ROSS REELS EVOLUTION LTX 5/6 FLY REEL : 5-6WT
The Ross Evolution LTX is the next generation in premium, high-end trout reels. The award-winning Evolution LTX is an engineering marvel, with a drag system 4x as strong as its predecessor, in a beautifully crafted, lightweight package to perfectly balance fly rods weighing mere ounces.
The new, ultra-smooth drag system retains the sound and feel that made the Evolution an icon, but now incorporates a stacked disc drag system based on the Evolution R saltwater reels, resulting in a powerhouse drag system that would be overkill if it wasn’t so lightweight. This allows it to perform not only as a perfect trout reel, but also has the power to take on saltwater game fish like Redfish, Bonefish, and Snook.
The Evolution LTX drag system is built on an oil-impregnated bronze brushing, rotating on a stainless steel spindle post. Ross Evolution LTX reels are CNC machined to exacting tolerances in Montrose, CO from proprietary aircraft grade T-6061 barstock aluminum. These gorgeous reels are then hard anodized for the perfect balance of durability and color. The large arbor spool includes an innovative line channel for cleanly hiding arbor knots when winding on backing. The Ross Reels signature bell-shaped arbor design also adds strength, while helping to self-level the fly line across the face of the spool as it is retrieved.
The LTX also incorporates a handle machined from canvas phenolic rod, another Ross Reels innovation, which reduces weight, adds durability, and increases grip when wet. The meticulously designed features of the LTX converge in a light weight package, redefining the trout reel for another generation.
- Ultra-lightweight to balance modern premium rods
- Gorgeous, innovative, lightweight engineering
- CNC machined to exacting tolerances from aircraft aluminum in Montrose, CO
- Ultra-smooth, stacked disc drag system based on Evolution R saltwater drag system
- Drag system is 4x times as powerful as previous Evolution reels
- Large Arbor design self levels fly line and incorporates line channel to hide knots
- Machined canvas phenolic handle reduces weight, increases durability and grip when wet
- Hard anodized for beautiful color and durability
- Backed by the Ross Reels Lifetime Warranty
- Weight: 4.65oz
- Diameter: 3.83”
- Width: 1.08”
- Capacity: WF6/95yds/20lb
4.90/5 Stars out of 10 Reviews
Mark (Chesapeake Bay) | September 27th, 2022
I really enjoy working this reel. It is light and easy to manage. The drag knob is large enough to be found and adjusted without fumbling. Yet not so large as to get accidentally changed.
After a year of use and simple fresh water rinses I found no interior corrosion. I would buy this reel again.
Roger (Fl) | December 29th, 2021
Hooked into Bonefish with little Stevie in Great Exuma. The 5/6Toss on the Douglas Sky G rod allowed me to make hundreds of casts without much fatigue. The drag system really did well when these fish made their runs and the experience was delightful. I’m going to get another spool for floating line to fish streams for salmonids.
Jake (Idaho) | July 1st, 2021
This is a decent reel. It can't be beat on the weight. However, the drag knob is somewhat difficult to turn for it's diameter. I would prefer if either the size of the knob were increased and/or if it were made easier to turn. It's also only about one turn to go from minimum to maximum drag.
Jonathan Hof (Jersey City, New Jersey) | September 1st, 2020
This reel is absolutely amazing. It has a very smooth drag and has more than enough drag to stop any fish. It’s durable and lightweight and fits perfectly with most rods. Definitely recommended
Ronnie (NC) | June 14th, 2020
The reel is super lightweight and currently paired with a G Loomis NRX+ LP. Balances very well in the 5/6. Drag is strong, and reel has a distinct click, but it's quiet and not obnoxious about it.
Comfortable handle, easy to adjust.
Justin (Ky) | May 9th, 2020
Paired well with Helios 3f 6wt
Mohammed S El-Kurdi (MA) | May 6th, 2020
This reel is super light and strong. The drag system is very impressive, with easy adjustment and very comfortable/ergonomic knob. With proper care this reel will last forever. Such a simple and elegant design that is a definite head turner. Looks beautiful on my Taylor Anomaly. Pictures don't do it justice.
TC (Michigan) | April 1st, 2020
I've fished Ross for years now and have always been impressed with their performance and craftsmanship. The LTX is a great recent addition to my reel collection and checks all the important boxes; looks great, well-constructed, lightweight, and has a nice sound to it. Also worth noting from personal experience, Ross has a superb customer service team.
Dave B (Colorado) | October 9th, 2019
This is my first Ross reel but not my last! Until now I have used almost exclusively Lamson Litespeed reels and wanted to try something different. I looked at the Ross reels at the Denver Fly show and was impressed by the quality build and workmanship. Let me say these fish as good as they look! The drag is very smooth with little or no startup inertia. The drag knob is very functional and rotates completely to set precisely at whatever resistance required. Beautifully anodized and machined. No slop or play whatsoever with a great sound and feel. The large arbor picks up line fast and is as smooth as silk. The handle is made of some canvas phenolic (whatever that is) but it is grippy when wet and very comfortable, a nice touch. Definitely a top end reel and highly recommended.
Ben (Columbus, OH) | September 25th, 2019
I have been using this reel since July. It is incredibly light and gives off a sweet sound and feel when a fish takes off with your line. It has one of the best drags I have ever used. It easily handles monster runs by big fish. This is a must have for all anglers. Pick one up and you will have a hard time fishing anything else.