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Old 03-03-2009, 01:57 PM
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I need to buy a Saltwater reel for Bonefish, Permit, Snook, etc...
Does anyone have feedback on the Ross Canyon Big Game reels and/or how it compares to the Momentum?
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The Canyon big game was a burly reel that held up really well and had insane stopping power. The Momentum was likely as good or better, but their leverage of Kestrel in promoting the drag struck me as silly. (I'm a cycling nerd too, and Kestrel ain't been top of the class for a few dozen months.)

They revamped the Momentum with prettier/lighter porting for this year, so deals can be found on the original version. Ross' offerings in the cheap range have been less consistently spectacular, but all their stuff over $200 is pretty great. Caveat- Vexsis' drag seems to be a bit of a Diva- Fly Reel Review: Ross Vexsis - MidCurrent

I'd also look at Lamson's Litespeed and Velocity offerings. Great stuff and that drag is TOTALLY sealed.
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All of our personal reels, and boat reels for guiding on salt are BG 4's & 5's.... we fish them hard and put them away wet... years of flawless service is what we have come to expect from any Ross USA reel.
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I like Ross reels for trout and such but they sure don't much think about weight when building saltwater reels. Well... they didn't until the Momentum flopped because it was even heavier than the already heavy Big Game.
I admit to having a Big Game and have used it in the salt for albies and such. It works just fine, if only it weighed less I would not be looking around for its replacement.
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All of our personal reels, and boat reels for guiding on salt are BG 4's & 5's.... we fish them hard and put them away wet... years of flawless service is what we have come to expect from any Ross USA reel.
I've been told that despite its cost, the Vexsis is made overseas.
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I use the Momentum for redfish and snook on my 8wt. It works just fine and the drag is smooth. Weight is not thatbig of a deal as most saltwater reels (eg Abel, Tibor, etc) tend to be heavy as well. If there are deals out there, jump on it.
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Can't comment on the newer Ross reels, but I have a 15 year old Ross Cimmaron 5 that has always worked flawlwessly despite less than perfect care.
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