Waterworks Lamson Center Axis Rod & Reel System - The Compleat Angler

Waterworks Lamson Center Axis Rod & Reel System

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  • Casting is believing. Cast off your preconceptions of fly rod design and get closer to the center of the action. The Center Axis may be the most meaningful advancement in fly rod performance since graphite replaced fiberglass all those decades ago. By closely aligning the center mass of Lamson's Litespeed reel with the center axis of their medium-fast action rod, they've de-levered the mass of the heavier object. The result will amaze you. You'll feel the pulse of your cast like never before. Don't take our word for it. Put the Center Axis in your hand. Casting is believing.

    In 1995, when Lamson was taking a critical look at fly reels, they were also looking at rods and reels as a system. What they saw didn't seem optimal. No matter how great the rod, one key fact compromises it: 2/3rds of the total weight you're casting is the reel. And that heavier object hangs off-center from the rod's axis.

    Lamson realized that if you shifted the mass of the reel along the rod's axis, most of the twisting force generated during casting would be eliminated. Lamson did that, and in 1997 licensed their concept and design to Sage, calling it Center Axis.

    Some ideas are ahead of their time. In 1997, Lamson was very busy promoting the strange idea that fly reels should have large arbors, so it's understandable that a complete re-structuring of the rod-reel system was a league too far.

    But ideas find their moment. For the Center Axis, Lamson thinks that moment has arrived.

  • Shipping:

    We ship all of our items via the United States Postal Service or FedEx and most items will go out within 48 hours of the order being received. If you have any special shipping questions or concerns please contact us. Our shipping rates are as follows and are subject to change without notice.

    Standard Domestic Shipping (USA)

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    $0-49.99 $6
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    Expedited Domestic Shipping (USA)

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    Any order size $30

    Overnight Domestic Shipping (USA)

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    Any order size $75

    International Shipping (Ex-USA)

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    $50 and up $55

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    Our Compleat Guarantee offers a 7-day return period on all fly rods and a 30-day return window for all other tackle. Items returned during this period will recieve a full refund provided that they are in the same condition that they left our shop. Please note that the Compleat Guarantee does not cover custom items, special orders, items marked "final sale", or bamboo fly rods. Return shipping is the responsibility of the buyer.

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