There's some crap reviews regarding the drag out there. Rest assured the drags awesome...
I have been using Lamson reels for a long time, American made and solid drag system were the the two reasons I went with Lamson. I had a few old litespeed reels with good quality anodization. The anodization on the Remix and some of the lower price point Lamsons are not up to the mark. These reels scratch up even with very careful use.
The final straw was when I took the reel on a fishing trip and discovered that the spool was bent. It was so bad that the spool was coming off the reel body as I was fighting a big fish. We hiked in a long distance to fish this place. It was disappointing not to be able to enjoy the fruit of a long hike.
Not having a cage for some of the bigger Remix reels is irresponsible. The cast spools are very weak. A cage would give it more integrity.
I would hasitate to buy low to mid priced modern Lamson reels. I am sure their top end products are still pretty good.
A little more care about the quality of anodization and rethinking the strength of the cast spools on bigger size reels would be much appreciated.
I'm sorry to hear the Spool on your reel was damaged. The Remix is available in an HD, which is a full frame design that completely protects the spool like you pointed out. That may be a better fit for what you are doing. Please reach out to customer service - firstname.lastname@example.org - and we will help you out.
If you’re looking for a good all around reel with a sealed drag this one’s it. I have the liquids also and it’s nice to interchange all the spools. It’s superb!
I purchased this reel last year on the recommendation from our local fly shop. I wanted a reel with a good drag system and space for plenty of backing while fishing for Steelhead. This reel has all that and performed flawlessly…and it looks good!
I got my first Lamson reel over 5 years ago and to this day have only bought Lamson reels. My first reel was the Remix and after using it for the first time I was hooked. The quality of the reel is amazing compared to the price. Would recommend to anyone who wants a high quality reel for a lower price than the competition