Lew’s Speed Spool BB-1, serial #2, is a proud memento among the historic collections of today’s Lew’s company. The Speed Spool BB-1 brought many first-time features to baitcasting: the low-profile shape, a palming side cover with no knobs, a narrow spool, the fully-disengaging levelwind, comfort-grip paddle handles and more. It had a much different look and feel than the popular round baitcast reels of the time, and had a super-smooth cast and retrieve. The BB-1 earned a legendary reputation and is still talked frequently about in bass fishing circles today. It remains the driving force behind Lew’s “Lighter, Faster and Stronger” motto by which all new products are developed within the brand.