Abel Reels Sold

Abel Automatics was sold to the Mayfly Group LLC, a private investment firm. The sale was announced on January 2, 2013. The press release is here.

Hopefully this change means we’ll finally see Abel coming out with lighter reels to balance today’s modern rods. I like their reels but they are heavy as tanks.

6 Weight Rods for Beach Fishing

Gig Harbor Fly Shop just reported the results of their recent shootout on beach rods used for sea-run cutthroat trout. Similar to river fishing when the wind and water are bigger or when sinking lines are used, the rod weight of choice for our salty fly fishers is 6 weight.

The number of rods used was relatively small – based on the preferences and use by their staff and customers. But the results were interesting with the winner being the Winston BIII-SX. While i’ve not yet cast the BIII=SX, I do own the second place finisher the Winston BIIIX. The Scott S4 came in third, followed by the Sage One.

Complete results can be found at the following link:

6 Wt Shootout Results