Re: Ross F1 dilemma
I stopped at the largest, most reputable fly shop in my area. They carry Ross, Hatch, Nautilus, Lamson, etc. When I asked the long-time salesman if they carried the F1, he looked at me as if I was crazy. He said he wasn't familiar with that model in a patronizing way that suggested I didn't know what I was talking about. How strange is that -- a long-time employee of the largest Ross dealer in the area not even knowing the F1 exists!
On a side note, I played with the Nautilus FWX 5/6 and am surprised they went through the trouble of putting a drag on the reel. It is the weakest drag I've seen on a reel. My 12 year old Ross Canyon's drag failed and is still stronger! I highly doubt it would slow a 5lb fish on a lake, let alone in a current. Overall, it seemed like a quality product. One should just expect it to be more of a click and pawl reel.