CAMARILLO, Calif. – An Abel Super Quick Change (QC) collectors’ edition fly reel – with its bonefish finish designed and illustrated by Florida Keys artist Tim Borski – will benefit the non-profit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, announced Don R. Swanson, president of the California tackle manufacturer.
The Super Series 7/8 model Quick Change fly reel by Borski will be numbered from 1-100 with a laser engraved signature of the artist.
The new 9.1-ounce Abel Quick Change or QC model reel is the latest concept in reel design. Spool change is accomplished virtually instantaneously by backing off the drag knob, pushing in and rotating the reel’s center cap. No tools are required for the fastest and easiest change of any reel in the fly-fishing industry, said Swanson.
Super Series QC models utilize 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum for the spool and frame. The drive system is C64200 silicon aluminum bronze. Buna sealed micro-bearings are ISO 9001:200 and AS9100 certified FAA TSO C149 aircraft bearings. The Abel cork drag system is augmented with a drop or two of neat’s-foot oil.
Its large arbor design provides the proper ratio of hub size to spool width for optimum line capacity, pick-up and performance.
Borski, a university-trained artist who grew up fishing for Wisconsin small¬mouth 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 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (formerly Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited) is a 501(C) 3 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 B&TT’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.”
The organization’s mission statement goals and purposes include – To support education, conservation, and research to help understand, nurture and enhance healthy bonefish and tarpon populations;
To nurture and enhance the bonefish population, initially in the Florida Keys, eventually expanding our horizons globally;
Serving as a repository for information and knowledge related to the life cycle, behavior and well being of the species;
Supporting research and gathering information related to the condition of these fisheries, as well as their behavior and life cycles;
Providing educational material to the public and fishermen;
Working with regulatory authorities and the public to insure that the laws protecting these species are enforced; and
Interacting with government agencies to assist in the management and regulations related to bonefish and tarpon.
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