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Click the topics below for answers to our most frequently asked questions


Q. I ordered a custom reel. How long will it take to get?

A. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for custom reel orders. Sometimes its possible that we can make it sooner, but it depends and a many factors.


Q. Where is my closest authorized dealer?

A. You can find one using our Dealer Locator. Select the location by either the zip code or state. If you are not familiar with any shops listed, feel free to contact us at the factory.


Q. What are your business hours and how do we contact you?

A. We are open Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Mountain Time. Our phone number is (970) 249-0606, and fax is (970) 249-5953. We can also be reached by email at info@abelreels.com.


Q. What is Abel’s mailing address?

A: Our mailing address is 11 Ponderosa Court, Montrose, CO 81401.


Q. Do the spools for the new Super Series reels interchange with my original Super Series reels?

A. No, the new for 2017 Super Series reels feature all new dimensions with an easy to remove spool innovation the original reels did not include.


Q. Can I purchase spare spools for my discontinued Big Game, and original version of the Super Series reels?

A. Yes, in most cases we do have the previous model spools still available. Please contact the factory at 970-249-0606 for availability, and placing an order.


Q. Can I purchase spare spools for my discontinued Abel Creek, Anti-Reverse, and QC (Quick Change), and TR reels?

A. No, while they can still be serviced at the factory, we unfortunately no longer have inventory on each of these models.


Q. Are the Abel Arms ™ still available?

A. No, we discontinued the Abel Arms in 2015.


Q. Is the Sportsman’s Lube Kit ™ still available?

A. No, we discontinued the Sportsman’s Lube Kit ™ in 2016.


Q. Is my Super Series reel convertible? If so, how do I convert my reel

A. Yes, click here for instructions.


Q. Are my Abel Creek, Classic, and TR reels convertible? If so, how do I convert my reel?

A. Yes, click here for instructions.


Q. Is my Abel SDS (Sealed Drag Salt) reel convertible? If so, how do I convert my reel?

A. Yes, click here for instructions.


Q. Is my Abel SD (Sealed Drag) reel convertible?

A. No, the Abel SD reels must be converted at the Abel factory in order to maintain the integrity of the sealed drag system.


Q. Can you interchange both the original big game and original super series spools?

A. Yes, each original Super Series large arbor reel was designed to interchange with a standard arbor Big Game Spool.


Q. Are Super Series, SD, and SDS reels only available in the ported style?

A. No. You can order these model reels with either a solid, or ported frame at the same price.


Q. What should I do after use in saltwater?

A. If on a saltwater trip, simply rinse the reel in freshwater after each day on the water. When you get back home rinse the reel in running lukewarm water, and take a toothbrush to the 90-degree angles i.e. foot, counterweight, handle, etc. It’s also a good idea to spray it with WD-40, and wipe it clean with a paper towel. WD-40 will not harm your flyline, backing, or mono. It is not necessary to lubricate the cork on the drag plate. This only needs to be done if it does not feel just as smooth as a brand new reel.


Q. What type of maintenance is required on my Abel reel?

A. See the above answer regarding saltwater use. If the reel squeaks when line is pulled out, or if the drag is not smooth, apply a few drops of pure neat’s-foot oil to the cork on the drag plate. If the drag is still not consistent, squeaks, or binds as line is being retrieved it’s likely a bearing needs to be replaced.


Q. What is the charge and procedure to have my reel serviced?

A. Abel will clean, lubricate, and inspect reels for $40.00 each plus shipping and replacement charges.


Q. Where are your reels manufactured?

A. Every component of our reels is manufactured at our factory in Montrose, CO.


Q. I lost my locknut on my original Big Game/Super Series reel. Can I still fish with my reel?

A. Yes. The locknut is not a part of the functioning reel. You can still fish with confidence without it. Keep some drag on the reel, and replace it upon returning from your trip.


 Q. What is the lead-time on custom finishes?

A. All Solid Colors = 3 – 4 weeks | Fish Graphic Anodize = 4 – 6 weeks


Q. My reel has a scratch on it. Can I send it back to be re-anodized?

A. No. Unlike plating, anodizing actually penetrates the aluminum. We’d have to strip the reel of its anodizing in order to re-anodize it, making the walls of the reel thinner, and less durable. We try to think that scratches build the reel’s character, and tell a story of a fishing trip…kind of like a badge of honor for the tumble you took on that rock or down that hill.


Q. I have a black Abel reel, can I have the artistic or fish graphic finish put on it?

A. No. The same reason as the above answer applies here as well.


Q. I broke the handle on my reel, what should I do?

A. See your local dealer, or order from Abel here.


Q. I lost my pawl springs, what should I do?

A. See your local dealer or order from Abel here.


Q. My pliers jaws have rusted, what do I do?

A. If the rust has appeared, simply take a scotch brite pad to remove the rust by scouring the jaws, and then spray them with WD-40.


Q. How do I order replacement pliers jaws?

A. Our pliers jaws are heat-treated to ensure they will hold an edge for a lengthy period, but they can be replaced if necessary. You can order your replacement jaws directly from us.


Q. What type of maintenance is required with my Abel Pliers?

A. Simply rinse them with freshwater, and spray them with WD-40 after a day out in the salt. You do not need to lubricate the plier bushing. **Do not leave your pliers or knife in a wet leather sheath for an extended period of time.


Q. Can I send my blade back to have sharpened?

A. We do not offer a knife sharpening service. We recommend just using a standard sharpening stone, or ceramic/diamond coated stick.


Q. Can I order the lanyard for my pliers separately?

A. You can order our plier lanyards separately online.