@ John - Thanks! I'll read into it. I've read that Lamson is a solid reel manufacturer.
In that the reel would outclass the rod, or the rod outclasses the reel, or that the two wouldn't mix well?
I don't entirely follow.
Personally, I don't like the look of a Lamson - and I own a Velocity 3.5 which I use on a Loomis GLX Native Run 8 wt with Rio Steelhead taper line. I would want something a little more classic looking on an older Sage stick.
Would it work, sure. It just would not be my choice.
From a performance perspective, I'm no expert on Lamson reels. I've landed plenty of Steelhead and Salmon with mine.
I was considering getting a new Ross CLA 4 off ebay for the rod. Forgive my naivety if I'm going overboard, but I was considering a newer reel for the drag technology and for the warranty. My concern with a Lamson 3 or 3.5 is while reading about them I discovered their discs wear out and require third-party maintenance because Waterworks no longer repairs them and I'd like to avoid unnecessary repair costs.
In an idealized sense I think it would be a neat 'vintage' setup to have both rod and reel in the same era, but I'm purely considering the Sage because it's a solidly performing rod which can last me a lifetime with little to no repair costs. I would imagine a reel you can use interchangeably on rods, such that if I got a newer rod down the road (like a nice 8wt TFO or some such) I would have no issues using the Ross CLA.
If I'm paying over $100 for a reel, I want something that will last.
My understanding is that this was a short production span that had the clutch issue, it hasn't stopped me from buying the LP's that I have, because if and when a problem does arise all I need to do is send it to Archuletta for a simple repair.($35.00/$40.00 I believe and that included the reel being cleaned and serviced).
I too was concerned about this at one point until speaking to Mr Archuletta, he assured me that once the clutch was changed out that it would be good to go for the reasonable life of the reel.
Since then I've bought 3 more used LP's off of ebay and still haven't one fail. If I had the available funds right now I'd pick that one up. It sure would look good on that RPL.
Yeah, I'm probably going to walk away with the rod on Monday if it's in good condition and I can figure out my reel dilemma. I'd like a used reel, ideally, to outfit the rod since it's not brand new technology itself, but I feel like I'm buying a mystery box with an old reel on ebay - especially with those LP 3's. I think my plan-of-attack is to go in Monday and just ask the guy what reel he outfitted his with, and if there's a chance he'd part with the reel as well.
Just an update for any of you who were interested in this thread....
I went in today to look at the rod. It was a beauty for sure, it cast like a charm and I was set to buy it however when looking over it with a magnifying glass the tip end of the rod had a hairline fracture between two of the guides and I didn't want to risk purchasing it. Sadness.
However, I know what I want now. I got to casting some rods and looked through some reels and found my match made in heaven- The Sage Response #8 and the Waterworks Lightspeed 3.5. I just want to sleep on it before I go pick the setup, up, but I'm 95% sure it's going to be my new Steelhead/Striper/Bonefish rig.
That's too bad... I recently had a similar experience when looking into a used rod. There was a small imperfection in the blank just below where the top two pieces came together. Could have been an errant fly but I was not going to risk it and passed on the rod. I know the feeling.
I don't know much about the rod you're looking at but wish you well with it. New stick gives you the warranty. Can't beat that piece of mind.