Ross Reels Animas Fly Reel Fly Line Included

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Ross Animas Fly-Fishing Fly Reel

The Ross Animas Fly-Fishing Fly Reel is a Ross fly-fishing fly reel that is a very affordable fly-fishing fly reel that is feature-rich and very innovative. This fly-fishing fly reel is designed with a very lightweight large arbor ported frame that features a very smooth drag and can be converted from left to right without any tools which is really great. 

The Animas takes the time proven features that made the original Animas a guide and Platte River Fly Shop favorite, while incorporating machining features that bring it into the modern era of Ross Reels.

A fully redesigned frame and spool are highlights of the new Animas.  The spool shows off the cutting edge manufacturing techniqes Ross Reels has developed, delivering a design that is incredibly strong and visually stunning.  The Animas also joins the family by incorporating an ultra-light canvas phenolic handle which gets tackier when wet.  A new trouble free spool release yields zero maintenance performance, allowing the Animas to be ready for any fresh or saltwater excursion.

The frame is accented by a machined silhouette of the Colorado mountains in Ross Reels' backyard.  Its uniquely ported design and structural profile are eye catching industry firsts.  The two tone drag knob sports an updated aesthetic with a lower profile and increased grip.  An improved composite drag system delivers more power in an established Ross design loved by fly anglers around the world.


 - Fully redesigned frame and spool geometry:  Bell-shaped Arbor, Large Arbor Design, Intricately Machined Details

- Reduced weight and increased strength

- Machined canvasphenolic handle

- Two tone aluminum accents

- Maintenance free spool release

- Improved Drag: Composite Disc, Stainless Interface, Time proven design









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About the Animas River

The Animas river is a major white water rafting attraction accounting for 8.9% of Colorado's commercial rafting market while annually generating 45,411 commercial user days and direct expenditures of $5,207,033 (2011 est).The Animas is a freestone fishery well populated with rainbow, brown, Colorado River cutthroat, and brook trout. It is considered a gold medal fishery above Rivera Bridge Crossing in Colorado. Recreational fishing with artificial lures and flies on the Animas is available year-round due to moderate winter weather. Insect hatches of aquatic diptera and mayflies occur in the winter and spring months. In late spring, summer and through fall the Animas sees caddisfly and mayfly hatches as well as terrestrials such as grasshoppers. Animas trout average 12 to 16 inches (30 to 41 cm). Larger trout in the 17 to 22 inches (43 to 56 cm) are occasionally caught by anglers. Brown trout as large as 36 inches (91 cm) have been caught in the Animas.

About The Animas River From Wikipedia


Spanish explorer Juan Maria de Rivera of Santa Fe recorded the name "Rio de las Animas" (in English, River of Souls) in 1765. One theory is that the full name of the river was once "Rio de las Animas Perdidas" (River of Lost Souls), although this idea may indicate confusion with the Purgatoire River of southeastern Colorado.


The Animas River from a foot bridge in Farmington

The Animas River rises high in San Juan Mountains of Colorado at the confluence of the West and North forks at the ghost town of Animas Forks and flows south past the ghost towns of Eureka and Howardsville. At Silverton, the river flows into the Animas Canyon. The Durango and Silverton Narrow gauge railroad follows the river through the canyon to Durango. From Durango the river flows south into New Mexico through the town of Aztec to its confluence with the San Juan River at Farmington. The only major tributary of the Animas River is the Florida River which confluences just north of the Colorado–New Mexico border.

Indigenous peoples

The ancestral Puebloan site of Aztec Ruins National Monument is situated along the river in the present day town of Aztec and for much of its course the river flows through native Ute and Navajo lands.

Engineering and development

Numerous irrigation ditches serve the surrounding farmland along the river. The Durango Pumping Plant, completed in 2011, as part of the Animas-La Plata Water Project, draws an average annual of 57,100 acre-feet from the river, for storage in Lake Nighthorse.

Wildlife and plants

The Animas serves as habitat to resident and migratory bald eagles which arrive in the winter months to take advantage of the ice-free river.

Industrial pollution

Main article: 2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill

In August 2015, the La Plata County Sheriff's Office was forced to close the river to the public after a crew working for the EPA released approximately 3 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas. The plug was accidentally removed while investigating a leak at the Gold King Mine.[8] The mine was last active in the 1920s, but it had been leaking toxic water at a rate of 50 to 250 gallons a minute for years. The spill contained the toxic metals arsenic, cadmium, and lead, as well as the metals aluminum and copper. There may be other toxic heavy metals in the plume.

The spill changed the color of the river to orange, and the spill was described as "devastating" by Kim Stevens, the director of Environment Colorado, who said that businesses who rely on the river for profit might have to close down. The river's fish population might also be at risk due to the toxic waste that now runs through the river.

Average rating 10 out of 10 ( based on 9 reviews )

Light weight, solid, sharp looking

Review by Nick on 3/10/2020

I put this on my 9' 5wt and it feels balanced. I used it this past Sunday for the first time at the gorge near my hometown. While the fishing wasn't good, the reel felt nice. The handle felt good and "gripy." Overall, very nice reel for a good price.

Great reel

Review by Matt B on 5/18/2019

This is a great reel. I bought it for my 6wt rod and absolutely love it. I bought it in platinum. This reel is smooth and powerful. I recommend this product.

Great reel, period

Review by Jennifer on 12/17/2017

This Ross Colorado LT Fly-Fishing Fly Reel is perfect in my personal opinion. The price is just right and it works beautifully in the water which is why I think this Ross Colorado LT Fly-Fishing Fly Reel is so great.

This Ross Animas Fly Reel is Awesome

Review by Haley on 12/17/2017

This Ross Animas fly reel is truly amazing. My old fly reel was horrible compared to this Ross Animas fly reel and it comes at a great price and the customer service at Platte River Fly Shop couldn't have been better, thanks guys!!!

This Ross Animas Fly Reel is Superb

Review by Jack on 12/16/2017

This Ross Animas fly-fishing reel is exactly what I need, it has a real smooth cast and it really feels great while on the water. This Ross Animas fly reel is also affordable which is another great aspect of this Ross Animas fly reel.

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