I own 3 Waterworks. Oldest is 15 years, a 3.4 force. I'm very hard on my equipment. Fished mainly Salt, been emersed in Salt more times than I can count. Caught countless fish without fail. Other than a fresh water rinse, none have never had a thorough cleaning and still work like new. Try that with any other brand ?
Only thing I've had to replace is the plastic clicker on the 3.4.
This 12 wt Litespeed is lighter and bigger than my first 2 reels. Haven't had a chance to test it on monster Tarpon yet but know already that I'm prepared for battle with serious equipment. Let you know in November when I return from Costa Rica.
Thanks for the endorsement! Sounds like you've put those reels through the ringer. Enjoy your trip in the fall. That LSM will be ready to do battle.
I have been using the new LSM 8 for about a year now. Paired with a Cobalt 8wt rod, it's about as deadly a combo as I can put in my clients' hands. It has the power to tackle <40# tarpon in the summer and the delicacy to land small crustacean flies on 8# tippet to our spooky Tampa Bay redfish in the winter. The reel is more than capable to stop any of my targets in their tracks while preserving light tippets. The reel is a home run!!!!
I would love to have this reel in all black, black/slate, or black silver. The bright blue/silver combo, while pretty, is just a bit flashy for what I want. I prefer a reel that is more of a neutral color that can put on various rods without clashing. Thank you for listening and responding to customers!
Fair enough! I'll run that by the designers and let them know.
I’ve made 2 reviews on this reel already, I like this reel so much I’ll add another - if it’s possible for the engineers to give it the look of the of the Lite Speed F with the star in the middle ( it looks so cool ) instead of the button type nut it has, one way of achieving this might be to incorporate the nut into the reel and screw the hole reel onto the spool or achieve it in fashion like the cobalt does.
I’ve already commented on this reel it’s a 9.8 out of 10, no other reel comes close to what this reel can do for its weight. I’ve Subtracted 0.2 to off the perfect 10, to gain the 0.2 to be a perfect score this reel should have a integrated foot into the reel it being a flag ship reel.
The other improvement an aluminium handle, they feel so much nicer to the touch than a plastic handle,
As some other post have mentioned a size 6 would be nice
That's a fair assessment and your feedback is heard! The size 6 LSM has been something we have been hearing about from yourself and others. The design team is taking a hard look at making that happen.