Lew's BB-1 Speed Spool Casting Reel

Many anglers may still remember the Lew’s BB-1 Speed Spool Casting Reel, also called the Lew's Speed Spool model BB1, introduced anglers to several 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. The ingenuity and craftsmanship of the Lew's BB1 reels developed a loyal following of anglers that still carries on to this day. Since the rebirth of the Lew's brand, anglers have been asking for the revival of the BB1 reels. Not ones to disappoint, Lew's has answered those pleas with the introduction of the new Lew’s BB-1 Speed Spool Casting Reels, made even better than before with the use of modern technology and materials.


-One-piece die cast aluminum frame
-Machined forged aluminum, double anodized, U-shaped large capacity spool
-Premium 10-bearing system with 9 double-shielded ball bearings and one multi-stop anti-reverse (BB1, BB1L, BB1H models)
-Premium 10-bearing system with 9 double-shielded ball bearings and one zero anti-reverse (BB1HZ, BB1SHZ, BB1HZL, BB1SHZL)
-Six-pin, positive on/off centrifugal braking system
-Right-side aluminum tension knob with audible clicker
-Carbon composite drag system with 14-lbs. of drag power
-Bowed 95mm aluminum cranking handle with Lew's custom Soft Touch contoured paddle
-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

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Model Retrieve Gear Ratio Weight Bearings Line Cap. (Test/Yd.) Stock Price Qty
BB1 Right 5.1:1 7.1 9SS + 1M-RB 12/160 In Stock: 3+ $159.99
BB1HZ Right 6.4:1 7.2 9SS + 1RB 12/160 In Stock: 3+ $159.99
BB1HZL Left 6.4:1 7.2 9SS + 1RB 12/160 In Stock: 3+ $159.99
BB1Z Right 5.1:1 7.2 9SS + 1RB 12/160 In Stock: 3 $159.99
BB1SHZ Right 7.1:1 7.2 9SS + 1RB 12/160 In Stock: 3 $159.99

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Customer Reviews

Comments: I have had this reel for about 3 months now, and I have to say I am super impressed. If you turn down the spool tension with a heavy bait this thing may pull out all the line because it casts so far! lol. No but seriously, this thing is great and all of the few backlashes I've had have been very manageable and I have never had to cut the line or re-spool the reel. It's super smooth, looks great, and I would definitely recommend this reel if you want to spend the $160. Lew's is by far my favorite reel company and none of their products have ceased to impress me.

From: Evin: Arkansas, USA 12/12/16

Comments: This was my first Lew's. I will agree, like others have commented, this reel is almost backlash proof! I have never used a reel with this much spool control. I mean, you can actually feel the reel slowing down your line at the tail end of the cast, as if it knows exactly when your lure is about 5 feet from hitting the water, you feel the brakes kick in. Its absolutely incredible! I have never used any other brand of reel that you can actually feel the brakes working like this. If this magnetic backlash control is standard on all Lew's, I will definitely be buying more Lew's reels in the future. I would recommend Lew's to anyone buying their first bait caster & is learning to use one for the first time. These come factory adjusted so you don't throw a backlash on your first cast out of the box & allow you to make simple adjustments as you become more comfortable with it. I will definitely start my son out with a Lew's when he's ready to start learning to bait cast.

From: Big J: NY 9/2/16

Comments: 5.1 air up with a 7'3" MH TFO & look out. Hard to beat for the price when it comes to big cranking & chunking big swim baits. Can crank all day with little fatigue. Palms nicely & holds a lot of line. Great reel.

From: Vic: LA 5/28/16

Comments: Awesome reel. Took a little bit of time to figure out the breaking system but once you do it casts smooth and easy. This was my first Lew's reel and I can say I will be buying more. Currently looking at Tournament MB for next season. BB1 works well with braid and heavier applications. I have it paired up with Duckett Ghost 7' MH. Enjoy.

From: Ben: Ontario, Canada 10/7/15

Comments: I just received the cranking model a few weeks ago, and just as expected; it works great! I will probably continue to but Lew's products as long as their quality & prices remain reasonable. I will purchase one of their cranking rods soon to match my reel. Durable, dependable, and reliable. Lew's.

From: John: Knoxville, TN 9/16/15

Comments: This is one heck of a reel. Strong drag, cast a mile, high line capacity. Palms well &  doesn't weigh a ton. I have quite a few Lews reels and this models casts the farthest.

From: Carl: UT 8/27/15

Comments: Just picked up the cranking model. This BB-1 is one of the best values for ANY reel in its price range. Great feel and balance!!! I hope the reel will provide years of trouble free use. Good job LEWS!!

From: John: Knoxville, TN 8/26/15

Comments: Never thought I'd be a lews guy but this & the BB1 pro are my new reels. Casts extremely far & tough as nails.

