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Old 02-12-2012, 08:19 AM
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From the horror stories I hear, stay away from Cork drag systems. Lamson makes a great reel Made in Ketchum, Idaho USA. Like the other poster mentioned, the Lamson Lite speed can be purchased for about -300.00 now. It's solid. I got the Litespeed 4 in 10/11. It's built like a bank vault and light as a q-tip. Everything about it just makes sense.
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How does the Ross F1 compare to a Vexsis? Any recommendations on the F1?
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+1 for the lamson. you can find the ls3 at a heck of a deal right now-
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This may seem trivial to non-Hardy users but does the Litespeed for 9wt have an outgoing click or fairly silent? Thanks
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It clicks both ways.

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How does the Ross F1 compare to a Vexsis? Any recommendations on the F1?
In terms of fit and finish, the F1 is way ahead of Vexis. The drag is smoother and more powerful. In a heavier weight reel, a well engineered drag system is key. The only negative that some mention is that the F1 is heavier than other reels in its respective category.

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I appriciate all the info.
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The drag is most important to me.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:10 AM
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I just got my Lamson Litespeed LS 3 from Stillwater for a steal ..... haven't gotten it wet yet but based on reviews my guess is i'll like her.

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The Ross F1 is the most sophisticated Ross to date. Made in CO, it has a lot more surface area to its sealed drag design than the Waterworks products with which it shares a too wide - too shallow aspect ratio. If that does not bother you it is deffinitly worth checking out; a very nice reel. I don't own stock in Hatch Reels even though I mention them often. I am a big fan of these great reels.
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I bought an Orvis Hydros reel to go with my 8wt Z-Axis. It's a poor man's Mirage, which has the drag to stop a train. Haven't had a chance to use it yet, though.
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