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Abel TR Reels
TR/Light TR/1 TR/2
Mark Bachmann uses Abel Reels
The TR may be the best trout reel of all time!
Originally Designed in 1992, and reintroduced in 2008. Internal adjustable pawl-click drag made from 303 heat treated stainless steel is adjustable for incoming and outgoing tension. Standard arbor with rim control configuration. These may be the most perfect trout reels ever produced. The TR/Light balances with ultra light rods. The TR/1 is the 3/4/5 reel. The TR/2 has very low internal start-up to protect fine tippets and fragile hooks for spring creek fishing and enough line capacity for Alaskan rainbows. Pictured above is a 18 year old TR/2 on a 5-weight rod. It offers large diameter for fast line pick-up, 150-yard capacity and proven reliability over many, many fishing trips. I own three TR/2 Reels and four spools, and have never been sorry I bought them. Unless otherwise specified, all TR Reels and spools are shipped Black Coral color.


Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Capacity Capacity
3.1 oz. 2.550" .625" WF1F + 90 yd. #20 WF2F + 65 yd. #20
In the late 1800's English-made fly reels designed with click/pawl drag systems gained world wide popularity because of their smooth trouble free operation. This click/pawl system of regulating line tension has an advantage of having very low inertial start-up, which protects fine leader tippets from breakage. That is why Abel incorporated this type of  drag into the modern T/R Series of reels.


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Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Capacity Capacity
4 oz. 2.800" .750" WF3F + 110 yd. #20 WF4F + 90 yd. #20
The Abel T/R Series are the reels that old English craftsmen would have made if they had had the metal technology and machining tools to do so. Abel T/R Series reels are made in ultra modern heavy duty, computer driven machines from distortion resistant aircraft aluminum alloy bar stock. Then they are hand finished and then anodized to further harden the metal and make it virtually corrosion proof.

Abel T/R 1 Reel

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ABELTR-1S Abel TR Spool TR-1 $130 SALE ENDED


Weight Spool Diameter Spool Width Capacity Capacity
4.3 oz. 3.025" .750" WF5F + 150 yd. #20 WF6F + 130 yd. #20
Abel T/R reels are the culmination of over two hundred years of incremental development toward the perfect traditional trout reel.  T/R's are lightweight, but substantial, simple and efficient, smooth in operation and elegant to look at. They are also price competitive, and made to last, and be heirlooms for generations of anglers. That's why I bought a set...for me, my children, grand children, great grand children and great great grand children to enjoy.

Abel T/R 2 Reel

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ABELTR-2S Abel TR Spool TR-2 $135 SALE ENDED

Damsels Are Hatching at Rocky Ridge Ranch Lakes

A big rainbow patrols the shallow edge-water searching for migrating damselfly nymphs...
For a long time I stood there still as a heron watching the trout patrolling the skinny water next to shore. There were three or four of them, all over eighteen inches, one possibly around twenty. They were like ghosts as they came and went from the glare of the sun and the camouflage of the riffled surface caused by the noon-day breeze. I waited for just the right shot. A couple of bad casts had sent other fish scurrying for deeper water. Finally a trout came into view sixty feet away, gliding toward me. It was ten feet from shore in water that was less than a foot deep. I waited until the fish was forty feet away and dropped the damsel nymph three feet in front of the approaching fish. The lightweight fly landed slightly to the deeper water side of his path. The fly settles slowly and I gave it a twitch with a little strip of the line. The fish accelerated, made a circle around the fly and the line tightened. I raised the rod and the reel screamed as the trout went into my backing, heading into the deeper water of the lake. This was sight-fishing at its best.

Lakes with shallow edges are great for sight fishing...
Damselflies crawl out of the water to hatch on exposed rocks or lake-side vegetation. During damsel fly hatches, trout often patrol the shoreline intercepting migrating nymphs. Often trout cruise in very shallow water, and sight fishing can be both exciting and productive. In many respects it's very much like sight fishing for bonefish on tropical saltwater flats. To fish a damselfly hatch, a five weight rod equipped with a weight-forward floating line and a long leader is best. A 15' leader tapered to 5X is often the best.

This trout ate a damselfly nymph in water that was less than a foot deep...
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Patty capitalized on the damselfly hatch...
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A mule deer doe comes to water...