From: David: Raymore, MO 6/18/15

Comments: Good reel for something less than $180, i bought the low gear ratio one for square bill & deep dive cranking... Handles big fishes well and gets the job done... If adjust right can cast far!!

From: Sean: Saint Paul, MN 6/18/15

Comments: Overall a great reel for a lot of various applications. One thing I like is the simplicity of this reel and that it doesn't have the dial brakes like other Lews. With other Lews, I feel the reels are very specific to what you tune the reel into. With this reel I pretty much tune it into the lightest bait (a Senko) and everything else works fine and cast a mile. From personal experiences, a buddy of mine has the Lew's Gold (before it got disconinuted and was a $230 reel)  this reel cast only about 10-12 feet short versus that reel. For the money and an all around reel it's great for the money. Soon I will be getting a few of the 13 series casters and will give feedback about how this performs.

From: Tou: WI 6/17/15

Comments: I own 4 Tournament MB's and love em but needed more line capacity for certain applications. Bought the BB1 and I'm glad I did. It cast light and heavy baits equally well and its a Lew's so its smooth as butter. Its a no frills no nonsense workhorse that won't require a 2nd mortgage to purchase!

From: Don: Elon, NC 3/25/15

Comments: Great reel! this was my first Lew's reel. Got the 5.1:1 LH for cranking on my Dixie Custom X Glass cranking rod. awesome set up, can cast a crank bait or rattle trap a mile! very very rarely have had a back lash, and the ones I have gotten were operator error, and it wasn't a bad backlash. will be buying more news products.

From: Eric: Knoxville, TN 1/7/15

Comments: I bought four of these reels last year. I have to say they are one of the nicest reels I've fished. After a year I have only had one problem with the gears due to me dropping it on a rock while setting the hook and I sent it back, no questions asked, & lews replaced it even tho I broke it. They also sent me new handle knobs for free just Becuase I asked. I was surprised from such great service. I have fished these from ocachobee to all over New England and I can't say enough. Supper smooth and tons of power I have fished many shimano reels like the chronarch and curado and these are just as good if not better especially for $40 less. Buy these reels there great

From: John: NH 12/29/14

Comments: I've fished this reel for a full season. I'm comparing it to Chronarch D's & Curado E's. My impressions are: It's a great casting reel with a good drag! It does not feel as solid as the comparable reels, but having said that-it saw more action this season than the others and still casts as well as it did straight out of the box. My major complaint with the reel is ergonomics- the gearbox has sharp corners (not contoured) and its uncomfortable for me to palm. It would be tough to beat the BB1 performance-wise at this price point, but it won't replace Shimanos for me (like I thought it might).

From: Steve: Upper Chesapeake Bay 1/1/15

Comments: I bought the 6.4:1 as a heavier jig and worm reel. This reel is as close to backlash proof as they come, and it will cast any bait with ease. You can throw a heavy bait then turn around and cast a weightless fluke with very little adjustment. The auto brakes are amazing. Has a pretty strong drag and a big reel handle. Awesome reel for the price, i will be buying more.

From: Chris: Las Vegas, NV 12/17/14

Comments: Just got this reel in the mail right of of the package it's one of the smoothest reels I've ever owned and the clicking drag and spool tension knob are top knotch. Price dropped down $30 a couple days after I ordered so I contacted TW and they responded quickly and got me a gift receipt. Best customer service out there TW for life

From: John: NJ 12/16/14

Comments: This is by far my favorite line of reels for moving baits. I've been using the 6:4 for traps and 5:1 for crank baits and they are solid. I have many expensive reels that are lighter, but after fishing these (hard) I have to say, they are it when it comes to moving baits. I don't know how anyone picks up a Curado and thinks it is smooth after fishing with Lew's.

From: Mac: Longview, TX 12/15/14

Comments: I bought this Lews model in the 6.4:1 gear ratio for spinnerbaits, Carolina-rigging, etc. For the $$ this is a GREAT reel!! I know a lot of fishermen that spend much more for their reels than me, but I think this reel performs as well as any of my Curados. I use this reel for C-rigs, and I've had no issues yet with drag, braking, or defects. If the reel holds up as well as my Shimano products, I'll purchase another Lews model. I'm glad to see that Lews has made a strong comeback from the 70's when they were a leader in cutting-edge fishing equipment.

From: John: Knoxville, TN 10/15/14

Comments:  Really, really good product, and Lew's service even better. Recently while fish with this great performer, was forced to renewed definition of long casting once more again. Battle proved for high resistance baits, and fiercely fighting fish - even from second hemisphere.

From: Pavel: Finland 9/9/14

Comments: Nice crankbait reel, solid and well made. Only complaint is the handle. The knobs are way too small for deep cranking and I am not going to spend $50 to replace it with a Lew's power handle.

