Finally Have a Lamson Reel

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Tinker from Tinker on Monday, February 13, 2017
The Lamson Litespeed Series IV finished first in the Yellowstone Angler fly-reel shootout a couple of years back, and caught my interest - but I'm a tightwad, and $350 for a fly reel is way too rich for my tastes.

This is a fantastic price for a very, very good reel.

The amount of drag this reel can put on the line is surprising. To get that amount of drag force to engage so smoothly, and remain as smooth throughout it's range, as Lamson managed to do with the Litespeed is amazing.

The machining is excellent. The tolerances are excellent. There isn't a flaw to be found anywhere on this reel.

However, the 3 size reel is a somewhat larger than one might expect. It's listed here as a 6/7/8 weight reel. It's closer to an 8wt than it is to a 6wt or even a 7wt reel, and seating the foot is a bit of a tight squeeze for a 7wt rod - and might not fit the reel seat of a 6wt rod.

For me, that's not worth deducting a star for an excellent Made in the USA fly reel.
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