In addition to plans to consolidate the Big Game series into the Super Series, the news from Abel for 2009 is their engineering of a rock-solid quick-change mechanism for their reels. For years, Abel fanatics didn’t have an easy way of making spool changes (you had to screw off a tiny knob, which tended to get lost). The new mechanism allows you to remove a spool by simply pressing in on the center cap and turning it. I tested it at the FFR show and it worked like a charm. The Quick Change (QC) option adds $50 to the price of a reel or spool, and will available first for the 7/8 Super Series reels in November, with the 9/10 and 11/12 to follow early next year.
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September 24, 2008
ABEL SUPER SERIES QUICK CHANGE (QC):THE GAME’S NEWEST FLY-FISHING TOOL
CAMARILLO, Calif. – Abel’s latest entry into the world of big game fly-fishing – the Super Series Quick Change (QC) – utilizes a combination of space age design and old world craftsmanship. More than a year in development, the Super Series QC is initially available in a 7/8 with a 9/10 and 11/12 to follow, announced Don R. Swanson, president of the tackle manufacturer.
The three Super Series QC model sizes join Abel’s Super Series, 14 sizes; Abel Creek, 2 sizes; TR Series, 3 sizes; and Anti/Reverse, 3 sizes to comprise the most formidable arsenal in the sport.
Spool change is accomplished virtually instantaneously by backing off the drag knob, pushing in and rotating the reel’s center cap. No tools are required for the fastest and easiest change of any reel in the fly-fishing industry, said Swanson.
Super Series QC models utilize 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum for the spool and frame. The drive system is C64200 silicon aluminum bronze. Buna sealed micro-bearings are ISO 9001:200 and AS9100 certified FAA TSO C149 aircraft bearings. The reel utilizes Abel’s cork drag system with a drop or two of neat’s-foot oil.
The large arbor design provides the proper ratio of hub size to spool width for optimum line capacity, pick-up and performance.
Tests were conducted in both the Abel precision machine shop and in the field during the year-long development process. Reels were tortured during high speed runs in extreme temperatures. Results showed that the Quick Change mechanism worked flawlessly hot, cold, wet or dry.
Abel’s Super Series QC allows an angler to switch from a floating to sink-tip or full sinking line in a brief moment and be back in action. “This is critical during a striper or bluefish blitz, a false albacore run or when roosterfish are on the grab,” said Swanson.
The Super Series 7/8 QC will be available in retail stores about Nov. 15; the 9/10 QC and 11/12 QC are expected in early 2009.
For information or sales, phone 866 511 744, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.abelreels.com
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