Abel Reel at Thrift Shop!

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jeff Dodd, May 31, 2013.

  1. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    Yea, my wife called me at work yesterday from a thrift shop in Seattle. "Have you heard of Abel fly reels?" I say, yea but they are real expensive.

    She then texts me pictures of an Abel pt.5 with SA 6wt line. As thrift shop prices go it was expensive, at $80, but she bought it for me. I got my first Abel reel. Sweet!

    Paired it tonight on a rod Evan Burk built and while it is small at 3" diameter, it balances this 6wt well and the cork drag is very smooth.

    Now I have an Abel reel. Its old and discontinued, but quality USA fly reels from a thrift shop are hard to find!

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  2. bhudda

    bhudda heffe'

    Im glad the story ended with it in your possession! Kudos to the wifey:)
  3. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    You know that shit happens from time to time....I picked up a 590-2 DS with 106M reel for under ten bucks several years ago. .
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  4. "I'm I'm I'm runnin' lookin' for a come-up, this is fugging awesome."

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  5. LD

    LD Active Member

    Abel makes great reels. I like the TR series. My only complaint is I wish they would go to a different finish (like the Lamson hard alox or speyco) because all their reels after some use will show it.
  6. scottybs

    scottybs Active Member

    Nice score! Quality built reel made in 'Mericuh!
  7. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

    Great score on an excellent reel. I've never even heard of a reel of that quality found in a thrift shop before. My wife has a doctorate in thrift shop shopping and often calls me when she spots rods and reels but so far they haven't panned out. This reel should last you the rest of your fishing life.

  8. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    Now of course I have re-listened to that song 100 times. I found a great parody for the dads out there.
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  9. rockthief

    rockthief Fly fishing = food for my soul

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  10. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

    Nice score, Jeff! That is a sweet reel. And good on your wife for looking out! I km sure you'll find a way to repay such a gesture
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  11. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    I'm thinking you owe the wife a nice dinner out for that one, perhaps Ruth's Chris... still a bargain, even at $160 :D