UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - St. Lawrence River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Review: Lew’s Speed Spool LFS

Review: Lew’s Speed Spool LFS
Lew’s Speed Spool LFS

The Lew’s Speed Spool LFS is a re-design of the Speed Spool, and it’s a very affordable casting reel that works quite well. It hit the market in the fall of 2018, and though it doesn’t visually stand out and it’s lacking in nonessential bells and whistles, the reel is more than capable of getting the job done for under $100.

 

Will it last?

When you only spend $100 on a reel (well, $99.99), I believe the primary concerns should be how it functions and how it will last. Built with an aluminum frame and brass gears, I believe the Speed Spool LFS should stand the test of time. The venerable Lew’s Super Duty has the same basic construction, and that reel has been a champ for a long time. I own three of the Speed Spool LFS reels, but I’ve only been using one of them for an extended period of time. Since early fall, I’ve fished a little less than I usually do in that time period, but I haven’t noticed the slightest decrease in performance or smoothness. If I had to guess, I’d say the reel will make it through at least a few seasons with flying colors.

 

The performance is good

With no centrifugal brakes on the reel, you need to rely on the spool-tensioning knob and the externally adjustable Magnetic Control System (MCS) to dial in your casting. I’ve found that the reel casts quite well, but you can still tell it isn’t a $200 reel. That’s not to say the casting is in any way subpar. I’ve got three of them, and I’ve already used them in competition with results that were just fine. It’s just not quite at the level of some of the best-casting modern reels. For instance, the Team Lew’s Lite Speed Spool LFS Series reels definitely cast better, but those reels cost nearly $140 more.

As far as the other aspects of the reel go, I think it passes with good marks. It’s smooth as can be, the drag seems solid, and the anti-reverse has always worked perfectly for me.

 

It looks good to me

Predominantly matte black and grey, the Speed Spool LFS palms well and has the classic and excellent paddle-style grips. Overall, I really like how it looks. You can get some pretty outlandish reels these days, but the Speed Spool LFS is understated, and I’m a fan of that. My only complaint on the looks front is that the leading edge of the frame is too pointy, but that’s an admittedly picayune complaint.

 

The verdict

To this point, I haven’t discovered a downside to this reel. If you’re looking to add a few setups at a relatively low cost, I think you should definitely consider the Speed Spool LFS. The only thing missing is a 5:1 gear ratio in a left-hand retrieve, but that’s only going to be an issue for a minority of anglers.

 

Details

Company: Lew’s

Series: Speed Spool LFS

Available gear ratios: 5.6:1 (right-hand retrieve only), 6.8:1, 7.5:1 

Ball bearings: 9 double-shielded stainless-steel ball bearings

Spool capacity: 120 yards of 12-pound-test monofilament

Weight: 7.1 ounces

Warranty: one-year limited warranty

Price: $99.99

Tags: lews  -review  -speed-spool-lfs  -fishing  jody-white  tech-tackle-reviews 

Hough is Fighting to Fish

Hough is Fighting to Fish

Fishing just her second full season as a co-angler in the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division, mother of two and first-grade teacher Kate Hough was planning and preparing for a chance to do something no woman has ever done in her division: win Co-Angler of the Year. Instead of preparing for the Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell on Sept. 28, however, Hough is simply fighting to leave her hospital bed. READ MORE »

Cal Delta Set to Host Weekend of Fishing League Worldwide Bass-Fishing Tournaments

Cal Delta Set to Host Weekend of Fishing League Worldwide Bass-Fishing Tournaments

BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit the California Delta next week, Sept. 26-29, for three bass-fishing tournaments that will award anglers of all ages and skill levels thousands of dollars in cash and prizes... READ MORE »

North Little Rock Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

North Little Rock Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to return to central Arkansas next week, Sept. 20-21, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at the Arkansas River presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at the Arkansas River. The tournaments, hosted by the North Little Rock Convention and Visitors... READ MORE »

Bryan Schmitt’s ChatterBait Box

Bryan Schmitt’s ChatterBait Box

“I’m pretty wild on color selection,” says Schmitt. “I always have my shad colors. I always have my black and blues. But I fall in love with trying to find a niche color. Especially when you get into the fall of the year on the Potomac. I love to find a crayfish pattern, and I feel like then a crayfish-imitating ChatterBait out-fishes anything else. And I also like to find a bluegill pattern at times, so I play with the colors.” READ MORE »

Kentucky’s George Rogers Clark High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Erie Open presented by Costa Sunglasses

