Abel Benefit Reels

Reel-Maker Designs Two Reels To Benefit Two Worthy Causes.

Abel s Tim Borski Reel
An Abel Super 12X model reel-inspired and illustrated by Florida Keys artist Tim Borski-will benefit Bonefish& Tarpon Unlimited, announced Don R. Swanson, president of Abel. Abel will produce 50 signed and numbered illustrated reels with #1 going to Borski and #2 to the Florida conservation organization for their sale, raffle or auction. The artist's representation reel by Abel requires about 10 hours to hand paint, and will retail for $1,500.

Opponents of the potentially environmentally devastating Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region will benefit from an Abel Super 5N trout reel, announced Jeff Patterson, director of sales for the fishing tackle manufacturer. Abel will produce a limited edition-numbered 1 to 100-of engraved reels in a specially anodized red color, symbolic of both the area's sockeye or red salmon and the "No Pebble Mine" campaign, whose conduit to the fly fishing industry has been the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska.

The Borski Reel

This special Abel reel benefits Bonefish& Tarpon Unlimited, a not-for-profit organization based in South Florida with a worldwide presence. The organization supports or collaborates on research projects throughout the Caribbean and Pacific with a goal to protect and enhance both species by gaining a better understanding of their biology and ecology. It is BTU's belief "that by bringing together recreational anglers, guides, lodges, the marine industry, and other business interests, they can raise the funds and other support needed to conduct this essential research."
Tim Borski grew up chasing Wisconsin smallmouth bass with casting tackle, now gives talks on saltwater fly fishing at the International Game Fish Association and other venues. His contemporary paintings are collected by anglers and birding enthusiasts and are displayed in galleries from Key West to Japan. Borski paints wildlife art in watercolor, oils and acrylics utilizing bold interpretive strokes. "He has developed into one of the world's most recognized 'fish and bird artists'," according to Swanson.
The Super 12X, a large arbor reel for 11- and 12-weight lines, provides anglers rapid line pick-up capabilities, ideal for tarpon anglers. The reel - designated X for the extra fast line pick-up - was engineered to use Spectra or similar backing. It utilizes Abel's oblong ported ventilation design, providing full strength and rigidity - critical when recovering hundreds of yards of backing under extreme fish-fighting pressure. The Super 12X has a diameter of 4.450- and a spool width of 1.125-inches with an arbor of 2.480 inches; the reel weighs 9.7 ounces.

For more information on BTU:
Aaron Adams, Ph.D.
Director of Operations and Research
P.O. Box 2197
Pineland, FL 33945


On the Pebble Mine

The Sportsman's Alliance will be given Reel #1 for sale, raffle or auction and $200 per reel on all Pebble Mine reels sold, Patterson said. Total value of Abel's contributions is expected to be in excess of $20,000.
A Canadian-British partnership is seeking permits to build the massive Pebble Mine complex northwest of Lake Iliamna. The Bristol Bay region is home to the largest runs of wild salmon on the planet and is also a sportfishing Mecca, drawing anglers from across the globe.
"If these permits are granted, mining companies could possibly drain critical Bristol Bay drainage salmon rivers and trophy trout streams and destroy valuable habitat. The development activity and infrastructure required for such a massive proposal would undoubtedly have detrimental effects on both fish and game resources," said Scott J. Hed, director of the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska.
The proposed Pebble Mine would include the largest dam in the world - larger than the Three Gorges Dam in China - made of earth not concrete, to hold back the toxic waste created in the mining process. Areas in the region which could be impacted include the Mulchatna / Nushagak River drainage and the Newhalen / Kvichak River drainage, both of which feed into Bristol Bay. The collectors' edition Bristol Bay trout Abel reel to benefit the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska is priced at $775.