Abel fly reels - Buy customized fly fishing american fly reel - Fly shop reels. Founded in 1987, Abel Reels started as a side project in Steve Abel's aerospace machine shop and has grown into one of the most respected reel manufacturers in the industry. In the 80's, when most high-end fly reels were arriving from overseas. Abel is one of the best fly reels in the world. Customizable, unique, modern, collectible, unique, elegant, personality ... and we would not stop talking about this gorgeous American fly fishing reel. When Steve Abel started building fly reels, they were some of the finest fly reels ever built. They were well machined and had some of the best drags in the business. This was proven by the countless world records that can be attributed to Abel reels. Fast forward to today. The world of reels has changed.