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steeliesonafly 12-30-2001 01:03 PM

Ross Reels? Any good or bad things?
I am purchasing a new Ross Cimmeron reel in a 9-10wt. Any body have one they like or dislike? Just want to know if I might have made a mistake or should have gone with a different reel for the money?:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

fredaevans 12-30-2001 02:49 PM

Reg, don't own one but have fishing buddies that do. I've used their (rods with a ) Ross' and I'm impressed. Think the Ross reels are a 'bang for your buck.'

juro 12-30-2001 03:23 PM

Ross reels are among the best quality/price products in the market. As a trout reel the Ross Colorado... my favorite click pawl trout reel, is priced at around $100! Then on the other end of the scale, the Ross Big Game Canyon - a wide arbor disc drag reel that can tame bluewater fish or an ideal Spey reel that can handle the longest Spey lines and plenty of backing, coupled with W/A retrieve and drag advantages in a beautiful package. After looking at the choices I am thinking about the BG Canyon for my next Spey reel.

What are you planning on using it for?

doogue 12-30-2001 04:15 PM


I do own a Ross Canyon Big Game #5 and I have been nothing but happy with it. The design of the spool exchange mechanism (different from the release on the Cimmaron) is well done to say the least.

Fortunately and unfortunately, I can attest to the superior customer service that Ross has to offer. At the end of last season I noticed that the drag on my BG #5 was no longer smooth (the tension of the drag was not uniform throughout the rotation of the spool). This was, I assure you, a manifestation of the fact that I did not soak the reel after each trip to the salt. After each trip to the salt I rinsed the reel thoroughly but I did not always soak the reel.

My failure to soak the reel violates the maintenance instructions that Ross clearly defines in the Owner's Manuals for all of their reels. This is especially true when you consider the fact that I did not fully open the drag before each soaking/rinsing.

To make a long story short - I sent my Reel to Ross and they dismantled and cleaned out the drag (replacing some parts - free of charge). They reported that the drag was full of salt crystals! They fixed the reel and returned it to me within 5 business days (even during the busy holiday season).

The lessons learned:
1. Always soak your reels (with the drag fully opened) after a trip to the salt. I already have a Tupperware container that I will fill with fresh water and use to soak my reel as I drive back home after a trip to the salt.
2. Ross Reels offers the ultimate in customer service - and they do so with outstanding care and professionalism.

I would buy another Ross without hesitation.


steeliesonafly 12-30-2001 04:26 PM

Ross Reel
I plan on using it for Spey. I have a St. Croix 14' and have decided to go with the Ross Cimmeron. The fly shop owner That sells them recommended them to me. He doesn't Spey fish with a two hander, but several of his employees do. They of course use the Ross BG instead, but they said it would suffice...??

juro 12-30-2001 04:56 PM

Of course the quality of the reel will suffice, the drag, etc. Ross won't let you down in service either, as Mike says. And in the river you won't need to soak it afterward like the saltydogs of the northeast (of which I am now one!).

My only thought would be reel capacity with a long belly Spey line or a Spey DT. I use a standard arbor 4" diam reel for my 7136-4 rod, but a 5" diameter reel for my 8, 9 or 10wt Spey lines (and rods).

steeliesonafly 12-30-2001 06:50 PM

ross reels
That brings up another question? Do you use 20# or 30# backing on your reels? Then how much do you put on?

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