Have my chance to get both of these reels for less than what the actual retail price is. Was wondering opinions on them. What reel has a better drag ultimatley and is more adpated to spey fishing. I know the Ross is 4 oz lighter, but I need to know what reel would be a better buy. Backing is not an issue, my custom lines for the Great Lakes will fit equally well on both models. I am using the reel on a Orvis TL 12' 6" 8wt that weighs under 8oz. The Ross would seem to balance better, but I wouldn't mind the vortex either. Also, what has a lower statrup inertia? The reason I ask is I never got to play around with a ross. Oh yeah, does Ross have spools that can be removed easily?