Designing a Reel
Waterworks-Lamson began making its own fly reels in 1998, it surveyed the marketplace, both fly rods and fly reels, to determine
“We needed to lighten reels in order to keep pace with the ever-lighter rods and to eliminate the negative
impact that a reel has on a rod’s casting performance. Call this our first objective: reduce physical weight.
Another objective was to simplify the design of a reel. With any mechanical device, simplicity is a virtue.
We saw reels with 80+ parts. It is easy to make something with too many parts; it's hard to make something with fewer
parts. Simplicity means there is less that can go wrong.
A third objective was
to optimize large arbor benefit. We believe in the virtues of large arbor: faster retrieve rate, constant drag tension and
elimination of coil memory. So we set out to maximize the benefits.
We felt that we could
bring a better reel to market by using superior materials and processes. We looked at fly reels and saw materials being used
that were cutting edge at the time of Jesus. Much advancement has been made in the last 2000 years, even in the past 10 years,
that were not being applied to fly reels to make them perform better.
Finally we set out to
design the world’s best drag system. This meant zero start-up inertia. It meant silk-smooth through the entire torque
range. It meant top-end torque suppression sufficient to stop what you catch. It meant that the drag would perform exactly
the same under all conditions that one met in real life: water, sand, dirt. It meant that you shouldn't have to think
about your drag, ever. No cleaning or lubrication required.
And so our objectives
Reduce physical weight
· Achieve mechanical simplicity
· Maximize large arbor benefit
Utilize superior materials
· Create the better world's best drag system”
Now, in 2012, the company offers a series of reels that all conform to these objectives:
$550 - $900
$409 - $639
$279 - $419
$229 - $339
$179 - $249
$119 - $149
Price ranges cover the various sizes of each model. Prices are $US, the same prices charged by retailers
Cabelas and River Magic.
All models use the same drag system, but the drag surface is larger in the reels designed for very large
saltwater fish, like the Vanquish. All are made in the USA and lifetime warranted. One difference is surface finish –
the mid to high-end models use a “Hard Alox” finish for extra protection. The ULA Force models are the lightest
Very competitive pricing makes the Konic and Guru models very popular. Waterworks-Lamson fly reels are, after
all, the best value in the marketplace today!
Our fly of the week is by Sheet Harbour fly man Chris Williams. It’s a Green Highlander with
a twist that makes it a Newfoundland favourite.
NL Green Highlander
River Magic Salmon Hook, sizes 6 – 10
Fine oval tinsel
Copper Krystal Flash
Oval silver Tinsel
1/3 yellow floss, 2/3 green Diamond Braid
Yellow over green hen hackle fibres
White goat hair or black moose hair
over 2 stands pearl Krystal Flash
Black thread finished with 2 coats of
Angler’s Corner Wet Head Cement
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