I am with you on the clicker. I don't like any reel with an incoming clicker. Next time you are in the market for a reel take a look at the Galvan reels
. These are bar-stock reels made in the US. The Open Back is my favorite Trout reel. They are not quite as lite as the Ross but the drag is perfect and the quality is definitely there. No out going click on these reels.