Lamson Litespeed Series IV Fly Reel - The Best $330 Fly Reel
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.
Lamson Litespeed Series IV specifications
|LITESPEED 1.5||3.25"||1.10"||3.38 oz||3,4,5||WF 4||100 yds 20#||$339.95||$145.95|
|LITESPEED 2||3.50"||1.10"||3.74 oz||4,5,6||WF6||100 yds 20#||$349.95||$150.95|
|LITESPEED 3||3.75"||1.25"||4.63 oz||6,7,8||WF8||225 yds 20#||$369.95||$165.95|
|LITESPEED 3.5||4 .00"||1.38"||5.10 oz||8,9||WF9||250 yds 20#||$389.95||$175.95|
|LITESPEED 4||4 .50"||1.50"||7.95 oz||10,11||WF10||250 yds 30#||$429.95||$195.95|
Lamson Fly Reels Maintenance, Operation, and Technical Data
Lamson Fly Reel Warranty:
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!