But what is the point of an expensive art reel? To some, much like a Rolex, they just want to be able to say they have an Abel, great for them. To others, Abel reels are synonymous with build quality. For me, a starting MSRP of $825 for a reel is a tough pill to swallow, especially when you consider what a fly reel fundamentally is, a fancy line holder. But when you get into the world of the Abel Super 9/10N that I had the pleasure of demoing, you begin to realize that build and drag quality are not only important, but crucial when battling fish that justify a nine to ten weight rig.
With that said, when you pick up and handle the Super 9/10N you experience a sense of manufacturing quality that simply isn’t present in a lot of other reels on the market. The cork drag discs are over two inches in diameter and when you crank the drag knob and give a test tug the drag releases incredibly smoothly with impressive stopping potential. It is certainly not the lightest reel on the market but balanced well on my ten foot Helios 2 rod. I didn’t experience any arm fatigue and overall it was a joy to cast.