A Superb Value Reel Review by David
I've owned a Flyrise 1 since 2013 and have absolutely loved it. I spend the vast majority of my fishing in the Minnesota and Wisconsin Driftless area where the average trout is slightly smaller than their western counterparts. This reel helped me reel in a lot of trout in a variety of sizes and conditions. The drag is very solid for any kind of trout. Also, the sound of the drag when trout are peeling line is wonderful.
For a majority of trout anglers this reel will be perfect. However, after 3 years of hard fishing I have noticed the drag is starting to wear down, not as strong as it was. This is due to the plastic components Ross uses in the drag system. It's still a very effective reel, just something to think about it. If you're a trout angler who fishes hard week after week every year, I would recommend upgrading to an Evolution. But if you want a solid reel without a big price tag, this is your reel. Posted on 8/2/15
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