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Ross Fly Reels Ross CLA Fly Reels carry the name of one of Ross' oldest, and most popular series, however the CLA is a departure from the original Cimarron design. It incorporates Ross' newest generation drag mechanism that is incredibly smooth, heat resistant, and provides a level of stopping power not typically found in a moderately priced fly reel. The CLA sets the standard for what anglers should expect from an American made, high-quality, reasonably priced reel.

The mechanical operation of the CLA is consistent throughout the series, but improvements have been made to the CLA in sizes 4-7 to support their use when battling bigger fish. When comparing them to the smaller sized CLA reels, you will find that the size 4-7 reels have a larger drag knob, handle and spool cap, but most importantly, they have a stronger drag system. To ensure smooth performance with fast-running fish, these larger four sized have been equipped with oil impregnated bushings for spool rotation. The frame and spool have also been reinforced to eliminate flexing. With a wide range of sizes available, the CLA series is appropriate for any fishing application, including Spey.

The Ross CLA Fly Reels have the following features:

  • Strong, smooth, and sensitive disc drag system
  • Friction based Delrin drag material that is impervious to heat, compression, glazing, aging and crumbling
  • Fully ventilated, perfectly balanced spool and frame
  • Perfect ratio of spool width to arbor diameter that provides all the benefits of large arbor technology
  • Pleasant incoming and outgoing click
  • Seamless transition between line-in and drag engagement (no start-up friction)
  • Available in Black and Grey Mist

The table below describes each of the Ross CLA Fly reels.


CLA Fly Reel Specifications
Line Wt.Capacity
#10.90"3.00"4.502 - 4 wt.WF3+75
#1.50.90"3.125"4.643 - 5 wt.WF4+100
#20.90"3.25"4.984 - 6 wt.WF5+125
#31.00"3.50"5.555 - 7 wt.WF6+175
#41.1"3.75"7.67 - 9 wt.WF8+200
#51.2"4.00"8.18 - 10 wt.WF9+250
#61.2"4.25"9.010 - 12 wt.WF11+275
#71.25"4.50"9.711 -13 wt.WF12+300

These reels are designed for freshwater, warmwater or saltwater use. They are made in the USA and Ross unconditionally guarantees these reels against manufacturer's defects in materials and workmanship for as long as the original purchaser owns the reel. They come with a protective neoprene case with the Ross logo on it.


Review Summary
( 4 Reviews )
of customers would recommend this product.75%
Reviewer Profile:   Avid Fisher (3)
Durable (3)
Smooth Drag System (3)
Smooth Reeling (2)
Best Uses
Fly Fishing (4)

Not what I expected
Upstate Illinois
About Me:
Avid Fisher
Like many of you, I try to buy American-made products when I can. That said, I hope the CLA6 I ordered lives up to its' reputation. There is a LOT of plastic behind the spool. The entire drag housing is plastic and the clicker tab is the most cheesy thing I've ever seen in a reel - let alone one that costs this much. Ross reels have a good reputation for durability and performance, but the materials of construction in this reel are a letdown.
Pros: Smooth Drag System, Smooth Reeling
Cons: Poor Construction
Best Uses: Fly Fishing
Ross CLA-7 Alaska Rugged
Wasilla, Alaska
About Me:
Avid Fisher
Using it with Rio Skagit on a Spey rod. Keeps large steel head under control!
Pros: Durable, Smooth Drag System, Smooth Reeling
Cons: none
Best Uses: Fly Fishing, River Fishing
an excellent reel!!!
About Me:
I work as a guide on the Russian and Kenai rivers in Alaska and will put my CLR 6wt up against any fish in those streams other than King salmon. I have landed many Dolly Varden and Rainbows from 5 to 10 pounds on this reel.
Pros: Smooth Drag System, Durable, Reliable
Cons: none
Best Uses: Fly Fishing
Great design, craftsmanship and drag
Erie, PA
About Me:
Avid Fisher
Great Steelhead Reel, 7-9 size can double as small spey reel with gel-spun backing. Drag stops 8lb. Steelhead but could easily tackle 30lb. Kings!
Pros: Versatile, Lightweight, Durable
Cons: none
Best Uses: Saltwater Fishing, Fly Fishing, Freshwater Fishing