Here on day 1 at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show, we just got a walkthrough of the new products from Ross and Ross Worldwide. There’s some cool stuff here – have a look.
The new Rx rods are now the top end of Ross’s reel line. They’re faster and lighter than Ross’s previous rods. We test cast the 8 weight and thought it’d be a great rod for bonefish at Andros South – it performs particularly well for longer casts and shooting large amounts of line. At $299 these rods are definitely a great deal.
Something for the ladies! Built with the same graphite as the Rx rods, the Diamond rod series has smaller grips specifically designed for female hands. Bonus points – these rods are actually bedazzled! They’ve got little gems inlaid in the butt section. Why not? They’re also $299.
The big news from Ross is their new F1 reel – a high end teched-out reel for line weights from 3 to 8. We thought the F1 was cool enough that we shot a video walkthrough of the reel that we’ll be posting in the next day or so.
RossTec Spey Cases
They’re not new rods and reels, but the RossTec spey cases meet a serious demand for those of us with the double-hand disease. They’re built with a reel pouch big enough to accommodate two-handed rods and their reels – making it possible to protect and transport spey rigs without taking off your reel. Nice. We’ll be using these on the Upper Dean next year.
The Pescador Pliers have been around for a few years, but this year Ross brought them out in cool anodized rainbow trout and tarpon patterns. They work the same but look better.