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You never know when the fish of a lifetime will rise and slurp down your fly. Be prepared for the moment with the tough reliability of the Lamson Litespeed Hard Alox II Fly Reel. Besides being incredibly smooth, the patented conical drag system is fully sealed from moisture and grit for maintenance-free performance. The large arbor design provides a high retrieval rate and constant drag torque while the special Hard Alox Finish gives the reel unrivaled abrasion and corrosion resistance and a sleek look.

  • Patented conical drag system utilizes a pair of matched conical elements rather than the disk system commonly used in reels, the result is a super-smooth drag that is completely sealed from sand, grit, and moisture
  • Pocket milling on the spool and an integrated counter balance improve strength and stiffness while keeping the weight to just 3.7oz (for the Litespeed 2)
  • Torrington zero-lash roller clutch provides instant torque transmission without shocking the line and leader like a standard pawl clutch system
  • Large arbor design increases the width and circumference of the spool to eliminate line recoil memory, increase the rate of retrieval, and provide constant drag torque during even the longest runs
  • Hard Alox Finish is an improved anodized finish that reduces porosity and increases coating thickness for unrivaled abrasion and corrosion resistance
  • If you're buying a reel or spool and fly line, we'll be happy to rig it up for you, please give us a call at (855)-712-0513 for details
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This is my Fifth Litespeed!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Another great Lamson reel. I've never had one of these fail me in fresh or saltwater. You can't go wrong with great engineering and great materials. I have a 2, 3, (2)3.5s and a 4 with an extra spool. Love 'em!!!

Re-Loaded Lamson Litespeed - Even Better

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The Litespeed is Lamson's iconic large arbor reel. This reel is VERY tough and lightweight. Definitely compliments any fly rod and have relied on the 1.5 for 3/4 weight line and the 2.0 for 5/6 weight line (basically use the 2.0 for extra backing capacity).

The drag system in all Lamson reels sets them apart: consists of a pair of precisely matched conical elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational braking (all of this is sealed so the drag is free of moisture, salt/grit). Result = smooth and reliable drag system!

Paired both with RIO Gold, personal line preference, and like the non-textured slick coating paired with this reel and a 4-6 weight rod. Pair with a textured option (SA GPX) for a little heavier/more forgiving cast.

Reloaded Litespeed released this year is slightly improved. Refinements include: higher retrieve rate, improved ergonomics, easier line mgt and less mass. Curved arbor have made a light reel even lighter and stores backing into a diameter well for keeping your working line at maximum radius.

Overall, super light and super tough/durable that excels on any rod. This reel does an outstanding job of helping to prevent snags and line damage.

Litespeed 1.5 is 3.25" diameter / 1.10 Width and ONLY 3.38 oz. The 2.0 is 3.5" / 1.10 and 3.74 oz. For my money, this is an outstanding option that will last.

Also is this reel rated for saltwater use?...

Also is this reel rated for saltwater use? It does not say so in any of the descriptions of the Lamson reels.

This reel is great for saltwater because of the specialized hard coating they use, as well as the sealed drag system and stainless steel pinion. Aluminum itself is quickly corroded by saltwater. Regardless, always wash off your saltwater gear after use.

Best Answer

I have worked with aluminum (and other metals) for years as a machinist and some of our parts have been specifically designed for use in a marine environment. The anodized finish is key here. With out it, or another similar metal coating, aluminum will absolutely corrode (and very quickly at that) in salt water if in the presence of other metals.