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Lighter than ever.
The Lamson Litespeed Series IV Fly Reel continues along the path of fly-fishing icons with an updated outlook and attitude for 2014. This superstar reel takes off where the Litespeed II left off, with faster retrieval rates, improved ergonomics, easier line management, and less mass. With a reel that's lighter in your hands and less willing to compromise on the water, you have a real-deal reel for nearly every fishing situation.
The large arbor design you've come to know and love on Lamson reels remains in place, but it's refined to help this reel lose a bit of weight. On the Litespeed IV, the curved arbor minimizes mass and allows the backing to be stored in a diameter well. Without backing sucking up space, your working line enjoys the maximum radius of the reel—and you enjoy rapid retrieval rates, less kinking, minimal snagging, and consistent drag.
Lamson changed the way anglers addressed drag with its fully-sealed conical drag system. The stainless steel zero-lash roller clutch uses ramps and rollers for seamless engagement of the drag system. The Litespeed IV uses Lamson's drag system, but employs narrower drag geometry to reduce mass without changing the drag action. The drag knob receives a shot of attitude for when a fish finds your fly delicious but has no real interest in being caught. Unchanged is the completely sealed housing that protects the patented drag mechanism from salt and sand, grit and murky river water.
If you've had grand adventures with previous Litespeed reels, perhaps the biggest change you'll notice on the Litespeed IV is the revised spool/stripping arm geometry. Consistent with Lamson's current reels, the reel geometry minimizes snags and line damage. The Hard Alox finish not only protects the metal from corrosion but gives this reel a sultry charcoal color for a bit of sexy on the water.
- Large arbor format
- Machined aluminum, stainless steel
- Hard Alox anodized aluminum finish
- Conical drag system
- Open spoke design
- Not compatible with other Litespeed spools
- Extra Litespeed IV spools sold separately
- Item #LMS000A
- Q & A
This reel will cut the backing.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
There is a small gap between the spool and the body of this real. (find a photo of this reel from front on). It is not big enough to catch the fly line, but the backing will catch in this gap. If you don't notice it, you can cut the backing off when you start to retrieve the line. This has been a design problem with the Litespeed reel series since it was first produced. Yes, Lamson is aware of it. No, they don't intend to do anything about it.
Highly recommend this reel.
This is the second Lamson I purchased and love this reel. I have it on my 4weight Sage Circa. Lightweight, great drag and the same quality and performance I have come to expect from Lamson.
I picked up the 3.5 to be used with a 9-weight rod. I spooled with 150 yards of 30 pound test backing and a RIO Gold Fly Line, WF9F/100ft. With a second saltwater line, this reel should be really versatile. Have yet to fish with this setup but its a beauty to look at.
Impressing the Experience Fly Fisherman
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
This was my husbands first Lamson reel. It was recommend to him because it is incredibly smooth, light and pulls in fish fast. He now thinks he'll always use Lamson reels. He definitely feels like he has the top end product, without completely breaking the bank. He set it up with a 9' 4wt rod for fishing rivers.
New Fly Fishing Gal, Litespeed Series IV
Just getting into freshwater fly fishing after years of saltwater. My view is based upon internet research, gabbing with the local shop staff and doing a bit of touch and feel there too.
I'm going to put my money on the Litespeed IV 2 paired with a Loop Opti Stream 5wt, 9' rod. I think for an experienced fishing person who is looking for class and value, the Lamson Litespeed is a perfect blend of very near, ultra high-end qualities, super light weight and just so great looking. It's simplicity and low part count also appeal to me as well.
I'll be back here after I fish with it a few times.