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Ross Evolution R Salt Fly Reel

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Price: $695.00

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Ross Evolution R Salt

The R Salt builds on the foundation of its smaller sibling, but instead of the Evolution R’s 7-disc system, it features a supercharged 16-disc sealed drag system comprised of stainless steel and carbon fluoropolymer, producing nearly 30 pounds of drag pressure. Also an industry first, the R Salt features two smaller counterbalances on the spool - this innovative design reduces mass and creates perfect, vibration-free performance when line is being ripped off the spool on long runs. 

This exceptional braking power is housed in a lightweight, yet incredibly strong frame and spool that is based on the Evolution R’s unique design. The large, frame-integrated drag knob allows for easy on-the-fly adjustments with just the palm of your hand during long fights with oversized quarry. The R Salt's geometry is reinforced throughout, yielding an incredibly rugged, yet elegant reel that performs in the most challenging of environments. 

All of this comes together to create a fishing tool with a power-to-weight ratio never before seen in a saltwater fly reel, making the R Salt the most unique, best performing reel per dollar of any on the water today. 


  • Fully machined in the USA from our proprietary 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, models start at just 7.5 ounces | Innovative dual mini counterbalances reduce mass 
  • 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, finished with a special coating for saltwater durability
  • 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

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.

Ross Evolution R Salt Reel Specifications | Bozeman Fly Shop 

Cleaning & Maintenance

While the Evolution R Saltis 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 Salt 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.

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