Abel Super 2 Fly Reel
In a market flooded with less-expensive options, the Abel Super 2 answers the question; "How good can a fly reel possibly be?"
Built without compromise, Abel reels have established themselves as a premium reel maker. Their mission statement sums it up; "to design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world-class customer service." Founded in 1977, their product line now extends well into the other realms of our sport-rods, fly tying vises, specialty pliers and knives, luggage (tackle bags, rod carriers etc.) and the list goes on. To be the best, Steve Abel uses the finest materials machined on state-of-the-art CNC machinery to ensure consistent, durable execution of his designs. From there, parts are polished and anodized for a tough, beautiful long-lasting finish. One look at these reels is enough to convince anyone that they are in a league of their own. Abel reels are all built to withstand the demands of saltwater fishing, a standard much higher than most freshwater reels require. It is, however, peace of mind when buying a Abel to know it that no expense was spared in it’s manufacture. This expense, as you might expect, is passed on to those who wish to buy one of these beautiful reels.
If you’re like me, you’ve no doubt picked one up at a fly shop and been struck by an immediate need to have one.
I had the pleasure of fishing this reel numerous times this past season. Loaded with WF 3wt. line, it was the set-up of choice when chasing wild brook trout and browns in the tight quarters.
I was fortunate to get a taste of the super-smooth cork drag system when a couple of overgrown browns attacked my nymphs one day. Too big for their surroundings, they changed directions several times in an attempt to get out of the situation the McKay Specials got them into. They were no match for the drag system of the Abel.
As incredibly beautiful as it is functional, the Abel Super is a reel built to perform extremely well for a long, long time. I’d urge anyone considering a new fly reel to have a good look at the Abels.
Steve, you are not getting this one back!