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|Abel Super 7/8N "SNOOK" Reel by James Prosek
Item # 377888
NEW! ABEL SUPER 7/8N "SNOOK" by James Prosek to benefit the Snook Foundation - One hundred of the individually hand painted, anodized and laser engraved snook design reels will be produced. Reels are accompanied by a signed and numbered, individually produced 11x14-inch giclee print of a snook by James Prosek. The print number will correspond to the reel number. The American-made Abel Super 7/8N is machined from cold finished 6061-T651 aerospace grade aluminum. Reels are then precision machined on C.N.C. lathes and mills. The reel holds a 7-weight line with 225 yards of 20-pound backing or an 8-weight line and 200 yards of backing. It weighs 6.8 ounces. $1095 (I currently have in stock #18 and #49 of 100)
The late William R. Mote, an inventor and industrialist, established the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota Florida in 1967. Since then, the laboratory has become known for its research and contributions to marine conservation. Mr. Mote's love and concern for the snook led him to establish the first successful culture program in 1996, and subsequently to authorize the establishment of the Snook Foundation in 1998.
"His vision for the foundation was for it to serve as a platform for anglers and conservationists to preserve, protect and enhance snook and game fish populations." Rick Roberts, executive director, Snook Foundation.
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|Abel Super 7/8 Qc "BONEFISH" Reel by Tim Borski
Item # 377917
NEW! ABEL SUPER SERIES 7/8 QC "BONEFISH" by Tim Borski to benefit The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (formerly Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited). One hundred of the individually hand painted, anodized and laser engraved Bonefish design reels will be produced. The new 9.1-ounce Abel Quick Change or QC model reel is the latest concept in reel design. Spool change is accomplished virtually instantaneously by backing off the drag knob, pushing in and rotating the reel's center cap. No tools are required for the fastest and easiest change of any reel in the fly-fishing industry. Super Series QC models utilize 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum for the spool and frame. The drive system is C64200 silicon aluminum bronze. Buna sealed micro-bearings are ISO 9001:200 and AS9100 certified FAA TSO C149 aircraft bearings. Its large arbor design provides the proper ratio of hub size to spool width for optimum line capacity, pick-up and performance. $2000 (I have #29 of 100)
Borski, a university-trained artist who grew up fishing for Wisconsin smallmouth bass with casting tackle, now gives talks on saltwater fly-fishing at the International Game Fish Association and other venues. His contemporary paintings are collected by anglers and birding enthusiasts and are displayed in galleries from Key West to Japan. Borski paints wildlife art in watercolor, oils and acrylics utilizing bold interpretive strokes. He has developed into one of the world's most recognized 'fish and bird artists.
The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (formerly Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited) is a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit organization based in South Florida with a worldwide presence. The organization supports or collaborates on research projects throughout the Caribbean and Pacific with a goal to protect and enhance both species by gaining a better understanding of their biology and ecology. It is B&TT's belief "that by bringing together recreational anglers, guides, lodges, the marine industry, and other business interests, they can raise the funds and other support needed to conduct this essential research."
The organization's mission statement goals and purposes include -
- To support education, conservation, and research to help understand, nurture and enhance healthy bonefish and tarpon populations;
- To nurture and enhance the bonefish population, initially in the Florida Keys, eventually expanding our horizons globally;
- Serving as a repository for information and knowledge related to the life cycle, behavior and well being of the species;
- Supporting research and gathering information related to the condition of these fisheries, as well as their behavior and life cycles;
- Providing educational material to the public and fishermen;
- Working with regulatory authorities and the public to insure that the laws protecting these species are enforced; and
- Interacting with government agencies to assist in the management and regulations related to bonefish and tarpon.
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|Abel Super-Series Fly Reels
Item # AB100
Abel "Super Series" Fly Reels Well known around the world as the very finest that you can own. The famous ABEL cork disc-drag system is the smoothest and most powerful available. Protect a 7x tippet while fishing size-22 baetis on a Montana spring creek, or land a giant Keys tarpon in record time. Impeccable workmanship and a flawless reel finish, ABEL is home to the most talented anodizers (artists) in the business. Spools ride on 3-sets of sealed ball-bearings. Oversized hardwood handles. Frames and spools are machined from solid aircraft aluminum stock. Every single component that goes into these reels is made on site in the ABEL machine shop... down to the smallest screw, spring or pawl. Fly reels for those who demand the best. Lifetime Warranty - Made In USA
FISH & ARTISTIC-ANODIZED FINISHES Abel offers dozens and dozens of handpainted and anodized fish graphics and artistic images on their reels; they can even do a custom design just for you. Go to abelreels.com to view all the options, and then call Feather-Craft to place your order. Up Charges Reels: $200, X-Spools: $150
CUSTOM SOLID-COLOR FINISHES Match the color of your favorite fly rod, or even your favorite car if you want to! Go to abelreels.com to view all the options, and then call Feather-Craft to place your order. Up Charges Reels: $75, X-Spools: $50. Matching Reel Foot, Drag Plate or Drag Knob $50/Component (otherwise these components will be anodized black).
