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Evolution R

Like No Other

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The Evolution R is the culmination of our engineers’ and machinists’ artistic and technical prowess. It features a fully sealed carbon fiber drag with an industry-best power-to-weight ratio. Encased in a super lightweight frame, all models are less than 4.5oz. 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.

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Like no other.

Machining a fly reel is as much art as it is skill. Just as a perfect loop flying over the water is a thing of beauty crafted by the caster, the Evolution R is the culmination of our engineers’ and machinists’ artistic and technical prowess.

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.

 

TELLURIDE ANGLER - FEB. 2017 REVIEW 

"A stunning product...I walked away from the day very impressed with the new hardware from Ross."

-Richard Post, Telluride Anglers


THE FLY SHOP - MARCH 2017 REVIEW

"A great, lightweight performer."

-Matt Callies, Southwest Rep for Ross Reels

 

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ULTRALIGHT WEIGHT

All models less than 4.5 oz  and fully machined from 6061-T6 proprietary aluminum alloy

 

SEALED DRAG

Industry leading power-to-weight ratio in a fully sealed system | Proprietary carbon fiber and stainless steel disc stack

 

STAINLESS STEEL INTERNALS

All internal components are machined stainless steel

 

CUSTOM HANDLE MATERIAL

Fully machined canvas phenolic rod, resting on a 7075-T6 chromated aluminum post yields reduced weight and increased grip when wet

 

FINISH

Type II anodized for the perfect balance of hardness and color

 

CONNECTION AND CONVERSION

Quick release spool and easy left-hand to right-hand retrieve conversion

 

FLY LINE COVERAGE

3wt. - 8wt.


FISHING APPLICATION

Designed for use in all freshwater, warmwater, and saltwater fishing environments


AVAILABLE COLORS

Matte Black and Platinum


LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY


ORDER #

SIZE

UPC

ARBOR WIDTH

DIAMETER

WEIGHT

LINE WEIGHT

CAPACITY

SUGG RETAIL

Matte Black

003343

Evolution R  3 | 4

818288003343

0.975"

3.425"

4.34 oz.

3-4wt. 

WF3+90

$455.00

003381

Evolution R  4 | 5

818288003381

0.975"

3.525"

4.40 oz.

4-5wt.

WF4+95

$465.00

003428

Evolution R  5 | 6

818288003428

0.975"

3.775"

4.41 oz.

5-6wt.

WF5+110

$475.00

003466

Evolution R  7 | 8

818288003466

0.975" 4.025" 4.48 oz. 7-8wt. WF8+160 $495.00

Platinum

003350

Evolution R  3 | 4

818288003350

0.975"

3.425"

4.34 oz.

3-4wt. 

WF3+90

$455.00

003398

Evolution R  4 | 5

818288003398

0.975"

3.525"

4.40 oz.

4-5wt.

WF4+95

$465.00

003459

Evolution R  5 | 6

818288003459

0.975"

3.775"

4.41 oz.

5-6wt.

WF5+110

$475.00

003473

Evolution R  7 | 8

818288003473

0.975" 4.025" 4.48 oz. 7-8wt. WF8+160 $495.00

 

Additional Information

Fishing Conditions Freshwater
Line Weight 2-4 Weight, 3-5 Weight, 4-6 Weight, 5-7 Weight, 7-9 Weight, 8-10 Weight

Customer Reviews

Detailed Product Review Review by Telluride Anglers - Richard Post
Quality
Ross Evolution R Reel

There is something big in the works from the folks at Ross Reels in Montrose, Colorado: the Ross Evolution R. This reel will come in as Ross’ top of the line freshwater fly reel and it will be offered in four sizes, a 3/4, 4/5, 5/6 and a 7/8. Retail prices will range from $455 for the 3/4 to $495 for the 7/8 and it is available in Matte Black and Platinum.

The Evolution R is a fly reel that is comparable to none. This reel looks stunning. It sports the classic Double R logo machined into the drag knob and the spool release. The reel foot is ported and features the Evolution R logo along with the model size underneath the foot where it rests on the reel seat. The first thing you’ll notice is the extensive amount of machining and the unique and intelligent porting on the frame and spool. You’ll also look for the drag knob for just a second until you get your hands on the frame side of the reel and find a large round six spoked drag knob that rests cleanly along the frame.

The shape and size of the drag knob allow you to rotate it with your finger tips and also with your palm. Think fishing with gloves on. It also aligns perfectly with the machining on the frame and sports the classic double R machined into the knob.

Another unique feature is the shape of the spool. The inner arbor of the reel is asymmetrical with smaller diameter on the frame side that becomes progressively larger toward the handle side. This feature allows the line to stack more naturally and neatly without as much input from the angler. Are you the guy that blindly cranks your fly line back onto the reel only to have it jam up against the frame? This reel will solve that problem. (The asymmetrical spool shape is also found on the Ross Colorado LT).

The machined platinum color spool release knob screws securely into the drag housing and is connected via a hexagonal nut (see image below of drag housing for detail of the hexagonal connection).

Looking at the reel handle you’ll notice another really smart touch. It is actually a machined canvas micarta handle that surrounds a 7075 machined aluminum spindle. The handle has a completely unique feel and becomes tackier when it gets wet.

The spool counter balance is the same piece used on the all-time classic Ross San Miguel reel.

Ross Evolution R ReelThe drag system is a completely new design from Ross and features alternating disks of carbon fiber and stainless steel stacked and sealed in a central hub. The drag is very, very strong. The model in this review is a 4/5 and that reel has drag pressure I would expect to find in an 8 weight reel (or better). Start-up inertia is negligible and unnoticeable. The drag feels very smooth and the pressure increases incrementally across its range of two and a quarter full rotations of the drag knob.

Finally, I want to take a page out of fly rod reviews and talk about the feel of this reel. Feel is something we talk a lot about when reviewing fly rods, but less commonly with reels. This reel just feels special when you pick it up. There’s nothing like it on the market from a cosmetic standpoint, but it doesn’t look so funky as to beg the question, “Is this a fly reel?” The clicker sounds metallic in the way of a quality ratchet, but quieter and subtler than that of the original Gunnison. The spool and frame attach confidently, securely and easily to one another. The spacing is tight and precise between the spool and frame with no wobble. The lines on the reel are undoubtedly modern and the overall aesthetic is very sleek and clean. I’m very impressed with this reel and guarantee I’ll put one of these to work this spring and summer.

~ Richard Post, Telluride Angler
January, 2017 (Posted on 2/9/2017)

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