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Ross Evolution R
The Evolution R is not only lightweight, but also incredibly rigid and durable, with a unique geometry that is as functional as it is stylish. 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.
The new drag design is also an industry first: a fully sealed, bonded proprietary carbon fluoropolymer and stainless steel interface that delivers smooth power in a lightweight, compact package. Start up inertia is virtually non-existent to protect the most delicate of tippet. The Evolution R’s extremely wide range of brake adjustment also manages to produce some of the highest drag pressure found in a fly reel.
This all is controlled by a subtle yet striking, frame-integrated drag knob that blends perfectly into the form of the reel. Its solid grip allows for easy manipulation of settings - even while wearing gloves. Couple this with the canvas phenolic handle, first introduced by Ross Reels, the on-the-water functionality of the Evolution R is second to none.
- All models less than 5.2 oz and fully machined from 6061-T6 proprietary aluminum alloy
- Industry leading power-to-weight ratio in a fully sealed system | Proprietary carbon fiber and stainless steel disc stack
- All internal components are machined stainless steel
- Fully machined canvas phenolic handle
- Type II anodized for the perfect balance of hardness and color
- Quick release spool and easy left-hand to right-hand retrieve conversion
- Made in USA
Specifications & Line Capacities
All capacity numbers are in yards. Line capacities are based on floating fly lines and 20# backing. All numbers are conservative. Capacities will vary according to specific length and diameters of alternative line manufacturers’ products. Capacities will be reduced by approximately 20% if using #30 backing instead of #20 backing.
Cleaning & Maintenance
While the Evolution R is fully anodized to protect against corrosion and the elements, we recommend that you clean your reel after each use, especially after exposure to a salt or alkali environment. Use fresh water (distilled is preferred) to flush salt and debris from the reel. For better cleaning results, separate the Spool (1) from the Frame (2), soak both in warm, fresh water (again, distilled is preferred) and then rinse in fresh running water. Please note there is no need to dismantle or clean the drag system as it comes fully sealed from our factory. Let the Spool (1) and the Frame (2) dry completely before putting together and storing. We recommend allowing them to air dry with both the face of the spool (front) and the drag-knob-side of the frame facing up on a towel. Online Care Sheet.
The Evolution R has a fully sealed drag system, and DOES NOT REQUIRE LUBRICATION. Any squeaking, or related noises will likely be the result of dirt or particulates building up on the frame and spool, and in this case, cleaning as outlined above should solve this issue. Please also note any modifications to the reel can result in the voiding of the lifetime warranty.
Ross Reels® branded fly reels purchased through an Authorized Dealer are covered by a limited lifetime warranty for as long as the product is on the market.* This limited lifetime warranty only applies to the original owner and is not transferable. This limited lifetime warranty is limited to repair or replacement of the product only, and does not cover direct, indirect, consequential, incidental or any other type of damage resulting from the use of the product. This limited lifetime warranty does not cover normal wear and tear, fire, theft, loss, discontinued products or negligence that causes damage to the product. Any intentional damage or improper or illegal misuse of the product voids the limited lifetime warranty. Discontinued products may be replaced with different models where appropriate, as determined in the sole discretion of Ross. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, which may vary from state to state. To qualify for warranty service, the original owner must return the product to Ross with a Product Service Form, or the warranty return will be refused and sent back to the customer. All shipments to Ross must be freight paid. Ross reserves the right to determine whether to repair or replace any product covered by this warranty. Ross further reserves the right to change, modify, or discontinue the design of any product previously manufactured at any time with or without notice and without assuming any obligation to the consumer under the limited lifetime warranty. Discontinued products may be replaced with newer models when necessary. * Products not purchased through an Authorized Dealer are not covered under this warranty. Please return all warranty products with a completed Product Service form.