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Waterworks-Lamson began not as a fly reel company but got their start by bringing innovative technology into the world of mountain biking as C1 Design Group. After making a huge impact in that arena, the company moved on to fly fishing in the late 90's. Waterworks acquired fly reel manufacturer Lamson from Sage in 1999 with the intention of bringing outdated, mechanically inefficient, and heavy fly reels into the 21st century by upgrading and modernizing designs and technology in ways that at the time were considered unconventional. Waterworks-Lamson was formed with the following goals as the core of the new company: reduce physical weight, achieve mechanical simplicity, maximize the benefit of large arbor construction, utilize superior materials and create the world's best drag system. Fast forward a decade and those goals have been realized. Waterworks-Lamson has changed fly reel design and performance permanently and they still continue to innovate new products every year. Vail Valley Anglers guides and customers know great reels because they use them day in and day out on all types of water for all types of fish. For tarpon or trout, we appreciate the thought and technology that goes into every reel created by Waterworks-Lamson and trust the company to continue to produce the lightest, most technologically advanced, high-quality fly reels on the market.

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Dale Martens
Waterworks-Lamson Guru Reels - Large Arbor
"Great value for a smooth, sealed drag!"

I have a 3.5 on my bonefish rod, so the backing on this reel has gotten wet a fair number of times. The drag has been flawless for me. The fact that it is sealed gives me confidence when the spray is flying over the rails of the boat or when I'm wading on a sandy beach.
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