The Evolution R is the culmination of our engineers’ and machinists’ artistic and technical prowess. It features a fully sealed carbon fiber drag with an industry-best power-to-weight ratio. Encased in a super lightweight frame, all models are less than 4.5oz. The innovative shape of the ultra-large arbor spool is engineered to force the even winding of the line across the face of the spool as it is retrieved - something never before seen in a fly reel.
A fantastic reel from Ross that let's you control your drag, is lightweight, durable and great for the price. Definitely can't go wrong with Colorado made when fishing the Rockies.
Got the evolution a number of years ago as it is made in Colorado, lifetime guarantee, and recommendations from friends. I couldn't be happier with the reel. It is lightweight, easy to use, easy drag adjustment, and just the best reel I've owned. While the price did seem a bit high, in the long run it is worth every penny and I would recommend this reel to anyone from someone just getting into fly fishing or someone who has been fishing for decades. Great product!!!
After years of hand-me-down rigs I got the cash together to buy a 4/5 reel to go with my go-to Scott rod. After considering reels my father loved and used, Hardy and Pflueger Medalist, I brought my thoughts back to an American made and Colorado made reel. Both Hardy and Pflueger have since outsourced there work from the UK and the US respectively to Asia.
Secondly, the Ross Evolution reel was the coolest looking reel I'd have seen on the market. The drag system in particular on the back was both unique and classy.
Once I got the reel on the water I was not disappointed. Adjusting the drag was very simple and yet I thought it might slip and get too loose but after months and months of use it stayed tight. While I have click-pawls when I want to here that famous sound, the Ross evolution is smooth, quite and quick. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this reel to anyone.
I am a huge fan of Ross Reels! Love that my reel was made in Gunnison, Colorado. This reel is exceptional! I have owned it for several years and have never had a problem. I can easily adjust drag and the reel has never failed me. I can't recommend Ross Reels more highly. The Evolution is not the only Ross Reel I own. They are all great!