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Waterworks was formed in 1996 when fishermen who happened to be product designers figured a better way to release a fly-caught fish. The status quo, the hemostat, wasn't good for the fish or the fly. Their solution was an innovative tool that allowed a fish to be released without handling, and the fly to remain intact. Named after their hometown in Idaho, they called the tool the Ketchum Release.
Those same fishermen were also bicycle enthusiasts and prior to forming Waterworks, had honed their skills in the world of high performance cycling, creating and patenting cutting-edge components and mountain bike suspension technology. Eventually turning their focus to the fly reel was a logical thing to do: Reels were, essentially, a wheel on a frame.
Fly reels were heavy, overly complex and unreliable. They had slow retrieve rates. They caused line to coil and drag tension as line fed out. The designers wondered, "what would the perfect fly reel look like?" The ULA (ultra large arbor), the power arm frame, the conical sealed drag, the integrated counterbalance — all were the results of this early work and formed the basis of an enduring architecture.
In 1998, Waterworks acquired Lamson and, along with Waterworks Force reels, now had two brands sharing the core technology and design ethos of simplicity and function-driven styling. The line-up of reels has radiated into specialized niches over time: two handed, salt water, super-arbor, and rugged environments. The pursuit of inspired design and solid engineering has driven Waterworks-Lamson's fly reel innovation for two decades, with no end in sight.
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Use The Force
Use the force. Even lighter than the original, the Force SL Series II breaks its own record as the lightest machined reel on the market. This evolution in the Force Superlight reel lineage includes an even larger arbor to increase line retrieval and decrease weight. Plus it has an enhanced CNC … more
Reach nirvana. THe HD in this reel stands for "Heavy Duty". The Guru S HD has both a compete cage besign and type II in blaze finish. Guru S HD is a phenomenal, affordable Salwater and/or Spey reel. Steadfast and stylish, Guru has long set a standard as a rugged, fully machined, and … more
Fully USA-machined, and ultra-reliable reel at a great price
Totally enlightened. Steadfast and stylish, Guru has long set a standard for enlightened excellence as a rugged, fully USA-machined, and ultra-reliable reel at a great price. By increasing the arbor to a larger diameter and making the spool narrower—all the while decreasing its total weight … more
The Liquid was built purely on the virtues and advantages a pressure-cast process can offer while still providing excellent value.
Let’s face it, die-cast reels are intended to be low-cost alternatives to machined reels, right? Imported. Heavier. Easier to damage. Plain Jane. Well... not anymore. When creating Liquid, we focused purely on the virtues and advantages a pressure-cast process can offer. Structurally, you … more
A reel combo pack at an extreme value
All together now. The Liquid 3-Pack includes one Liquid reel and two spare spools in a nylon carrying case all for the price of one reel and one spool. Liquid offers everything you need in a fly reel at an absolute bang for your buck—and this new combo pack opens up easy … more
The ultimate hybrid
A fusion between the free-form structures of a cast spool and the mechanical integrity of a CNC-machined case, Remix is the ultimate hybrid. Machined from bar-stock aluminum, the case delivers maximum structural rigidity and durability all wrapped in a harder, brighter finish. The spool … more
Change it up!
Remix your spool picks with all sizes, -3+ through -9+, available in a 3-Pack style for easy interchangeability on or off the water. The 3-Pack is an extreme value with one reel and two spare spools in a nylon carrying case for the price of one reel and one spool.
A heavy-duty version of the Remix, this HD reel has a full-cage design to capture line without failure. This makes a great option for an entry-level switch, Spey, boat or all-around, ready-for-anything reel. A sexy fusion between the free-form structures of a cast spool and the mechanical … more
Incorporates a full-cage design to capture line without failure.
High Octane. Following the lead of our heavy-duty Guru S HD reel, the Speedster S HD incorporates a full-cage design to capture line without failure. The full-cage design is the solution for thin-diameter running lines that are inclined to escape through spool/line-guard gaps. Speedster S HD and … more
With a super-high retrieve rate reel, the Speedster S features a narrower spool, inboard mounted handle, and an outer diameter significantly larger than our highest performing reels.
With a super-high retrieve rate reel, the Speedster S features a narrower spool, inboard mounted handle, and an outer diameter significantly larger than our highest performing reels. The narrow spool prevents line barreling, while the inboard handle and added circumference improve retrieve rate. … more