12-24-2008, 05:37 PM
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.