Abel Sealed Drag SD 4/5 Fly Reel
The smallest of the Sealed Drag models, the SD 4/5 provides an ultra smooth drag when utilizing the lightest of tippets for finicky fish in delicate water. The virtually non-existent start-up inertia featured on our sealed drag system will give you the additional confidence needed when also chasing those trophy sized fish on a 4 or 5 weight rod. Want to build your own? Let us know what you desire. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery on special order reels. The $695.00 starting price is for the standard, black version.
Reel frame, spool, drag knob and footMade of 6061-T651 cold finished Aerospace grade aluminum
Multi-Stacked machined drag systemFully sealed, proprietary Rulon® machined composite stacked discs are smooth enough to protect the lightest tippets but still capable of stopping large game fish. The fully sealed design means no corrosion and no failures.
Infinitely adjustable cam330 degree angled cam system drag knob features 24 detents (clicks) of adjustment for virtually infinite settings using a reliable, proven draw bar tightening system.
5.43.320"0.685"1.625"4wt / 100yds / 20#5wt / 75yds / 20#
Made in the USA
“While its 27 year history has proven that Abel cork drag reels work and set world records, times change, technology changes, and the view on what was once considered ‘routine care’ required on a cork drag reel has also changed," explained Jeff Patterson, director of sales.
Abel’s answer is a lightweight, maintenance-free drag mechanism that has been permanently enclosed while utilizing a high-tech machined aluminum and Rulon® sealed drag system.
A collaborative effort with Oregon reel designer Joe Saracione, Abel’s Sealed Drag Reel consists of “stacked multi-discs of prime grade machined aluminum and Rulon®, and a field tested proprietary gasket seal that completely locks out moisture. The aluminum drag discs are hard anodized for abrasion resistance and sparingly lubricated with waterproof grease that’s light enough to allow free motion at low drag settings, yet with enough friction protection to last throughout a lifetime of heavy drag operation,” according to Swanson.
“Rulon is known for low coefficient of friction, excellent abrasion resistance, wide range of operating temperatures and chemical inertness. The anodized aluminum sealed drag cartridge, coupled with a 330 degree angled cam system drag knob features 30 detents (clicks) of adjustment for virtually infinite settings using an infallible draw bar tightening system. The innovative drag design also yields incredibly low startup inertia to protect fine tippets, while still giving plenty of power for slowing down even the fastest running fish,” Swanson added.
Abel Sealed Drag Reel assemblies are fitted with both incoming and outgoing clicks. Need to stop a freight train? Here it is.