TR Reels: The TR is BACK and WOW, does it look better than ever! Fully machined (of course) in Colorado, Abel TR reels are lightweight click-pawl reels that should really be a home run with those that like keeping things traditional and simple. Speaking of simplicity, each reel is comprised of just 21 parts and boasts no need for a counterweight because the clicker is integrated and precision-balanced on the spool.
The frame features a partially-ported design which is said to offer "the perfect balance of weight, sound, and aesthetics." In fact, this frame style also really shows off custom colors nicely since the top half of the frame back is totally solid. With the spool removed, on the inside of the frame you'll find an added artistic bonus—a milled silhouette of a stonefly, caddis, and mayfly. Of course, I forgot to get a picture of that....doh!!
More top features are an optimized palming rim for more precise drag control (important with a click-pawl reel), large-arbor spool, and a quick-change spool release. Abel is making a TR 2/3 and 4/5, both of which cost $395 each with spare spools running $237 a piece. Availability is right now!
Mooching Reel: Ok I know, this is a fly fishing site, but mooching is a lot of fun (I've done it!) and this reel was at the show too, so it deserves a mention. Abel isn't new to the mooching reel market, but they've upgraded this beast to be even more capable of whipping a big king salmon.
Fully machined from 6061-T651 aerospace aluminum, key updates include a revised dual spring and pawl outgoing click for improved sound, a stronger drag setup, larger drag knob, bigger double handles, and new porting for added weight loss. The Abel Mooching reel holds a whopping 550-yards of 50-pound monofilament and costs $895 with spare spools priced at $540. Available now!
Let's not forget there's new finishes available like Andrea Larko Tarpon, a new version of the classic Peacock Bass, and new color-shifting "Fade" colors.....to name a few. Click through the gallery below for some bonus pics of custom finishes that were on display!