Lew’s – Back to 1975

Lew's is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Lew’s is celebrating 40 years of manufacturing. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Yes we’ve done a number of Lew’s stories on the Bass Fishing Archives but when you can see the old stuff in the flesh, you have to write about it. What made this even better, though, was Lew’s had a bunch of their vintage gear spread throughout another vintage piece of equipment, a refurbished 1974 Ranger Boat.

Inside the boat were four pristine BB-1 reels coupled to some original glass Seep Stick rods. Inside the hip-roof box was a myriad of plugs – old Bombers, Big-Os, Heddon River Runts, etc – most of which were in pretty decent condition. The reel were even spooled with original Blue Stren.

Four vintage Speed Spools and Speed Sticks. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Four vintage Speed Spools and Speed Sticks. Photo Brenda Serrano.

The Boat was in great condition – a black hull with silver flake top. It was fitted with a Humminbird Super Sixty flasher, a newer Mercury motor and new seats – which were a little after the ’75 timeframe. Still it’s always good to go back in time and see the equipment this sport was made on.

Photo Brenda Serrano

Photo Brenda Serrano

While standing there trying to figure out how I could “liberate” the reels and rods, Forrest Wood walked over and began talking to the Lew’s staff. Then, the crankbait king himself, David Fritts came by. Both were kind enough to pose for a picture.

The pictures tell the rest of the story.

David Fritts and Forrest Wood were kind enough to pose for a picture with me in front of the 1974 Ranger. Photo Brenda Serrano.

David Fritts and Forrest Wood were kind enough to pose for a picture with me in front of the 1974 Ranger. Photo Brenda Serrano.

 

  • Andy

    That’s a cool picture.

  • paul wallace

    Ha! Great photo’s Terry. I had a couple of the Speed Stick rods , but had them outfitted with Diawa Pro Caster’s…the shame!! Still have the reels though…
    Paul

  • I was a Speed Team believer from the beginning. I collect them now. I loved the design, precision and purpose that every item had. The thinking was so evolutionary and is proven by the imitation done to this day. Jbb