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Waterworks Lamson Cobalt Fly Reels and Spools


Element of surprise. A bolt from the blue, Cobalt is a big game powerhouse of a reel packed with technical breakthroughs that’ll change the game on the flats and into the deep. Cobalt features a dual-axis machined frame that dramatically strengthens the side that bears the most load. The foot is embedded—rather than perched—atop the reel to effectively transmit force and distribute weight. The large arbor spool is also machined with many subtle asymmetries that bring perfect balance without a counterweight.

Certified waterproof to 100 feet by an independent test laboratory, the Cobalt drag is an industry first. In and out of the water, it stands up to the harshest of elements. Custom formulated self-lubricating O-rings protect every point of ingress. A fixed spindle format ensures complete sealing. A supercharged version of our smooth conical drag system rotates on high-precision ABEC 5 ceramic ball bearings—and uses a proprietary high-temperature graphite alloy to create 12+ pounds of line out torque.

The power is in your hands with a “set drag” system of adjustment that allows you to set a preferred stripping pressure against a stop. Access the full range of torque in half-pound click-stop increments through a single rotation of the drag knob, with increments etched into the knob for visual reference. A coating as hard as type III anodize but with 20 times the protection against a saltwater environment, Cobalt is endowed with a stunning, shielding Micralox finish—exclusive to Waterworks-Lamson in the fly fishing world.

Our View

Firstly, this reel is tough. It’s obvious they haven’t compromised on strength in the build. Hooked up and cranking a fish in, this reel has a positive, tight feel that instills confidence and allows effortless winding. This reel has by far the smoothest, most even drag pressure we’ve ever felt travel through a fly rod. Normally you get some kind of bounce in the rod as a fish runs, especially when the drag engages, but with the Cobalt, you don’t. It's not jerky. We don’t know how, but it seems the drag actually ramps up to its set pressure. As far as keeping hooks in fish, this drag will result in more fish caught. Especially on fish like bonefish where light tippets are used and they dart and change direction quickly. The new Cobalt is our preferred saltwater reel to fish and sell here in line weights 8-10. The 12 size is a lovely reel but for stopping big GT's, we'd prefer a drag that can be locked up tighter. For real big game, check out the Nautilus Silver King.


Format: Super Arbor

Material: Machined 6061 Aluminum, Titanium, Stainless Steel

Finish: Micralox

Drag: Sealed Carbon Conical Drag


Cobalt 6 3.79″ 1.07″ 5.0 oz 6,7 WF6 175 yds 20#
Cobalt 8 4.25″ 1.00″ 7.0 oz 7,8 WF8 250 yd 20#
Cobalt 10 4.53″ 1.08″ 10.3 oz 9,10 WF10 250 yd 30#
Cobalt 12 4.75″ 1.25″ 11.1 oz 11,12 WF12 250 yd 30#