Lamson makes some of the best reels on the planet. They are well known for their freshwater performance as well as their light weight. We wanted to see how they held up against the big boys for big saltwater species. The Lamson Guru fly reel is Waterworks-Lamson's entry level, made in the USA, reel
6.25 ounces. One of the lightest reels in the test
4.5 pounds of drag does not a saltwater reel make, but the drag was nice and smooth (as you'd expect from Lamson). Lamson drags are also sealed and maintenance free - a feature we appreciated.
DRAG TEST GRAPH
The Guru sounds like the perfect trout reel, unfortunately, we're looking for the perfect bonefish reel. Still, it's a nice click in both directions.
SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATE
The Guru had a big (good), and very wide (bad) spool. It could easily take a 9-weight line. Retrieval rate was average. Spool is VERY easy to change.
LOOK & FEEL
Lamson reels both look and feel great. Waterworks-Lamson is a design company after all. The handle was a little smaller than we'd like for saltwater use.
Lifetime to the original owner + $20 fee.
The Lamson Guru was one if the best performing value-priced reels in our test. Want made in the USA quality in a great looking, super light package with a tiny price tag? This is your stop.
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- Plenty of room
- Pleasant ergonmics
- Drag wasn't really saltwater strong