Originally Posted by markwaldin
I just wanted to clarfiy one thing for you. The ROSS reels are cast aluminum, not machined. I also own a ross reel for my 5wt rod and it performs quite nicely. The fact that it is cast and not machined means it will not be as strong as a machined reel.
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Mark, the Cimarron, CLA, Rythm, Evolution, Momentum and Flow reels are all fully machined. Their new low end line of Ross Worldwide reels is cast aluminum. I haven't tried any of these reels as of yet so I can't comment on how good a reel they are. You are right about the machined reels being stronger though.