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Old 07-21-2005, 12:44 AM
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Thumbs up Abel Reel to Benefit WSC

The Wild Steelhead Coalition is honored to have been
chosen as the beneficiary of Abel Quality Product's
New Limited Edition Steelhead Reel. This reel
celebrates wild steelhead and will help bring
attention to their plight in the Pacific Northwest.


Rich Simms
Wild Steelhead Coalition

Inspired by James Prosek

CAMARILLO, Calif. – Wild steelhead, those sea-run
rainbow trout that can rip line from a reel faster
than a freight train, cause an angler’s heart to
flutter and knees to buckle, will benefit from a
collectors’ edition of 100 numbered Super 7 reels
artistically anodized to replicate the endangered
fish. Abel’s steelhead reels, inspired by
author/artist James Prosek, will include his laser
engraved signature.

The Abel reel will be accompanied by a signed copy of
Prosek’s book, Fly-Fishing the 41st Parallel.
“Abel Quality Products will donate a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of this collectors’ edition
reel to assist the efforts of the Wild Steelhead
Coalition, headquartered in Kirkland, Wash.” said
Steve Abel, president.
Prosek, who has authored and/or illustrated Trout an
Illustrated History, Trout of the World, Joe and Me,
Fly-Fishing the 41st Parallel, Early Love and Brook
Trout and a children’s book, A Good Day’s Fishing, has
been called the James Audubon of fish.
The Super 7 reel will be machined with a solid frame
to accommodate the steelhead graphics and the laser
engraved signature. It holds a 7-weight line with 200
yards of Micron backing; an 8-weight with 175 yards.
Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition reels
will be used by the Wild Steelhead Coalition to
further their efforts in sponsoring and sustaining the
Steelhead Summit Alliance. The organization has
produced “position papers” on specific issues directly
impacting wild steelhead.
These issues include habitat, harvest, hatcheries,
hydropower, enforcement, education and research,
according to Jack W. Berryman, Ph.D., past-president
of the organization.
“We invite our fellow fly-fishers to join or make a
tax deductible donation to this worthy cause,” said
Abel. For additional information on the Wild
Steelhead Coalition, log on to
www.wildsteelheadcoalition.com .
The collectors’ Edition Prosek signature steelhead
reel by Abel including Fly-Fishing the 41st Parallel
is priced at $1,000.
Prosek-designed limited edition steelhead reels are
available at authorized Abel dealers, at
www.abelreels.com or by calling 866.511.7444.

-Lost poor realitive of the Simms family fishing fortune
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Old 07-21-2005, 07:22 AM
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That's awsome Rich!
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Old 07-21-2005, 10:46 AM
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Prosek Reel

Wonderful coup for the Wild Steelhead Coalition and a real (!) benefit to the fishery. Congratulations -- this reel is a work of art and sure to please anyone fortunate enough to acquire one.

Petri heil,

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Old 07-21-2005, 01:18 PM
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Kudos to both Abel and the WSC gang. You guys rock!

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Old 07-21-2005, 11:15 PM
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great story thanks rich and steve
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Old 07-28-2005, 03:12 PM
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Anybody know how many are waiting in line??? Just curious if the turnout has been overwhelming that they might reconsider the number of reels for this line.

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