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#11552378 - 04/19/16 11:44 AM Shimano vs Lews Reels
Fish'n Skeeter Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 327
I am looking to purchase a few new reels. I have had abu Garcia and shimano in the past. I have seen the new lews speed spool reels that are now available as well as the normal bb series they have. Lews


Anyone have any knowledge and/or experience with lews? How do they compare to Shimano reels? Are they good products?

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#11552383 - 04/19/16 11:48 AM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Registered: 10/31/10
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Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
I'm becoming more or a fan every time I get one. I'm a pretty big shimano guy but have got 3 Lews now and have been impressed.

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#11552384 - 04/19/16 11:49 AM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Still just somthing about shimano that I prefer though. But no complaints about Lews except they are way over greased from factory

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#11552385 - 04/19/16 11:49 AM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life)]
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
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Originally Posted By: Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life)
I'm becoming more or a fan every time I get one. I'm a pretty big shimano guy but have got 3 Lews now and have been impressed.


same here ... Lews are great casters!

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#11552389 - 04/19/16 11:53 AM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
tycteach Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
I've got 5 Lew's and really like mine.

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#11552396 - 04/19/16 11:56 AM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Jonnyad Offline
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Registered: 04/13/16
Posts: 15
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I've completely switched to Lews, so smooth and very good quality for the price!!! Love em

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#11552404 - 04/19/16 12:00 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Nathan_Flovin Online   content
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Registered: 04/16/16
Posts: 126
Loc: Plano, Texas
I use a shimano citica its great, I have no complaints I would highly recommend one.
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#11552433 - 04/19/16 12:16 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Outdoordude Offline
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Registered: 04/20/09
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I was die-hard Abu for years but have switched over completely to Lew's. I've used a set of Tournament MB's hard for a year now and they're still working as smooth as they were new.

Me changing over to Lew's was not so much about the products being better than what Abu or Shimano offer, but because you can get a better reel for the price by going with Lew's. And they appear to hold up well to heavy use, which was my primary concern.

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#11552437 - 04/19/16 12:18 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life)]
Fish'n Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 327
Originally Posted By: Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life)
Still just somthing about shimano that I prefer though. But no complaints about Lews except they are way over greased from factory


I currently have a few shimano citicas with the braking lever on the bottom. I see where some of the lews reels have something where you put it on the line size or something and it is supposed to help with braking? Is that correct?

Is it hard to set or has anyone had issues with these types of reels?

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#11552445 - 04/19/16 12:20 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
SAKS Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 647
Having used both I cant say I preferred one over the other. I have some old Curado Greenies that were excellent but when the Curado G series came out I was not impressed so I began to update with other brands. I have heard that the new Shimanos are good reels though I have not used one. Of the brands I have now I prefer my Quantums over the others including the Lews BB2 I have.

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#11552446 - 04/19/16 12:20 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
FMJag64 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/30/15
Posts: 41
Loc: Texas
I love my Shimano reels and my nicer setups will always be Shimano but recently i purchased a Lews SuperDuty for my frog setup and it has done awesome. Casts great and am very pleased. I chose this one bc its made for heavier stuff and works great with thick braid.

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#11552478 - 04/19/16 12:41 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
LittleGazoo Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 770
Loc: Big Sandy, TX
I mostly use Shimanos, but have a few Lews. The newer light-weight Lews are very good.

I'm still Shimano since they have more left-hand offerings.

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#11552480 - 04/19/16 12:42 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Huckleberry Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 10/10/07
Posts: 16280
Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
coincidentally, here is a really good deal for a lefty

http://www.bbcboards.net/showthread.php?t=699481

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#11552504 - 04/19/16 12:54 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Hittmanfish Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/28/14
Posts: 241
Loc: Arlington
I have never had a Shimano, but I've had a Lew's SpeedSpool and have been very impressed. Casts way better than my Revo S.

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#11552533 - 04/19/16 01:03 PM Re: Shimano vs Lews Reels [Re: Outdoordude]
Fish'n Skeeter Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 327
Originally Posted By: Outdoordude
I was die-hard Abu for years but have switched over completely to Lew's. I've used a set of Tournament MB's hard for a year now and they're still working as smooth as they were new.

Me changing over to Lew's was not so much about the products being better than what Abu or Shimano offer, but because you can get a better reel for the price by going with Lew's. And they appear to hold up well to heavy use, which was my primary concern.


Thank you for the input. I have not held one or used one as of yet but in checking the weight online they also seem to be somewhat lighter. I was concerned about how well they held up but based on your use and knowledge they seem to be doing fine.

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