I would probably choose the Abel.Both are awsome reels and among the best out there,but I think the Abel has a higher line capacity(I could be wrong).Depending on where you are fishing this may or may not be a big deal.To me,more is better when it comes to backing.Then again I live in BC where steelies grow as big as killer whales!Well almost.
I guess I don't understand the previous post on this thread. There are several models of each so comparing line capacity as if there was just one of each doesn't help anyone out. A more accurate response would be that the LARGEST Abel Super Series has more capacity the the LARGEST Loop evotecLW. However, that largest Abel also weighs more than twice as much as the Loop and costs more than twice as much. If you need room for a long taper or double taper 11 or 12 weight with 200+yds of 30# you have to go with an Abel or with the new Loop evotecHD 11fourteen. If you need less than that for capacity chances are the evotecLW 8twelve would be a terrific option for you for at least $200.00 less.
FYI: just spooled up my reel in preparation for next weekend's casting class. I have 150 yards of 30# gel spun poly, @ 50 yards of 30# Dacron, and a full Airflo Long Delta Spey 9/10 on the reel. This leaves me @ 1/8 inch between line and line guard.
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