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Lamson Konic - Reels

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Description of the Lamson Konic - Reels:

The Lamson Konic delivers smart design and high performance in Lamson's most affordable reel. The same super-smooth, fully sealed conical drag system and stainless roller clutch used in our more expensive reels are matched with machined components and pressure cast ALDC12 aluminum alloy spool and frame. Konic is anodized then finished with a 100% solid polyurethane coating to resist gouging and abrasion. Affordable reels just got a whole lot better.

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When we set out to design our own reels, we started by evaluating not just the reel, but the rod/reel system. As we discussed, observed and evaluated rod design at the world’s leading rod manufacturers, we quickly came to the conclusion that reels were too heavy. We needed to lighten reels in order to keep pace with the ever-lighter rods and to eliminate the negative impact that a reel has on a rod’s casting performance. Call this our first objective: reduce physical weight.

Another objective was to simplify the design of a reel. With any mechanical device, simplicity is a virtue. We saw reels with 80+ parts. It is easy to make something with too many parts; it’s hard to make something work with fewer parts. Simplicity means that there is less that can go wrong, can result in the virtue of less physical weight, and moreover, often becomes the catalyst for an elegant design solution.

A third objective was to optimize large arbor benefit. The world is full of reels that call themselves “large arbor” but whose bark in this regard is louder than their bite. Call these reels mid-arbor. We believe in the virtues of large arbor: faster retrieve rate, constant drag tension and elimination of coil memory. So we set out to maximize the benefits.

We felt that we could bring a better reel to market by using superior materials and processes. We looked at fly reels and saw materials being used that were cutting edge at the time of Jesus. Much advancement has been made in the past 2,000 years, even the past 10 years, that were not being applied to fly reels to make them perform better.

Finally, we set out to design the world’s best drag system. This meant zero start-up inertia. It meant silk-smooth through the entire torque range. It meant top-end torque sufficient to stop what you catch. It meant that the drag would perform exactly the same under all conditions that one met in real life: water, sand, dirt. It meant that you shouldn’t have to think about your drag, ever. No cleaning or lubrication required.

And so our objectives were clear:
1. Reduce physical weight
2. Achieve mechanical simplicity
3. Maximize large arbor benefit
4. Utilize superior materials
5. Create the world’s best drag system

How do you reduce the weight of the reel? There were a number possible approaches to choose from: reduce overall size; reduce material usage; use lighter materials; create a lighter structural format; reduce the weight and number of components.

Obviously, to build a large arbor reel, the first option was not a practical consideration. But each other directive held promise.

We reduced material usage by careful and precise engineering and machining, leaving material only where it provided structural strength, carving every gram from non-critical areas.

We made bold (and expensive) material choices employing titanium where other manufacturers used steel, polymers instead of wood and cork.

We invented a structure that would free the reel from the bulkiness of traditional designs. Key to this process was a drag system that, unlike a disc, wouldn’t dictate a particular and restrictive geometry for the reel. The development of the conical drag was therefore integral to building what would seem to be an engineering paradox: Bigger yet lighter.

Lastly, we shaved grams off each individual component through testing, evaluation, re-design and refinement.

ModelDiameterWidthWeightRod Wt.LineCapacityReel PriceSpool Price
Konic 1.53.10"1.00"4.40 oz3;4WF3-4100 yds 12#$129 $60
Konic 23.40"1.10"4.70 oz5;6WF5-6100 yds 20#$139 $65
Konic 3.53.70"1.22"6.90 oz7;8WF7-8200 yds 20#$149 $70
Konic 43.90"1.25"8.00 oz9;10WF9-10240 yds 30#$159 $75
Write a Review Reviewed by 5 Customer(s)
great reel
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Terry on 04/11/2011
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 1 - 4 Weeks
Pros: This is a great reel. I have only been out once with this Lamson Konic 1.5, but so far I am very pleased. I purchased a Konic 2.0 last fall and fished it a great deal in southwest Montana on the Madison and Beaverhead rivers. I liked it very much and had absolutely no problems with it. It is very smooth. I liked it so much that I just purchased this 1.5 from Riverbum to go with my new Sage Z-Axis 9' 4 weight. It is a great combo. The low price range does not reflect the high quality of this reel. It is very simply designed and easy to operate. Lamson also has a great warranty. I would definitely recommend this product.
Cons: None.
Other Thoughts: Along with my new Sage Z-Axis, this is my first purchase from Riverbum. I am thus far, very impressed with them. I order a lot of outdoor gear online. I am very happy with Riverbum's timely responses (email) and quick order processing. I certainly intend to purchase other products from them.
Great drag system, great price!
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Geoff on 02/03/2011
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 1 - 4 Weeks
Pros: This is my second Lamson Konic reel. The first is for my 8-weight bass rod, and it is great. I have had no problems. It's light, it's smooth, and the drag system has worked consistently. I have a more expensive Orvis reel for my 5-weight and I've had a ton of head-aches with the drag. So I just purchased another Lamson Konic!
Cons: None so far.
Other Thoughts: Sometimes a product doesn't have to be expensive to be good. That's the case with this reel.
Rock Solid Reel
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: DJ in VA on 02/13/2010
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 1+ Years
Pros: I use this with my 6wt G. Loomis GLX Cross Current and am very pleased. Rock solid construction, smooth drag, can't beat the price. Definitely a top shelf product at a bottom shelf price. I have several buddies in Wyoming that use these as well and like them a lot for big trout there and salmon in Alaska.
Cons: The size of the reel, diameter, was much smaller than I expected. Not really a con but I kinda like big large arbor reels. Probably doesn't matter too much unless you are catching up to a saltwater speedster, but I like to get fish on the reel quick and a smaller reel just makes that a bit harder. If you like a low profile wide reel, this one is it for you.
Other Thoughts: Can't beat RiverBum service. Unrelated to this reel, the RiverBum flies are just beautiful and are delivered in handy little round plastic cases. I use these cases for everything. Hooks, indicators, a small pocket flybox for a quick trip to the pond or river. I like to tie my own, but I enjoy getting those pretty flies in the round cases too.
Lamson Konic Rocks
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Dave on 02/08/2010
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 1 - 4 Months
Pros: I now own two Lamson Reels. This new Konic I bought because of the quality of my Lamson Lite-Speed that I bought many years ago. The Konic was very reasonably priced for a Lamson and is a very good reel. It is very durable, stylish and lightweight.
Cons: The only disadvantage is that the Konic is slightly heavier than the more expensive Lamson reels, but I sure saved a lot of money and this unit.
Lamson Rules
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Richard on 12/12/2008
Experience Level: Pro - Ownership: 1 - 4 Months
Pros: Light, easy to use, very good drag system
Cons: No problems
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