Rated 3 out of 5 by NHFFisher Beautiful, smooth action, but Al alloy too soft
This reel is work of art. Nice machining on this large arbor reel. Amazingly smooth action, no "stiction" (start-up friction greater than the free-moving friction) often seen with the drag on reels. The reel appears to be sealed against getting sand and grit inside it, even when it is put underwater in a fast-moving stream. No tell-tale gritty drag after a dunking or resting on the bottom. Nice warm gray titanium color anodizing. I have used it for 5-6 day trips and a 4 day 9-hr-a-day extended fishing trip.
Now the bad news:
The aluminum alloy and anodizing is way too soft for a reel. I am relatively gentle with reels, but I will occasionally put it down on the riverbed or gravel. Unfortunately the anodizing is weak and the metal has all sorts of scuffs, dings and abrasions, on the reel housing, after just a few outings so far this season. My old reel, an inexpensive cast aluminum reel from the "O" company, now 20 years old, is only slightly worse for the wear. Bean needs to specify a harder alloy, and pay the increased premium for machining time, or in a year or so they will be providing new reels for their customers. Also, a nit, but the color does not match the reel seat of the Silver Ghost 4 wt rod - really not good for Bean's high end rod/reel.
All-in-all good function, looks good, but not for long.
July 3, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by BigHiz Nice reel but has issues for me
Great looking fly reel, Great color very light. Nice styling. The issue I have with this reel is that the frame to spool ratio is to large and I use really small diameter line and my line gets thru and wraps around the outside of the reel causing many frustrating bird nests. If the spool to frame ratio was tighter it would be perfect. Hopefully it gets corrected. I used it at Salmon River NY 2015. Thx Big Hiz and George for testing.
March 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Markum Silver Ghost #2: Beautiful Reel
Attributes: Large arbor for quick retrieve, versatile enough to fit fly rods 4,5,6 weight (just add additional spools), smooth drag which can be adjusted in an instant, quick spool change capability, extremely quiet action, very eye-appealing, backed by LL Beans satisfaction guarantee.
Faults: I have yet to find one.
November 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BigHiz Good fly reel
I used this fly reel at Salmon River NY October 2015. Reel looks good, well designed, excellent drag but I use straight mono and the line gets behind the spool. The frame to spool tolerance is to great if using mono. I am sure it would work very well with fly line. Big HIZ and George were the testers of this reel. THX Guys
October 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by troutski Silver Ghost Fly Reel
I purchased three #3 silver ghost fly reels when LL first introduced them. I was having trouble with others in this size and decided to give them a shot. I fish these reels about 100 days a year, all in saltwater and needed something that would hold up to this environment. Now about three years later and several trips to the Bahamas for Bones, I consider these reels the best investment in reels I've ever made. Great reel.
June 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by troutdownstream Best Steelhead Reel
I've just purchased this (size #3) and used it for two days steelhead fishing on the Oregon coast, so it might be premature. But my initial impression is unguardedly positive. It's the best (of many) steelhead or salmon (or striper) reels I've ever used. Very very smooth drag. Handled a couple decent chrome fish fresh from saltwater. I'll use it for Alaskan salmon this summer.
January 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GuitarbuildingAngler Superb quality reel. Incredible drag!
I bought this reel and paired it with my LL Bean Silver Ghost switch rod. The reel blew me away. The quality and craftsmanship is top notch. I have owned a couple other reels from various companies (Hardy, etc). and the LL Bean Silver Ghost reel does a great job at competing or surpassing those other reels.
-incredibly smooth and very strong drag
-saltwater capable (fished this reel in Jamaica). No issues at all!
-anodizing is extremely deep and strong
-design is well thought out and robust, yet light
January 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishallday Best reels ever from beans
I got this reel in 8wt size and the drag is sweet. It's as smooth as my hatch reel at half the price and weight. It balance really nice on my eight weight as well. The reel is all metal no plastic. I will get another in 6wt very soon. Get one.........
March 19, 2014