Began flyfishing for trout in 1988 and my transitioning to spey began with Derek Brown/Kaufmann's intitial course in MaupinOR about five years ago. Before Sage and Abel found out my local fly shop was selling me Abel reels and Sage rods at "cost+30" and shut the shop down, I had purchased my trout rods and reels for the duration. Not surprising when I bought my two first spey rods--Sage 16'10wt/15'8wt, I bought the the Abel 4. Nooow for my question: Why do I hear almost no mention of the Abel reel on this forum? Have yet to hear anyone trash the reel, just no mention of it. Is there a personal/political problem? I have recently purchased the CND Custom 6/7 and 8/9 and will get another reel(not an Abel) because I don't want to depend on one reel on any given trip. What gives with Abel?