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I have an opportunity to purchase a Lamson 5 reel, is this any good, I heard of a sweet deal with line. I searched the website but wasn't able to find a picture of the reel, I'm guessing I got the wrong model number. Did Lamson make a 5? It must be an entry level reel anyways, do you think its worth buying? I think I get line with it to.

Whatcha think...need to know soon, thinking of making the purchase tomorrow, you know what they say snooze you loose...

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SNo,

If you want the reel for your new speyrod I'm not sure it will have enough capacity for most spey lines and backing. I have a 4.5 that I use in a pinch for a 7wt, for your 9wt I think you will always be on the "shy-side" for capacity. I think maybe you should be patient and look for a larger reel.
 
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If you're speaking of the LP-5 you should actually be OK. This was the original Lamson design, made when the company was still in Washington. This model has not been made in about a half dozen years. It was also my first spey reel and it held quite a bit of line. I used it with the old Ultra DT11F Salmon Taper and had plenty of room for backing. I sold it because it was too light to balance my rod at that time, a Sage RPII 14' 10 weight. Since I'm not sure how Lamson reels are named today, the one you're looking at may not be the same. I think Lamson has a Velocity and and a Litepseed, but I'm not familiar with any models with numbers.
 

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Ya, I'm not sure of the model, it probably is an old reel cause the price is cheap, he is selling it with line. I guess I have to check it out, but I don't really want a reel that was their guinea pig, if it is there first generation spey reel. I'll have to check it out.
 

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Free Willy

Some of the early lamson reels made in Washington had a reel fault. - pun intended. If you dunked it, it went "free willy" and you had no brake and often a jammed line. They changed the composition of the pads and the newer ones worked fine. You might ask the owner if the brake works when it is wet.
 

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You can order the new brake arm and pad assy from WW for cheap $$ as an option. If you aren't going to pull the trigger, feel free to PM me the contact info :devil:

I am on a mission to multiply the surface area for my LPs with other members, per the other thread.
 
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