EASY TO FISH at 6.7 ounces...

When Scott Sweet called me earlier in the summer, he had the idea we might get out on the water and take a look at the new baitcasting line-up from Lew’s. However, since Bassfan.com had just done an interview with Lynn Reeves, the man who purchased the name from the Childre family, I wanted to do more than just repeat what I had heard.

Fortunately, by the time I had returned from the ICAST trade show, where everyone is touting something, I already knew that the Lew’s baitcasters had the goods.

FOR THOSE WHO DROP-SHOT with baitcasting, like Scott Sweet, the Lew's was a great fit.

As a member of the Lew’s field staff, it was obvious what appealed to Scott. Living up in the Castaic/Pyramid/Piru triangle area, he saw the silky smooth casting as fitting his method of drop-shotting or tossing other light weights. But as soon as I handled the reels (since I use spinning tackle for the finesse worm methods) I knew the Lew’s was going to make a huge difference in fishing topwaters as well.

So, before I set out to write about them, I spent a couple of trips throwing Ricos (the original, not the heavier Rio) and I watched my over-runs disappear and my distance really stretch out. And this with a full-sized Lew’s reel, compared with a smaller model from a well-respected competitor.

TOSSING a light chugger was way easier for me with the Speed Spool.

Of course, when I say full-sized, I’m talking about the dimensions generally found today. As Reeves noted when I spoke with him, the original Speed Spool, though teardrop shaped, was actually larger than the round reels of the day. If re-introduced sometime in the future (hint, hint) look for a smaller version to hit the shelves one day. However, for those familiar with the Lew’s tradition, they have kept the paddle-style grips.

For now, you really have to strongly consider the Lew’s among the latest reel offerings, no matter what you’ve used in the past. I base that on seven weeks of hard work I’ve given it, as well as what we’re hearing from the national pro staff.

As for the steps of reel development, one can only sit back and admire the way Reeves’ long years of association with the tech people in Korea (while with Bass Pro Shops), have led to an understanding of delivering exactly what the Lew’s brand wants in a product.

LEWS' has options.

And that goes for the current models with 5.4:1, 6.4:1 and 7.1:1, all weighing less than 7 ounces. True, I can’t tell you how they will endure 12 and 24 months down the road, but there is so much pride in the Lew’s name among the principles of the resurrected brand, I will be stunned if they don’t keep the ball (bearings) rolling.

And further, you can get excellent performance in any model, from the base priced version to the Look-out-KVD-here-I-Come edition–and that’s a definite plus.

So, Scott, thanks for the heads-up.



3 Responses to “Lew’s Speed Spool better than imagined”

My 15-year-old speed spools are by far the furthest casting reels in my boat. No contest. The only knock on the old ones was the low gear ratio. If the new Lews cast as well with the increased gear ratio there will be several new Lews appearing on my doorstep in the near future. Any idea where I can get a demo?

As you probably know from ICAST, Lew’s is now providing the cranking reel in the Tournament Pro Speed Spool (TP) line (I showed you the cranking reel in the Tournament Speed Spool (TS) line) as well as the new MG line for under $100!

Bottom line, Lew’s is the best quality for the dollar reel on the market. Everyone who picks up the Tournament Pro Speed Spool reel loves it and can’t believe it is under $200.

Great post! All of the reels I have placed to date have performed exceptionally well.