I am ashamed to admit that I had never thrown a Lew’s reel as of a few weeks ago. I am ashamed because now that I have, I realize what I've been missing. My dad has an older model from back in the 70’s in a shadow box along with a lot of antique lures. I always thought it was cool, but just an antique along with the other wonderful relics locked away and outdated.
After working on articles with Lew’s pro-staffers Terry Scroggins, Timmy Horton and Jimmy Mason in the last few months my interests were definitely peaked. Then while out on a fishing trip for an article with Shane Bedsole I sampled a couple of his new Lew’s Speed Spools. I was very impressed. So much so that I stopped by Academy Sports on the way home and picked one up.
This one had a 6.4:1 gear ratio, which I like to use as an all-around reel. I put the Speed Spool through the ringer the next day. I threw a square bill, spinnerbait, jig and buzzbait in order to sample a large spectrum. The reel felt great in my hand and had a large reel grip which I really like. The reel performed exceptionally well at long casts and short pitches. I even skipped the jig under a few bushes. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the performance of the reel. And the price was even better.
After researching the company, I found that Lew Childre, founding father of Lew’s, was involved every step of the way with the evolution of the fishing rod and reel. Starting from scratch, Childre went from growing and crafting cane poles to having a hand in some of the most innovative moves in fishing gear at the time. Childre is even credited for designing the pistol grip and creating one of the first low profile reels.
The history of Lew’s is an impressive one. Their future looks bright as well judging by the full line of Speed Spools. I bought a couple more of the reels and set out to do more field trials. During a recent trip to Okeechobee I landed the above brute on the SS1SH model burning a Jackall Ammonite Shad across thick vegetation.
After winching the fish out of the matted mess I had seen enough. I contacted Lew’s about working together and I am now proud to announce our partnership. Looking forward to great things to come with this company. If you haven’t checked out the new Speed Spool series yet then you’re missing out!