Sage Reels vs. Ross Reels

#1
Looking for a new Spey reel. Looking in the $250 - $350 range. Looking at either the Sage 4200 or Ross CLA maybe the Evolution. Any strong opinions on this?

Thanks!
 
#2
I have a CLA for 6-7-8 wts and two Evolutions for 4-5-6. I like them all for the money, but the CLA seems to pick up a lot of sand under the spool. I have to pull it off and rinse it constantly. I've never had this problem with the evolutions.
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#5
I've got a sage 1800 and like it a lot, except the fact that its die cast which has lead to some wobble I think, taking a step up to the machined isn't a bad idea. I do totally hate the lack of click though, I like to hear my fish run
 

Itchy Dog

Some call me Kirk Werner
#8
I've got the CLA and it's a good, no-nonsense reel. There's a reason Ross has kept it around for so long.
I also have a Momentum LT and like it a lot. Haven't had any problems.
 

Tom Palmer

Active Member
#9
Ross is very clear which reels are made in the US and which are not. The cheapies under the "Worldwide" label are made overseas. All the good stuff is made in the US, including the CLA, Evolution, Momentum etc...

My general rule is this. Sage makes great rods. That is their primary focus and when I need a rod I consider Sage.
Ross makes great reels. When I need a reel they get consideration.

I don't buy Sage reels or Ross rods.

Also, the Ross reels you are looking at are all made in the US. The Sage is made in Korea.

Total no brainer to me... Ross all the way. (Same logic I use when buying Sage rods over Redington, TFO etc...)
 
#11
Thanks everyone! I was leaning towards the idea of "I buy sage rods but not sage reels....I buy ross reels but not ross rods and korea v. USA. Cheers!

Tight lines!
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#12
Ross is very clear which reels are made in the US and which are not. The cheapies under the "Worldwide" label are made overseas. All the good stuff is made in the US, including the CLA, Evolution, Momentum etc...

My general rule is this. Sage makes great rods. That is their primary focus and when I need a rod I consider Sage.
Ross makes great reels. When I need a reel they get consideration.

I don't buy Sage reels or Ross rods.

Also, the Ross reels you are looking at are all made in the US. The Sage is made in Korea.

Total no brainer to me... Ross all the way. (Same logic I use when buying Sage rods over Redington, TFO etc...)
Yes!
 

BDD

Active Member
#14
Ross is very clear which reels are made in the US and which are not. The cheapies under the "Worldwide" label are made overseas. All the good stuff is made in the US, including the CLA, Evolution, Momentum etc...

My general rule is this. Sage makes great rods. That is their primary focus and when I need a rod I consider Sage.
Ross makes great reels. When I need a reel they get consideration.

I don't buy Sage reels or Ross rods.

Also, the Ross reels you are looking at are all made in the US. The Sage is made in Korea.

Total no brainer to me... Ross all the way. (Same logic I use when buying Sage rods over Redington, TFO etc...)
My thoughts exactly.