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Ross Evolution R

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One of the most stunning high performance reels that we’ve seen.


Machining a fly reel is as much art as it is a skill. Just as a perfect loop flying over the water is a thing of beauty crafted by the caster, the Evolution R is the culmination of our engineers’ and machinists’ artistic and technical prowess.

The Evolution R is not only lightweight, but also incredibly rigid and durable, with a unique geometry that is as functional as it is stylish. The innovative shape of the ultra-large arbor spool is engineered to force the even winding of the line across the face of the spool as it is retrieved – something never before seen in a fly reel.

The new drag design is also an industry first: a fully sealed, bonded proprietary carbon fluoropolymer and stainless steel interface that delivers smooth power in a lightweight, compact package. Start-up inertia is virtually non-existent to protect the most delicate of tippet. The Evolution R’s extremely wide range of brake adjustment also manages to produce some of the highest drag pressure found in a fly reel.

This all is controlled by a subtle yet striking, frame-integrated drag knob that blends perfectly into the form of the reel. Its solid grip allows for easy manipulation of settings – even while wearing gloves. Couple this with the canvas phenolic handle, first introduced by Ross Reels, the on-the-water functionality of the Evolution R is second to none.


Black, Platinum

Retrieve Options

Left Hand retrieve, Right Hand retrieve

Reel Size

3/4 (2-4 wts.), 4/5 (4-5 wts.), 5/6 (5-6 wts.), 7/8 (7-8 wts.)


Cortland 20 lb 100 yds., Cortland 20 lb 200 yds., Cortland 30 lb 100 yds., Cortland 30 lb 200 yds., Cortland 80 lb 100 yds., Cortland 80 lb 200 yds., Hatch 68 lb 100 yds., Hatch 68 lb 200 yds.