American Hero baitcast combo proudly serves

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 18, 2014) - Lew’s® American Hero® product line is about more than just fishing; it’s also a thank you to U.S. armed forces veterans. Joining the product lineup for 2015 is a new American Hero baitcast rod and reel combo.

The combo features an all-new 5-ball bearing American Hero baitcast reel with a one-piece, lightweight graphite composite frame and sideplates. The reel weighs 7.2 ounces.

The reel’s brass main gear and crankshaft are high strength solid brass. The five premium bearings are double-shielded stainless steel. A Rulon drag system delivers up to 10 lbs. of drag power, with adjustments made easily using the bowed graphite star located next to the handle.

Lew's American Hero Baitcast Combo

The reel’s aluminum bowed handle is fitted with Lew’s® custom paddle handle knobs for comfort and grip. Its spool is machine-forged anodized blue aluminum that looks as great as it spins. There’s no back-roll of the spool or handle, thanks to a rock-solid Zero-Reverse anti-reverse system.

Cast control is managed by an externally adjustable Magnetic Control System (MCS) that simply requires turning the dial up or down to achieve the desired setting. The main spool tension adjustment knob is blue anodized aluminum to add to the reel’s good looks. The line guide is durable Zirconia.

The combo rod features a one-piece premium IM6 graphite blank for extreme sensitivity to detect even the lightest of bites. Its guides are gunsmoke stainless steel frames with stainless steel inserts.

The rod’s skeletal graphite reel seat with a cushioned stainless steel hood affords a secure foundation for the reel and enhanced sensitivity for the angler. The rod’s EVA split grip handle reduces weight and makes for all-day fishing comfort. A patented “No Foul” hook keeper stays out of the way during casts and retrieves, but on the ready to safely secure a hook or lure when not in use.

The American Hero baitcast combo is available in three different models. Model AH1H66MH features a 6’ 6” medium-heavy action rod and an all-purpose 6.4:1 gear ratio reel. Combo version AH1SH610MH is a 6’ 10” medium-heavy action rod with a high-speed 7.1:1 gear ratio reel. Model AH1H70MH is a 7’ medium-heavy action rod with a 6.4:1 gear ratio reel.

Each American Hero® baitcast combo retails for around $89.99.