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maxnik 08-16-2004 05:42 PM

Lamson Lightspeed reel
I'm thinking about buying Lamson Lightspeed 3.5 reel to put on RPLXi 9' 8wt rod for bonefishing use. What is your opinion about this reel and outfit balance?

flyfisha1 08-16-2004 06:19 PM

I've used the LS 3.5 on numerous 9' and longer 9- and 10-wt. rods and it always balanced out well when casting those lines. My 8-wt. rods have been paired with a Teton Tioga 8-LA, which is over 0.50-oz. heavier than the LS 3.5, and I always felt that the combinations were comfortable, so I see no reason why the Lamson wouldn't work for you.

maxnik 08-17-2004 05:35 AM

Lamson Lightspeed
Thank you, flyfisha1. And what is your opinion about the reel itself ?

flyfisha1 08-17-2004 07:04 AM

I have fished exclusively with Lamson (Waterworks) and Bauer reels for the past few years. I've handled plenty of fish with the LS 3.5 and it has always performed well. The drag is smooth, the reel itself is very light, and I'm one of the people that likes the reel's appearance. The Litespeed is my 2nd favorite reel model, right behind my ULA Force. In function and performance, I have found that the reels are the same.

One of the first things I look for in a reel is the number of plastic parts in it, not only in the drag but also in the finish. This is why I have decided not to fish with many of the competing reels on the market. Honestly, I was impressed with the rating of the reel in the FFA review on LA reels a couple of years ago, and the reasonable price tag was a big factor in the decision to make the purchase.

Warranty programs for most of the high-end reels are comparable, so that's rarely a factor in my decision. The Litespeed has a lifetime warranty, so no problems there. I don't think you can go wrong with the reel. Just read the instruction sheet provided with it and don't take the spool off the housing when out in the saltwater (or do so in a protected space to prevent salt or sand from getting into the housing), and you'll be golden.

Stevo 08-30-2004 07:15 AM

I use the Waterworks 3.5 ULA Force on my 8# and 9# and it comes in a little heavy. I prefer to use this set up for sight casting fish - rather than blind casting for any lengthy sessions.
Not sure how the litespeed balances an 8# - only that it is a tad lighter than the ULA Force.

Loop evotec 8-eleven (or 8- twelve as it is now) has just as large an arbour and is lighter than all the rest (6.5 oz). It doesn't have any plastic on / in it either, as far as I know.

Greg Pavlov 08-30-2004 06:08 PM


Originally Posted by maxnik
I'm thinking about buying Lamson Lightspeed 3.5 reel to put on RPLXi 9' 8wt rod for bonefishing use. What is your opinion about this reel and outfit balance?

I use 3.5's on everything from 7 wts to small speys. It's fine. It's a light reel with good capacity, an ideal "large arbor" geometry, and it has a competent drag. And if you want to buy a used one, I'd be happy to oblige: I just bought some spools and that frees up a few reels.

Dave17 09-16-2004 01:19 PM


Do a search on the site looking for Lamson. There have been a lot of threads on the Litespeed and Velocity over the past year and you'll get to see many people weigh in on them.


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