From: Mitch: NJ 9/5/14

Comments: just got it today. the reel feels great paire it on a 13 envy 7.3 mh all I can say so far is bring on the bass. cant wait to fish it this week end ;)

From: MSB: Canada 7/29/14

Comments: awesome reel. got it in the 5:1 for cranking. casts a mile and tough and rugged gears for those deep diving crank baits. I have had abu garcia and shimano's picked up the lew's reels a few years ago and have never turned back. best reel for the money

From: Logan: Dallas, TX 5/10/14

Comments: Bought this reel in the 5.1:1 ratio for cranking. Love it! Will cast a mile even with a lighter crankbait. Smooth retrieve, hard to beat for the money.

From: Glenn: AL 4/16/14

Comments: I was turned on to Lew's baitcasting reels about 3 years ago, I own several now, all work great cast great also .......(The BB-1Speed Spool) Is an awesome reel, I can cast a DT 6 crankbait 60 ft into the wind on a 6ft 6" casting rod and the retrieved is smooth as silk ....not bad in my book!!!

From: MPR: 4/12/14

Comments: For over 15 years I was a Quantum man. Then about 5 years ago I started venturing out to see what other reel manufacturers had to offer because I was becoming increasingly disappointed with what Quantum was putting out. Now I own 4 Shimano Curado E's, 4 Calcutta TE's, and 4 Lew's BB1's. They are all great reels. Smooth, castable, easy to maintain, and they have a more dependable braking system versus the Quantums, and yes I've owned PT's from the Accurist to the Tour. The Quantums are not as ergonomic either. After having fished with all of these reels, I can positively say that the Lew's BB1 is the best value in the low profile baitcast reel market out of these reels that I previosly mentioned. It is smoother out of the box and casts farther out of the box. Light line, heavy line, fluorocarbon, mono, braid doesn't matter.  It handles it all very well. I'm not knocking Shimano because they are well made, but the shallower spool on the Curado's are not well suited for heavier mono or fluorocarbon lines, in my opinion.

From: B: LA

Comments: I just received this reel a few days ago and haven't gotten to fish it yet but I have been casting it around my yard and let me tell you what, this thing is legit. Started off the first cast with a major backlash, adjusted the brakes once and I haven't gotten another yet after about 500 casts. I have literally tried to cast the 1/2oz football jig I'm using straight into the ground to test out the brakes and I haven't gotten one backlash. The 6-pin system is amazing and this is yet another great reel by lew's.

From: Evan: MN

Comments: For $199.99 buy the Lew's BB1 Pro, it outcasts both Tatula reels and is very smooth. BB1 Pro is Only 6.5 ozs..... Daiwa copied Lew's handle knobs also. Lew's BB1 Pro is the BEST!!!!

From: Darren: NC

Comments: I purchased this reel last year, to replace a frogging reel. After a summer's use, I can honestly say that I will buy more. The reel fits in the palm of my hand perfectly, it's smooth, cast very long distances with light tackle. The 7.1:1 gear ratio is perfect for heavy cover applications as well. Don't let the price tag fool you, I was sceptical as I own many high priced reels, but this one is by far my favourite. Thanks to TW for timely shipping to Canada!

From: Derek: Quebec, Canada

Comments: Well said Webber! In addition, Lew's has state of the art features on its new BB-1 Pro like an auto braking system, light weight handle, frame, and gearing found only on the upper end Shimano models (like Core & CI4 Chronarch) for $70 - $150 LESS. Shimano is definitely behind the curve on its mid price reels.

From: Ed: Champaign, IL

Comments: I've been partial on Shimano for a while and everyone is always talking about how great the Lews is so I gave this one a try.  I would say it is comparable to the Shimano Cuardo 200 is use. The verdict is in!  While this is a good real it is not all that an a bag of chips that everyone is chatting up.  I like it but overall like the Shimano better.  Feels better in my hand and is just a bit smoother casting in my opinion.

From: D. Bailey

Comments: I am always looking for one reel that can do everything. a reel that is the perfect blend of performance and price.I have 3 of these bb1's now and I believe it is the best option available. This is a no frills performer. It does the one thing that any reel should be good at, "cast and wind". it is very user friendly and a dream to cast. I have been looking for a very long time for a reel like this. It has three different retrieve speeds to choose from, which will cover every technique. I too have fished everything out there and they can't compare. the closest thing to it was the shimano curado 200e's. this reel cast farther and has been more durable for me. All of the Lew's reels i have bought are exceptional. I now own 7 lews reels and will be replacing everything i own eventually with the bb1.

