonous Harley sound on the street destroying the moment.

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