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Abel Super 7/8 reels

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,
Have any of you had a chance to use or check out the Abel Super 7/8 reel yet. I'd like some opinions from you if you have as I'm looking into getting one but can't find alot of info or reveiws on them. Thanks for your help.
Cheers Darren
post #2 of 21
Thread Starter 

Surely someones seen or used one and has an opinion. Just looking for advice here thanks guys.
Cheers Darren
post #3 of 21
Darren,

I've only use the trout sized Abels and mine were before Abel were sold to that NY group. They are great reels. But one of the members of that NY group is B Madolff of the ponzi scheme so won't be buying another Abel for awhile.

Tom
post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks Tom,
Being Australian I'm not quite up on U.S. groups so I have no idea who or what B Madolff is. Thanks for you advice though .
Cheers Darren

Ah google is a wonderful thing, now I can see what you meant Tom.
post #5 of 21
I am very happy with my Able Super 10.
Got a deal from Red Truck.

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They have lots of info online and were happy to speak to me on the phone a few times before I bit.
post #6 of 21
I'm not a big fan of the open cage of the Super Series - One time I did own a Big Game 2 with a solid frame which I liked well enough...I ended up having a liking for the Islander FR series and sold the Abel
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys,
I just ordered a full custom Abel Super 7/8 with a solid frame, reel foot, drag knob and handle in the 2011 Bonefish colour .
It'll take pride of place on my Xi3 7wt and hopefully get a real good work out over the summer down here.
Look forward to it arriving. Thankyou for your opinions.
Cheers Darren
post #8 of 21
I have most of the reels in the Super Series,one 6, two 8s, one 9, one 11 and one 12. Had another 11 but it went over the side. These are the older models and I find them to be flawless.



One of the 8s is about 12 years old and is the most used reel in the line up. It has been dropped, kicked, dunked, bitten by a lemon shark, severely scratched, been stored w/o being washed or cleaned...it still works like it is brand new. A little grease, a little neatsfoot oil on the cork is the only tune ups it has had. I may have replaced a little rubber O ring on the shaft once.



You should back off on the drag when not using so the cork does not get compressed.



I like the cages because of the light weight, all are finished in black and the paint has not come off around the deep scratches. Good luck with our purchase, I think you will be very happy.



Tom
post #9 of 21
Backing off the drag when the reel's not in use is probably good advice for all drags with compressible washers - cork, rulon, whatever.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi Freedom and BrianBM,
Thanks for the advice and I know Abel have a great reputation for strength and low maintenance. I'm really looking forward to getting this reel as it's just coming into summer here soon and the fish are firing up already.
Good advice about backing off the drag, no matter what material it's made of you should never leave them done up.
Cheers Darren
post #11 of 21
I have a Super 2,5,8 & 9 Great reels but costly. True Bernnie Madoff had his hands on them or should I say his sons. No problem a bunch of Wall Street Yuppies own Able now & they are not going anywhere to soon.
I got mine from Steve Able & didn't pay anything near Retail. Are there better choices? Yes I like the Tior if your planning on paying that price or better yet you can get a #7 Hatch for $600 on Flea-Bay
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 
G'day Flytyingguy1,
I already have a Moss Green Tibor Everglades, it even has a little bonefish engraving on it too but I was looking to buy somehing a little bit different. This is where the Abel bonefish caught my eye. I love my Tibor an it's never let me down but as they say, a man can never have enough toys .
I did very well on the price of the Abel from the U.S. and compared with what they cost us in Australia, I did excepetionally well on the price. Thanks for your input .
Cheers Darren
post #13 of 21
Stop by when you've exercised some fish with it, and give us a detailed account of the fishing (the more important part) and of how well the reel performed.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by BrianBM

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Stop by when you've exercised some fish with it, and give us a detailed account of the fishing (the more important part) and of how well the reel performed.







Will do mate.
Here's one from last weekend with the CPS 7wt and the Tibor. Took this one from around some very ugly structure.
Cheers Darren
post #15 of 21
That's a pretty fish and looks a lot like the weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) of the Northeastern US. Is it also in the croaker family?
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