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trout breath 09-11-2007 11:14 PM

question regarding reels...
 
May sound like a silly question but I'm looking to get a new reel and loud, clicky reels rub me the wrong way. Can anyone provide any insight as to how the ross rhythm or lamson velocity fare as noisemakers?

much appreciated...

philthy 09-12-2007 05:55 AM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
Hi Troutbreath,

I have a Lamson Velocity and it "clicks" a little in both directions. Not too bad, mind you, but I think it's quieter than my Ross Cimmaron LA. I like the Velocity so much, I have a #1 due any day for my latest 3 wt. Haven't looked at the Rhythm as I'm trying to cut back ;) Both reels have served me well and I especially like the sound of the Lamson when a fish is on. Sweet music. My Lamson Lightspeed is quieter than both, but they'll put you in the poor house in a hurry. My suggestion is to check them out in person if you get the chance and see if they're tolerable. Both are great reels. Good luck!

Phil

BigCliff 09-12-2007 09:13 AM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
I'm pretty sure i recall that the only noise made by both the Lamson Velocity and Lightspeed is by a little flexible plastic tab that contacts a serrated surface on the cap that seals off the internal drag. I'm pretty sure it can be removed (clipped), making the reel totally silent and not even slightly affecting the function of the reel.

I may be thinking of another reel, or maybe it just applies to the lightspeed, or maybe another one altogether.

But to begin with, I would say these two reels are gonna be some of the quietest out there. And if you think the lightspeed's are pricey, check out the Waterworks ULA's. They'z sooooooo pretty though.

trout breath 09-12-2007 05:31 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
Phil/BigCliff

Thanks for the input. Much appreciated...

ezamora 09-12-2007 05:48 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
check out the galvan OB series of reels. soft muffled click one way, silent the other... GREAT reel.

eric
fresno, ca.

Frank Whiton 09-12-2007 06:08 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
Hi trout breath,

I will second Eric's recommendation of the Galvan OB (Open Back). They are great reels and sound sweet with out going line. No in coming noise at all. These reels have one of the smoothest drags that I know about. It is my favorite trout reel. Feather Craft has an OB-3 for sale at $189.

Galvan OB Reel
http://www.galvanflyreels.com/assets/ob_reel3.jpg

jdgrubbjr 09-12-2007 07:30 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
I have a Galvan OB-1 on a R.L. Winston WT 7' three-weight rod that I've had for about 5 years. Sweeeet! Excellent reels.

OregonStreams 09-12-2007 07:40 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by trout breath (Post 14505)
May sound like a silly question but I'm looking to get a new reel and loud, clicky reels rub me the wrong way.

Trout Breath.. What is really funny is my son loves the sound of an older mechanical reel with a fish on a tear. I gave him my old lamson reel and I fished a new Ross Evolution and we hooked into a lot of 18-22 inch trout and he _preferred_ the mechanical sound of the old lamson.

philthy 09-12-2007 07:57 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
The Velocity #1 was waiting on me when I got home from work and it's pretty sweet. 2.85"D, 1.0"W, and a dead even 4 oz. It's gonna look good on my SLT 3 wt, and sound awesome when I hopefully get hooked up with a biggun on the San Juan in a couple of weeks! I did notice in the paperwork that it shows the clicker parts. Hmmmm.....nah, don't think I'll go there! 139 bucks to boot...gotta love a good deal.

Phil

Frank Whiton 09-12-2007 10:42 PM

Re: question regarding reels...
 
Hi Phil,

Does you reel have the Hard Alox finish? If it does that is a heck of a deal. Let us know how it works for you. Are you going to let us in on where you got such a good deal.

Here is Lamson's discription of the Velocity reel.

Years ago, Lamson® was the first high-quality, fully machined reel at a great value. We are proud to introduce the Lamson Velocity Hard Alox,™ extending this tradition by incorporating leading-edge technology into a fully-machined reel that retails around $200. The Velocity is a large-arbor workhorse with a conventional frame. For 2007, porting on the spool has been changed to increase ventilation and reduce weight. Equipped with a fully machined one-piece spool and our sealed conical drag, Velocity Hard Alox extends the Lamson tradition of value to a reel which represents a winning combination of leading edge technology and maintenance-free performance at a modest price.


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