IFTD 2019 Product Buzz: Ross San Miguel and TU Animas reel


Ross Reels, based in Montrose, Colorado, famously names reel models after Centennial State rivers. And they’ve revamped newer generations of many. The one I’ve missed most, and the one I am most happy to see a second generation of is the San Miguel. Not only did I do a lot of my growing-up fishing in and around Telluride, but I’ve always liked the look and feel of this reel. I like the drag knob, the startup, and the overall finish. The new San Miguel has a beefed-up enclosed drag system, and it actually clicks (unlike the original) as line is pulled off the spool, which I consider an upgrade of sorts. I like the sound of a trout pulling on a reel. Retail is $595, so this is going to be a high-end addition to the Ross lineup.

Ross also is making a version of its Animas reel to directly benefit the river it is named after. A special design (green and silver) variation that sells for $350 will yield $75 directly for Trout Unlimited’s programs that improve the health (and fishing quality) on the Animas. Do contact Ross to inquire about carrying these reels and helping this river.


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