Damsel Dry Flies
Foam Body Damsel Dry Fly
This trout ate a Foam Body Paradamsel...
Paradamsel Pearl Wing Blue Damsel Pearl Wing Olive Damsel
Damsel flies are those delicate, iridescent cousins of the dragon flies that you see around lakes and slower streams during the summer months; usually June, July and August. They are highly predacious during both their nymph and adult life. They eat other smaller aquatic insects. As such they are near the top of the food chain and are very dependent on healthy populations of may flies and midges. In alpine lakes, damsel flies may be of such sparse populations as to draw little attention from trout. In shallow alkaline lakes with ample weed beds, damsel flies can reach such unbelievable populations that the entire margin of the shore line is painted bright blue for miles. In these lakes, damsel flies in all stages are aggressively fed upon by all the fish that live there.
 The most common damsel fly specie in Oregon wears adult colors of bright iridescent blue that is outlined in black. The eyes are prominent in the silhouette. The body is long and thin and the blue parts are semi-translucent. When the insect lies spent upon the water, the long delicate wings are nearly clear. Often they are lying with others of their kind, on glassy slick water which gives the trout the perfect opportunity for complete inspection and comparison. Your fly has to be an exact counterfeit to fool them. Under these circumstances the Pearl Wing Blue Damsel is often your best choice as a fly.  However this fly is not a good floater and must be cast delicately to be of value.  When the water surface is textured by wind or long aggressive casts are needed the
Foam Body Paradamsel Fly is a better choice.
Damsels hatching by crawling out on a shoreline rock. Photo by Mark Bachmann - hand held camera.
Damselflies hatching...
Damsel Fly nymphs hatch by crawling above the surface of the water. When blue damsels first emerge from the nymphal shuck, they are light-olive or even yellowish in color, and turn to their adult colors as the skin dries and hardens. In certain rich desert lakes, damsels hatch in masses and some rocks, sticks or dead trees become encrusted with damsel shucks with hundreds or even thousands of damsels emerging on one structure. Some of these olive hatchlings fall into the water where they are doomed. Trout often congregate around structures where damsels are emerging. They acquire a taste for olive damsels very quickly. The Pearl Wing Olive Damsel can be the answer.
Male Damsels holding female Damsels as they lay eggs in floating vegetation. Photo by Mark bachmann - hand held camera. Picture shot from a float tube.
Damselflies mating...

After damsels mate, the female crawls down a plant stalk and lays her eggs under water. This is accomplished by her drilling a hole in the stalk with a specially designed auger on her tail end. Then she deposits her eggs inside the plant. This is an exhausting process while holding her breath. When the female crawls back up the plant stalk and reaches the surface, the male damsel flies down and picks her from the surface of the water and deposits her where she can dry and regain her strength. During this whole process these insects are extremely vulnerable to cruising trout or bass. Sometimes the male damsel hovers above the surface of the water holding the female as she deposits her eggs. These flies are often stalked by feeding fish. You will notice from the pictures that female damsels are more dull in color than their male counterparts. 

Adult male Damsel - copied from Wikipedia Male and female damsel flies copulating. Copied from Wikipedia.

Foam Body Paradamsel Fly
This fly is designed to float.  The body is made from soft pliable sealed cell foam polymer.  As such it is lighter than water. The large parachute hackle simulates wings and adds to the flies floatation.  Fish this fly along weed beds and shore lines when game fish are targeting damsels on the surface.
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06293-12 Foam Body Paradamsel Fly  12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Pearl Wing Blue Damsel
This pattern was designed for maximum realism to fool super selective fish. It may be fished wet or dry. To fish this pattern dry, coat it with fly floatant and cast it delicately.  After damsels mate, the female crawls down a plant stalk and lays her eggs under water. In the perfect situation the female returns to the surface of the water and a male Damsel flies down and plucks her from the water where she dries and regains her strength.  However many female are intercepted by fish before the reach the surface.  Fishing your Pearl Wing Blue Damsel wet can often be very effective.
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03160-12 Pearl Wing Blue Damsel 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Pearl Wing Olive Damsel
When blue damsels first emerge from the nymphal shuck, they turn from green to olive and turn to their adult colors as the adult skin dries and hardens. Some of these green or olive hatchlings fall into the water where they are doomed. Trout often congregate around structures where damsels are emerging. They acquire a taste for olive damsels very quickly.
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03161-12 Pearl Wing Olive Damsel 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Damselfly Nymphs

This trout ate a Bachmann's Damselfly Nymph...
Bachmann's Damsel, Green King Damsel, Olive
Bachmann's Damsel, Olive
Bachmann's Damsel, Tan Ultra Damsel

Patty hooks another trout...

