The Abel Steal Your Face 11/12 Super Series Reel graced the cover of Fly Fisherman's 2014 Gear Guide and then sat patiently on my desk for two months as the entries poured in for the high-performance reel with the Grateful Dead design.
We had more than 5,000 entries for the random drawing and while the winner could have been anyone—including someone with a closet full of Abel reels, or even someone with no interest in fly fishing at all—the gods smiled on 22-year-old Dave Guzauskas of Anchorage, Alaska.
Dave is a die-hard Alaska fly fishers who calls the Kenai his home water, fishing for rainbows as many days as possible. He says that with the giant new Abel reel, he'll either have to take up Spey fishing for salmon, or put the big reel to work in the salt. I agree. That reel is way to fine to sit on a shelf looking pretty. Click here for our quick reel review and video.