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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.

    ---------- Post added at 04:04 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:01 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by rockriver View Post
    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.

    Dennis

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    I appriciate all the info.

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    The drag is most important to me.

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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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