New Abel Reels to Benefit Project Healing Waters

March 20, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Abel is creating a custom anodized Abel Super 5N reel to benefit Project Healing Waters, a national non-profit group that helps rehabilitate wounded veterans through fly fishing programs. The reel has a deep blue finish, gold drag knob, and red aluminum handle — matching the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing logo. In addition to making the reel available through retailers, Abel will sell the reels direct from their Web site for $700 and donate $400 from the each sale to PHW.
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CAMARILLO, Calif. – A custom anodized Abel Super 5N reel will benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc., announced Jeff Patterson, director of sales for the tackle manufacturer.
Project Healing Waters mission is to serve military personnel and veterans who have been wounded, injured, or disabled and aid in their physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly-fishing and fly-tying and enjoying these skills on fishing outings and as lifelong recreation. The 50 PHW programs, operated at VA and military hospitals nationwide, are taught on a local basis by volunteers from Federation of Fly Fishers Clubs, Trout Unlimited Chapters, or independent fly fishing clubs.
The Abel Super 5N trout reel will be anodized in a deep blue finish, with a gold drag knob, and red aluminum handle to correspond with the symbolic colors of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing logo. The reel will also feature an engraved logo of the non-profit organization. The 5.9 ounce reel is designed for 5- or 6-weight lines with a capacity of 125 yards of backing and a 5-weight; 100 yards and a 6-weight. The large arbor reel has a hub of 1.850 inches.
The custom reel is featured at www.projecthealingwaters.org and is available for purchase on the Abel website www.abelreels.com for $700, with $400 of each sale being donated to Project Healing Waters, Inc. by Abel. The reel is also available through authorized Abel dealers with a portion of each sale going to the veteran organization.
While initially focusing on the military personnel in the Washington, DC area, the Project has expanded nationwide and is offering its services and program to active military personnel and veterans in Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the country.
The Project’s program provides basic fly-fishing, fly-casting and fly-tying classes and clinics for the wounded and injured personnel ranging from beginners to those with prior fly-fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All activities and services are provided to the participants at no cost. Fly-fishing and tying equipment and materials are provided to the participants, including equipment that accommodates their special needs.
According to Project Healing Waters, “The training and educational activities are designed to ignite or rekindle the participants’ appreciation and enthusiasm for a wide variety of fly-fishing outings. While most of these fishing trips are conducted within a half-day’s travel from a hospital, the Project actively seeks opportunities to offer outings in quality fishing sites across the country.”
The trips are provided free to the participants. The Project relies on Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, and independent fly-fishing clubs to conduct the program at the Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) hospitals across the nation. The volunteer staff and outings leaders include professional educators and fishing guides as well as experienced fly fishers, all of whom donate their time and knowledge to support the Project participants. Other volunteers help meet the educational, equipment, outings, training, and transportation needs.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing activities are dependent on tax deductible financial donations under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The organization is incorporated in the state of Maryland.
“We are honored to be a part of Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing and the men and women veterans the organization serves and are proud to do whatever we can to get them out fishing again. God bless ’em all,” said Patterson.
Jeff Patterson
Abel Reels
165 Aviador Street
Camarillo, CA 93010
e-mail: [email protected]
website: www.abelreels.com
(866) 511 7444
Project Healing Waters Fly-fishing, Inc.
Post Office Box 695
LaPlata, MD 20646
e-mail [email protected]
website: www.projecthealingwaters.org