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New Limited Edition Abel Johnny Cash Fly Reel

November 1, 2017

Image Courtesy of Abel Automatics



Abel's custom-painted reels are some of the finest creations in the fly fishing industry. Each one is literally a work of art and can take many additional hours to produce. If you want to turn the coolness factor up even higher, then look no further than Abel's limited edition reels. While the cost certainly increases, the fact that these reels are custom-finished in limited, numbered quantities makes them even more special and collectible.


Well, Abel is at it yet again with the release of new Limited Edition Johnny Cash fly reels. For full details, take a peek at the press release below and related links! 

Words Courtesy of Abel Automatics 


MONTROSE, Colorado – Abel Automatics, Inc., in partnership with the Johnny Cash estate, has announced today the release of the Johnny Cash Limited Edition Fly Reel.


Johnny Cash, one of America's most beloved artists, becomes part of Abel’s legendary hand painted, hand anodized graphic designs. The development project was part of a significant collaboration between Abel’s design team and the Johnny Cash family, bringing the first HD finishes to the market in a limited edition production run. The reel is available immediately, according to Abel Director of Sales, Jeff Patterson.


Every detail has been scrutinized, from Johnny Cash's favorite Martin® D-35 guitar silhouette to the black/satin black sunburst, Abel even developed a new proprietary metallurgical process called HD to achieve different textures and color hues of black for this product. These limited edition fly reels are available in the Super Series model in two sizes, 5|6 and 7|8. Each reel is individually serialized 1 through 250.


“We’ve really outdone ourselves with this design, and we couldn’t be happier to be associated with one of our personal favorites in Johnny Cash. We can’t wait to to share this reel with his loyal fans,” said Patterson.


The design is one that has particular meaning to the Cash family. "My​ ​father​ ​and​ ​I​ ​spent​ ​years​ ​of my​ ​young​ ​life​ ​fishing​ ​ ​together​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world. He​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​to​ ​fly​ ​fish,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​know​ ​he​ ​would​ ​be excited​ ​to​ ​associate​ ​his​ ​name​ ​with​ ​such​ ​a​ ​high quality​ ​product​ ​as​ ​Abel​ ​Reels,”​ ​said​ ​John​ ​Carter Cash.


The Thread Shop is the innovative merchandising company of Sony Music Entertainment - one of the world's largest record companies, and helped to make this partnership happen. "We look to partner our amazing and iconic artists with the best brands; Johnny Cash and Abel is a perfect example of this" said Howard Lau, SVP and Head of The Thread Shop. "These guys just knocked it out of the park. We love their approach, their quality, and their commitment to USA manufacturing."


Abel Reels are noted for their precision machining and bullet-proof anodized finish, often completed with a fish graphic representation or image. “Abel’s are the go-to reel for all types of anglers, from casual vacation anglers to serious big game fly-fishers and even collectors,” said Patterson.


“We can’t think of a better way to mark the beginning of the our 30th year than by offering a limited edition custom designed reel that celebrates the rich American heritage of both Abel Reels and one of America’s most esteemed artists in Johnny Cash,” said Patterson.


The Johnny Cash Limited Edition fly reels are available through Abel’s premier network of authorized dealers or at



Link: Limited Edition Abel Johnny Cash Fly Reel



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