Rated 5 out of 5 by JustOneMoreFish Buy this reel!!!
After debating between the Streamlight Ultra package and the Double L, I decided to splurge and go for the upgraded package. I couldn't be happier with this reel! It is a solid build with a beautiful finish, perfect weight, and an amazing drag system.
The drag is my favorite thing about this reel. I used my #2 reel on a 5Wt rod to fish for salmon this summer in British Columbia. I had always enjoyed how easy it was to adjust the drag system when fishing for medium to large trout in California, but was very impressed with the strength of the drag when I tested its boundaries salmon fishing. It was flawless... I landed 21 salmon in one day on this little #2 reel, and it held every fish with ease and allowed for simple adjusting in real time.
One thing you should know about this reel is the sound that it makes. It is a very quite reel with a soft click. If you are used to, and appreciate the notorious clicking sound of a good fly reel, this one is noticeably different. However, I have come to appreciate the quiet sound and smooth feel this reel has to offer; enough to purchase another in #3 size.
Great quality reel! For the money this was an excellent purchase, and I am very happy with it after using it for over a year.
August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GKarl An Affordable Treasure
Last spring I purchased a Thomas and Thomas 5 wt. rod. I couldn't wait to get home to fish with the rod so I stopped at the LL Bean Lebanon N.H. store and picked up what I thought was a cheap reel. To my surprise the Double L reel is fantastic. I am still using it with the T&T Paradigm. It looks and functions exceptionally well.
I went to the Freeport store and purchased one for my wife's new new two handed Spey rod.
January 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bunt1 Mid-Arbor Fly Reel
I have had this item for over a year and I think that is enough time for me to "use the item before reviewing it". Matter of fact the reel works better than your reviewer.
December 10, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by NewLLBeanShopperxyz Great reel, but it broke
This is a nice product. It's good looking, light weight, nice feel, the spool is a very simple to remove.
Unfortunately the drag adjustment knob on mine got hard to turn after about one years use and then it finally froze. I admit that it got dipped into a few rivers, but still, this was unexpected.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely disassemble the reel since part of it is glued together. So home repair on the drag control is not possible.
Fortunately, Bean stands behind their guarantee and a new reel is on the way.
I would have rated this reel a 5 if the drag adjustment had not failed.
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by steve1124 Double L mid-arbor Reel
Excellent machining, fit & finish. Balances beautifully with my 3 weight 6.5 ft rod.
Drag adjustment knob a good size & easy to adjust while fishing.
August 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 48Carol54George Beautiful Reel
I purchased a Double L #2 two years ago. Having used that reel often, I purchased a #1 for my 9'- 4 weight outfit. Just like the #2, this reel is a gem! I could find no other reel of this quality at this price. The drag system can handle a large trout effortlessly and smoothly. I recommend this reel highly.
August 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OkieFlier Outstanding Reel
I now have four of the Double-L reels. A #1, 2 and 3. Smoothest reels I have used to date. Very reliable and highly recommended.
March 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RapFlyFisher Great fly reel!!!
Just got the Double L #2 in the mail today. Totally blown away with the quality. I do not think any other reel is near as good at this price. I can not wait to try it out this Spring! The finish and over-all apperance are outstanding. There is no "slop" when the spool joins the body. The metal handle is geat. My more expensive reels have plastic handles. Not a big thing, but a very nice touch. I am VERY satisfied with this purchase. I will get another one for my 4 weight. Keep up the good, quaility work LL Bean!!!
January 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by BPCaster Great reel, but......
I have 2 #3's and 2 #2's and use the 3's in fresh and saltwater. I've had to return 1 of the 3's after very light use due to a failure. The drag knob continued to get harder and harder to turn until it completely froze. LL Bean's return/replacement policy is fantastic and I have a new replacement but getting a bit worried about the longevity and quality of this reel.
December 20, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by speycast The Double L squelch
OK.The good...i love LL Bean, the customer service is a 10. That's why its so hard to write this review, but I feel compelled to do it...so here it goes. I am on my 3rd Double L reel. LL Bean has replaced with no problem and I am happy about that. The problem I have with this reel is that when wet or soaked, the drag system make this squelching sound and in one case froze up on me.... I fish in all weather conditions and need a reel that can take being in the water. Before the last trip I soaked the reel in water for an hour... checked it out worked fine, but three days in rain it started again.... best described as a "squelching sound " the drag was inconsistent......as i write this review my reel is in a bowl of water in order to recreate the conditions I experienced on my trip. If it does it again Im done with this reel and returning it with all the extra spools... again i hate to do this as under normal conditions it works beautifully .... I gave it a two only because its a great reel in most conditions..
October 24, 2012