Had the handle been a tad larger it would have gotten a perfect 20 here as well. Although the drag knob is a strange shape the drag is easy enough to adjust. With its sealed drag the Access Mid-Arbor is virtually maintenance free, though oiling the spindle from time to time will help. Retrieval Resistance – 10 points available. Here we are looking at gap (tolerance) between the spool and frame. If you’re not convinced Ross makes some of the best reels, try one for yourself. Extra 3.2 spools retail for $282. The Sage 4250 could use a little wider range of drag adjustment. The 350 size, (for 5/6 weights) only comes in one color combination: Black and Red. The two things that hurt the Loop Classic 46 the most were the price and the difficulty in removing the spool. Just like rods, if you fish hard and long enough you may eventually run into problems with your reel. ~ The Colorado LT set the bar for lightweight click pawl reels, and our new Colorado takes it to the next level. The SC (Stream Creek) is just that, and is a reel that only certain anglers will appreciate. Overall Diameter in InchesThis measurement reflects how wide the reel is from one side of the frame to the other. Ross Colorado Lt Fly Reel Introduction. The SC 325 also has a smooth drag, and spool to frame tolerances were excellent. As such we are always facing equipment problems, the same kind every angler eventually encounters if they are stupid enough to fish year round. This thoroughly updated design brings a beautiful aesthetic defined by aerodynamic shapes and surfaces. We weighed each reel several times and then rounded up to .1 of an ounce to make it easier to read on our charts. The heavier reels will generally take more abuse when it comes to slamming them into riprap or dropping them in a paved parking lot. Some of these reels, like the Ross Colorado LT, Orvis Battenkill III, Redington Zero, and Bozeman Reels SC have no drag adjustment at all, meaning the angler is going to have to apply his or her own stopping pressure by palming or finger palming the reel. Perhaps the biggest downside to the Zero is that it isn’t going to be as durable as fully machined reels. If a dealer sends the reel in then the repair cost is $10. Fun to Fish / Got to Have – 20 points available, As with our rod shootouts, we got this category from the original Car and Driver automobile shootouts. What did score big for the Abel SD was craftsmanship and durability. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup, the Stanley Cup Playoffs logo, the … It won’t cut you like gel spun, but will get you the extra yards you are looking for…, Retrieval Sound:  Louder sound reeling in but still somewhat muted, Outgoing drag sound: Outgoing sound is even more muted, Spool Removal:  Spool release sometimes extremely difficult to get off (need rubber cloth or leader straightener). From $ 289.99 - $ 299.99 . The other option is to upgrade to the Lamson Liquid that is a compromise between the Eddy and Zero. Depending on the size of the fish I choose an appropriate expletive. There’s no extra charge for different colors, so if you want to bring a little more “bling” to your setup you can do so at no additional cost. Ross reels are lighter, stronger, larger, and more functional than others in the industry. We examine how much it will cost you (at minimum) to send your reel in and have the manufacturer repair and return it. Sage Fly Fishing. Max Drag:  Wicked strong!!! For today’s modern lightweight trout rods, we feel that the lightest reels feel the best. Rugged durability meets artful design, a trademark of Ross. This means the Liquid will scratch much more easily than Lamson’s other reels that are fully machined with a hard alox finish. But the bottom line is that reel is machined just as well as it ever was. While we don’t love single turn drags, this one is actually not too bad as it doesn’t suffer the same drop off as some of the other reels. The smallest reel in the shootout was the Orvis Access Mid-Arbor II at 2.994 inches, followed by the Bozeman Reel SC325 at 3.009. What does count, are the unique and stylish Behemoth looks. In fact, the main reason to get the Animas over the Cimarron is if you like the way it looks, (that and the Animas arbor, is ported where the backing sits which helps the backing dry). Spin: Surprisingly good for a “loud” reel (1.5-2 revs)? The Dryfly feels exceptionally smooth reeling in and its bright chrome “L” set against the jet black spool gives the Opti the Rolls Royce of reels look. Ross Colorado LT (Discontinued) $295.00 $219.95 Only a few left! $145.00 to $225.00. Extra RX2 spools, (in the 3 standard colors: black, pearl grey, and titanium) retail for $205. ROSS ANIMAS FLY REEL. The handle is well designed, with a good size and a portion of it carved out for a more comfortable grip. Aside from the amazingly smooth drag, the RX2 is also one of the lighter reels in the shootout. We know that, over time, the spool gets more difficult to remove. It also did very well in craftsmanship, maintenance free, drag sound, smoothness of drag, and tied the Click and Colorado LT for the best handle design. And if you are fishing with any of these reels in saltwater it is important to spray them off or give them a quick flushing in fresh water at the end of the day. Then we mark these figures in our reference charts for loading each specific make and model reel. Quite the opposite, actually. Their Teflon and graphite impregnated cork drag disc is especially smooth, and the reel sounds amazing with two very distinctive incoming and outgoing sounds. We’ve seen these reels take some amazing abuse and keep on clicking…  If you often fish rip-rap banks or rock jetties this might be the perfect reel for taking fall after fall. Drag Knob: Easy to turn, but can come off, Drag Detents:  No detents and drag knob isn’t stiff enough; you can knock the drag setting off accidentally, Handle: sweet wooden