Lamson Litespeed Series IV Fly Reel

2014 is Litespeed re-loaded. For years an iconic ultra-large arbor reel, Litespeed has now been refined for even higher retrieve rate, improved ergonomics, easier line management and less mass. Everything that was achieved in Gen 3 LS has been pushed farther. Narrower drag geometry has translated into a flatter spool surface for less knuckle dragging. A more aggressive drag knob has been made ... well, more aggressive. Structural refinements such as the curved arbor have made a light reel even lighter, and this curved arbor (which we introduced in 1998) stores backing into a "diameter well" and keeps "working line" at a maximum radius to optimize everything we love about large arbor reels.

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Most notably, the spool/stripping arm geometry that was introduced on the very earliest Litespeeds has been changed to make it consistent with our newer reels, which do a better job of preventing snags and line damage. Still a close second to a Force SL in trout sizes, the Litespeed is the reliable thoroughbred of the Lamson line.

**Series IV spools are not compatible with previous model Litespeeds.
**Actual color may vary from image above

Format: Large Arbor
Materials: Machined Aluminum,stainless steel
Finish: Hard Alox
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Lamson Litespeed Series IV Fly Reel Reviews

great but be careful choosing lines Review by James H
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Posted on 7/24/16
I actually bought a spool from Trident just to show appreciation for their great "shoot-out" research. I already had the reel. Of course the Litespeed IV is great but I will say that unless you use a traditional taper line, e.g., weight forward, you may run into a capacity problem unawares if you try to buy a "6" weight line. I wanted to use the series 2 on my sage 11 foot 6 weight which is a "switch" rod and if you try to put something like the outbound or other spey-switch lines, even if you use a designated 5- or 6 weight, you'll be hard pressed to get much in the way of backing on it. I would probably have done better to get a series 3 even though my rods are 5 and 6 weight, because of that. Also, when you dial the drag back down to the minimum, which I do when using tiny 22-26 size midges and small baetis not to rip the hook out, you can fairly easily go beyond the limit and start unscrewing the drag knob itself. So, yes, terrific reel but I would venture that maybe decreasing the spool's base diameter by 1/4 inch or so would still allow you to use those weird-tapered switch, spey, skagit lines with some backing, and just use more backing if you use the traditional tapers. And just don't get too enthusiastic when backing the drag down to the minimum or you'll unscrew the knob!
Lamson Litespeed series IV Review by Charles
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Posted on 4/26/16
I recently purchased a series IV Litespeed 1.5 to match with my 8.5" R.L. Winston B IIIX 4 weight. It was a great match! The Litespeed is simply one of the best overall reels I now own and it is worth every penny. The drag is very precise, the finish and durability...excellent and the overall design is perfect. The weight of the reel is surprisingly light. You will not go wrong buying this reel.
The Litespeed Series IV reel is worth every penny! Review by Shain
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Posted on 1/8/16
This is my first Waterworks-Lamson reel (size 2 for my 5wt trout setup) and I must say, it has made me a believer! It's pure genius that they are able to have such a light weight reel be so structurally rigid and possess such a fantastic drag. The drag is silky smooth yet boast numbers somewhere in the 6+ pound range for the size 2 reel that weighs under 4oz. It has a good sound too. My one negative would be that the drag adjustment knob is a little small, but it does provide for a very wide rage of adjustment and no matter how tight or loose you run the drag it remains smooth as can be and with very little to no start up inertia. On my old reel (from a different manufacturer) I lost some big trout because my drag would stick and take too much force to get it going - well not with the Litespeed. I haven't had the pleasure of hooking into anything bigger than an 18" rainbow on this reel so far but just from the couple of times out with it I am fully confident that the drag with handle large trout with ease.

Great drag (super smooth and very strong for a 5wt), good sound, extremely light weight, rigid construction yet very refined looking, and I almost forgot to mention that it is extremely durable due to the hard alox coating.

Well worth every penny and my next reel purchase will definitely be a Lamson Litespeed 3.5 for my 8wt Steelhead setup.
Great Reel, Great Transaction Review by Nathan
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Posted on 9/23/15
I bought the Lamson Litespeed series IV 2 reel two months ago and after multiple trips out on the water I now have a new appreciation for a quality reel. Simple issues that I've grown use to over the years of using a cheap fly reel, simply vanished. I couldn't be more impressed with the quality and function of the Lamson Litespeed series IV 2 reel. This reel is smooth and holds all of my line, so when I'm fishing I'm not having to worry about my reel functioning properly. Finally I have to say I was impressed that Trident had my order shipped right away and a percentage of my transaction was donated to Project Healing Waters. Overall, I am a very satisfied customer.
Great Reel Review by Robert
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Posted on 8/4/15
After seeing that the LItespeed IV won the reel shootout, I had to check it out. Went and tried on out at a local fly shop and I was blown away. It weighs very little, it has a fantastic drag, feels great, looks great and seems to be extremely durable. This is a fantastic reel.
The Best Reel Review by Benjamin
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Posted on 2/18/15
This reel is incredible. The drag is incredibly smooth, but the thing i love most is the weight and durability of the finish. The quality of the reel is unmatched and it is quite stunning in person.
nice improvements Review by Kyle
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Posted on 10/17/14
I'm the proud owner of several litspeeds and even though they've gone through several changes in the last 3 years they seem to have gotten all the glitches out with the latest version. Light weight, nice finish, smooth drag. Great value
The best reels ever Review by Wojciech
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Posted on 10/9/14
I have got three Lamson Litespeed reels. I have got the previous models and the latest model of this reel.I have used these reels for 10 years. I have never had any problems with them.These reels don't require any maintenance, are trouble-free,the drag functions flawlessly. The reels look great, they are made from the best materials. They cost less than reels from other companies,like:Hatch, Nautilus,Galvan.Considering it all,they are absolutely the best reels on the market.
Best Regards
Wojciech

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Model Diameter Weight Arbor Size Drag Type Capacity Line Weight Color Price  
Litespeed 1.5 3.25" 3.38 oz Large Conical 100 yds 20# 3, 4, 5 Grey $339.95
Litespeed 2 3.50" 3.74 oz Large Conical 100 yds 20# 4, 5, 6 Grey $349.95
Litespeed 3 3.75" 4.63 oz Large Conical 225 yds 20# 6, 7, 8 Grey $369.00
Litespeed 3.5 4.00" 5.10 oz Large Conical 250 yds 20# 8, 9 Grey $389.00
Litespeed 4 4.50" 7.95 oz Large Conical 250 yds 30# 10, 11 Grey $429.00
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