Our mission statement at Abel is simple.
To design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world class customer service.
Founded in 1980 as an aerospace machine shop, we quickly built our reputation on quality. Since 1988, we have been 100% dedicated to crafting fly fishing products and now have over three decades of experience as one of most decorated fishing tackle manufacturers in the world.
We are also 100% committed to customer satisfaction and service. This means that each and every product that leaves our shop must be the absolute best we can make it.
Since 1988, it has been our goal to build the best, most dependable gear in the world and provide you with world-class customer service.
All Abel products carry a lifetime warranty that covers the repair or replacement of parts due to defect in material or workmanship.
Our warranty is valid for the original owner only, i.e., it is not transferable and is in effect only for products purchased through an Authorized Abel Dealer. Abel will determine if the product is covered under this warranty due to faulty material or workmanship. Parts for older or discontinued models may be replaced with parts for current models. Colors may vary between original and replacement parts. Abel Rods purchased after 2006 are not covered by warranty, and can not be repaired. eBay and any other similair auction or discount arenas do not carry any warranty.
Abel products are manufactured in the U.S.A. from the finest aluminum, stainless steel and other materials on CNC machinery used for aerospace and medical devices. We hold the closest tolerances in the industry, resulting in products to be used by future generations.
For repairs not covered by the warranty, a quote will be provided upon request for approval before proceeding with the repair.
For repairs, send your Abel product to:
Abel Automatics, Inc.
Attn: Warranty Repair Division
11 Ponderosa Court
Montrose, CO 81401
NOTE: Please provide your contact information including phone number, e-mail and return shipping address.
As always, if you have any questions call or email us at:
Phone: (805) 484-8789
Q. Where is my closest authorized dealer?
A. You can Find a Dealer here. Select the location by either the zip code or state. If you are not familiar with any shops listed, feel free to contact us at the factory.
Q. What are your business hours and how do we contact you?
A. We are open Monday through Thursday 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Pacific time, and Fridays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Our phone number is (805) 484-8789, and fax is (805) 482-0701. We can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Can I upgrade my reel to make it the new style click out?
A. Yes, but you’ll need to purchase the newly designed spool and drag plate assembly for your frame.
Q. What should I do after use in saltwater?
A. If on a saltwater trip, simply rinse the reel in freshwater after each day on the water. When you get back home rinse the reel in running lukewarm water, and take a toothbrush to the 90-degree angles i.e. foot, counterweight, handle, etc. It’s also a good idea to spray it with WD-40, and wipe it clean with a paper towel. WD-40 will not harm your flyline, backing, or mono. It is not necessary to lubricate the cork on the drag plate. This only needs to be done if it does not feel just as smooth as a brand new reel. Please see our easy care-instructions for additional details.
Q. Is my reel convertible? If so, how do I convert my reel?
A. Yes, click here for instructions.
Q. Can you interchange both the big game and super series spools?
A. Yes, each Super Series Reel was designed to interchange with a Big Game Spool, its called FlexABELity. Click herefor more details.
Q. What is the difference between the old style and new style Big Game reels. Have you discontinued your standard Big Game reels?
A. No. We changed the appearance of our big game spools from round holes to oblong holes to make them lighter, and match the porting on the Super Series frames.
Q. Are your Big Game reels only available in ported?
A. No. You can order your reel with either a solid, or ported frame.
Q. What type of maintenance is required on my Abel reel?
A. See the above answer regarding saltwater use. We also recommend ordering our Sportsman’s Lube Kit. The Kit includes neat’s-foot oil and all other lubricants needed to maintain your reels, knives, pliers and tools. If the reel squeaks when line is pulled out, or if the drag is not smooth, apply a few drops of pure neat’s-foot oil to the cork on the drag plate.
