Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: St. Bonaventure QC and Salmon River, NY
Abel Big Game reels are a perfect match for spey fishing. I have been using the Abel Big Game #3 (~10 oz.) on my Meiser 13' 6/7/8 Highlander Classic for about 10 years without any problems. The Abel Big Game #4 (~12 oz.) balances my 14' Meiser 8 weight Highlander Classic perfectly. Also, I use the #4 with my 15' and 16' 8 weight Highlander Classics. Both reels have the weight to balance the rods and the volume to hold sufficient backing. All approximate weights are listed without backing. The spools should be full sized and not large arbor to allow enough volume for backing. Each reel has a 'Stop a sub' cork draw bar drag that has been flawless. It is an open drag that I have used for winter steel heading without any problems.
As McSquidly said, the Abel reels are not great howlers on outgoing line. The early Big Game models did not have any outgoing click. The later models added an outgoing click, but it is not loud. This has never been a problem with me.
The Abel Classic Spey is another good choice, but it does not have the cork draw bar drag system. You have to palm the rim for a drag. The Abel Spey is lighter (~9 oz.), but seems to work fine on my 13' Meiser 6/7/8 Highlander Classic.
If you have any questions or want more information, feel free to contact me and I will be glad to respond.
That was not a bad cast. I was just casting to the nearby fish.