Rated 1 out of 5 by heathdog rod and reel combo
returned 2 sets of the combo packs of LL Bean. both were snagging lines and neither were casting properly. i would not buy a Beans casting reel.
July 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by CustomerSince1973 STIFF not Ultralite
I purchased the 5' discovery spinning rod (not the whole outfit) for my family. It is described as UL "Ultralight" 2-6 lb. line. Clearly someone at LL Bean either did not properly inspect these or it was never designed properly in the first place. The rod is incredibly stiff - not "fast" just plain stiff. There is no ultralight taper involved and it is literally a no-flex piece of graphite blank with a reel seat, cork and guides (the seat is a Fuji knock-off and functions poorly). The rod is attractive, decently constructed and offered at a bargain price. With a little care, Beans could have produced this with true UL (or any light action) specifications. Would not have cost them a penny more. Someone at Beans with any angling experience should have "discovered" this. The best part of the deal is the beautiful case that accompanies the rod. I'm sending mine back and hope they don't charge me for return shipping. This is the first time I have ever reviewed a Bean product and I am sorry it had to be on the negative side.
September 5, 2013