The Center Axis may be the most meaningful advancement in fly rod performance since graphite replaced fiberglass all those decades ago. By closely aligning the center mass of our Litespeed reel with the center axis of our rod, weíve de-levered the mass of the heavier object. The result will amaze you. Youíll feel the pure pulse of your cast. Donít take our word for it: Casting is believing.
CAST OFF YOUR PRECONCEPTIONS
In 1995, when we (WWL) were taking a critical look at fly reels, we were also looking at rods and reels as a system. What we saw didnít seem optimal. No matter how great the rod, one key fact compromises it: 2/3rds of the total weight youíre casting is the reel. And that heavier object hangs off-center from the rodís axis.
We (WWL) realized that if you shifted the mass of the reel along the rodís axis, most of the twisting force generated during casting would be eliminated.
Waterworks-Lamson did that, and in í97 licensed our concept and design to Sage, calling it Center Axis.
Some ideas are ahead of their time. In 1997, we were very busy promoting the strange idea that fly reels should have large arbors, so itís understandable that a complete re-structuring of the rod-reel system was a league too far.
But ideas find their moment. For the Center Axis, we think that moment has arrived.
Waterworks Lamson - Center Axis from Waterworks-Lamson on Vimeo.
CA_retrieve_change from Waterworks-Lamson on Vimeo.