The Lamson Litespeed is our best selling fly reel in the $300 range. It has a very finely machined spool and frame that is cut from solid bar stock aluminum to exacting tolerances. It has a large arbor for quick line retrieval, is extremely lightweight (it will compliment that ultra light and expensive fly rod you bought!), and is incredibly reliable. The Litespeed has been around for a long time and over the years has gone through slight improvements. Our opinion is that is the best trout reel for around $300. The evidence? This is the top choice among educated customers and guides that do their research. When anglers get to set several reels in this price range side by side on the counter... they most often choose the Lamson Litespeed.
The Lamson Conical Drag System - Patented
The drag system in all Lamson fly reels consists of a pair of precisely matched conical elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational braking. By re-configuring the surface area of traditional disks into a pair of matching conical elements we were able to seal the drag completely from moisture, salt and grit. And since the mass of the drag elements is centralized, the spool's rotating mass is much lower which makes the reel more responsive to light drag settings. Because the average radius of the contact surface is much smaller (being conical rather than disk-shaped), start-up torque is too low to measure. Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to stress related failure, contamination and wear. All of our reels employ a Torrington zero-lash roller clutch. This mechanism relies on the locking effect of a number of ramps and rollers to achieve torque transmission. There are no "teeth" or "steps" to break off or wear out. And the zero-lash feature means instant engagement. This improves feel and eliminates "spike" that the reel, line and leader experience when a typical pawl clutch hooks up.
Fly Line Buyer's Guide:
We make getting a fly line easy! We have 2 suggestions on floating fly lines for trout. This is based on our experience and consumer input. If you would like a fly line installed, we will spool it up and provide backing
at no cost. Just be sure to let us know in the order comments if you would like left hand or right hand retrieval.Rio Gold
- a high performance line that has a non-textured slick coating and is very good for experienced casters that don't necessarily need to "feel" the rod load in order to get a good cast. This is our best selling floating fly line.FREE - Backing and setup with purchase of fly reel and fly line!
What Size Fly Reel Should I Buy?
The 1.5 is great for 3,4, or even a 5 weight line if you won't commonly be in situations where might hook a steelhead. Many of our guides prefer the 1.5 for trout because the mass weight of the reel is so light. The #2 is perfect for a 5 or 6 weight and has plenty of backing
capacity. The 3.5 is perfect for a 7-8 weight rod and is good for steelhead or bonefish. The #4 is the choice for spey and switch rod applications, or a fisherman that wants to get a reel for their 8 weight and "might" want to use it on a spey rod at some point.
Lamson Litespeed - Lightweight Large Arbor Fly Reel
The Lamson Litespeed is a VERY tough lightweight fly reel. It truly compliments a fine fly rod that we spend hundreds of dollars on to get a rod that is crisp, light, and is a joy to handle due its weightless feel. For trout, having a reel that compliments a fine fly rod is the only way to go.Fly Reel Buyer's Guide
There are several reels that are well matched to compete with the Litespeed. Although we sell more of the Litespeed in the $300 range than the others, it doesn't mean that one of them isn't right for you. The Sage 4200 series is a great choice as well. It features the same "O ring" type spool removal as the Litespeed which keeps the drag mechanism sealed. The Sage 4200 series reel also has a drag system that positively "clicks" per adjustment which a lot of anglers enjoy, and it has a numbers and a "peep sight" to track if your drag knob has moved or where the drag setting is at. Folks that buy Sage Fly Rods often buy the Sage 4200 Series Fly Reel. The other reel that is comparable is the Ross Evolution LT
. This is also a great reel and is a natural choice for anglers that have had good luck with Ross Reels
. It features the same lightweight feel of the Litespeed in a Ross product.
Lamson Fly Reel Warranty:
|LITESPEED 1.5||1.10"||3.38 oz||3,4,5||WF 4||100 yds 20#|
|LITESPEED 2||1.10"||3.74 oz||4,5,6||WF6||100 yds 20#|
|LITESPEED 3||1.25"||4.63 oz||6,7,8||WF7||150 yds 20#|
|LITESPEED 3.5||1.38"||5.10 oz||8,9||WF9||200 yds 20#|
|LITESPEED 4||1.50"||7.95 oz||10,11||WF10||250 yds 30#|
Lamson has a fantastic lifetime warranty and repair team. Although we don't send very many reels back, when we do they are super fast and the reels work perfectly. The warranty is for the original owner of the reel. We have sent them reels that we lost on the bottom of the river for weeks at at time and had them back in a week!Rod Cases and Rod Tube
This reel comes with a nice neoprene reel case, but many anglers choose to get a Sage Rod and Reel Case
as well so that they don't have to take their reel off of their rod each and every time they want to use it.