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Abel SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh)



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  • Large arbor increases line retrieval rate and reduces line memory
  • Almost a full ounce lighter than the original SD
  • Drag pressure ranges from zero to an amazing 10 pounds
  • Incredibly wide range of drag adjustment from zero to max
  • Designed & machined by trout junkies in Colorado
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Sealed Drag Fresh
Abel moves HQ to Colorado and then produces the IFTD 2017 Best Freshwater Fly Reel in the Abel SDF. Makes sense. The SDF takes the drag and design of its saltwater big cousin, the also award winning Abel SDS, and scales it down into a lightweight and powerful freshwater framework. The stainless steel/carbon fluoropolymer drag system wields an amazing 10 lbs. of drag pressure and an incredibly wide range of adjustment with virtually no start up inertia to protect tippet of any size. Nearly a full ounce lighter than the original SD series, the SDF strives for balance. Available is sizes 4/5, 5/6 and 6/7 for pure performance in your fresh and warmwater situations, the 6/7 also makes an awesome lightweight bonefish and dock light snook reel.


Model Line Backing Capacity Weight Diameter
SDF 4/5 WF4F 90 yds #20 5.02 oz 3.26"
SDF 4/5 WF5F 75 yds #20 5.02 oz 3.26"
SDF 5/6 WF5F 125 yds #20 5.42 oz 3.61"
SDF 5/6 WF6F 100 yds #20 5.42 oz 3.61"
SDF 6/7 WF6F 165 yds #20 5.63 oz 3.73"
SDF 6/7 WF7F 145 yds #20 5.63 oz 3.73"

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