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Item # AB101
ABEL ARM - So popular. SAVE $ IF PURCHASED at the same time as your ABEL REEL! Repositions the reel forward, moving the center of gravity away from the reelseat. The improved balance offers greater comfort and significantly less fatigue while casting.
BLACK FINISH: If purchased with reel order $50 BLACK: if purchased later $80
CUSTOM SOLID FINISH: $100 CUSTOM ARTISTIC or FISH GRAPHIC: $175 (Available in all finishes. Go to abelreels.com to view all the options, and then call Feather-Craft (800) 659-1707 to place your order.)
NOTE: When purchasing an ABEL ARM for a reel that you already own, we must know the model number. Type it in the "Special Instructions" section at check out.
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|Abel Super-Series Qc Fly Reels
Item # AB102
ABEL "SUPER-SERIES QC" LARGE-ARBOR FLY REELS - These world famous reels are now available with Quick-Change Spools for those that change lines often on the water. Simply back off the drag knob, push in and rotate the center cap for the quickest spool release ever. Three sizes available now, 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10.
NOTE: New 5/6 Model now available. 6.2-oz, 3.50" Dia., Capacity: WF5F & 125-yds 20# Backing.
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|Abel "TR" Series Fly Reels
Item # AB103
ABEL "TR" SERIES TROUT FLY REELS - The most overlooked reel in the Abel line, possibly in all of trout fishing! Ventilated lightweight reels precision machined from bar-stock aluminum. Hard-anodized ABEL "Coral-Black" finish. Rosewood handle, and rosewood "insert" on back of reel housing (beautiful). Spring and pawl click-drag system with internal hex-nut adjustment PLUS rim-control drag. Note: The TR-L does not have an adjustable drag.
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|Abel "CREEK" Series Fly Reels
Item # AB104
ABEL "CREEK" SERIES TROUT FLY REELS - A wide diameter, narrow spool design for increased line pickup. ABEL INTERCHANGEABELITY: Large Arbor and Standard Arbor spools fit in the same frame creating two drastically different line capacities with just one reel. Ventilated lightweight reels precision machined from bar-stock aluminum. Hard-anodized ABEL "Coral-Black" finish. Rosewood handle, spring and pawl click-drag system with "internal" hex-nut adjustment PLUS rim-control drag. LA = Large Arbor, SA = Standard Arbor.
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|Abel Spey Reel
Item # AB105
NEW! ABEL SPEY REEL - To meet the demands of steelhead, salmon and other big water anglers using Spey techniques, our friends at ABEL have come up with the definitive tool: the Abel Spey Reel. It has been engineered, machined and anodized meticulously as you would expect, but also created with a specific design and capacity aimed at long-rod anglers. Featuring a fully enclosed frame and Abel's time-tested adjustable pawl-click drag, the reel is styled in an "old school" fashion, reminiscent of classic European spey reels, but with a craftsmanship only possible in a made-in-the-USA version. But more than just being a "good looker," it's the perfect instrument for Pacific Northwest steelheading or classic Atlantic salmon, with a drag capable of putting a big hurt on these hard-running fish. 3.9" diameter, 9.0-ounces. Capacity: designed to match with 8-10 wt spey lines. Reel in photo is shown with custon "Olive" finish. STANDARD FINISHES: Hi-Gloss Black or Matte-Black. CUSTOM SOLID COLOR FINISHES: add $75. FISH & ARTISTIC-ANODIZED FINISHES: add $200
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|Abel Switch Reel
Item # AB106
NEW! ABEL SWITCH REEL - The baby-brother to the Abel Spey Reel is the new Abel Switch reel, designed to be the best all-around tool for those switch-casters looking for the perfect reel for the job. Sized to fit the lighter spey and Skagit lines preferred on these versatile rods, the new Switch reel offers the right size, capacity, and super-strong drag Abel is renowned for. The pawl-click drag is full adjustable, surrounded by proven Abel corrosion-resistant anodized enclosed frame along with that sleek Abel made-in-the-USA feel. 3.7" diameter, 8.5-ounces. Capacity: designed for 5-7 wt spey lines. Reel in photo is shown with custon "Olive" finish. STANDARD FINISHES: Hi-Gloss Black or Matte-Black. CUSTOM SOLID COLOR FINISHES: add $75. FISH & ARTISTIC-ANODIZED FINISHES: add $200
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