Abel Sealed Drag Solid Frame in Solid Colors for lightweight & maintenance-free performance.
New design! 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.
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.