Rated 4 out of 5 by TigerGirl Solid, basic reel
For a beginning/semi-advanced fisherman, decent reel--gives solid performance. Value purchase.
September 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mac4 Pocket Water Fly Reel
This is a perfect reel for small stream fishing with 3-5wt rods. I love the look, fit and finish. Fished it one season and had no problems. It is light yet strong and seems like it will be quite durable. I bought a second one this year so I can have both of my 3 and 4 wt fiberglass rods ready to go. The reels would fit well with bamboo rods also. Overall a great deal for the price.
May 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BWOlive Pocket Water Fly Reel
This reel is fully satisfactory. It is of solid quality, it is light, and it is well-made. At the price listed, it is a great buy.
November 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Banshee0728 Not enough drag control
Very pretty reel, but several things I didn't like which may be a personal preference. 1. Clicking sound both on line going out and reeling in. This is a Click and Pawl drag so one should expect it, but I don't like the continuous buzzing sound. It would be OK when the drag is working but not continuously. 2. The drag isn't sufficient in fighting a fish. I often catch 16-18 inch brown trout on a dry fly with 4 wt rod in current that requires using a drag (western rivers). The drag on this reel isn't sufficient to adjust to these conditions. Maybe fine on 10-12 inch fish. 3. The reel spool detaches with difficulty because of the way the reel is designed. This interferes with trying to retrieve the tippet if you reeled in the line all the way - which is how I usually start the day.
October 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoneStarFly Just fine on the 4 wt
Bought this reel in conjunction with the 6'10" 4 wt pocketwater rod. The reel balances very well on the end, holds plenty of backing and line. Love the click and pawl design, very nostalgic sound and feel to it. With the 4 wt rod I don't expect to need the reel much, but has a smooth motion when reeling up line and nice drag when stripping more line out. Probably one of the better values on the market, especially with the 100% customer satisfaction LL Bean guarantees. Looking forward to many years with this reel.
September 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewOwner Pocket Water Fly Reel
Nicely crafted. Simple design, perfect. I do not get to fish a lot so when I do I need to be able to assemble my equipment and get fishing fast. I need reliable equipment and this and the 6'10" pocket water rod fit the bill.
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by IronwoodCountyBooks Great classic style reel
I was looking for a simple click and pawl reel for Midwestern trout fishing and, when I found this on sale, I snapped it up. For years I've used several drag reels for trout--and over those years never had to use the drag (beyond the minimum setting). I palm the reel when I have caught a bigger trout. This is all I need. I can't speak yet about the durability of the reel, but the design, weight, and function are perfect.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AgFox Perfect Reel for Pocket Water Rod
Perfect match in size and weight for my 6'10" Pocket Water Rod. Drag has low inertia to protect light tippet. Love that sound when a larger fish runs.
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DJGuzzi1 Terrfic value
You cannot go wrong with this reel for majority of trout fishing situations that require a size 4 line or smaller.
It changes from left to right-hand retrieve very easily and has an externally-adjustable drag, if you want to use.
I am very impressed with the quality, performance and look of this reel, especially for the price.
July 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by ttc413 had to return
After fishing for the first time for less than an hour the reel developed a very bad wobble where the spool moved so much that the flange was rubbing against the housing. I called Bean and after describing the problem to several, increasingly informed customer service people, I was sent a new one and a label for free return of the defective reel. So a typical Bean review of a defective product, unhappy with the defect but very satisfied with the service.
BTW the replacement is working fine with only one flaw, I have yet to catch a fish!
May 9, 2013