Reader Reviews: Ross CLA Fly Reel

Fly Fishing, Fly Reels, Gear, Product Reviews — By on January 12, 2012 11:49 am
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Rating: 9.9/10 (6 votes cast)

The CLA has set the standard for affordable large arbor fly reels. The CLA series incorporates a superior drag mechanism that is extraordinarily smooth, heat resistant and provides incredible stopping power. While the CLA is offered at a reasonable price, no options have been overlooked. The series is fully machined out of a proprietary aluminum alloy, fully anodized for protection and built to take the type of abuse applied to a reel that is used every day of the season. This is why the CLA series is the most popular reel for outfitters and guides who demand unwavering performance in an affordable package. This is the same reason the CLA is also our dealers’ favorite for anglers that are looking for an American made, high quality, reasonably priced fly reel. CLA 4-7 (Larger Components for Bigger Fish!) The mechanical design of all CLA reels is consistent throughout the series, but improvements have been made to the four largest sizes to support their use in battling bigger fish. The CLA (sizes 4-7) have a larger sized drag knob, handle and spool cap, but most importantly they have a STRONGER DRAG SYSTEM. The frame and spool have also been reinforced to eliminate flexing when battling the “big boys”. With a wide range of sizes available, the CLA series is appropriate for any fishing application. And because of its great size, dependability, drag performance and affordable price, the CLA (sizes 4-7) have become one of the most popular spey series on the market today.

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  1. Gerald Schatzman says:
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    I have a CLA 2 that I use on a 6 Wt Winston Ibis for smallmouth fishing. It has performed great since Feb 03. While fishing for smallmouth in the fall of 07 I hooked a 30 in striped bass and landed it after a long battle. The drag on the CLA was great and helped land that monster. Ross put out a great products, I have 3 other reels from Ross.

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  2. John says:
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    I have used Ross Reels for years as a Guide. They have never failed me or a sport. Ross has a great reputation for customer service and if I’ve has questions Brad Befuss has answered them completely! Never hesitate to use a Ross CLA you’ll be glad you did.

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  3. Bryan Alguire says:
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    I have a CLA 5, use it for salmon and steelhead great reel for the price, The only negative is I have had problems with the drag freezing up, so I do not recommend using when temp is below 32 deg F.

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  4. OkieFlier says:
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    I have the CLA 1.5 I use on my Winston Vapor 3 wt. Great reel and match for my fishing!

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  5. ML Love says:
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    I have 4-CLA reels, fishing 3, 5, 6 & 8 wgts. They perform flawlessly under some rather adverse conditions. Great value, dependable and great support.

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  6. Cam Santana says:
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    A great reel at any cost. I’ve have my Ross CLA2 paired up with my Hardy Zenith 9′ 5wt. rod, for a few years now, a great combo. I fish over 75 days a year and it never has failed me. All I know is that I will not be looking for a new reel anytime in the near future. I’ll probably be handing it down to my grandchildren. P.S. I don’t have have any grand kids.

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