Originally Posted by troutnut4
I am interested to know if others have experienced this problem with various other reel designs or is Lamson being singled out here.
The reel that has caused me the most problems in this regard is the original Battenkill Large Arbor V, not a Lamson.
The problems arise more from the shallowness of the spool than its width: the less room there is between the arbor and the cage, the less room there is for an adequate foundation of backing, and the fewer turns of line in one spot are needed to fill the entire space. Very large-arbor reel designs tend to be shallow, and designers try to provide adequate capacity by compensating with additional width, but the width per se
is not the source of the problem.