I'm a traditional full-framed, internal spooled, small-arboured reel kind of guy, or at least have been till now. There's no question that large-arbour reels have certain advantages, particularly when matched with longer rods & heavier lines. But, for my short light rods, for 4/5 wt. they didn't seem to make much sense.
I was going to happily live out my life enjoying my vintage click-check & disk-drag standard-arbour reels. After all, aren't eight fly reels enough for one fisherman? (My wife certainly thinks I have too many.)
When in 2016 Ross Reels introduced the Colorado LA click reel, I was mildly interested, but not enough to own one. This year, with a lot of home time, a lot more opportunity to think plus a bit more cash in the wallet, I was ready to give a new "updated" Colorado click LA reel a try.
Last week I ordered the larger 4/5 (3.57" dia.) model in matte black, which arrived this Tuesday. A sculpted semi caged frame, a snap-on snap-off skeletal spool, a bi-directional all metal over run "click", a comfortable handle, what's there not to like? Seems a very light reel at 3.5 oz.
I can't wait to hear this baby "sing" on my Livingston 806, with a large rainbow attached to the other end.
The reel is now loaded with a shortened (20m.) S.A. WF5F GPX (5.5) line, + a short 25m. of 30lb. Micron backing. (Played around with different kinds of backing. For this shortened fly line, the reel could only fit 42m. of 20lb. Micron or 60m. of 35lb. Spectra. I did not like how the Spectra handled.)
I've been used to full length (27m) lines with close to 100m of 30lb Micron backing,... so this should be a radical change.
Anyways, here she is: