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Lamson Litespeed - Reels

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Description of the Lamson Litespeed - Reels:

This season Litespeed fly fishing reels will adopt the ergonomic and structural improvements introduced on the 2011 Anniversary Series Litespeed. The spool profile has been flattened slightly and the handle moved outboard to keep knuckles away from moving parts; the drag knob has been redesigned for better grip. As with our other premium reels, pocket milling the spool face and integrating the counterbalance increases strength and stiffness without adding weight. Litespeed reels come in a close second to a corresponding Force reel in terms of retrieve rate and weight, and share our patented maintenance-free super smooth conical drag. *All spools except the LS1 are compatible with previous model Litespeeds.

Format : Large Arbor
Materials : Machined Aluminum,stainless steel
Finish : Hard Alox

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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 WeightLineCapacityReel PriceSpool Price
Litespeed 13.00"1.10"3.55 oz1;2;3WF375 yds 12#$299$135
Litespeed 1.53.25"1.10"3.75 oz3;4;5WF4100 yds 20#$299$135
Litespeed 23.50"1.10"3.90 oz4;5;6WF6100 yds 20#$309$140
Litespeed 33.75"1.25"5.60 oz6;7;8WF7150 yds 20#$349$160
Litespeed 3X3.75"1.25"4.70 oz8WF8225 yds 20#$359$165
Litespeed 3.54.00"1.38"5.90 oz8;9WF9200 yds 20#$369$170
Litespeed 3.5X4 .00"1.38"5.30 oz9WF9250 yds 30#$379$175
Litespeed 44.50"1.50"8.80 oz10;11WF10250 yds 20#$429$195
Write a Review Reviewed by 4 Customer(s)
litespeed-the best!
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: fred on 10/22/2011
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 1+ Years
Pros: just wanted to say, in 2005 i purchased a litespeed for my winston 4wt. i like this reel so much i never use the sage and ross reels i have. my other reels were near the same price as my litespeed, but they just dont have the quality that i like so much as my litespeed. i have hundreds and hundreds of hours on this set up. by far and away the very best fly gear ive ever had.
Cons: none
Other Thoughts: you know , by making such a great product, i dont need to purchace another. thank you
Lamson Litespeed
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Jim on 12/11/2008
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 4 - 12 Months
Pros: Very light, large arbor, and excellent drag system. Much better than Hardy Marksman.
Cons: Can't think of any Cons.
Best Reel
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Patrick on 05/15/2008
Experience Level: Amatuer - Ownership: 1+ Years
Pros: The Lamson Litespeed reel is hands down the best fly fishing reel for the money and will last a life time. The light weight large arbor design and cone shaped drag system helps you land the big ones with ease. Purchase this reel and you will be happy with it for many years to come.
Cons: None
Super lightweight
Rating: 5 of 5 [5 of 5]
Reviewed by: Matthew on 03/28/2007
Experience Level: Rookie - Ownership: 1+ Years
Pros: I just bought the Litespeed 2 reel and I must say it's the best reel I've ever experienced. It's super light weight, Lamson basically carved out any metal that wasn't needed on the reel. It also picks up line quickly and the drag is easy to adjust. Even the handle on the reel rotates with buttery smoothness.
Cons: The spools are a little hard to pull out, but that's not a big deal to me.
Other Thoughts: thanks RiverBum!
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