Ross RX

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Ross RX

Other than the logo on the rod, the Ross RX is unchanged since our 2013  Five-Weight Shootout, when it finished tied for 7th.   It finished farther back this year since there are just more good rods showing up that cast better and look better.  This is another rod made in the orient.  The action seems closer to medium than medium fast.  A more flexible tip would do wonders for this rod.  The price is right, and Ross has one of the best warranties in the business.   

This rod is a reddish brown with dark red raps, some trimmed with silver in the butt section and at the ferrules.  A Western style grip is used with a silver aluminum, double locking, uplock seat with a color coordinated red graphite insert.  The guides are one SiC stripper, and then the rest hard chrome snake guides.  For fifty bucks more, the Echo 3 is a lot better rod.

George’s Casting Notes:   The perfect line: Scientific Angler GPX in WF-5-F

Performance at 25 feet: 17.5 points out of 20
Not so great.  The stiffer tip killed it in close.  The Mystic Reaper kicks ass here.

Performance at 45 feet:  18 points out of 20
Better, but still not thrilling. The Echo 3 was far better at mid and long distance.

Performance at 70 feet:  18.5 points out of 20
Getting better as the distance increases, but still nothing that excites me.  The Echo 3 thumps it big time as does the BVK. 

Ross RX

Ross RX

I think of this rod as a poor man’s Sage ONE since it is light and stiff.  It is light and stiff and it means business.  Anglers who want to fish smaller dries in close will definitely want to look at a softer action, but for those who often fish in heavy wind, fish heavy nymph rigs, or like to fish streamers on a 5-weight, this rod is a winner.    Definitely needs a GPX and you may even want to up-line it with a 6 weight Trout line.

James' Casting Notes:  54.5 out of 60

Performance at 25 feet:  16.5 out of 20  
Accurate but no feel.  At least it feels light in hand.  Delicate presentations were difficult.

Performance at 45 feet:  19 out of 20  
This rod is starting to feel a lot sweeter!  another rod that reminds me of a “poor man’s sage ONE.”

Performance at 70 feet:  19 out of 20  
Light and powerful, this rod does well in windy conditions and going long…


Josh's Notes: 

Its no secret that Ross makes an incredible reel, and I like their Reach Spey rods that I can’t put down, but the RX just isn’t really a player in 5-weight rods when you have companies like Mystic and Fenwick producing great rods under $250.

Total: 49.5

Performance at 25 feet: 16.5 points out of 20  The RX handled the short-range casts well, but it didn’t feel as smooth as the other good price point rods.  I also had to work a little harder to load the rod at this range, probably because of its stiffer tip.

Performance at 45 feet: 16.5 points out of 20 This rod held tight loops and was fairly accurate. Still, not better than the Echo 3 or St. Croix Imperial at this range.

Performance at 70 feet: 16.5 points out of 20 The RX had some trouble tracking at this distance, making the angler focus on his stroke and power distribution. For the money, the St. Croix Imperial would be a better investment.

Logan's Notes: 

The Ross Rx has a lot of potential in my opinion.  It was very smooth and felt great in the hand.  When casting this rod I was looking for a little more finesse.  I think slightly more feel in the tip would send this rod into the top 10 for me.

Logan's casting notes: 52 out of 60

Performance at 25 feet: 17.5 points out of 20

At 25 feet the Ross Rx was not bad.  It was consistently accurate and tracked well.  Overall this rod didn’t do much for me.  It was performing well and casting great but it lacked something.

Performance at 45 feet: 17.5 points out of 20

The Ross Rx was casting better at this distance.  It was hitting the plate and tracked very well.  I found myself wondering why I didn’t love this rod. 

Performance at 70 feet: 17 points out of 20

This rod can get it out there, but this is still a rod I wouldn’t be able to fish with confidence at 70 feet.

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