Ross San Miguel

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i don't see people posting anything about the new Ross San Miguel??? Anyone fishing one? What are your thoughts about this reel?
 

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You might check out the threads below.

My short take: Smooth; expensive; too heavy (for graphite); prefer the looks of the original


 

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thanks for the links. i'm looking for a reel that would balance out a euro rod. Seems like all the new reels out today are having a contest on who could be the lightest??? :unsure:
 

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Sage has a euro nymph reel too.

I just bought a San Miguel for a fiberglass rod. I went out reel shopping sort of determined to buy an Abel and played around with maybe a dozen different reels without price being a factor in my purchase decision. My first inclination was a Super or a SDF with the underwood artwork, and they are indeed fine reels.

I ended up walking out with the San Miguel. They are definitely quality. From what I understand Ross was wanting to raise the price on them because their margins are not a lot on these reels. They cost them a lot to produce because of the workmanship and matirials that go into them.

I just really liked how this reel paired with my rod. They are beautiful reels. There is nothing sweeter than getting a rod, reel, and line combo that matches just right.

I liked how much they weight for my purposes, and that might also be beneficial for a euro nymph rig.
 
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I think some of them have small weight plates that can be used to adjust the reel's weight. I have seen this feature marketed for euro nymphing and also spey.
 

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If you look at Hardy's new UDLA reels they feature a full frame design specifically designed to help preclude the sucking of mono into the reel.
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i don't see people posting anything about the new Ross San Miguel??? Anyone fishing one? What are your thoughts about this reel?
I have one. It spins like no reel I've owned, it only clicks in one direction, the spool release is a push-button much like Galvan Torque reels, the weight is something I find matches well with my various 4-5wt rods. The solid frame (not ported) appeals to me, -overall I really like it.
 

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I have one in a 4/5 and fish in on my 590 Sage X. I think it balances really well for me, though I do prefer a slightly heavier reel for that fulcrum point advantage. Also, I had a 5/6 and it paired really with with my 597 Sage X but I ended selling it to use the funds for an Abel Vaya 5/6.

if you do get one, you’re going to be one happy camper! They’re super sleek and the best looking all black reel in my opinion.
 

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If you look at Hardy's new UDLA reels they feature a full frame design specifically designed to help preclude the sucking of mono into the reel.
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I have just purchased the UDLA in 4000, 5000 and 6000. They are a marked improvement over the CA DD in every way. HC has used his experience in the World Championships to produce a superbly designed full frame. These reels cover everything I am likely to encounter. My slight reservation is venturing backcountry in NZ and encountering a fall - the lightweight design whilst conducive to modern performance rods may not be able to withstand the rough and tumble of NZ backcountry. A Galvan Torque will be sitting in the backpack as a backup. For modern techniques elsewhere, these are cracking reels.
 
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