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Old Lews Rod
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:29:18 AM »

Forgot I had this in a closet.

What yall Bass Slaying vets know about this old stick?



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Re: Old Lews Rod
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2018, 11:18:11 AM »

I can't tell you much about the rod but I have several of those old 6000, 5500 and 6500 reels and still use them for salmon and steelhead.  Those are some tough reels.
I'm sure someone will have some information on the rod.
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Re: Old Lews Rod
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 02:52:16 PM »

The reel looks pre 70's.  The rod is about 1982-84. I recall Lews added 6 footer about that time. I have several 5'6'' models.  It's a classic piece now. Brings back great memories for sure.
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Re: Old Lews Rod
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2018, 03:05:19 PM »

I can't see the pics on my PC so I'll have to check them from my phone later. I can say from personal experience that the old Speed Sticks were extremely good rods.
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Re: Old Lews Rod
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2018, 10:06:25 PM »

I have one from the late 70's or early 80's that I would have swore was newer than that one. It's (I think) 5' 4", MH... "SG" model with Gold screenprint. It was a GREAT rod for smaller spinnerbaits and short casts. It still has the silver 1978 5500C on it. HEAVY stuff...

Last time I saw it several years ago it was shedding wrappings and needed guides. Poor thing.
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Re: Old Lews Rod
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2018, 12:04:39 PM »

I have an old Lew's Crankin Stick among my guest rods that has the same type and color labeling. It's old but I couldn't begin to guess how old.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2018, 05:55:38 PM »

Now that I can see the pics I'd say you may be looking at something that goes back at least to the 1970's. I am all but positive it was before they licensed the brand to Browning which, if I remember correctly was 1989.

Here's something interesting from the internet that may reference that rod

"Founder Lew Childre pushed the boundaries on design and manufacture and built Lew's into one of the most recognizable performance brands in fishing. Anglers know that. What they might not know is how the brand began, the crucial role Childre played in fostering the Japan/U.S. tackle connection, and what happened to the brand after Childre's tragic 1977 death.

Opened Doors, Engineered Excellence

The story of the Lew's brand, in abbreviated form, began in the 1940s when Childre, who grew up along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, began to sell bait shrimp to local fishermen. The effort evolved into a small tackle shop, then into Childre's desire to manufacture a better and more consistent bamboo pole, which in turn sparked his passion to create better fishing products than any other available at the time.

His desire for a better bamboo rod led him to Japan, where he circulated among a group of manufacturers very interested in the U.S. fishing market, foremost of which was Fuji, with rod components far advanced beyond what U.S. anglers had seen. The resultant friendship and partnership with Fuji founder Mr. Omura brought the company's components into the U.S. market for the first time.

Childre's connection to the Japan manufacturing scene also kept him plugged into the latest advances in rodbuilding materials. After the development of Lew's fiberglass telescoping Bream Buster poles, then came the Speed Stick graphite rods with Fuji rod guides (non-welded guides and aluminum oxide guide rings), Fuji reel seats and the Childre-designed, Fuji-manufactured pistol-grip handles.

In order to build a better reel, Childre partnered with the Shimano company, which took his design concepts and created the Speed Spool BB-1 casting reel in 1973 the first low-profile baitcaster that marked a profound departure from the round levelwinds of the day.

The timing shouldn't be forgotten. The early 1970s was an era of frequently bitter feelings from U.S. citizens toward Japan. On the one hand was Childre's father's generation, which had known Japan largely through war. On the other was Childre's generation, which also suffered war, but also saw its manufacturing base of middle-class jobs disappear as Asian imports cars, clothes, steel, electronics, toys, appliances swelled to previously unimaginable volumes.

Yet Childre carved out that initial relationship between Japan and the U.S. market, based on the mutual desire to improve equipment, as well as the love of fishing that both nations shared."

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