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  1. #21

    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Quote Originally Posted by kicker19 View Post
    I am happy to see that I wasn't the only dead head that was going to jump on this. Dead gear + fly fishing + more gear = happy guy. BUT I'm not made of money and my current gear works just fine, I'll pass
    Right. Cheapest you can get one of these is for $750... Quite a bit out of my price range. The parts list better be made of blotter at that price point.

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    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Quote Originally Posted by itchmesir View Post
    Right. Cheapest you can get one of these is for $750... Quite a bit out of my price range. The parts list better be made of blotter at that price point.
    I'm in the same boat! Those Abel reels sure are beautiful but being retired means they are out of my price range.

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    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Jerry Garcia drove a BMW 750iL, so I don't think he'd quibble with a fly fisher having a fancy reel.
    Cheers,
    --Rob

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    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Quote Originally Posted by itchmesir View Post
    Right. Cheapest you can get one of these is for $750... Quite a bit out of my price range. The parts list better be made of blotter at that price point.
    At that price I'd expect it to catch and reel in fish by itself ! We all know that's not the case. I give credit to the great machinery and artistic design, I'm just to poor to take claim of one.
    "The core of mans spirit comes from new experiences" - C.J. McCandless

  7. #25

    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Yep. I got a 4N GD reel. Should be here this week.

    Been wanting an Abel—felt like this was as good a time as any. Besides, I'm a graphic designer and I've always liked the steal your face logo.

    Will it catch me more fish? No.
    Will it catch the game warden's interest? So.
    Will it remind me of some far off college days? I hope so.

    Those were good times.

    C
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    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Quote Originally Posted by shotgunfly View Post
    Yep. I got a 4N GD reel. Should be here this week.

    Been wanting an Abel—felt like this was as good a time as any. Besides, I'm a graphic designer and I've always liked the steal your face logo.

    Will it catch me more fish? No.
    Will it catch the game warden's interest? So.
    Will it remind me of some far off college days? I hope so.

    Those were good times.

    C
    Well I look forward to seeing on a rod and in the field.

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  10. #27

    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    Quote Originally Posted by itchmesir View Post
    If they make their nippers with a stealie option... I may eat my own words on owning a pair...
    Ditto...

    My local shop has that 7/8 I'm considering selling some unnecessary gear for. Also, you know you could get your money back out of it any time as long as you took decent care of it (which we all probably do)
    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    I looked at the pictures of this reel and I thought about the reels I've been using all these years.................. Hardy Lightweight Series and Orvis CFO's have the longest tenure with me but I have others. I guess you could say that all my reels have what could be called 'traditional appearances' I couldn't get used to a reel with a skull graphic on it on my rod...............

    Think of it this way; would this picture look as good with the Grateful Dead Reel?




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    Default Re: Uh-oh...a new Abel reel

    I guess that's the point Are, beauty is in the eye of beholder. (But my answer, no. I am traditional reel guy too.)

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    Yes, Ard, yes it would. But my biases are showing.

    I will say that if they come out with a Space your Face one next I might start selling some stuff off to pick one up. Shotgun, you're a graphic designer, you should take a crack at it, maybe start a cottage industry of "lot reels" to go with all the "lot shirts," wadda you think?



    And it goes without saying that the earth should be the drag adjustment... right?

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