The SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh) is a scaled-down version of the award-winning saltwater titan featuring similar porting and a stainless steel / carbon fluoropolymer drag system. The SDF boasts an enormous amount of drag, an adjustment range almost three times greater than its predecessor, and virtually zero start up inertia.
Please note that the pricing doses not update until you add the reel to your cart. Prices vary by the model - 4/5 Black is $750 and the 5/6 Black is $795. Custom colored reels, drag knobs, and handles are all upcharges. Our Deyoung models are $1595 , the standard trout colors are $1320. The image of the reel in the cart is the reel that you will receive.
- User convertible retrieval system
- 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
- Quick change spool
- Made in USA
Build Your Own Abel Customization
You can build your own Abel SDF online using Abel’s Reel Building Tool. This tool is a great way to visualize your reel before purchasing as it will render images showing all of the available finishes available in both ported and solid versions. Customize your reel even further by picking out the drag knob and reel handle finish as well.
Please select Fins & Feathers of Bozeman as the “Authorized Dealer who helped you with this sale” prior to adding the reel to your cart.
Abel SDF Specifications
Made In America
Abel is American, very American. But what does that mean?
We produce 100% of our products in the United States by choice. No exceptions. The simple reason is quality. At Abel, we craft every product from start to finish in house.
Our products are manufactured only from the finest grades of aluminum, stainless steel and other exotic materials on precision Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery used for aerospace and medical devices. We hold the closest tolerances in the industry, resulting in products that last a lifetime.
Differentiated by Quality
To produce our high quality products, we precision machine 100% of our parts in-house. We used advanced, proprietary machining processes and finishing methods. The entire production line, from the inception of a new product, through to its design, prototyping, testing, iterating and all the way to the final product, happens in our R&D lab. This commitment to excellence ensures that we have a competitive, high-performance edge over our competition.
Abel recommends that you throughly rinse products in running, lukewarm freshwater after each day of use. After rinsing, 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 components or your flyline, backing, or mono. For cork drag reels, 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.
Learn more about Abel SDF Repair & Maintenance
For repairs, cleaning or service please download the Product Service Form and send your Abel product to:
Abel Automatics, Inc.
Attn: Warranty & Repairs
1101 Mayfly Drive
Montrose, CO 81401
NOTE: Please follow the directions on the form. Your Abel® product is carefully inspected, one at a time, by an expert. All product service fees go towards product inspection, diagnosis of components, cleaning, lubing, and returning to factory specifications. Return ground shipping via UPS® or FedEX® is also included.
Normal turnaround time is 2-3 weeks from receipt. Upon receipt, Abel will inspect your reel and determine whether your case qualifies under our warranty. For repairs not covered by the warranty, a quote will be provided for approval before proceeding with any repair(s).
Abel® products carry a lifetime warranty that covers the repair or replacement of parts due to defect in material or workmanship.
*Our warranty is valid for the original owner only, i.e., it is not transferable and is in effect only for products purchased through an Authorized Abel Dealer. Abel will determine if the product is covered under this warranty due to faulty material or workmanship. Parts for older or discontinued models may be replaced with parts for current models. Colors may vary between original and replacement parts. eBay® and any other similar auction or discount arenas do not carry any warranty.
For repairs not covered by the warranty, a quote will be provided upon request for approval before proceeding with any repair(s).