This is a great reel for larger bonefish. The weight balances well with modern light weight rods and the wagon wheel pickup is much appreciated when they turn and run at you. Really pleased with this reel.
The line pick up and weight make that reel such a useful tool out in the wild. Thanks for letting us know its working for you!
I will say I own 5 Lamson reels. Including 3 generations of ULA/Force series, I really don't fish anything else for trout, so when it was time for a new high-end saltwater reel, this was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, I am a bit disappointed. I have other salt reels in this price range, and this one does not exhibit the quality I expected. The spool has multiple machining marks and blemishes in the anno. The drag also has this terrible mushy feel, like it's half a detent drag and half a non-detent drag. There are no defined stops like other high-end reels. It's just clicking but not stopping in any specific place, which feels decidedly not like a $750 reel. I'm trying to decide if it needs to go back, but I have a trip in a couple of weeks, so we will see how it handles fish. It is, of course, very light and makes a 9wt. rig with the 10wt. reel lighter than most 6wt. setups with traditional salt reels.
Thanks for letting us know. We reached out via email to get some more info and work towards a solution.
I have this reel in size 10. Such a beauty of a reel. Smooth wind and drag. I’m about to place an order with my local shop for a size 8 and a size 12. I’ll be relying on these reels for a Cuba fishing trip next year. I have no doubt these will be up to the task and for many other expeditions afterwards.
Just like the freshwater reels, the Waterworks Lamson quality outlasts and out performs the rest.
Thanks Jarrod, you will have the whole fleet! have a blast on your trip and we appreciate you bringing our reels along.
I own 3 Waterworks. Oldest is 15 years, a 3.4 force. I'm very hard on my equipment. Fished mainly Salt, been emersed in Salt more times than I can count. Caught countless fish without fail. Other than a fresh water rinse, none have never had a thorough cleaning and still work like new. Try that with any other brand ?
Only thing I've had to replace is the plastic clicker on the 3.4.
This 12 wt Litespeed is lighter and bigger than my first 2 reels. Haven't had a chance to test it on monster Tarpon yet but know already that I'm prepared for battle with serious equipment. Let you know in November when I return from Costa Rica.
Thanks for the endorsement! Sounds like you've put those reels through the ringer. Enjoy your trip in the fall. That LSM will be ready to do battle.
I have been using the new LSM 8 for about a year now. Paired with a Cobalt 8wt rod, it's about as deadly a combo as I can put in my clients' hands. It has the power to tackle <40# tarpon in the summer and the delicacy to land small crustacean flies on 8# tippet to our spooky Tampa Bay redfish in the winter. The reel is more than capable to stop any of my targets in their tracks while preserving light tippets. The reel is a home run!!!!