Re: Thoughts on Ross Evolution LT vs CLA
I have a Ross Rhythm 3.5, which is basically a beefed-up Evolution with the same drag. I've used it for coho, chum and steelhead no problem. I've never had any trouble with the reel. If I were looking for a 5-6 weight reel with disc drag I'd definitely consider an Evolution based on my experience with the Rhythm.
I also have a CLA 6 on one of my double-handed rods--bought both of them a year ago. I've only caught one fish with it so can't tell you much in terms of performance but it's a well-made reel and I expect it will perform.
I like Ross reels generally--I've got four of them (two Momentums in addition to the Rhythm and CLA) and they're all good. Machined anodized aluminum, palming rims, American made, maintenance free, lifetime warranty--there's a lot to like.