A maintenance-free sealed drag system is the way to go! It means no worries of corrosion or failures. The Sealed Drag Salt reels won the 2016 ICAST/IFTD show and is willing and able to take on all sizes of gamefish you can throw at it. The unique multi-disc drag system of the SDS yields 20+ pounds of braking power.
“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 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.
SD 4/5 - 4 + 150 yards 20# / 5 +135 yds of 20#
SD 5/6 - 5 + 165 yds of 20# / 6 + 145 yds 20#
SD 6/7 – 6+ 200 yds of 20# / 7 + 180 yds of 20#SDS 7/8 - 7+ 260 yds of 20# / 8 + 240 yds of 20#SDS 9/10 - 9 + 250 yds of 20# / 10 + 225 yds of 20#SDS 11/12 - 11 + 285 yds of 30# / 12 + 250 yds of 30#