Abel SDF Reel (Sealed Drag Fresh)

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Winner of the best new freshwater reel for 2018 by Fly Fisherman Magazine and Best of Show at the 2017 ICAST/IFTD industry trade show, the SDF comes on the heels of Abel’s move to Colorado: the trout-based surroundings inspired them to take it up a notch.

Based on the SDS (Sealed Drag Salt), the SDF (Sealed Drag Fresh) is a scaled-down version of the award-winning saltwater titan featuring similar porting and a stainless steel/carbon fluoropolymer drag system. The SDF boasts an enormous amount of drag, an adjustment range almost three times greater than its predecessor, and virtually zero start up inertia.

Abel took what was learned from our SDS design, made sure to include the unmistakable Abel fit and finish, and created the best freshwater reel we have ever seen.


  • User convertible retrieval system
  • Large arbor increases line retrieval rate and reduces line memory
  • Almost a full ounce lighter than the original SD
  • Drag pressure ranges from zero to an amazing 10 pounds
  • Incredibly wide range of drag adjustment from zero to maximum
  • Designed & machined by trout junkies in Colorado
  • Quick change spool
  • Made in USA


Reel Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Backing
SDF 4/5 5.02oz 143g 3.26″ 83mm 1.12″ 29mm 4wt + 90m 20lb 5wt + 75m 20lb
SDF 5/6 5.42oz 154g 3.61″ 92mm 1.12″ 29mm 5wt + 125m 20lb 6wt + 100m 20lb
SDF 6/7 5.63oz 160g 3.735″ 95mm 1.15″ 30mm 6wt + 165m 20lb 7wt + 145m 20lb