Ross Fly Rise
The Lowdown: Ross built its large-arbor Flyrise around its Evolution LT drag system but in a cast, rather than machined, aluminum frame. The testers agreed the system worked well, but raised questions about fit and finish and the use of plastic parts. "Nice design, but the construction seems a bit flimsy," said Dabney, who noted that the aluminum frame scratched easily, and that converting the reel to right-hand operation involved removing four small screws--"a more complicated procedure" than the other reels required. Cornelius felt the reel was "very well made and durable." He said the drag performed well but his "hand kept slipping off the knob," a complaint echoed by McCosker.
Hits: "Failproof drag system." --Dabney
Misses: "Price is too high for what you get." --Cornelius