Re: Lamson 2013?
I believe this extra large arbor/narrow width design is the direction that light weight/high performance reels are moving toward. Note Hardy's award winning Ultralite DD series and Nautilus's "Giga" spools. Abel, unique in having been offering Super series reels in both wide and narrow configurations has been steadily revamping their line-up to be narrow spools only. I grasp the drag uniformity concept of the wide spool fans, I just believe the uniformity of backing/line retrieval is more relevant in fishing situations. Pay more attention to keeping that bone out of the mangroves and less to how evenly the line is going back onto the reel...I still use a first generation Orvis Vortex (designed and built in the USA) large arbor/wide width reel for False Albacore fishing because of its great drag and very rapid line retrieval (important for little tunny's) and it is on my desk now in preparation for immediate use. The line is on there nice and uniform; it can be done, there simply are superior aspect ratios available. Actually, I just measured this much maligned for bulk and width when originally introduced reel; it is only 1 1/8" wide in its interior spool width which is less than some contemporary trout reels and this thing sports a #9 line.