ABEL SDS 7/8 FLY REEL (Bonefish Finish Shown)
The Abel SDS (Sealed Drag Salt) Fly Reel is one of the finest saltwater fly reels ever made, and won the best new salwater reel at ICAST/IFTD. The Abel SDS takes all the power, reliability, and smoothness and combines with a larger, more powerful drag system capable of battling on saltwater gamefish of all sizes. A unique mulit-disc drag system yields an industry leading 20+ pounds of braking power, and is completely sealed from the elements. This makes the SDS perfect for fighting big bones on light tippet as well as providing the power needed to halt hard-charging tarpon in their tracks.
- Reel frame, spool, drag knob and foot made of 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum
- Alternating stacked carbon composite and stainless steel disc drag system
- Quick change spool
- User convertible retrieval direction
- Gorgeous wood handle
- Comes with a custom Abel cordura reel pouch
- Made in USA
- Weight: 9.07 oz
- Spool Diameter: 3.86
- Spool Width: 1.060
- Hub Diameter: 2.410
- Capacity: 7 + 260 20#, 8 + 240 20#
- Comes with custom Abel cordura reel pouch
Typically we stock all the solid black models. We do have many custom colors available, please reach out to the pro-staff at 937-434-8472 or email as [email protected]
for current up to date inventory.
Please visit the Abel Custom Colors Page: Abel Custom Shop. We can order any Abel custom reel for you, just ask us! Custom orders are between 4-5 months. Please call toll free 1-855-434-8472 or email the Pro Staff at email@example.com.
5.00/5 Stars out of 3 Reviews
Robert Hehre (FL) | October 31st, 2022
This was definitely an investment. I got the custom flats fade 7/8 for redfishing. Paired it with the Scott Sector. I absolutely love this reel. It is absolutely beautiful and so extremely smooth. A lot say that it is heavy. This is true. It is not the lightest but I love the weight. Particularly with shooting heavy weight forward line, the weight definitely balances out the outfit so it doesn't feel so tip heavy.
The only two cons are it will take a little to customize and ship (roughly 6 months for me from abel), which is fine. The other con is the backing yardage. I think just roughly under 200, but still should be enough for most 8 wt fish.
Alfredo Corton (Florida (FL)) | May 24th, 2020
I have several SDS reels, but this is my first 7/8. Everything is as expected from Abel. The fit, finish, and performance. Something to consider... these 7/8's are not the lightest sealed drag reels in this size category if that's important to you. Something else to note is you'll have less backing at your disposal as the capacity for fly line and backing is less than expected. You'll be under 200 yards of backing or less with a line like Airflow Tropical punch, which still should be plenty. If not enough, worse case scenario you'll have the best sealed drag in the business or a good fish tale.
sean (Texas) | April 23rd, 2020
Best looking and best performing out there--It is the only reel you'll want when traveling and that will last.