I have the reels I need to do the jobs I ask of them for about 95% of my angling. Still, most of what little news emerges from the fly fishing industry is about gear… so… here’s some recent news.
Abel has revamped their workhorse bonefishing/saltwater reel, the Super 7/8 and it is now the Super 7/8N.
Now… I’ve never fished an Abel that I’m aware of. I know there are folks that really like these reels and no doubt these cork-drag demons are tough. I just can’t get past the price though… $700 for a Super N in a large arbor. Compare that to the Nautilus NV ($540), the Galvan Torque ($320), Ovis’s Mirage ($425), the Opti from Loop ($560)… the only thing that is up there as company is the Tibor QC ($780 or so).
From their press release…
What do you call a fly reel that’s lighter, faster, has greater backing capacity than its predecessors and was precision engineered like something on a space mission? Answer: The Abel Super 7/8N for 2011, which essentially replaces the two longtime workhorse Super 7 and Super 8 reels.
Not only is it space-aged, but the price is astronomical as well (see the pun there? did you see it?). I’m going to go out on a limb and say I don’t need my reels to go into space or to be designed as if they were. Could probably knock a couple hundred off the price if they didn’t field test on the space station.
Abel is content to keep putting out products at the very, very, very top of the price range and it seems they have enough buyers to make the economics work. Between $700 reels and $275 belt buckles (yes… belt buckles), Abel is doing nothing to support the strained relationship between Cheap and Bonefishing.
Abel… your stuff is pretty. The sticker shock is intense.
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