Product review by Michael McMillan
It's not all that often that you find quality gear and a great deal. But it looks like these new reels from Ross and Redington are going to change that stereotype once and for all. Here are a few of the new offerings around $100.00 that we're pleased to offer for the 2016 season.
Ross Reels is a great little company based right out of Colorado. They have been making quality reels for a number of years now, and that quality has no doubt been carried into their new budget friendly designs.
The Eddy is an excellent starter reel at $70.00 but maintains many of the features of its more costly brothers: a silky smooth drag system, and a proprietary coating that should increase durability over the long haul.
The Ross Rapid is a steal for the angler that wants a reel capable of stopping bruiser browns while protecting light tippet. An enclosed, infinitely adjustable super-smooth Rulon® disc drag system is responsible for doing the heavy work, while the reverse taper handle yields a solid grip on angry wild trout.
It looks like Redington has a few new cards in their deck as well. From the ultra lightweight minimalist design of the Zero, to the muskie-stopping brute force of the Behemoth, they have you covered for under $110.00.
At just 2.7 oz in the 3wt class, the Zero is setting standards for lightweight reels everywhere. The minimalist design, and an all-new, durable clicker drag system make for the ultimate in lightweight trout reels.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Behemoth offers a unique, unmachinable, die-cast construction. This durable, interlocking large-arbor spool design looks and functions like a premium reel. Coupled with a super-heavy duty carbon fiber drag system, this reel will put the brakes on even the burliest game fish.
All of these fresh reels and more are available in the shop or online at www.anglerscovey.com. Come on by and let's find the reel that best meets your budget and your fly fishing goals.
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