Fly Fishing Insider
Product Review of the new Lamson Speedster S Reel.
When the great folks at Lamson Waterworks reached out to the fly-fishing Insider Podcast upon learning that we were heading to Alaska in the fall to chase some big Kenai River Rainbows, and Silver Salmon. Lamson was so confident that this was a great testing ground for the new Lamson Speedster S 9plus, that we were sent a few reels to put to test for this trip.
My first thought of this reel once unboxed was I loved the fully anodized Midnight colour and the porting on this reel I immediately noticed the narrow spool that makes up this reel. After a few turns and heavy crank downs on the drag I had a good feeling this reel was going to perform well, but you never really know 100% percent in a situation like this. Once I had the reel spooled with the SA amplitude Infinity lines, we let the testing begin.
I personally found that once spooled up with line the reel was surprisingly lighter than I expected and after a few days of consistently casting, this makes a huge difference to any angler. I also was surprised at how the drag system when put to the test with some of the worlds biggest and baddest silver salmon held up at an incredible rate of stopping power in which helped me in turn land some of the biggest and best fish I have ever caught.
The reel knob is slightly bigger than other reels of this size which helps when fishing with gloves on (while on this trip during those frosty Alaska mornings), as I was still able to reel in line while gloved with no interference. The hardy aluminum frame and spool kept my line in place and the line pick up was a great ratio for this reel.
Other features that this reel offers are a maintenance free sealed drag system, fully anodized 6061 aluminum and available in weights from 3+ to 9+ offered in 2 colours midnight and ember. (I personally love the Midnight).
Final thought on this reel. With the Lamson Speedster S 9+ model that I was using for theses big Alaskan fish, I can say without a doubt this reel can hold its own and then some. The value is phenomenal within this Lamson speedster S reel I was using. In short this reel fully delivers and doesn’t disappoint, we fully recommend this model and reel for those looking to upgrade reels.