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Waterworks Lamson Fly Fishing ReelsWaterworks-Lamson Velocity™ 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 Velocity™ incorporates leading-edge technology into a fully-machined reel that retails around $200.  It is The Waterworks-Lamon best selling reel due to features, function and price.

The Velocity is a large arbor reel with a fully-sealed conical drag. Waterwork-Lamson can offer this tremendous value in a high-performance reel because they have designed the Velocity to be efficient to manufacture. The Velocity has a less aggressive arbor ratio, deliberately uniform wall thickness, and a more planar structure than the ULA and Litespeed. By making these structural changes while retaining the core conical technology, Velocity offers a superior reel in the $200 category. Made in the USA.  Warranted for Life.

All Waterworks-Lamson Velocity™ 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

  • Vey light weight

  • Fully machined from ultra-durable heat-treated 6020 aluminum alloy and Type II anodized in a smoke finish.

  • 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 vented spool reduces overall weight and improves rod balance

  • Reel is fabricated with less than 30 parts

  • 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 Velocity Fly Reels located at the bottom of the page


Velocity™ 1 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 1, 2, or 3

Nominal Capacity: WF3 plus 75 yards 12 lb backing

Weight: 4.00 oz.

Diameter: 2.85 in.

Width: 1.00 in.


Velocity™ 1.5 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 4 or 5

Nominal Capacity: WF4 plus 100 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 4.25 oz.

Diameter: 3.00 in.

Width: 1.05 in.



Velocity™ 2 Hard Alox,™Fly Reel


Line Weights: 5 or 6

Nominal Capacity: WF6 plus 100 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 4.75 oz.

Diameter: 3.17 in.

Width: 1.05 in.



Velocity™ 3 Hard Alox,™Fly  Reel


Line Weights: 7 or 8

Nominal Capacity: WF7 plus 150 yards 20 lb backing

Weight: 6.00 oz.

Diameter: 3.50 in.

Width: 1.20 in.


Velocity™ 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: 3.75 in.

Width: 1.30 in.



Velocity™ 4 Hard Alox,™Fly  Reel


Line Weights: 10 or 11

Nominal Capacity: WF10 plus 250 yards 30 lb backing

Weight: 8.75 oz.

Diameter: 4.00 in.

Width: 1.50 in.



Velocity 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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