Featuring the First Palming Plate and a Disengaging Level-Wind

That all changed in the mid-70s when Lew Childre turned the baitcasting reel industry on its ear with the new Lew’s Speed Spool. I remember the first time I saw one in a tackle store – the reel looked goofy, almost like half a reel due to the fact the left sideplate had no spool-tension knob on it.

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