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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-26-2019, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Able 3N anti reverse

Hi, contemplating a purchase of a used 3N AR. Price seems right... seller indicates no salt use and in very nice condition. Any info out there to share about this reel that I would want to know before purchasing?
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Hi Shoog,
I am not sure what sort of fishing you aim at use the 3N on .It is certainly a very solid reliable reel in the Able tradition. I have owned one for twenty years and it is still going strong . It’s been outstandingly versatile having caught everything from trout and bass through to a whole range of salt waters species including tuna ,jacks and bonefish . All of this on single handed rods but I guess that it could be applied to trout Spey. I have never had a problem the reel and would have thought that if it is well priced and in. Good condition ,it could be good buy .
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Hi Flymiles, Thanks for the feedback! I did not realize it was that old of a model. I did purchase, 260 shipped and should get it later this week. Photos look like it is in excellent condition no nicks or scratches I could see. Was used for river salmon fishing by previous owner. plan is to put it on a meiser 10’6” 3/4 weight switch or winston 11’6” 6/7 switch to fish steelhead in rivers flowing into Lake Superior. I talked with Able and may send it to them for inspection and tuneup. Again thank you for the feedback!
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AR has fallen out of favor and sometimes subject to derision. I thought adding an used 3r recently, but decline as I have enough reels. The one thing people lose in the debate, the drag setting is on the same side as the handle- crank, making adjustments too drag during a fight simple. This adjustment should be infrequent, but there are times.

My wife rarely uses the last AR we have, for bonefish, but on very windy days and a little harder to interpret when the fish is about to run, she asks for the Islander AR 4.

I have used the same reel in winter steelhead nymphing to protect fine tippers.

The Abel reel is nice. for salt, I do like the more open spools we see today to wash and dry the reels, but I like the heavier older reels on a 2h rods.
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You did well. I don't have an Abel AR, but have the standard models (and am on the lookout for a good Abel AR. They seem to sell for significantly less than the Tibor's for some reason.

Does anyone fish FinNor AR reels? I have one, but haven't lined it up yet.
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Before the FinNor, I probably go Henschel or watch for a used Islander or Abel. FinNor was just too heavy for me.
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