Originally Posted by sweetandsalt
Now I am curious; I studied this F1 on Ross's web site and it seems to have a much larger drag sweep area than most other "sealed drag" reels. Highly regards Nautilus NV and costly Tibor Signiture reels also share this virtue. Some others achive it by stacking, thus using both surface areas of drag components...Hatch and Hardy Fortuna for good examples.
It seems US-built F1 is in pretty elite company yet no one here uses one despite the many steelheaders and saltwater anglers among us...does sombody see an issue here I am missing?
I have a few Ross Evolutions and a older Ross Rhythm all fantastic reels. For me the pricetag of the F1 does it for me. I fish 1 thru 4wts so drag isnt uber important. Quite frankly for my 6wt I happened to get a steal on a Bauer McKenzie which is a beautiful reel so I didnt shop the "new" market. I guess even if I needed a stout drag the pricetag would point me right back to a Ross Evolution or Lamson Velocity type price point.
Also the benefits of a stout drag is the flip side of the coin of a heavier reel.
Evolution for a 6wt 4.2Oz for $299
F1 for a 6wt 5.6oz for $500
It reminds me of when I was shopping for a Omega Seamaster watch for $1700....ok so its a watch but I like watches
Sales lady "Omega was the only watch landed on the moon"
Me "Im not going to the moon"
Sales lady "James Bond wears it in the movies"
Me...Im not James Bond
Sales Lady "Its waterproof to 900M"
Me "My pool is only 8' deep
Finally she gives up and says what will I have to tell you for you to buy it. Me I said tell me its 25% off
She did and I bought it.....sometimes price exceeds performance needs