THE ABEL ZINGER
It took awhile, but fly reel manufacturer and creative machine shop Abel Automatics, Inc. has streamlined, modernized and perfected the ubiquitous tool found on virtually every fly fisher’s vest: the zinger. Used to hold nippers, clippers, de-barbing pliers, fly floatant, scissors or magnifying glasses – to name a few – within easy reach on a retractable spool, the tools have been most notable for breaking or falling apart at the most inopportune time.
Abel’s made-in-the-USA Zinger boasts stainless steel and 6061-T651 cold finished aerospace grade aluminum construction and is designed with the option to either attach to a vest using a screw mechanism or utilize the included “S” carabiner to clip it to a D-ring on a vest or sling pack. The 36-inch retracting cord is manufactured from a spectra-nylon blend with 40-pound test strength, ensuring an angler’s ability to reach wherever it is needed without breakage – the number one complaint with plastic “bargain” retractable spools.
New in 2015: The Abel Zinger is now available in 11 finishes:
- Solid Finishes: Black, Matte Black, Platinum, Blue III, Deep Green, Olive, Red and Satin Olive
- Fish Graphic: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brook Trout
Abel Zingers are priced at $95 in standard black finish (Black), $115 in a Solid Color and $175 in a Fish Graphic.