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Our mission at Abel is simple:
Design the best, most dependable products in the world.

American, Premium, Performance

Abel is a premium, American, fishing company. Established in 1980, it employs approximately 50 people worldwide. It is headquartered in Montrose, Colorado, home to its precision manufacturing facility and research & development lab. Abel products meet the highest standards in quality, design and manufacturing and the company invests heavily in research and development to continue to improve its designs and technologies. Abel has written its way into history by making gear for the world’s top guides and fishing lodges, winning more IGFA world records and industry design awards than any other fly tackle manufacturer in the world.


Inspired by the Mountains

The mountains have influenced the birth of our independence and the evolution of our company, creating a highly diverse yet very collaborative landscape. Our factory neighbors the Rocky Mountains, and we're proud to produce our products on the Western Slope of Colorado. Mountains are unavoidable in our State, and for a fishing tackle manufacturer like Abel, they challenge us with their terrain providing the perfect playground to inspire innovation and engineering.

Company History

The roots of Abel are established as a precision, aerospace machine shop.

The Abel® brand is born ; below is the 1988 catalog cover.

The Super Series product is released, laying the groundwork for one of the most iconic products in fly fishing.

Abel develops its custom anodizing shop for metal finishing.

The Abel Nipper is introduced.

Abel partners with Rhino Entertainment / Grateful Dead Productions™ on 3 limited edition reels.

Abel relocates its factory to Montrose, Colorado.