From: Steve: Central Florida

Comments: I must say... paired with a Powell cranking fiberglass rod, this reel amazes me from casting the lightest crank baits/spinner baits with ease. With the work of the fiberglass rod to flick with little effort and the smoothness of this reel, I can cast all day long. If you crank, the 5.1:1 is all you need. Reel fast with shallow or reel slow with deep. You can accomplish both without fail. I've caught my biggest this year 5.4lbs on a spinner bait on 3 foot of water with this reel, in the nasty of all cover too with a MH fiberglass rod attached. Forgot to mention 5lb+ bass is hard to come by in the northern states? I started as a Shimano, skipped every other popular brand name reels and shot for Lew's. Oh I'll say it again, it amazes me every time I go out and cast.

From: Northern States

Comments: to anybody thinking about getting a new baitcaster in this price range get this one!! Trust me I have shimanos, revo stx's and premier...and don't get me wrong I love those reels but they are not as good as this reel... smooth as butter and I promise they cast even better!

From: Landon: TN

Comments: I bought this reel with a 'then new' graphite rod in the EARLY 70's and it works as well today as the day I first bought it. It casts smoother than most of the Abu Garcia reels I have bought recently and handles larger swim baits, light top water frogs, almost everything! Sure was a LOT more inexpensive then and by far one of the best fishing reels I have ever purchased. My recommendation: BUY ONE - at LEAST go get your hands on one and try it, you'l buy it!

From: Fred: Boyd, Texas USA

Comments: If you are not new to Baitcasters and you know how to set the brakes and spool tension then this reel WILL out cast the other reels by a large amount. You have to know what you are doing though. It is a great reel and very much worth the price. I am happy with the reel but I still like my Team Gold's better.

From: Kevin: LA

Comments: to anyone thinking about buying this real GET IT it is not just a crankbait reel and will throw lighter baits (fluke,small crankbaits) very far it is smooth and yes it is heavier than other bait casters but it casts a long way trust me I own quite a few of them I have mine on a cashion (great rod as well) and it is a very good combo... And the thing I like most about this reel is the price tag it is worth more... I hope this helps some people

From: Brandon: US

Comments: When I first got my bb1, the centrepital braking system seemed weird, and I wasn't that impressed with the casting distance. It seemed to cast the same distance as my Diawa Laguna ($60) and took more effort at that. then I did 2 things. 1, I backed the spool tension almost completly off, and 2, I cleaned and re-oiled the spool bearings. WOW. tonight I was tossing a 1/4oz red eye shad across the pond with a light toss! great reel!

From: Ryan

Comments: Great reel for the money, BUT it does not outcast its competition. Played with the reel and it does not outcast or undercast my curado 200E7 or my 3rd Gen STX. Maybe I gotten a defected reel and couldn't outcast my other reel. Disappointed when I played with the smartplus system and it didnt live up to its reputation. Maybe K-Short casted it a LONG WAY with the wind, but I couldn't do it. Save your money and get a super duty or a team pro.

From: Yang: Fresno

Comments: This is a great reel ,but I am  sorry to say it is no better to me then any of the other 5 lews I have from the (Tournament Speed Spool Casting Reel)(Tournament MG Speed Spool Casting Reel)(Speed Spool Casting Reel)(Laser MG Speed Spool Casting Reel).They all work AWESOME , love every trip out with them .I would say from the 6 lews I have , The best 1 out of them is by far the Tournament MG Speed Spool Casting Reel $129.95 .The BB1 is in no way better to me then any of these , It seems to have more advertizing is the only advantage I have found with it. They all cast a mile and feel amazing in the hand . Now if these new reels can just last is the ? I am looking for . Lets hope so because they are super nice reels .I really like the bb1 but if I get another Lews it will be the Tournament MG Speed Spool Casting Reel because it just seems to be the best out of the 6 new lews I own.

Comments: I finally got the BB1 and this reel is money. It cast like a bullet and is so smooth you can't believe that it's only $159.99. If you are looking for a reel to through big crank baits, this is the one to buy.

From: FishBell: SC

Comments: Oh my goodness! This reel is a beast!!! All my friends are getting them(I got mine already!) I chucked a 1/4 oz plug pretty far with 12lb fluoro so anything heavier is gonna rocket out. This thing is also super smooth, like butter on hot toast! Awesome reel Lew's!!!

From: Mitch: MN

Comments: I own this reel in the 6:4:1 model. I love everything about it. The smooth retrieve, large handle for extra cranking power, far casting distance, great cast control and overall performance of this reel has made it my favorite reels that i own.

From: Mike: Pittsburg, KS

Comments: This is a nice smooth reel well built cast nice will cast 1/4 ounce up but of course when casting lighter baits a educated thumb is necessary. Dont buy the 100$ one spending the extra 60$ is well worth it . And i love the eye guide style on this . Definately satisfied for the price.

From: Jason: Hampton, VA

Comments: Got one of the for Christmas. I pitched and casted a 3/8 oz jig on 15 lb Yo-Zuri with it. As smooth as my well shaved head!!  Lew's is beyond words and belief with their products!!

From: Angel: Calera, AL

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