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Old 12-24-2008, 05:37 PM
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Default Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

Man! It was too good to be true: the Rhythm is just another one of those
reels that can be used for left hand retrieve, but is really designed to function
as a right hand retrieve. The reels were set for LH retrieve when I bought
them last week, and the incoming click was much louder than the outgoing.
Also, the outgoing drag had an indexed feel...not too rough, but not nearly
as smooth as the incoming (which freewheels). I flipped it over to a RH
retrieve this afternoon just to confirm my suspicions, and the sounds were
reversed. More importantly, the drag became incredibly smooth!

I had some Pflueger reels that functioned the same way. They could be
used as a LH retrieve, but the performance suffered. Reel companies need
to clarify this when they say "LH Convertible", or use a better design. I have
several Okuma reels that are truly convertible. Maybe Lamsons are
better than Ross in this regard...??? My Orvis reels are.
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:35 AM
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Default Re: Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

interesting and as a LH'er, i'm a bit chagrined. have you contacted ross, see what they have to say about it? i would be curious.

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Default Re: Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

Hi Eric,
I didn't have a chance to call Ross, but I'm guessing there little that
could be done about it. Being fairly mechanical, it would seem that both the
escapement ring (the part that gets flipped), and the clutch itself would need
to be reversed for LH retrieve. In fact, it may require a LH clutch. The
Orvis BBS design seems to be ideal for RH/LH conversion. The Okuma SLV
and Lamsons both use a one-way roller clutch, and I'm going to assume that
a Lamson would work just as well as the Okuma when converted to LH.

Last night, I looked at Lamson's website. They worn not to change spools
when the reel is wet, or when debris might contaminate the drag. I might
just stick with the ol' Orvis BBS design.......
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Default Re: Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

I have 2 Rhythms (#1 & #1.5). Both left hand retrieve. I've had no drag issues. Both have worked well on smallies in rivers, and largemouths in ponds. Both of those fish have tested the drag on both reels.
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Default Re: Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

No problems from mine. All LH retrieve.
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Default Re: Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

The drag works, but not as well as it does when set for RH. Flip the escapement ring over for RH retrieve, and see how much smoother the
drag is. Also, the incoming click should be more quiet, but when set for
LH, the incoming sounds like outgoing. I did fish with the reel today, and
it balances my 9' 6wt perfectly. The incoming and outgoing click was
inaudible in the windy conditions we faced today, so......
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Default Re: Ross Rhythm Fatal Design Flaw...For LH'ers

I switched both of mine twice and couldn't tell. Also did it to my evolution which is supposed to have the same drag. I would shoot an email to Ross and then send it in. If there is a problem they will go out of their way to satisfy you.
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