Lew’s Mach I Speed Spool Series
The Speed Spool reel features 10 premium double-shielded stainless steel bearings, a high speed 7.1:1 retrieve ratio, Lew’s dual cast control (MSB) Multi-Setting Brake system, Zero Reverse anti-reverse, large capacity aluminum spool and 95MM aluminum power handle.
- One-piece, lightweight, graphite frame and sideplates
- Premium double shielded, stainless steel, 10-bearing system with Zero-Reverse anti-reverse clutch bearing
- Multi-Setting Brake (MSB) utilizing both an external click dial to adjust the Magnetic Brake System, and an internal 4-pin position on/off Centrifugal Brake System
- Machine forged, double anodized, large capacity aluminum spool
- Double-anodized drag star with audible click
- Smooth Rulon drag system with 10lb max drag
- 95MM bowed, anodized, bowed aluminum handle with Lew’s custom paddle knobs
- Double-anodized, aluminum spool tension cap with audible click
- Zirconia line guide
Wt. Oz.: 7.5
Line Capacity: 150/12
Gear Ratio: 7.1:1
The Birth of a Legendary Brand
Lew Childre was a lot like his father, a man ahead of his time. Back in the 1940s, both men were blazing trails for many others to follow, but taking different paths.
Lew Sr. was an early day Grand Ole Opry star, a one-man show, entertaining with his proven repertoire of songs and jokes. Much of his time was spent on the road, traveling to appearances at fairs and community social events. Radios were few and far between, and television was just being invented, so what he did he had to do in person.
Like his dad, Lew was a likable guy. He made friends easily and people were always willing to listen to what he had to say. However, the only stringed instruments he was interested in were fishing poles. Lew Childre was born to fish.
His passion for the sport made for interesting times while growing up along the Gulf coast of Alabama, with every turn of a corner leading him back to fishing. He and his wife Vivian, or “Bebe,” encountered many trials and tribulations during their early years of marriage while trying to make a living and raise young sons Craig and Casey. First it was selling shrimp as bait to fishermen, and then that evolved into a small tackle shop. One day while pulling a bamboo pole out of the stack for a customer, Lew was disappointed with the inconsistency from one pole to the next. The moment of reflection triggered his insatiable thirst to build better fishing products than anyone else.
The Experimenting Began
Lew began experimenting with homegrown bamboo, figuring out the best growths to cut and how to temper and finish the poles so they would keep their shape indefinitely. His were highly superior products, but the problem was his United States sources for bamboo were limited and the costs for his treating processes required each pole sell for one dollar instead of the going rate of a quarter. “Fishermen will pay more for a better product,” became the motto of the man and the Lew’s brand.
Lew’s quest for a better bamboo pole took him to Japan. There he found the desired grade of bamboo, and a circle of businessmen who were interested in fishing and the U.S. market. Among them were leaders in manufacturing, plus a company named Fuji that was specializing in fishing rod components, the likes of which U.S. fishermen had never seen. Lew and Fuji formed a friendship and a partnership that brought the components into the American fishing market.
Today, the Lew’s brand and its many well-known trademarks are under the ownership of Do Outdoors Inc. and longtime Childre family friend Lynn Reeves. Reeves has made the promise and commitment to return the Lew’s name to its place of prominence in the industry, keying on the same principles by which Lew Childre originally founded the company … building innovative products that are faster, lighter and stronger.