Lew’s Pro-Ti SLP – The flagship

The Pro-Ti is Lew’s flagship baitcasting reel. It has an aluminium frame and side plates with a Titanium Deposition which gives it that lovely liquid style look. It comes in both left had and right hand wind and is available in one gear ratio (7:5-1), which is capable of most types of fishing from Crank Baits to Jigs and Texas Rigs.

Here are the full specs….

  • Strong one-piece aluminum SLP frame and sideplates with Titanium Deposition finish
  • Aircraft-grade Duralumin Titanium double anodized drilled and chamfered U-shape 32mm spool
  • Hard anodized aluminum alloy Speed Gears®, cut on Hamai CNC gear hobbing machine
  • Precision 11-bearing system with double-shielded stainless steel ball bearings, includes premium Japanese high speed spool bearings and Zero Reverse® one-way clutch bearing
  • Externally adjustable 6-pin 27 position QuietCast® Adjustable Centrifugal Braking system (ACB)
  • Titanium double anodized aluminum spool tension adjustment with audible click
  • Rugged carbon fiber drag system provides up to 20lbs. of drag power
  • Bowed lightweight 95mm carbon fiber handle with Winn® Dri-Tac knobs
  • Titanium double anodized bowed aluminum drag star with audible click adjustment
  • Titanium-coated Zirconia line guide
  • Speed Dial® line indicator and Speed Keeper® hook keeper
  • Gear ratio: 7.5:1
  • Weight: 178.6g
  • Casting weight: 4 – 90g

That’s a lot of spec right! For a reel that costs just under £320 you would expect a long list of specs, but more importantly you would want those specs to mean something. So lets show you a few of these features.

The 32mm spool Aircraft-grade Duralumin spool is very lightweight at just 12g meaning it is capable of helping the reel cast weights as low as 4g with ease when using the right mainline/braid.
the Pro-Ti SLP is equipped with a sophisticated 6 pin, 27 point adjustable centrifugal brake system Lew’s refers to as ACB (adjustable centrifugal brake system). The 6 centrifugal brake pins on the reel’s spool are not adjustable, but that external dial provides a great deal of adjustment leeway to dial the reel into your casting style and environment.
The spool tension knob features a dial (Speed dial) within its face to help you set and remember what strength fishing line you spooled onto the reel.
That funky piece of metal extending from the inside face of the reel is a discreet hook keeper (speed keeper hook keeper). You can fold it out as shown to stow your baits, and fold it back when not in use
Rated at up to twenty pounds (20lbs) of pressure, the Pro-Ti SLP drag stack consists of a traditional mix of carbon and metal washers that deliver smooth and consistent performance. It’s pretty rare these days to come across a reel with a drag at this price range that pauses unnaturally during use, and this flagship product from Lew’s is not about to go down that path.
The “SLP” in the Pro-Ti’s name stands for Super Low Profile. It’s a designation Lew’s began back in 2014 with the introduction of their ICAST Best Freshwater Reel award winning Custom Pro. True to this label, the Pro-Ti sits very low on the reel seat providing a very comfortable profile to palm.

FINAL THOUGHTS…

the Pro-Ti is a powerhouse in more ways than one; It can cast most weights needed for the UK market, it has a drag force that is hard to beat. It is very light for an all aluminium construction, it looks fantastic and is a joy to hold….. Did I mention its also saltwater proof!

For a flagship reel it does not disappoint, I do not think it is missing any features that you would expect from a reel of this caliber. Reliability, Features and Looks; this reel has them all.

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