Rated 5 out of 5 by SavageLawyer Top Quality (with a small caveat)
As others have observed, these are very well designed and made - I don't believe I have seen any better reel cases other than some top of the line tanned leather reel cases. And they look like they will last a long time, as well as provide good protection for your fly reels. My one caveat (which others have also voiced) is that they are smaller than you would expect from the descriptions. I ordered a couple of each of the three sizes. Although the small supposedly has a 3-1/2" diameter, it would not hold a 3-1/8" Hardy Perfect reel or even a L.L. Bean's Double L Model 3/4 reel, that has a 2-5/8" diameter (and that is about the smallest working reel I own). Not only does the diameter appear to be overstated, but they are also quite shallow, and even though I could just barely get the Bean reel into the case, I could not come close to closing it (which would have been true even if I could have removed the handle from the reel). Based upon my measurement, the inside diameter of the small case is about 3-1/8", but because the case is so shallow, it will not accommodate a reel with a 3" diameter, particularly if you consider that the foot of the reel also needs to fit and the handle requires additional depth. To avoid having to return for an exchange, I would strongly recommend ordering a size larger than the descriptions would suggest (this applies to the other sizes, as well as the small).
April 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rd413 Perfect
Bought two of these as both my wife and I have 3 wt pocket water rods and reels. The case is a perfect fit for the 3 wt reels and is exactly what I wanted.
March 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by reubj Very nice.
Well constructed and very nice looking. The medium size fits the Pflueger Medalist 1494 perfectly.
March 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ExEd Exactly fit my needs
I new when I ordered this good looking and very well made reel case that my extra spool might not fit but as it turns out it was a perfect fit. The spool is actually somewhat larger than the sizes given in the case description. I am very happy with this purchase as with most purchases from L.L. Bean.
March 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dkfish4fun Very High Quality for the price
I am really impressed with the quality and great look of this reel case. The only thing I would do differently is order a larger size. I got the small for a 4 /5wt and it was a little too small. I am saving it for sometime when I might get a 2 or 3 wt.
February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WinFly A Sixth Star
In June, I ordered three of the reel cases and, as the other reviews state, measure carefully. I meant to order mediums, inadvertently ordered smalls, which didn't fit even the spool of my smallest reel. That said, when Joe helped me straighten out my order (long story, but it was complicated), I really appreciated the quality of the cases. Mediums fit my spare spools fine, as well as my smallest reel. The sixth star is for Joe--he ensured I remain a Bean customer.
November 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by roava24 Waxed Canvas Reel Cases
This is no doubt the best reel case I own! Quality construction throughout, durable and classic design, and weatherproof. I have three medium cases and one small. When ordering be sure to measure your reel for diameter and height. The small reel case is very small and does not fit any of my reels but it makes a great fly pouch.
November 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by caperusher Creative Application
You never know from LL Bean you will find a solution to a problem. I had been looking for a small case into which I could put my hearing aids together with a spare set of batteries and a cleaning brush while traveling. This handsome little case is just the right size and the soft lining inside gives just the right kind of protection. And it is different enough that I will not overlook it on the nightstand when I go to pack in the morning. It even has a place inside for my name!
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TucsonTom Beautiful, functional reel case
Nicest reeel case I own. Tremendous value.
September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 250savage good stuff
Another homerun for L.L.Bean. Excellent protection for reel from dust, drops, and scratches. Smallest is very small, as my Redington Drift 2/3 barely fits in it. I got one of each size, now I can try new reels before I order again.
July 24, 2013