Rated 5 out of 5 by Alloway The whole truth
These are superb reels. My first was a model 500 followed by two additional 500 and two 1000. I fish Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; quite often now that I am retired. They perform flawlessly in all kinds of conditions.
Perhaps the most important observation I can share is the service when I lost a small part from the spool. I had called to purchase the part and the LL Bean service representative sent me a total new spool, gratis. Another reason why LL Bean is and remains #1.
January 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by HeadlessHessian50 Worst reel ever owned
Been fishing for over 5 decades. Got this reel from my wife for Father's Day a year ago. First of all the line was wound in backwards!!! If you are a fisherman you'll know what this does. After many 'Birds nest', I put in new line wound correctly. Many 'birds nest' later I conclude that the reel mechanism winds line more to the top of the spool than evenly. Therefore, in a cast, when the line is moving out of the reel it pulls on the excess line at the top of the spool....Voila! Birdsnest...all over again. So the spooling mechanism in this reel is pure junk...
Do not buy this reel.
June 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Shopper132 Not worth the $. Junk.
Purchased 4 of these as part of a set. Kids have been out fishing twice off a dock. One broke within 5 minutes. The second one broke during the second outing. The button gets stuck and the reel becomes useless.
August 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by sunilevlas LL Bean 1000 light spin reel
This is a sweet light spin reel. Mine came with a metal and a plastic spare spool. The drag on the plastic spool failed during normal use but the metal spool has functioned fine. I believe the plastic spool has been discontinued. It would be helpful if LL Bean offered spare metal spools. Jim
July 21, 2012