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Waterworks Lamson Fly Fishing ReelsWaterworks-Lamson Litespeed™ Hard Alox,™ 2007 Fly Fishing Reel

Product design is the marriage of materials science and engineering with vision, creativity and art. It is the pursuit of product perfection through superior performance, simplicity and grace.



The Lamson Litespeed is a true large arbor reel with the same fully-sealed drag system that is used in the Waterworks ULA. Like the ULA, the Litespeed is machined in the U.S. from barstock aluminum. By utilizing a more traditional structural design and foregoing the use of titanium, The Waterworks-Lamson is able to offer a very fine, high performance large arbor reel at a value.

Litespeed is available in hard type 3 anodize finish which is called Hard Alox,™. Made in the USA.  Warranted for Life

All Waterworks-Lamson Litespeed™ reels feature:

  • Large-arbor design for faster retrieves.  The ratio of arbor diameter to width and depth is optimized, which results in constant drag and less line coil memory

  • Extreme strength and lightness - fully machined from ultra-durable heat-treated 6020 aluminum alloy and stainless steel.

  • Patented zero-maintenance conical drag system that has low startup inertia, extreme sensitivity, and permanently sealed with dual o-rings.  The drag is machined from self-lubricated Delrin, Teflon, and lead impregnated brass.

  • Torrington zero-lash roller clutch system which acts like a transmission, ensuring instant drag engagement and no drag "spike" typical of traditional pawl-based systems

  • Open frame design and highly ventilated spool reduces overall weight and improves rod balance

  • Counter-balanced spool for reduced-vibration

  • Easily converted from right to left hand retrieve

  • Inexpensive quick-change spools

  • Click Here To see additional technical data on the Lamson Litespeed Fly Reels located at the bottom of the page



Litespeed™ 1 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 1, 2, or 3

Nominal Capacity: WF3 plus 75 yards 12 lb backing

Weight: 3.75 oz.

Diameter: 3.00 in.

Width: 1.10 in.


Litespeed™ 1.5 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 3, 4 or 5

Nominal Capacity: WF4 plus 100 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 4.00 oz.

Diameter: 3.25 in.

Width: 1.10 in.



Litespeed™ 2 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 4, 5 or 6

Nominal Capacity: WF6 plus 100 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 4.25 oz.

Diameter: 3.50 in.

Width: 1.10 in.



Litespeed™ 3 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 6, 7 or 8

Nominal Capacity: WF7 plus 150 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 5.50 oz.

Diameter: 3.75 in.

Width: 1.25 in.


Litespeed™ 3.5 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 8 or 9

Nominal Capacity: WF9 plus 200 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 6.50 oz.

Diameter: 4.00 in.

Width: 1.38 in.


Litespeed™ 4 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 10 or 11

Nominal Capacity: WF10 plus 250 yards 30 lb backing

Weight: 7.80 oz.

Diameter: 4.00 in.

Width: 1.50 in.


Litespeed™ Extra Spools

Quick change spools allow your to adapt to conditions.

More affordable than buying a second reel



Waterworks-Lamson Reels Technical Details



Waterworks-Lamson Fly Reel Technical DetailsWaterworks-Lamson large arbor reels maximize the benefits of large arbor design by maximizing the arbor diameter-to-width ratio. The spool is large in circumference and wide, so that line is stored in a shallow layer. The increased circumference provides high retrieve rate and eliminates line coil memory. The wide, shallow line layer means there is little radius change as line is pulled form the reel. This results in constant drag torque during long runs and eliminates the risk of tippets breaking due to drag force gain.




The ULA, Litespeed, Velocity, and Radius drag consists of a pair of precisely matched conical elements which are drawn together with spring tension to produce variable rates of smooth rotational braking. By re-configuring the surface area of traditional disks into a pair of matching conical elements we were able to seal the drag completely from moisture, salt and grit. And since the mass of the drag elements is centralized, the spool's rotating mass is much lower which makes the reel more responsive to light drag settings. Because the average radius of the contact surface is much smaller (being conical rather than disk-shaped), start-up torque is too low to measure. US Patent #5,915,639; other patents pending.




Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to stress related failure, contamination and wear. The ULA, Litespeed, Velocity, and Radius employ a Torrington zero-lash roller clutch. This mechanism relies on the locking effect of a number of ramps and rollers to achieve torque transmission. There are no "teeth" or "steps" to break off or wear out. And the zero-lash feature means instant engagement. This improves feel and eliminates "spike" that the reel, line and leader experience when a typical pawl clutch hooks up.


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