handle – could be longer with a bit more swell at the end, Kind of heavy for size, but feels durable, Cool Cork Drag system, intricate parts, very well made, #29 (tie) Aspen 350 LA    $250 – reel,    $120   x/spool, Here’s another reel that we thought would finish higher. Still, having some adjustment was better than nothing as on the Redington Zero and Bozeman SC. As expected, the range of drag adjustment isn’t great either. Although the Argus’ standard smaller arbor allows for more backing (150 yards of 20#), once fully loaded this actually makes the reel heavier than it needs to be for matching the lightest graphite rods. Still, this may be a good thing for balancing heavier, longer fiberglass and bamboo rods. Be sure to check back later as we hope to add some videos, so you can hear for yourself what the drag and retrieval sound like as well as see how the spool is removed, how well the reel spins, etc. The store will not work correctly in the case when cookies are disabled. Pick an artistic or fish graphic and plan on as much as $500 for a custom, hand painted upgrade – on top of a reel that already costs over $500. We also like how the full frame adds rigidity and durability to the reel should you accidentally drop it. of drag since variation in drag smoothness tends to show up as you increase the pressure. That’s incredibly strong. What hurt it the most was its poor range of drag adjustment between .25 and 2 pounds. $300. And the sound when retrieving needs to be different than the sound when fish are running to help the guide understand what the fish is doing so he can position the boat correctly. It has been cold forged and tempered for superior strength, and has a concave arbor for added rigidity. Still, for the money this is a good option, and unlike the TFO large arbor reels that we love for 8-weights and two handed rod setups, the TFO BVK comes with a reel case. Turnaround time is typically 2-3 weeks including shipping. The thoughtfulness and style of Ross reels are evident in the Gunnison. Actual Backing Capacity Here’s another place where manufacturers often fudge figures in order to beat their competitors. Lightspeed Series IV only come in silver, with a coral blue color sleeve around the drag system. Also, if your reel gets submerged it doesn’t hurt to take it apart, clean it and re-lube. An old toothbrush works well for this. (And with sound vs silent), Counterbalance:  Very good, however a tiny bit of wobble (looking at the center of the reel on the fastest spins), Drag knob: Square and easy to turn (better than Animas), Drag Detents:  No detents however drag knob is stiff (drag adjustment won’t get knocked off easily), Handle:  Excellent, perfect size and flare, easy to grab without looking, #12  (tie) Ross Cimarron II 5/6      $200 – reel,    $120- x/spool. I’ve personally fallen with one on a rip-rap bank, smashing the reel into an irreparable state and had a fellow angler step on another, smushing it beyond repair. A few things held it back from a top finish. The reel’s foot is ported as well to help lighten things. The Argus scored a perfect 10 in craftsmanship, spool to frame tolerances, start up inertia, and ease of spool removal. Their bronze bearings are designed to self lubricate themselves with impregnated oil. $400. Retrieval Sound:  Not bad compared to others but almost “underwater like” muted sound reeling in (compared to the killer Super Series retrieval sound), Outgoing drag sound:  Similar unimpressive sound going out. Sure, you’ll have to be careful not to drop the reel (since denting the foot may require replacing the entire frame) but once the reel is on your rod you are good to go. Once this is done, we run it all off with our line winder, and wind it all back on ready to cast and fish. We like the design of the reel foot incorporated into the reel frame, since we’ve had other reel feet come off the reel due to loose screws over time. We also like how the arbor is ported, which will allow your backing to dry faster. While they are not the lightest reels out there, they weigh under 6 ounces fully loaded and are just light enough to balance most modern lightweight 5-weights. The drag knob is very easy to adjust and it has the best detents of any reel in the test. Also the range of drag adjustment between .25 and 2 pounds is narrower than most. In our performance chart we used the fully loaded reel weight rather than the naked weight since that’s how they are going to be fished. The Eddy actually outscored the Rapid in a few categories, including spool to frame tolerance, drag detents, and drag sound. If you are looking for a lightweight reel, with a large arbor (and excellent retrieval rate), the Lamson Lightspeed Series IV size II is an excellent option. The max drag is plenty strong for trout fishing and we like the shape of the handle’s swell (although it could be a tiny bit bigger for a perfect handle score). The C.F.O. They have very little spin, so slapping the face of the spool to reel up line quickly won’t get you anywhere with an Abel SD. Sometimes you will notice the manufacturer’s claimed weight is well under our measurement, which is the reason we weigh the reels ourselves. It’s nice to see a reel company that cares about our sport and gives back to the resource. All Torque reels are machined from T6 solid bar stock aircraft grade aluminum that is tempered to significantly increase its strength. While the visual effects of these harsh moves can be stunning, the result is often a lost fish. Most anglers will want the Animas 4/5 since it is lighter and less expensive, unless you require more backing:  The Animas 45 = 85 yards of backing. It takes a lot longer to do it this way, but then we know it is perfect. Same resistance when reeling in or going out – not adjustable so you’ll have to “finger palm” it, Drag may not be light enough for 7-8X users. 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