Gear Review – Nothing runs Like a Lamson!

August 16, 2012

Fly Fishing Gear, Reviews

Gear Review – Fly Fishing Reels




One of my first name-brand reels (besides the combos and an old STH) I purchased was a Lamson reel.  I still own the reel today.  It has held up through everything.  I came across this article from Trident Fly Fishing and had to share.  Mid September, Lamson will be coming out with a variety of 2013 reels.  They are showcasing them now at the IFTD.


#We have another exciting 2013 preview for you.  Waterworks Lamson has three new reels for 2013.  The Lamson Arx Fly Reel brings a new level of performance for Spey and switch anglers.  The Lamson Speedster Fly Reel mates classic Lamson performance with a much larger arbor.  Finally, the every popular Lamson Konic Fly Reel gets a makeover.


We’ll be at IFTD this week!  Follow us on Twitter for live updates from the show!


Arx – $439




The Arx is all Waterworks.  It’s the first fly reel designed from the bottom up for the Spey and switch angler. As Spey and Scandi lines evolve, the need for a reel that prevents line snagging has become more and more critical.  The Arx solves this problem with a full cage frame, while leaving a small section open to allow anglers to palm the reel.  Add a Vanquish-style drag knob and we might have a winner!


Speedster – $279




The Speedster is Lamson’s first foray into “ultra-large arbor” fly reels.  Think Hardy Ultralight DD meets the Lamson Litespeed.  As most of you know, the larger the arbor, the faster the retrieve – which makes this reel aptly named.  It features a narrower spool, which was, frankly, one of the only things I don’t like about the current models.  The narrower the spool, the less the need for a line winder, and therefore, less chance of line piling up.


The downside of larger arbors is the need for more drag.  For those of you who don’t remember your physics, the greater the radius, the greater the torque.  Since the standard size conical drag has trouble in saltwater sizes, let’s hope the Speedster will have a much beefier drag.  Wait and see!


Konic II – $139




The ever popular Konic has had a makeover for 2013.  It’s now got a great two-tone skin, but it has maintained its entry-level price and buttery smooth Lamson conical drag.  I’m also hoping for a smoother finish and less noise.


All models will be available in mid-September 2012.”


Thanks Trident Fly Fishing for the article.

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6 Responses to “Gear Review – Nothing runs Like a Lamson!”

  1. Mat Trevors Says:

    That Konic II & Speedster look super-sharp. Have a Konic & Litespeed, and probably have sold a couple dozen on Konics at the shop on my random, occasional shifts. They make great reels.


    Chubbs Reply:

    They really are great reels.!


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  3. Richard Jaeck Says:

    Purchased the speedster 3.5 as the super large arbor caught my interest. Took it on my last bahamas trip and caught over twenty bonefish…some of them in the 7-9 lb range. I had my finatic 7 plus and my bauer mz5… It turns out the speedster pleased me very much. I waded on my own quite a bit… And the weight…. The thing is so incredibly light… The pickup…. Lighting fast…specially when the smarter ones give those erratic and multidirectional runs…. Slack pickup is stressless. I honestly have to admit i doubted the cylinder / conical drag… But its smooth. Got my vote for bonefish… A super reel at what i think is an affordable price. Heard comments about the drag not being enough… I tested it on a calibrated scale at 4.5 pounds of drag ( need to add the rod drag increment when you get the bendo)… Which in my book is plenty…. As I recall…my bonefish tippets do not exceed 12lb test…. So the 4.5 pounds in three times what i really need…. If your considering a speedster for bonefish…. Go for it…. So far it has performed flawlessly…. I don’t usually take time blabbing about tackle gear… But i understand this reel deserves a push towards the flats as it is there where the large arbor is hest utilized. Yes…it is weird looking….. And the cylinder type drag looks goofy ( and perhaps questionable performancewise)…. But it has worked great so far… i’ll be the first to comment went it fails me…. But again… An ingenious little reel in my book…. Tight lines to all.


  4. Craig Cain Says:

    I used the 3.5 Speedster paired with a 7 weight Winston BIIIx this past fall on a DIY trip to Acklins Island, Bahamas. Caught many bonefish. Reel performed flawlessly. Drag more than sufficient. Line pickup excellent. It is my new favorite bonefish reel.

    Craig Cain


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