NEW! ABEL VAYA 7/8 FLY REEL
5.00/5 Stars out of 3 Reviews
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
Tom | June 22nd, 2020
Great reel great workmanship great service.
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.