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    Default Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    Is this reel to big for a orvis superfine touch 6'6" 3 wt what do you think? it is light just seems bulky to me but love the reel.
    R Reese

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    I am a big fan of the Litespeed reels, I have a 3.5 for my 8WT rod & it is terrific with that rod. For my 7'6" Orvis Superfine 4wt...I chose an Orvis CFO. In my humble opinion, the CFO or another 'traditional' looking reel suits the look and purpose of the Superfine rods. The CFO also balances the rod well, something about that narrow - deep spool just looks better with these lighter rods.

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    For my 1WT I use Ross Evolution 0 (last model, not the LT) . I love it because I have a spare spool with WF3W on it so I pack 2 rods / 1 Reel / 1 extra Spool when I hike in to small streams. If the wind picks up, I simply rig up the 3wt

    On topic I have the Litespeed and it tends to balance my heavier rods better.Rods lke the TXl or the Superfine you have tend to feel better with super light reels.
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    I have a 6'6" TT rod with an old Hardy flyweight reel on it. The reel is very light, and at the time, it was the only reel that would balance the rod fairly well.

    If you are looking for a quality reel that has a disk type drag, the Litespeed #1 is about as light as you are going to find. However, I agree, the 3.25 diameter might look a bit out of place on that small rod. On the other hand, you can probably find a smaller, lighter click & pawl reel that balances the rod better, and looks like it fits the rod.

    Good Luck

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    Here is a comparison of light reels for a superfine..

    Light reel comparo

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    The Litespeed is awesome, enough said... Plus, with extra spools, you can use that on several other rods due to the exceptional drag system.
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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    I have a sage click 3 and love it. I use it on my txl-f 3wt 6' 10" rod. It is a perfect marriage with the double taper line.

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    No, it's not too big.

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    I'm with Mysticm about going with the classic style reel. It just looks right. The smallest Orvis CFO would be the right fit.

    As for other alternatives, the link that Mysticm put up is a good read.

    Dennis

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    Default Re: Lamson Litespeed 1 for 6'6" rod

    Here's what a (non-Hard Alox) Litespeed 1 looks like on a 5'9" 3wt.



    Works for me.

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