Tackle Reviews

Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel Reviewed


Buying a new baitcasting reel isn’t always easy. With all of the bells and whistles that come on them these days, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed. I have always tried to simplify the process as much as possible, focusing on specific characteristics that are most important. I’ve always had excellent experiences with Lew’s products and it was no different when I tested the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel. Although I could write for days about the cool features on this reel, 3 of its most simple traits make it an all-around winner:

  • Quality
  • Responsiveness
  • Castability


From its titanium-coated line guide all the way to its carbon composite drag system and brass gears, everything about the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel screams “quality”. It doesn’t squeak, wobble, squeal or anything of the sort—only flawless operation with every cast.

I’ve really been putting this reel through the wringer and after catching 11 bass over 5-pounds on it so far, I have been very impressed by this reel so far. I have had it paired with a Duckett White Ice 7-3 Heavy Action Rod, and I can honestly say that it’s the best flipping rig I’ve put in my hand. Jason has also been using the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel for fishing an Alabama rig and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I also threw the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel into the bed of my truck for a couple of trips on some bumpy back roads, banged it around in a tiny johnboat and accidentally dropped it on my sidewalk—no scratches or decrease in performance. This reel is a beast.



When you “tell” the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel to do something, it does it quickly and with minimal effort. The gears and drag system are unbelievably smooth, making it easy to land big bass. There is also no play whatsoever in any part of the reel, which is a true testament to the craftsmanship of the Lew’s crew. When fighting a big fish, the drag tightens and loosens with minimal effort, giving you total control over the fish.

The biggest fish I’ve caught on the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel so far is a 7 3/4-pounder, and there was never a time that I felt overmatched by the bass.



Casting and line management have never been an issue with any Lew’s reel, and the trend continues with the Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel. As with any reel, I made it a point to fish it on both windy and calm days, and was extremely happy with the results. The reel’s spool is considerably larger than many other reels which proves to be incredibly helpful for line management. If you’ve got a bunch of thick, 65-pound braid you want to pack onto your Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel, the larger spool makes it both easy to spool and easy to cast.

This reel doesn’t twist, kink or loop your line—even fluorocarbon. I’ve been around these reels for quite some time and I have never seen anyone, even novice anglers, back lash one. That tells me that Lew’s has made a fine reel.

Everyone needs at least one solid baitcasting reel, and the Lew’s Super Duty Speed Spool Casting Reel needs to be at the top of your list. Priced at $179.99, I actually replaced a reel that costs twice as much with this one and I haven’t looked back since.