Waterworks-Lamson Litespeed Series IV Fly Reel Review

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Last year, the designers at Waterworks-Lamson in Boise, Idaho gave their Litespeed fly reel an overhaul, making it even lighter, stronger, and more ergonomic than before. Several minor refinements build on the already solid and highly trusted Litespeed foundation to make for a reliable, high performance fly reel with an astonishing strength-to-weight ratio. The new Litespeed IV features the same legendary conical drag system and hard alox finish found on previous generations, but with a curved spool shape, diminished drag geometry, and more aggressive drag knob. These new features combine to make the Litespeed IV one of the strongest and lightest fly reels ever created.

Strength, Weight, or Both?

Until recently, both fresh and salt water fly fishermen had a difficult decision to make between strength and durability, and weight and balance when purchasing a new fly reel. The tougher, more durable reels were often too heavy and cumbersome for all day casting, and their lightweight counterparts were never able to withstand the rigors of constant use, especially in salt water. Thanks to Waterworks-Lamson’s constant pursuit of perfection, anglers no longer have to sacrifice one quality for the other because of the introduction of the Litespeed fly reel – a super tough, high performance reel that weighs ounces less than its competitors. The new Litespeed IV reel weighs less than ever because of its ported, curved arbor spool, slightly narrower drag geometry, and reduced overall mass.

Improved Line Control

The new curved arbor spool on the Litespeed IV reel increases the reel’s backing capacity without reducing its retrieval speed. This new ultra large arbor spool works with the Litespeed IV’s silky smooth conical drag system to stop powerful runs from strong fish while protecting fine tippets. One of the more notable improvements on the new Litespeed is the updated stripping arm. It fits into the spool more securely, eliminating extra space so that your fly line does not run between the two components. This protects your fly line’s coatings and textures, allowing it to last longer.

Because it is so light, the new Waterworks-Lamson Litespeed IV fly reel is a great choice for any angler who wants a more balanced rod and reel combination. A properly balanced rig is important for casting accuracy and comfort, whether you are fishing for trout in the Rockies or tarpon in the Keys. Since it was introduced, Waterworks-Lamson’s Litespeed reel has been constantly evolving. Each generation has been lighter and stronger than its predecessor, shedding weight and excess material with each update to become the super light, durable fly reel that it is today. For more information on Waterworks-Lamson fly reels or to try one out for yourself, visit Vail Valley Anglers in Edwards, Colorado or talk to one of our experts in the shop by calling (970) 926-0900.

Andy “Otter” Smith, Guide and Content Writer