Damsel Flies are those delicate iridescent blue or red insects that you see flying around lakes and ponds. In the nymphal stage they range from olive to tan, are free swimming and often exposed to cruising trout. Bass and Pan Fish will also feed heavily on Damsel Fly nymphs.   Damsel fly nymphs are strong swimmers. While swimming the body of the nymph undulates very much like a fish. When hunting for food, nymphs usually swim in short erratic bursts at a slight upward angle and then slowly settle while they rest. This swimming motion is fairly violent, but only carries the nymph a few inches. This action is very noticeable and is a definite key. Your retrieve should duplicate this swimming movement. Most anglers retrieve their damsel nymphs to fast. Damsel nymphs can be productive as soon as the ice leaves your favorite lake. The smaller early season niads or immature nymphs are usually light olive green. Fishing a Bachmann's Green Damsel nymph very slowly, within inches of the bottom with a sinking fly line is often productive. Since the water can be cold this time of the year, the strikes can be very soft. The angler has to stay alert.

Freshly hatched Damsel...

During May and early June the water starts to warm. Predacious damsel fly nymphs hunt vigorously in and around under water vegetation. They become a staple fish food. Fishing a Bachmann's Olive or Tan Damsel within inches of the weed tops can bring savage strikes. The fly must be fished slowly.  An intermediate or slow sinking fly line, such as the Mastery
"Still Water" can aid this presentation.

Damsels are most vulnerable to trout during their migration to hatch on above-surface structure. In lakes such a Crane Prairie, damsels can migrate in such masses that they can create nervous water like miniature moving shoals of fish. The trout can become so gorged as to become very difficult to catch. The fish will key only on cripples. During these times try Barr's Damsel dressed with floatant and fish it like a dry fly, or a Bachmann's Damsel retrieved very slowly, just under the surface. Very long leaders with fluorocarbon tippets will get the most takes.

Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Green

This is the early season pattern for many lakes.  Fish this fly deep along the bottom.  Give it several very short fast strips and then let it set for a long period. Often you will be surprised trout often take the fly while it is not moving and that you only feel them as you start the next stripping sequence.

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9150-12 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Green 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
9150-12 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Green 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Olive

As damsel fly nymphs mature, they turn darker and this is the average color lakes. The long, sparse marabou tail gives this fly a swimming action.

Bachmann's Olive Damse Nymph
Real damsel nymph and a fly...
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9230-10 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Olive 10 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
9230-12 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Olive 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Tan

In some mud bottom lakes damsel nymphs are brownish colored.  This is a top fly in many northwest reservoirs where water level fluctuations prevent plant life from growing in the littoral zone.

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9235-12 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Tan 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
9235-14 Bachmann's Damsel Nymph, Tan 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

King Damsel, Olive

This pattern comes from the vise of well known fly tier Mat King. It incorporates :Thin Skin, a very life-like synthetic material that gives his damsels a very attractive translucent look. This may be the single best damsel fly nymph pattern available.

King Damsel
A King Damsel Nymph did the trick...
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01136-10 King Damsel, Olive 10 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
01136-12 King Damsel, Olive 12 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
01136-14 King Damsel, Olive 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Ultra Damsel

The Ultra Damsel uses Ultra Chenille as a body which makes it very durable and life like.  This fly has fooled a lot of large trout.

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9237-14 Ultra Damsel 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED

Jim Schollmeyer has taken aquatic insect photography to a new level. You may review his work in "Hatch Guide for Lakes", which will acquaint you with all of the trout food critters that live in still water.

Outcast Float Tube Fins with Kicker Keepers
These fins are "Easy-On/Easy-Off". The one strap design is very secure.  Extra security is assured with the built in Kicker Keeper ankle strap.  This design gives powerful thrust.  Will accommodate most wading shoes.  One size fits all.

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440-000150 Outcast Float Tube Fins with Kicker Keepers $35.00 SALE ENDED

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