Frequently Asked Questions

General | Rods | Reels | Pliers/Knives/Perfect Tool | Luggage | Vise

General

  1. Where is my closest authorized dealer?
  1. You can click on the “dealer locator” link on the top of our website or click here. Select the location by either the zip code or state. If you are not familiar with any shops listed, feel free to contact us at the factory.
  1. What are your business hours and how do we contact you?
  1. We are open Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Pacific time, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our phone number is (805) 484-8789, and fax is (805) 482-0701. We can also be reached by email at info@abelreels.com

Rods

  1. What is the warranty on both the Freshwater and Saltwater rods?
  1. All Abel rods are warranted against defects in material and workmanship. If a fly rod is broken, it will be repaired or replaced at a minimum cost: Tip Section, $ 40; Mid Section, $ 50; and Butt Section, $ 100. Repaired rods will be returned within 3 weeks.
  1. Is the Freshwater Series only to be used in fresh water?
  1. No. Our Freshwater Series is very saltwater worthy. We build our Freshwater Series with the identical aluminum reel seat as the Saltwater Series. All components will stand up to saltwater corrosion as well.
  1. Who rolls your blanks and where are the rods manufactured?
  1. Our rod blanks are designed by Steve Abel and manufactured in California. We stack, glue and sand the cork, as well as wrap and finish the rod in our CA factory.
  1. Where do I return my broken rod?
  1. Send your entire rod (All Pieces) to: Abel Quality Products, 165 Aviador St., Camarillo, CA 93010. Please return your rod with proper insurance value and enclose a check or credit card for the warranty repair charge. Tip Section, $40; Mid Section, $50; and Butt Section, $100. Please include $15.00 for shipping and handling.

Reels

  1. Can I upgrade my reel to make it the new style click out?
  1. Yes, but you’ll need to purchase the newly designed spool and drag plate assembly for your frame.
  1. What should I do after use in saltwater?
  1. If on a saltwater trip, simply rinse the reel in freshwater after each day on the water. When you get back home rinse the reel in running lukewarm water, and take a toothbrush to the 90-degree angles i.e. foot, counterweight, handle, etc. It’s also a good idea to spray it with WD-40, and wipe it clean with a paper towel. WD-40 will not harm your flyline, backing, or mono. It is not necessary to lubricate the cork on the drag plate. This only needs to be done if it does not feel just as smooth as a brand new reel. Please see our easy care-instructions for additional details: reel-care.htm
  1. Is my reel convertible? If so, how do I convert my reel?
  1. Yes, click here for instructions: reel-drag.htm
  1. Can you interchange both the big game and super series spools?
  1. Yes, each Super Series Reel is designed to interchange with a Big Game Spool. See page 20-21 in the 2006 catalog, under each Super Reel listed is the spool it interchanges with. You can also click here for details on our website: reel-spec.htm
  1. What is the difference between the old style and new style Big Game reels. Have you discontinued your standard Big Game reels?
  1. No. We changed the appearance of our big game spools from round holes to oblong holes to make them lighter, and match the porting on the Super Series frames.
  1. Are your Big Game reels only available in ported?
  1. No. You can order your reel with either a solid, or ported frame.
  1. What type of maintenance is required on my Abel reel?
  1. See the above answer regarding saltwater use. If the reel squeaks when line is pulled out, or if the drag is not smooth, apply a few drops of pure neat’s-foot oil to the cork on the drag plate. The neat’s-foot oil, and all other lubricants needed to maintain your reels, knives, pliers and tools are assembled in our Sportsman’s Lube Kit: lube.htm
  1. What is the charge and procedure to have my reel serviced?
  1. Abel will clean, lubricate, and inspect reels for $20.00 each plus shipping and replacement charges.
  1. Where are your reels manufactured?
  1. Every component of our reels is manufactured at our factory in Camarillo, CA.
  1. I lost my locknut, can I still fish with my reel?
  1. Yes. The locknut is not a part of the functioning reel. You can still fish with confidence without it. Keep some drag on the reel, and purchase a new one upon returning from your trip. parts
  1. What is the lead-time on custom finishes?
  1. Gold and Platinum = 1 - 2 weeks
    Artistic Anodize = 3 - 4 weeks
    Fish Graphic Anodize = 6 - 10 weeks
  1. My reel has a scratch on it. Can I send it back to be re-anodized?
  1. Unlike plating, anodizing actually penetrates the aluminum. We’d have to strip the reel of it’s anodizing in order to re-anodize it, making the walls of the reel thinner, and less durable. We try to think that scratches build the reel’s character, and tell a story of a fishing trip...kind of like a badge of honor for the tumble you took on that rock or down that hill.
  1. I have a black Abel reel, can I have the artistic or fish graphic finish put on it?
  1. No. The same reason as the above answer applies here as well.
  1. I broke the handle on my reel, what should I do?
  1. See your local dealer, or click here: reel-parts.htm
  1. I lost my pawl springs, what should I do?
  1. See your local dealer or click here: reel-parts.htm

Pliers / Knives / Perfect Tool

  1. My pliers jaws have rusted, what do I do?
  1. If the rust has appeared, simply take a scotch brite pad to remove the rust by scouring the jaws, and then spray them with WD-40.
  1. How do I order replacement pliers jaws?
  1. Our pliers jaws are heat-treated to ensure they will hold an edge for a lengthy period, but they can be replaced if necessary. You can order your replacement jaws directly from us: pliers.htm
  1. What type of maintenance is required with my Abel Pliers?
  1. Simply rinse them with freshwater, and spray them with WD-40 after a day out in the salt. You do not need to lubricate the plier bushing. **Do not leave your pliers or knife in a wet leather sheath for an extended period of time.
  1. Can I send my blade back to have sharpened?
  1. We do not offer a knife sharpening service. We recommend just using a standard sharpening stone, or ceramic/diamond coated stick.
  1. Can I order the lanyard for my pliers separately?
  1. You can order our plier lanyards separately online: pliers.htm

Luggage

  1. Where is the Abel luggage Manufactured?
  1. All Abel luggage is Manufactured in our Camarillo, CA factory. We use only the highest grade Cordura and fabrics available. Heavy-duty corrosion-proof Nylon zippers and sliders are used exclusively on our saltwater bags.
  1. My zippers are stuck, what do I do?
  1. Spray all zippers and sliding tabs with silicon spray. We also recommend doing this after each use in saltwater.
  1. Where do I send my luggage back for repair?
  1. Send your Abel Luggage to: Abel Quality Products, 165 Aviador St., Camarillo, CA 93010.
    If, after inspection, we determine the product defective, we will repair or replace it at no charge. Non-Warranty damages will repaired, or replaced at current pricing. Please include $15.00 for shipping and handling.
  1. What type of maintenance is required on my Abel Luggage?
  1. We recommend cleaning and lubricating all zippers and sliding tabs with silicon spray after each saltwater trip.

Vise

  1. Will the new bobbin cradle fit on my 1st edition Supreme Vise?
  1. Yes, the new style bobbin cradle can be easily installed on the the stem of your 1st. edition vise. The charge for this new cradle is $50.00. Vises.htm
  1. My Supreme vise is beginning to tarnish, what can I do?
  1. The vise is designed to patina (tarnish), if you would like to return the vise to its original appearance, please follow these directions:
    1. Disassemble vise
    2. Scotch brite all surfaces by hand, and reassemble. Note: Base and stem support have a coat of varnish and should not tarnish, however a scotch brite pad will damage this finish.
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