Kayak Kid wrote:Ronmc,
What makes you such an expert on reels that I should place any credence in your opinion?
Seriously. I thought I was the only Lews fancier. I still have the Lews that I bought in 1972 (there about) when I was surf casting big shell for trout and smacks. Haven't used it in many years, but I do clean and oil it occasionally.
Somewhere along the line, I moved strictly to spinning and fly. I do spin fish when it's impossible to fly fish. Too many advantages to my preferred fishing methods for using spin gear, as opposed to level wind. And, I do like Penn reels due to their being, in most instances, bullet proof.
um, they work better than this one and are a better buy - the Douglas patent level wind anti-reverse + freespool Supreme was $28 in 1922 ($420 in today's dollars, and this reel is still worth just about that).
though I was floored when I cast this mid-30s Meek No. 30 LW (expired Marhoff patent and Horton craftsmanship)- it casts 3/8 oz almost as far as one of my Lew's - the casting brake, though touchy to adjust, works amazingly well especially for the mass of a nickel-silver spool.
and here's the cast Lew's design went back to, Talbot NLW (both rod and reel date 1914) - swap the ivory-grasp counter-balance handle for one of the little triangle jobs, and it's still the choice of many tournament casters.
Seriously, they all have their place. No question a fly rod is the stealth champion for standing over fish and sight-casting - honestly, if you're doing it right, they don't know you from a heron.
Most salt blind-fishing opportunities are obstinate with a fly rod, the exception being in a high-target probability such a deep narrow pass to a larger channel during a strong tide current, especially with a sinking line - here the Marker 60 pass at LHL on a falling tide.
I've mentioned many times drifting S Padre with a slime-line-rigged fly rod in the rod holder. Blind-fishing the bait caster, and switching to the fly rod on fish sign, here at Green Is.
I've retired my 35-y-o Penn 4400SS and 4200SS to loaner service, mostly, they're just not as slick as the new reels, but still work perfectly. Penn are the only reels designed to be ridden hard and put away wet - a guide buddy in the 80s/90s just threw his in the garage at the end of the day, never rinsed or lubed them - he killed his Lew's that way.
When my buddy Lou went looking to set up an inshore spinning rig, he opted for a barely-used 4300SS from ebay.
I still have to break this one out and fish it occasionally...