I have a ross (colorado model) they are still around on some clearance sales but I belive it has recently been discontinued. I am happy with the whole outfit. I planned on buying the 3 wt. but after casting the 0 wt and some research on the net - i went with the 0. With a 6x or 8x tippit a rod is not the limiting factor. I can apply enough pressure to land large fish and the soft tip protects my light tippit. As for the fish i hooked Sat. that took me to my backing I am not sure my 5 wt. would of made any difference, i could of applied more pressure sure, but i don't believe my tippit would of held.
The ross colorado reel does not have a drag setting. For what that reel is made for they figured it wasn't necissary. i palmed it just fine on the only fish that made the big run (downstream with the current) I landed two fish 19" - 20" on it and i am confident i can land larger. I have a disposable camera (i don't take my digital along anymore
) I carry in my vest when it gets full i will get it developed and post them.
I have the orvis LA (large arbor) and the orvis batteenkill Have had no problems with either ( i fish hard and often).