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Gear Review #3-November 2006

The new edition, CLA (Cimarron Large Arbor) series of fly reels by Ross Reels USA offers fly anglers a solid performing fly reel at an affordable price.
 

Ross CLA Fly Reel

There are eight size model in the line up which range from line weights 2 thru 13 with a corresponding price range of $165-$290.  Extra spool prices are also available for about 50% of the reel cost. 
 
Ross didn't forget about the spey caster.  The new CLA can also accommodate spey lines ranging from 6 thru 12 weights.
 
 
These reels are hand crafted in  Montrose Colorado with the frame and spool material machined from 6061-T6 proprietary aluminum alloy, the most common material for high performance fly reels.  Proudly made in the USA!
 

These reels also offer a "no-tools-needed" approach to changing spools or reversing from right to left hand retrieve.  And they are smooth. 

 
Go ahead and smack the handle to quickly pick up line and you will be impressed at how they compare to other reels costing much more. 
 

More Ross CLA Info-Prices & Purchasing

Granted, I donít believe they are a true large arbor as I think they deserve a mid arbor classification.  However, this concept will allow anglers a bit more backing for when that once in a lifetime trophy fish grabs your fly, or if you just want a little more room for the fly line and leader.  The larger sizes accommodate the much larger circumference of a spey line with adequate room for backing storage.

The CLA reels are not heavy, but they do have some heft to them.  Meaning if you accidentally drop one, it wonít need to be returned back to the factory for repair.  In the unlikely chance your CLA does need repair, youíll be glad to know it comes with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, with a return from Ross within two days of receiving it.

 

They also have people who answer the phone and deal with your questions.  Now that is customer service!  In addition to the black and slate grey colors, Ross is offering the CLA in a new unique copper color in 2007. 

 
I own several CLA models.  The  1.5, 2, and 4 which I have been extremely pleased with.   The all around performance of the CLA series is in a class by itself.  Congratulations to Ross Reels for once again manufacturing a truly quality fly reel at a very reasonable price.
 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments regarding the new CLA Series Fly Reel.