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Lew’s BB1 Speed Spool Baitcasting Reel

The Lew's® Speed Spool® model BB1 introduced anglers to several baitcast reel firsts, including the low-profile design, narrow spool, fully disengaging levelwind, and no-knob palming side cover. It became famous for its rugged durability, casting distance and comfort.
  • One-piece die-cast aluminum frame
  • Machined forged aluminum, double anodized, U-shaped large capacity spool
  • Premium 10-bearing system with double-shielded ball bearings and Zero-Reverse anti-reverse
  • Positive on/off Smart Plus™ Six Pin centrifugal braking system. Learn more about the SmartPlus system.
  • Aluminum spool tension knob with audible clicker
  • Carbon composite metal star drag system with 14-lbs. of drag power
  • Bowed 95mm aluminum cranking handle with Lew's custom Soft Touch contoured paddle handle knob
  • Oversized titanium line guide positioned further away from the spool to minimize line friction and maximize casting performance
  • Quick release side plate mechanism provides easy access to centrifugal brake system
  • Max drag: 14 lbs.
  • Inches per retrieve: 28"
  • Weight: 7.2 oz.
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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.
Description Line capacity Gear ratio RH / LH Price  

BB1HZ

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Lew’s BB1 Speed Spool Baitcasting Reel
BB1HZ

SKU #:
01459619
UPC #:
815227016198
Line capacity:
Yards / Lb: 160/12
Gear ratio:
6.4:1
RH / LH:
Right handed
Yards / Lb: 160/12 6.4:1 Right handed $159.99

BB1HZL

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Lew’s BB1 Speed Spool Baitcasting Reel
BB1HZL

SKU #:
01459627
UPC #:
815227016211
Line capacity:
Yards / Lb: 160/12
Gear ratio:
6.4:1
RH / LH:
Left handed
Yards / Lb: 160/12 6.4:1 Left handed $159.99