Q. What is the charge and procedure to have my reel serviced?
A. Abel will clean, lubricate, and inspect reels for $40.00 each plus shipping and replacement charges.
Q. Where are your reels manufactured?
A. Every component of our reels is manufactured at our factory in Camarillo, CA.
Q. I lost my locknut, can I still fish with my reel?
A. Yes. The locknut is not a part of the functioning reel. You can still fish with confidence without it. Keep some drag on the reel, and purchase a new one upon returning from your trip. parts
Q. What is the lead-time on custom finishes?
A. All Solid Colors = 3 – 4 weeks | Fish Graphic Anodize = 6 – 10 weeks
Q. My reel has a scratch on it. Can I send it back to be re-anodized?
A. Unlike plating, anodizing actually penetrates the aluminum. We’d have to strip the reel of it’s anodizing in order to re-anodize it, making the walls of the reel thinner, and less durable. We try to think that scratches build the reel’s character, and tell a story of a fishing trip…kind of like a badge of honor for the tumble you took on that rock or down that hill.
Q. I have a black Abel reel, can I have the artistic or fish graphic finish put on it?
A. No. The same reason as the above answer applies here as well.
Q. I broke the handle on my reel, what should I do?
A. See your local dealer, or order from Abel here.
Q. I lost my pawl springs, what should I do?
A. See your local dealer or order from Abel here.
Pliers / Knives / Perfect Tool
Q. My pliers jaws have rusted, what do I do?
A. If the rust has appeared, simply take a scotch brite pad to remove the rust by scouring the jaws, and then spray them with WD-40.
Q. How do I order replacement pliers jaws?
A. Our pliers jaws are heat-treated to ensure they will hold an edge for a lengthy period, but they can be replaced if necessary. You can order your replacement jaws directly from us.
Q. What type of maintenance is required with my Abel Pliers?
A. Simply rinse them with freshwater, and spray them with WD-40 after a day out in the salt. You do not need to lubricate the plier bushing. **Do not leave your pliers or knife in a wet leather sheath for an extended period of time.
Q. Can I send my blade back to have sharpened?
A. We do not offer a knife sharpening service. We recommend just using a standard sharpening stone, or ceramic/diamond coated stick.
Q. Can I order the lanyard for my pliers separately?
A. You can order our plier lanyards separately online.
Q. What is the warranty on both the Freshwater and Saltwater rods?
A. All Abel rods are warranted against defects in material and workmanship. If a fly rod is broken, it will be repaired or replaced at a minimum cost: Tip Section, $ 40; Mid Section, $ 50; and Butt Section, $ 100. Repaired rods will be returned within 3 weeks.
Q. Is the Freshwater Series only to be used in fresh water?
A. No. Our Freshwater Series is very saltwater worthy. We build our Freshwater Series with the identical aluminum reel seat as the Saltwater Series. All components will stand up to saltwater corrosion as well.
Q. Where do I return my broken rod?
A. Send your entire rod (All Pieces) to: Abel Automatics, Inc., 165 Aviador St., Camarillo, CA 93010. Please return your rod with proper insurance value and enclose a check or credit card for the warranty repair charge. Tip Section, $40; Mid Section, $50; and Butt Section, $100. Please include $15.00 for shipping and handling.
Q. Where is the Abel luggage Manufactured?
A. All Abel luggage is Manufactured in our Camarillo, CA factory. We use only the highest grade Cordura and fabrics available. Heavy-duty corrosion-proof Nylon zippers and sliders are used exclusively on our saltwater bags.
Q. My zippers are stuck, what do I do?
A. Spray all zippers and sliding tabs with silicon spray. We also recommend doing this after each use in saltwater.
Q. Where do I send my luggage back for repair?
A. Send your Abel Luggage to: Abel Automatics, Inc., 165 Aviador St., Camarillo, CA 93010. If, after inspection, we determine the product defective, we will repair or replace it at no charge. Non-Warranty damages will repaired, or replaced at current pricing. Please include $15.00 for shipping and handling.
