Trout & Salmon (UK) - - CONTENTS -

The Ross Evo­lu­tion R reel drops jaws, Greys Jacket makes sense and Columbia shirt is en­vi­able

Al­though it’s made in smaller trout sizes, the Ross Evo­lu­tion R’s price and tech­nol­ogy sug­gest this is a reel that will mostly at­tract sal­mon and salt­wa­ter an­glers in the UK. Its drag is re­mark­ably pow­er­ful for such a light reel, with 30lb re­sis­tance in the 11/12 size. Light­ness and power are its most strik­ing fea­tures, but look closely and there are sev­eral sat­is­fy­ing, clever de­tails. The sealed drag is ad­justed with a wide flat wheel, rather than a knob. It has been de­signed for use with a gloved hand and also re­duces the chance of line be­com­ing snagged. There are two-and-a-half turns from free spool to locked up. Power is de­rived from seven al­ter­nat­ing steel and car­bon-flu­o­ropoly­mer discs in the smaller reels and a whop­ping 16 discs in the big Salt ver­sions. The handle is made from a unique cloth-and-resin ma­te­rial, which makes it more grip­pable when wet. Two small coun­ter­bal­ance weights in the Salt ver­sions, rather than the stan­dard one, re­duce vi­bra­tion when a pow­er­ful fish runs, en­sur­ing the spool ro­tates smoothly. The large arbor means line is re­trieved quickly. The asym­met­ric spool base en­cour­ages line to lay evenly. Frame and spool are built from aero­space-grade alu­minium and are strong and Type II an­odised – “salt-safe”. To change winds, un­screw the brake hous­ing and flip a bear­ing. To re­lease the spool, un­screw a cap­tive nut, which seems flimsy, but is made from stain­less steel and has a ma­chined (not en­graved) Ross logo. You’re left with the thought the en­gi­neers at Ross en­joy sourc­ing new ma­te­ri­als and be­ing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. This is an im­pres­sive reel, a gen­uine con­tender be­side oth­ers in your tackle-shop’s glass cabi­net. Sizes: 4/5, 5/6; (Salt) 7/8, 9/10, 11/12.

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