In some cases, large saltwater reels are little more than scaled-up versions of freshwater models, including the drag systems. Ross Reels decided that when it created its new Canyon Big Game Series reels the company would start from the ground up. The engineers at Ross extensively tested every conceivable material used in drags, and then carried that testing through each component to create its new Big Game reels. Every consideration was given to the choice of drag and body materials, spool design and even finish. The result is a serious piece of finely tooled machinery that should withstand years of heavy use in the torturous saltwater environment.
The new Big Game series boasts a drag system featuring more than 6 square inches of a polymer composite material that is impervious to extreme temperatures, weather, compression and corrosion. It even offers three backup systems to ensure dependability and consistency. The reel features a large arbor/wide spool for quick line pickup, and the quick-release spool easily changes from left- to right-hand retrieve without the need for tools.
The Canyon Big Game series is available in three versatile models, including a 7/8/9-weight, a 9/10/11-weight and an 11/12/13-weight. They retail for $295 to $375.
For more information, contact Ross Reels, PMB #279, 1550 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202; 303-232-8247.