Abel Launches New Reel

June 15, 2012 By: Erin Block

Notching up the technology of their successful 7/8N reel, Abel Reels has announced the release of their new 9/10N. Made with cold-rolled aluminum for increased strength, a stainless steel sealed cartridge outgoing click mechanism, and a pure cork drag, the 9/10N is specifically designed for fighting saltwater game fish: from stripers in the Atlantic to roosterfish in Baja, this reel has proved its mettle.

Read the full press release in the extended entry.



            CAMARILLO, Calif. – A precision-machined fly reel expressly designed and engineered to accommodate the high speed runs of roosterfish, albacore, false albacore, striped bass, dorado and similar saltwater game is now available from Abel Reels.  The Super 9/10N (for narrow) model is a lightweight large arbor reel that will handle blistering runs and retrieve line quickly.

“Our new Super 9/10N is a companion reel to the previously released 7/8N.  We’ve engineered the new model to hold a 9-weight line with 225 yards of 20-pound backing; a 10-weight with 175 yards of 30-pound.  Substitute 50-pound Spectra and the capacity increases to 350-yards with a 10-weight line,” said Don R. Swanson, Abel president.

Reels are priced at $825; extra spools are $370.

Machined entirely in the USA from prime grade metals, the Super 9/10N utilizes Abel’s .  It’s the same outgoing click system that has been installed for more than two years in their Super Series Quick Change reels.

Frames and spools are made from “cold-rolled” 6061-T650 aircraft-grade aluminum.  “Cold rolling occurs with the metal below its recrystallization temperature (usually at room temperature), which increases the strength via strain hardening up to 20%.  It also improves the surface finish and holds tighter tolerances,” said Swanson.

With the addition of the 9/10N, Abel now produces 17 models and sizes of reels in five series:  Trout, Abel Creek, Super, Super Quick Change, Spey and Switch.

The Super Series 9/10N reel was tested extensively in the “battlefields” of the Atlantic, Pacific and Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico on everything that would grab a fly – East Coast stripers and school tuna; Cape Hatteras albacore; permit and jacks in Belize; San Diego yellowtail; and south-of-the border roosterfish, skipjack, dorado (mahi-mahi) and yellowfin tuna.

In final tests before production, the models were run on a shop lathe at various drag settings to affirm the staying-power of the pure cork drag system.

Abel’s Super 9/10N reels are corrosion-resistant anodized at the factory using the tackle manufacturer’s proprietary methods, developed in the late-1980s and proven more than a quarter-century.

The Super 9/10N reel is in stock and ready to ship.


Abel 9/10N Specifications and Capacities

Weight:  8.5 ounces

Spool Diameter: 4.220-inches

Spool Width: 0.900-inches

Hub Diameter: 2.200-inches

6061-T650 cold finished aerospace-quality aluminum

9-weight line with 225 yards of 20# backing

10-weight line with 175 yards of 30# backing

10-weight line with 350 yards of 50# Spectra backing

$825 Reel

$370 Extra Spool