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
Rated 5 out of 5 by BoulderFlyFisher Superb Reel
The Double L Fly Reel has exceeded my expectations. This reel is better made than my $300.00 reel from another manufacturer. I am blown away by the quality of this reel. The small details of the reel are also impressive, including the metal reel handle, the subtle, easy-on-the-ears, sound of the drag as it is engaged, and the beautiful color of the reel. I would recommend this reel to everyone who fly-fishes. As a fly-fisher with 20 years of experience, this is the best reel for the price that I have ever come across. Well done LL Bean.
October 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beantripper Double L Mid-Arbor Fly Reel #1
This reel is scaled nicely to fit lighter weight fly rods. Very smooth action with easy to grip drag adjustment-attractive bronze-gold color. Good value at this price level.
August 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MayFly One great reel, better than more expensive reels
I have a more expensive reel, but I bought this one as a back-up. Now I use the L.L. Bean Mid-Arbor Reel all the time, and leave the other in the fly fishing bag. Its action is smoother, it tolerates dirt and water well, and it's also a very nice-looking reel.
July 30, 2012