The handle knobs are a practical addition


This reel comes equipped with Winn Dri-Tec handle knobs. If you’re used to the paddle-style knobs in previous Lew’s models, these may take you about a half-hour to get used to, but you’ll really like them. Water and fish slime haven’t been an issue throughout my testing. I can unhook a fish and immediately make another cast without drying my hands on my pants or t-shirt. 

I also like their solid feel while executing hard hooksets with bottom-contact presentations such as jigs or Texas rigs. My hand will sometimes slip and bloody my knuckles on the drag star on other reels, but these grips give me a solid connection point.