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Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 Reels

Since Litespeed’s inception in 1998 the relationship between it and Force reels has been a constant one. Inventive ideas that first take shape in the Force have been put to work in Litespeed’s more conventional structure, which has over time resulted in one of the most successful and influential fly reels of the last two decades.

We’ve learned from history, and we’re repeating it with the Generation 5 Litespeed. In 2016 we introduced design changes to the Force SL that resulted in engineering alchemy: A fly reel structure that is larger in diameter, stronger and yet lighter.

1. By integrating the drag housing into the frame, the housing itself becomes a structural member, increasing stiffness and strength.
2. Eliminating the cassette and the threaded overlaps reduces material and thus weight.
3. The integrated housing is much narrower and the frame /drag unit much lighter.
4. A narrower drag can support a narrower spool, which results in additional weight reduction.

But what if the reel we’re talking about is already the lightest full drag reel in the world? Perhaps then, as a designer, you think about weight savings as money in the bank, and maybe you decide to spend it elsewhere – by increasing the overall diameter of the reel and trading weight savings into improved retrieve rate.

Hence the new Litespeed: Higher retrieve rate, narrower spool for improved line handling, stiffer frame. Specific to Litespeed you’ll find enhanced 3D milling for better material distribution and an improved ergonomic drag knob for better grip.

Lastly, the Gen 5 Litespeed comes clad in a revolutionary new coating called Micralox. New to fly fishing and only available on Waterworks-Lamson fly reels, Micralox is the ultimate in corrosion resistance.

We invite you to meet Litespeed Micra 5. As something Yogi Berra might have said, it’s like history repeating itself all over again.

Format: Large Arbor
Materials: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Stainless Steel
Finish: Micralox

waterworks_lamson_link_litespeed_m5 Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 1.5 Reel !
$349.00
Rod Weights: 3-4-5
Weight: 3.72 oz.
Spool Diameter: 3.38"
Spool Width: 0.95"
Line Capacity:
WF4 - 100yd 20#

Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 1.5 Spare Spool
$150.00
Capacity:
WF4 - 100yd 20#
Spool Diameter: 3.38"
Spool Width: 0.95"

waterworks_lamson_link_litespeed_m5 Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 2 Reel !
$359.00
Rod Weights: 4-5-6
Weight: 4.19 oz.
Spool Diameter: 3.63"
Spool Width: 0.98"
Line Capacity:
WF6 - 100yd 20#

Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 2 Spare Spool
$160.00
Capacity:
WF6 - 100yd 20#
Spool Diameter: 3.63"
Spool Width: 0.98"

waterworks_lamson_link_litespeed_m5 Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 3 Reel !
$379.00
Rod Weights: 6-7-8
Weight: 5.08 oz.
Spool Diameter: 3.88"
Spool Width: 1.11"
Line Capacity:
WF8 - 225yd 20#

Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 3 Spare Spool
$169.00
Capacity:
WF8 - 225yd 20#
Spool Diameter: 3.88"
Spool Width: 1.11"

waterworks_lamson_link_litespeed_m5 Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 3.5 Reel !
$399.00
Rod Weights: 8-9
Weight: 5.72 oz.
Spool Diameter: 4.13"
Spool Width: 1.15"
Line Capacity:
WF9 - 250yd 20#

Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 3.5 Spare Spool
$179.00
Capacity:
WF9 - 250yd 20#
Spool Diameter: 4.13"
Spool Width: 1.15"

waterworks_lamson_link_litespeed_m5 Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 4 Reel !
$439.00
Rod Weights: 10-11
Weight: 8.06 oz.
Spool Diameter: 4.63"
Spool Width: 1.30"
Line Capacity:
WF10 - 250yd 30#

Lamson Litespeed Micra-5 4 Spare Spool
$195.00
Capacity:
WF10 - 250yd 30#
Spool Diameter: 4.63"
Spool Width: 1.30"


LINE STORAGE FORMAT Our 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.

DRAG SYSTEM The ULA, Litespeed and Velocity 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.

CLUTCH Most premium reels rely on a pawl type clutch mechanism. These are often vulnerable to stress related failure, contamination and wear. The ULA, Litespeed and Velocity 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.

**Series IV spools are not compatible with previous model Litespeeds.
**Actual color may vary from image above