Dancing Bears Limited Edition Reel

Following the success of their individually hand-painted Grateful Dead ® “Steal Your Face” logo reels in 2013, the group’s iconic “Dancing Bears” design has been licensed through Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment as the second pattern in the series, announced Jeff Patterson, Director of Sales for Abel Automatics. The Abel Reels Grateful Dead collector’s edition Dancing Bears design is available on six sizes of Super Series fly reels with a premium of $350 over standard black reel pricing. Dancing Bear reels are on sale now.


Abel Zinger

It took awhile, but fly reel manufacturer and creative machine shop Abel Automatics, Inc. has streamlined, modernized and perfected the ubiquitous tool found on virtually every fly fisher’s vest: the zinger. Used to hold nippers, clippers, de-barbing pliers, fly floatant, scissors or magnifying glasses – to name a few – within easy reach on a retractable spool, the tools have been most notable for breaking or falling apart at the most inopportune time.


2014 Finishes

Following the success of their individually hand-painted Grateful Dead ® “Steal Your Face” logo reels in 2013, the group’s iconic “Dancing Bears” design has been licensed through Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment as the second pattern in the series,


Abel Hybrid Hemostat

Abel is – and has always been – at the forefront of innovation and design in the flyfishing industry. Our new hemostats are another perfect example of our ingenuity. Unlike the standard hemostats that automatically lock the instant you close them, the new Abel Hybrid Hemostats feature a unique locking mechanism that only engages when you want it to. It utilizes a precision thumb lock on the top of the handle. Old fashioned “classic” hemostats can then be anything but simple to unlock – especially with cold, wet fingers while holding a slippery fish. But with the Hybrid Hemostat, it’s as easy as pulling a trigger to release the locking mechanism. A quick squeeze of the ergonomically designed handles or sliding back the sleek thumb lock is all that’s needed to unlock the jaws.


Limited Edition Grateful Dead ® Reel

After years of numerous inquiries requesting custom finish reels with Grateful Dead artwork and imagery, we are happy to announce we have partnered with Grateful Dead Productions and Rhino Entertainment on a limited edition run of Steal Your Face reels. Absolutely perfect for the Dead Head with a fishing habit, this reel brings both of their loves together in one package, proudly made in the USA, just like the music of Grateful Dead. The limited edition hand painted graphic will be available on only 250 reels in any Super Series, or Classic Series reel of your choice for a $300 premium over standard black pricing.


Abel's New Mooching Reel

Coastal and Great Lakes-area anglers who target salmon, halibut or other deepwater gamefish have a new tool: The Abel Moocher.

Abel’s Moocher model is constructed with the California company’s patented “smooth as silk” cork drag system which allows for fighting a fish without stutter or hesitation – critical on ahalibut, Chinook salmon or lake trout hell-bent for freedom.


Abel and Casting for Recovery Partner on Reel

Fly reel manufacturer Abel and national breast cancer therapy and rehabilitation organization Casting for Recovery have teamed to fight the dreaded disease. Abel will produce a Casting for Recovery custom finish on Super Series 5N large arbor models with $100 per reel donated to the organization.

Casting for Recovery, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, the brainchild of a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a fly fisher.

The organization “provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly-fishing. Just as importantly, the retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, network, exchange information, and have fun.

“Casting for Recovery weekend retreats incorporate counseling, educational services, and the trained facilitators that staff each retreat, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional as well as fly-fishing instructors and river helpers,” according to Lori Simon, Executive Director.

Abel reels are precision machined from 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum with Teflon® sealed bearings and utilize a cork drag system made entirely in the California factory. The Super 5N Large Arbor will handle both 5- and 6-weight lines.


Abel's Build Your Own Reel

Build Your Own Custom Reel

The Build Your Own Reel System – Our advanced reel building program will help you design and visualize the custom reel you’ve previously been able to only imagine was possible. Utilize the program features to create your own personal masterpiece with optional drag knob, reel foot, and aluminum handle finishes.


Mayfly Group Acquires Abel Automatics

Mayfly Outdoors

Abel poised to continue great tradition of precision made fly fishing reels and accessories

The Mayfly Group, LLC, a private investment firm, will acquire and partner with Abel Automatics, announced David Dragoo, Mayfly’s spokesperson. Mayfly’s partnership with Abel has been in the works for over a year, according to Dragoo. “Fundamentally, Abel is a people company first. This is what attracted us to them. We know that finding the best people will ultimately drive the innovation and Abel has been producing the highest quality products and leading in reel design for a quarter century. We are excited to be a part of their great tradition and build upon it for the next 25 years.”



New Products for 2012

Classic Reel

Abel Classic Reel

Introduced to meet the demands of silver-chasing, long-rod-casting fanatics of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, the Classic series was created with the “classic” steelhead / salmon reel in mind. As is every other Abel reel they are machined from lightweight aluminum, but differ from the Super Series in that they are fitted with a strong, beautiful sounding click-and-pawl drag system, and capacities for any two-handed casting application.

The Abel Classic brings back the traditional look and feel of an ultra-lightweight Spey reel, but with the perfect modern fit and finish expected of an Abel.


New Finishes

Solid, Artistic and Fish Graphic Finishes

Being fly-fishers ourselves, we know which rods our customers are fishing, and have created a selection of solid finishes to perfectly match and/or accent today’s most popular rod colors. If you are curious which solid color or fish graphic would look best on yours, do not hesitate to ask your local fly shop or call us directly – chances are we have already sold an Abel to match your rod model!


Super 11/12n & Super 9/10n

Super 11/12nSuper 9/10n

Available since 1999 in a size for every fish that swims, the Abel Super Series has proven itself time and again as the premier American-made reel. While there have been various improvements and adjustments over the years, there are things that have never changed. Specifically, a super-smooth, infinitely adjustable cork drag married to a strong, lightweight aluminum frame and large spool for increased line retrieval speed.

This drag is what makes the Super Series equally at home on the trout stream, the salt flats, and demanding deep blue water: it can be set light enough to protect the finest tippet but also can also be cranked down to ‘stop a sub’ power to slow the fastest bluefin. No matter what species you prefer to chase, a Super Series reel is there to help you land it!





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