Be Careful Review by David
I bough a CLA 1.5 this spring for my new fly rod. It's a great looking reel but I was unhappy with it due to it's drag. The drag setting, even at it's lowest setting, was WAY TOO STRONG for trout and a reel designed for 3-5 weight rods. At first I thought it was the cold temperature in Minnesota this January which was hindering the drag. A 16 inch trout was the smallest fish that would actually engage the drag, albeit very little. I was basically fishing with a $185 line holder. Posted on 8/2/15
very happy with my purchase Review by Matthew
Purchased this reel several months back, have fished it 20+ times and can say this is a well-made dependable reel. I fish for +10lb carp as well as rainbows and browns with this reel. The cost makes this reel even better! Ross makes nothing but the best quality products....would recommend to a friend. Posted on 10/11/14
The best overall fly reel under 200. made in the U.S.A. Review by KANE
Having spent three decades on the water and from the old school I always felt that the fly reel was more of a reservoir for my line. Back in the 1970s having a matched high quality rod and line combination was paramount for ease of casting and getting the fly where you wanted it.
I recently decided to upgrade & purchase a Ross CLA 1.5. and try it out on some high country Cut's averaging 12"-16". The first thing I noticed was how much more balanced the reel was with my Sage VXP 590 when I was casting and how fast I could reel in my slack line! I am accustomed now to almost slapping the reel a few times and she is spooled up! The most important feature really that is the American deisgn & craftsmanship put into the Ross CLA and its incredible sealed drag system. I was near decomposed granite and never had a problem mind you that doesn't mean laying your reel in the sand when lining up.
I waited to post this review after a dozen uses and recently picked up the CLA 2 as well as extra spools to add the different sinking lines I use when fishing back country lakes in the Sierra Nevada. Posted on 7/29/14
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