Abel’s Classic Reel

October 17, 2012 By: Erin Block

Based on the design of traditional Spey reels, the new Classic model from Abel combines modern mechanics with historical craftsmanship. For use on for 4- to 6-weight fly lines, from fresh to saltwater, the Classic is is “new again” for the 2013 season.

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October 10, 2012, CAMARILLO, Calif. – If everything old is new again, Abel’s 2013 Classic model reel for 4-, 5- and 6-weight flylines should be Number One on the Hit Parade.

Designed for the modern trout angler, but with the appearance and feel of a generations’  old Spey reel, the new 5.9-ounce Classic has been engineered with an externally adjustable click/pawl drag and line over-run system; it’s available in either a vented (open) or solid spool.   Classic reels are anodized using Abel’s proprietary method for both fresh and light saltwater use.

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.

The Classic holds a 4-weight line with 200 yards of 20-pound backing, a 5-weight with 175 yards and a 6-weight with 150 yards.

In addition to field tests in a variety of freshwater applications from Alaska to upstate New York, the Classic was used extensively in the salt of Washington’s Puget Sound for sea-run cutthroat trout.

Abel Classic reels are $450; extra spools $225.

Abel Classic Specifications and Capacities

  • Weight:  5.9 ounces
  • Spool Diameter: 3.300-inches
  • Spool Width: 0.800-inches
  • 4-weight line with 200 yards of 20# backing
  • 5-weight line with 175 yards of 20# backing
  • 6-weight line with 150 yards of 20# backing
  • $450 Reel
  • $225 Extra Spool

For Information, Contact:

Jeff Patterson, Director of Sales
[email protected]
(805) 484-8789

Bennett J. Mintz PR/Adv.
22370 Mission Circle
Chatsworth, California  91311
818.648.6168 cell

[email protected]
Abel Automatics, Inc
165 Aviador Street
Camarillo, CA  93010
[email protected]
(805) 484-8789