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Abel Vaya 7/8 Fly Reel
    Abel Vaya 7/8 Fly Reel
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      Abel Vaya 7/8 Fly Reel

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    • $595.00

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    VAYA: Spanish for ‘Go!’, as in go outside, go explore, go fishing!

    Crafted by avid Colorado anglers, the VAYA series debuts an all-new technical look and feel paired with outstanding performance. The partially-ported VAYA frame offers the unique combination of minimized weight, incredible rigidity, and just enough surface area to highlight Abel’s hand-anodized finishes. The frame interior also features varying sets of CNC-milled fly patterns, relevant to each size of reel.

    The large-arbor spool features a precision-balanced, dual-pawl drag engagement design that eliminates the need for a counterweight. The spool’s mechanical incoming click compliments the audible, smooth feel of the outgoing drag. The carbon / stainless multi-disk drag system produces substantial resistance, while providing a wide range of adjustability for delicate tippet.

    VAYA: the new ‘go-to’ reel for everything from freshwater to light salt.

    • Partially-ported frame for the perfect balance of weight, sound, and visual appeal
    • Different sets of milled fly pattern silhouettes on interior of each frame relevant to the size of the reel
    • 5-disc alternating carbon/stainless steel drag stack
    • Large arbor for faster retrieve and reduced line memory
    • Quick-change spool design with proven O-ring release
    • Available in sizes 4/5, 5/6, 7/8
    • User convertible retrieval system
    • Made in USA


    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
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    5.00/5 Stars out of 4 Reviews
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    Gorgeous reel!
    Zach (WV) | March 16th, 2021
    This was my second Abel vaya purchase. I have the reel in a 4/5 and needed something for my 7wt. The dual pawl drag system works great and the reels are so beautiful I couldn’t pass it up. I got an Underwood edition model and it turned out beautifully. It was easy to work the ReelFlyRod customization tool to build the reel.
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    Able vaya 7/8
    Tom (Pa) | July 1st, 2020
    Loved my first one so much I bought a second. Amazing reel worth the price. Reelflyrod has been a pleasure to work with
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    Tom | June 22nd, 2020
    Great reel great workmanship great service.
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    It’s an Abel
    ALC (Texas!) | March 5th, 2020
    I spent some time investigating this reel and wasn’t able to find a variety of reviews - so I hope this helps. First - it’s an Abel. The quality is unsurpassed as you would expect. Second - for the price - I found few reels available in this range that could match my perceived value of the Vaya (I bought a 7/8) - though there are one or two competitors out there depending on your wants/needs. But this, along with the specs, are all things you can easily evaluate online / in the fly shop. What I did find through google / upon receipt of the reel that was not abundantly available: 1. buried in a Flylords magazine interview with Abel - is that the drag “ramps up to 10 pounds.” Use this information how you will. 2. the reel is touted as having a “minimized weight” - I think they have it just about right for my 7 - regardless, and just as important, the design does not affect the frame strength. There are other “lightweight” reels in the 7/8 category I tested whose frames are malleable under a little pressure - not the case with the Vaya. *Note - I have not fished those “lightweight” reels and am not a reel designer, so I only mention it for awareness. 3. I find the Vaya reel handle and drag knob to be more than sufficient and both provide for easy access / ‘gripability’ (I have big paws so this is a primary consideration for me). 4. the drag design is unique. I’m trusting Abel on this one - so if you have questions contact them - they’ll give you the run down. *Not Vaya related (and unsolicited), but if you’re new to ReelFlyRod - they are good people - give ‘em a try.

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