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Abel Limited Edition Reels

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Jon Osiris, a Seattle-based artist, has created Pacific Northwest Native American-style fish images that are now being replicated on Abel reels. The images are reminiscent of tribal totem and tattoo art seen throughout Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.

Osiris, who grew up camping and fishing in the Pacific Northwest, became “keenly interested in local tribal cultures and beliefs; this interest has grown to encompass the mythology, mysticism and collective knowledge of indigenous peoples worldwide.” “The latest artistic rendering on Abel reels is primarily aimed at models used for steelhead, salmon, Alaska-size trout and Arctic char,” said Don R. Swanson, company president.

Osiris’ Native American fish images are representative of the artistic traditions of the Indians in the area. “This tradition is flourishing with younger artists both following and reinterpreting the traditions of the older culture and responding to the newer forces of their present life,” he said. His interpretations on Abel reels are based on the region’s salmon. According to Tsimshian legend, salmon were originally salmon people living in five villages. These five species of salmon represented the villages — Iyai (spring salmon), Mesaw (sockeye), Werh (coho), Stemawn (pink), and Qanees (dog or chum salmon). In early spring, they changed into their fish form and started on their journey, but each group at different times. Salmon was a major food source for all the Northwest Coast peoples, and therefore a major part of their cultures. Native fish images by Osiris may be added to any Abel reel.

Cost is $250 over the reel’s base price.


Limited Edition Borski Bonefish

CAMARILLO, Calif. – An Abel Super Quick Change (QC) collectors’ edition fly reel – with its bonefish finish designed and illustrated by Florida Keys artist Tim Borski – will benefit the non-profit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, announced Don R. Swanson, president of the California tackle manufacturer.

The Super Series 7/8 model Quick Change fly reel by Borski will be numbered from 1-100 with a laser engraved signature of the artist.

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, said Swanson.

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. The Abel cork drag system is augmented with a drop or two of neat’s-foot oil.

Its large arbor design provides the proper ratio of hub size to spool width for optimum line capacity, pick-up and performance.

Borski, a university-trained artist who grew up fishing for Wisconsin small¬mouth 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’,” according to Swanson.

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.



Derek DeYoung

Bold strokes and striking colors mark the creative talent of Derek DeYoung.  DeYoung’s work has veered off from the traditional fish illustration style; they’re contemporary and place more importance on using a unique style and palette rather than painting a fish to look photo realistic.  He lives in Livingston, Montana.


James Prosek Limited Edition Snook

One hundred of the individually hand painted, anodized and laser engraved snook design reels will be produced. Reels will be accompanied by a signed and numbered 11x14-inch gicleè print of a snook by Prosek. The print number will correspond to the reel number. Reel number one and gicleè print number one will be donated to the Snook Foundation, Sarasota, Fla., by Abel for the organization’s outright sale, auction or raffle, according to Swanson.

The American-made Abel Super 7/8N is machined from cold finished 6061-T651 aerospace grade aluminum. Reels are then precision machined (not die cast) 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.

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,” said Rick Roberts, executive director. The James Prosek snook gicleè print is an individually produced high resolution reproduction.

The collectors’ edition Super 7/8 Large Arbor snook finish reel is priced at $1095.


Product Code: ABE4Z3NL96

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