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I first went to Brazil in October of 2016, and absolutely fell in love with the Amazon. My best friend and I headed down to fish with Nomadic Waters, and had a pretty life changing trip. Lots of incredible fishing, and the people were fantastic. In 2017 I returned as a host, and brought a group down with me.

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The fishing was even better, and the bond between myself and the crew had grown even stronger. Going into 2018’s trip, I knew I needed to step it up. I was super excited to see my Brazilian friends and fish, but I wanted to treat myself to some new gear before I left. I’ve always been a big fan of Abel reels.

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My 50th-anniversary Grateful Dead reel has gone on many trips and landed a ton of fish. I knew that they were potentially releasing a peacock bass reel in the near future, so I reached out to them, and told them about my trip, and they happily agreed to build me this awesome reel in time for the big adventure.

lrg_dsc09423I couldn’t be more impressed with the paint job and overall quality of their work, and it pairs perfectly well with my Epic 10wt.

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It’s already caught it’s fair share of big fish, and I’m looking forward to putting it to the rest again. Big thanks to Abel for getting it to me so quickly, and for always delivering a superior product. Be sure to check out the latest line of Abel Reels here.

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Photos and words from Danny Reed @crookedcreekholler. Additional photos from Mike Rennie @blue_mountain_drift.

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