Q. What type of maintenance is required on my Abel Luggage?
A. We recommend cleaning and lubricating all zippers and sliding tabs with silicon spray after each saltwater trip.
Q. My Supreme vise is beginning to tarnish, what can I do?
A. The vise is designed to patina (tarnish), if you would like to return the vise to its original appearance, please follow these directions:
Scotch brite all surfaces by hand, and reassemble. Note: Base and stem support have a coat of varnish and should not tarnish, however a scotch brite pad will damage this finish.
EASY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
To Disassemble or Change Spools
Remove locknut in center of drag knob. Use a small screwdriver, dime or penny.
Loosen and remove drag adjustment knob; place in safe place such as your hat or vest.
Pull out drawbar from reel assemble, taking care not to lose spring retainer.
Remove spool to expose interior parts.
Take care not to lose pawl springs (#8); grease is used to keep springs in place.
Models #O, Pt. 5, 3, 3N, 4, 4N, 4.5 and 5; Super 2, 6, 8,10, 11 and Super 12 have a spring retainer (#20); Models #1 and 2; Super 4 and 5 do not.
Reel #’s 0, Pt.5, 1, 2 & 3N; Super 2, 4, 5 and 6 are sent from the factory left-hand retrieve. Reel #’s 3, 4N, 4, 4.5 and 5; Super 8, 10,11 and 12 are sent right-hand retrieve. Please see warranty card for conversion instructions if necessary.
Place flyline size indicator on the bottom of the reel do not place on back of spool since they tend to interfere with the precise drag mechanism.
Easy Care Instructions
(Sportsman’s Lube Kit™ is recommended)
Apply a light coat of pure neat’s- foot to the cork drag only if drag feels unsmooth.
Keep main shaft, threaded end of the draw bar and the pawl coated with medium to heavy all-purpose grease.
Always remove sand and grit after use.
Rinse reel in warm, soapy water after each exposure to saltwater. Use a small, soft brush and WD-40 to remove salt residue from hard-to-reach places – screws – holes etc.
Always back-off the drag knob to release pres-sure on the main spring when not in use.
Store in protective reel case both on and off the rod.
When reel is submerged, or, after cleaning, give it a few quick shakes to remove any moisture that might remain between the spool andframe or on the drag surface.
The Sportsman’s Lube Kit™For every brand of fly reel, conventional reel, spinning reel, bass reel, knives, scissors, pliers, guns and gardening tools. The Abel Lubrication System takes the guess work out of keeping equipment primed and ready to go on a moment ’s notice. Keep a Lube Kit in your car ’s glove compartment, your workshop, tackle bag or fishing vest and kitchen catch-all drawer.CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
DRAG CONVERSION INSTRUCTIONS
Drag Conversion Instructions (Square Tooth only)
For Super Series QC, Super Series, Anti-Reverse and Big-Game models only.
If you have a saw tooth drag plate you must purchase a conversion kit. (Click here to purchase a Conversion Kit for your older Big Game Reel)
Using a screwdriver that matches the slot size of the pawl screw and turning to the left (counterclockwise), remove the pawl screw.
Flip the pawl over
Re-insert the pawl screw and tighten, to the right (clockwise) just so it’s snug
DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN
1. If the springs became dislodged, replace them over the pins (Shortest spring on the pin closest to the screw). Springs are held on with grease only.
2. Drag plate has to be removed to adjust or replace springs.
From Right-Hand to Left-Hand
#1. Using a screwdriver, loosen the pawl screw(counterclockwise) #2. Remove screw and flip Pawl over #3. Re-insert the pawl screw and tighten (clockwise)
REEL SPARE PARTS
Super Series and Big Game Series
Abel Creek and Trout Series
Anti / Reverse Series
Super Series Quick Change
Discontinued Super Series 2, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, 10 & 12 spools.
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BIG GAME SERIES
Discontinued Big Game #0,Pt.5, #1,#2,#3,#3n,#3s,#4,#4,#4n, & #4.5n spools.
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Discontinued Big Game 3N, Super 8, 10 & 12 Anti-Reverse Reel
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