Kentucky’s George Rogers Clark High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Erie Open presented by Costa Sunglasses

SANDUSKY, Ohio – The George Rogers Clark High School duo of Allen Powe and Alex Dunaway, both of Winchester, Kentucky, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Erie Open presented by Costa Sunglasses... READ MORE »

Clarksville’s Williams Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Dardanelle Presented by Navionics

Clarksville’s Williams Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Dardanelle Presented by Navionics

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Boater Charles Williams of Clarksville, Arkansas, won this weekend’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Lake Dardanelle presented by Navionics... READ MORE »

Saint Jacob’s Smith Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Shelbyville

Saint Jacob’s Smith Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. – Boater Bradley Smith of Saint Jacob, Illinois, took home the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Lake Shelbyville Sunday after... READ MORE »

Sparta’s Lobato Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Mississippi River at La Crosse

Sparta’s Lobato Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Mississippi River at La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Boater Fernando Lobato of Sparta, Wisconsin, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at La Crosse Sunday after catching... READ MORE »

Kiefer’s Shadowens Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake

Kiefer’s Shadowens Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake

GROVE, Okla. – Boater Mark Shadowens of Kiefer, Oklahoma, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Grand Lake Sunday after... READ MORE »

New Market’s Humbard Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Cherokee Lake

New Market’s Humbard Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Cherokee Lake

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. – Boater Bill Humbard of New Market, Tennessee, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mountain Division tournament on Cherokee Lake Sunday after... READ MORE »

Youngstown State University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Tournament on Lake Erie

Youngstown State University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Tournament on Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Youngstown State University duo of Jeffrey Jardine of Niles, Ohio, and Mike Soots of McDonald, Ohio, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake Erie with a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds even. The victory earned the Penguins’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship... READ MORE »

Harris Chain of Lakes Announced as Location of 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship

Harris Chain of Lakes Announced as Location of 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship

LEESBURG, Fla. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes will host the 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship. The tournament, set for Feb. 26-28, will showcase the top collegiate anglers from across the nation... READ MORE »

Review: STIX Fishing Rods

Review: STIX Fishing Rods

STIX Fishing is a relatively new company started by FLW Live host Travis Moran and Nick Smith that sells fishing rods with a bit of a unique plan. Instead of picking and choosing a rod or two at a time, STIX wants to sell you six rods at a time (the STIX PAX) for $500, which comes out to about $83 per rod. According to the company, the STIX PAX is a complete set of bass rods and will do everything you need rods to do. READ MORE »

The Smallmouth-Alewife Connection

The Smallmouth-Alewife Connection

Smallmouths across the Great Lakes region and North Country have no shortage of food to eat, but while they’re very opportunistic, they can also get locked in on certain forage from time to time. One of their favorites, when present, is the alewife. READ MORE »

Bryan Schmitt’s Potomac Review

Bryan Schmitt’s Potomac Review

On the Potomac, hands down, I want to fish grass. The grass holds the numbers. But if you look at the event this week on the Potomac, the tournament was won on structure. READ MORE »

Review: AFTCO Hooded Performance Shirt

Review: AFTCO Hooded Performance Shirt

The AFTCO Jason Christie Hooded LS Performance Shirt checks every box. It’s a comfortable shirt with a unique hood design I really liked. I reviewed it recently on a couple of kayak-fishing outings and during several days spent shooting photos on the water at FLW Tour and Costa FLW Series events. READ MORE »

Sandusky Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments on Lake Erie

Sandusky Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments on Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit northern Ohio next week, Sept. 6-7, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Erie and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at Lake Erie presented by Costa. The tournaments, hosted by the City of Sandusky, will showcase some of the top young anglers from across the region... READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from the Potomac River

Top 10 Patterns from the Potomac River

The Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event on the Potomac River was not the slugfest the season opener on Champlain was or the season finale on the St. Lawrence River is almost sure to be. As has been the case in many of the FLW events on the Potomac this year, the fishing was pretty stingy, and hard cover played an outsized role. READ MORE »

Belleville’s Trombly Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Detroit River

Belleville’s Trombly Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Tournament on Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. – Boater Mike Trombly of Belleville, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River Saturday after catching... READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

Late summer on the Potomac is often tough fishing, so the contenders in the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits event had to pull out all the stops. Fishing everything from grass to docks and rocks, the anglers mixed up all sorts of power and finesse presentations to get the job done in the second stop of the season presented by Lowrance. READ MORE »