To help underwrite the cost of CFR retreats that are offered at no cost to breast cancer survivors, Abel will produce a signature edition of their Super Series 5N Large Arbor model with $100 per reel donated to the organization.

Casting for Recovery, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, the brainchild of a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a fly fishing guide. CFR provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly-fishing. Just as importantly, the retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, network, exchange information, and have fun.           

The weekend retreats incorporate counseling, educational services, and the trained facilitators that staff each retreat, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional as well as fly-fishing instructors and river helpers. “We are very excited that Abel has joined our community of supporters, especially with such a beautifully designed reel,” said Lori Simon, CFR’s Executive Director, “their commitment to helping survivors is a testament to the fly fishing community’s tradition of stewardship and care for the health and well-being of our natural environment.”  

About Abel Reels

Founded as a precision machine shop in 1980, Abel Automatics, Inc. has built its reputation as the world’s finest fly fishing reel manufacturer. Abel fly reels are 100% produced in-house from their design, machining, and final assembly. 2013 proudly marks the company’s 25th anniversary of producing fly fishing equipment.

Abel reels are precision machined from 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum with Teflon® sealed bearings and utilize a cork drag system made entirely in the California factory. The Super 5N Large Arbor will handle both 5- and 6-weight lines and the limited edition Casting for Recovery design features:

Custom CFR purple finish with matching CFR pink handle, drag knob and foot; 

To Fish is to Hope custom engraved drag knob; and

CFR logo and pink ribbon fish on the spool.

The reel with custom options would normally retail for $875, however the Casting for Recovery version is $700 of which $100 is tax deductible. CFR reels are available directly from Abel at or through select authorized dealers. 

Other current CFR Merchandising Partners include L.L.Bean, Temple Fork Outfitters, REC Components, American Laundromat Records, Jim Teeny, Inc, HMH Vises and Red Cabin Pottery. For more information on partnering with Casting for Recovery, call 802-362-9181 or visit

About Casting for Recovery

Since 1996, CFR has served over 5,000 breast cancer survivors, with the help of over 1,500 volunteers, in retreats that provide emotional and medical support and teach new skills through catch-and-release fly fishing. In 2013, 42 retreats are scheduled to be held around the United States.

Casting for Recovery retreat programs are offered at no cost to the participants. Casting for Recovery is supported by generous donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Its premier national sponsor is Under Armour® and other national sponsors include L.L.Bean, SmartWool, Sisters on the Fly and Ashford Hospitality Trust. Casting for Recovery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information about the Casting for Recovery program, please call 802-362-9181 or visit



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