Abel Sealed Drag Ported Frame in Fish Graphics for lightweight & maintenance-free performance.
Prices shown reflect matching drag knob and spool cap. If you would like to change either of those or the handle, contact us for a custom order.
Abel's maintenance-free sealed drag system is offered in sizes 4/5, 5/6 & 6/7 with more to follow.
After 27 years, routine care of your fly reel just became a lot easier with Abel's invention of this lightweight, maintenance-free drag mechanism. The unit is permanently enclosed using a high-tech machined aluminum and Rulon® sealed drag system. Abel Sealed Drag Reel assemblies are fitted with both incoming and outgoing clicks.
When ordering please specify retrieval direction as these reels cannot be changed in house!
The technology behind the Sealed Drag
Oregon reel designer, Joe Saracione, collaborated to create “stacked multi-discs of prime grade machined aluminum and Rulon®, and a field tested proprietary gasket seal that completely locks out moisture. The aluminum drag discs are hard anodized for abrasion resistance and sparingly lubricated with waterproof grease that’s light enough to allow free motion at low drag settings. It allows for enough friction protection to last throughout a lifetime of heavy drag operation.
According to Abel’s president, “Rulon” is known for low coefficient of friction, excellent abrasion resistance, wide range of operating temperatures, and chemical inertness. The anodized aluminum sealed drag cartridge, coupled with a 330 degree angled cam system drag knob features 30 detents (clicks) of adjustment for virtually infinite settings using an infallible draw bar tightening system. The innovative drag design also yields incredibly low startup inertia to protect fine tippets, while still giving plenty of power for slowing down even the fastest running fish.
Derek DeYoung's Tarpon Flank
An “abstract tarpon flank,” so realistic it appears to shimmer; the latest creation from wildlife artist Derek DeYoung incorporated into an Abel reel’s finish. The abstract tarpon scales were created by the Montana wildlife artist as part of a saltwater trip with his father years ago. So the story goes…
"The morning I'd landed that tarpon, I specifically asked my dad to turn the boat before we released her back to the depths. I just had to see what the fish looked like in the sunlight.
So dad started the engine, and put it in gear. As the boat’s shadow fell away, the tarpon's true palette of a pearl-like glow came alive. I was shocked to see so many colors in each scale. “I decided right then and there that I needed to do a painting of this tarpon showing what it looked like in that sunlit water at the side of my boat. I called the painting, ‘Abstract Tarpon Flank: Sunlight’,” DeYoung said.
Effervescent blues, chrome-bright silver and splashes of green highlight DeYoung’s latest colorful fly reel collaboration with California tackle manufacturer Abel.
A Michigan native, DeYoung was raised on the shores of a small lake where he and his two brothers spent nearly every waking hour chasing pan fish, largemouth bass and northern pike. His career as an artist began around that same time as he began to sketch images of the fish he caught.