Abel fishing reels and their growing range of accessories are among the most lustful items of fishing tackle available. Whether you’re a fly fisher or not, there’s no denying the quality and beauty that oozes out of every item they make.
Take 2012, for example. Abel have released two new reels, one for Spey, one Switch, both in a new (for them), old-school, classical design. There’s a new reel finish by Montana artist Derek DeYoung, plus two of the most adorable fishing accessories I think I have ever seen – the Abelight flashlight/torch and the Abel Nippers, both available in a multitude of jaw-dropping finishes.
The Abel Switch & Abel Spey reels are two sizes in a new, ground-up reel for 2012. Designed around a classic, European look these reels have both elegance and the super slick feel of a reel made in the USA. The Spey was created to meet the demands of Steelhead and Salmon anglers using long rod spey techniques. They have both the capacity and the established pawl-click drag to chase these big fish. As ever, the anodising finish is second to none.
The Abel Switch is the Spey’s baby brother – but only in terms of size and capacity. All the other features and design qualities are there; just in a tighter package, fit for switch-casters.
A single limited edition finish by Derek DeYoung this year – but what a cracker! The 2012 Brown Trout Flank is likely to be coveted by collector and angler alike. Brown Trout Flank is available on any size or model Abel Reel at an additional charge of $200.
For 2012, Abel have supplemented their Angler’s Flashlight range with a smaller, more compact light – the Abelight E1B. Powered by the same reliable, dual-output LED emitter, these pint sized torches sure pack a punch with 110 lumen output on the brightest setting and 5 lumens for more general light requirements. The E1B Compact weighs in at 2.8oz, is 4 inches long and is available in blue III, olive and red solid colours ($225) or in brown trout fish graphic ($275).
And for me, the best is last. Introducing the new Abel Nipper. Innovative anglers nippers, guaranteed to last and cut forever. Precision machined from aircraft grade aluminium with a replaceable line nipper made from superior grade stainless steel – similar to Abel’s award-winning pliers. Designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA and available in ALL of Abel’s beautiful finishes, this has to be the new King of Nippers.
Abel Nippers are available at a reasonable (we think) $50 for solid colours and $100 for fish graphics. There is also a premium lanyard available as an extra, including machined aluminium hardware. Definitely on our Christmas list!
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