Rated 5 out of 5 by RCflyrod Beautiful and smooth
What a great reel for a great deal. It is well built and has a very smooth drag. You can probably not find a real of this high quality for the money anywhere else. It is beautiful to look at and the color is gorgeous.
August 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by DanaP NICE reel!
Beautiful to look at, and nice, solid, "feel." Size #2 is appropriate for 8'-9' rods. The large arbor has plenty of capacity for backing and line. It was easy to change from left-hand to right-hand retrieval. I recommend without reservation.
April 7, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by CharlieNeedham How much does this reel weigh?
With rods getting lighter and lighter because of new graphite/epoxy technologies, it is important to know the weight of the reel to see if it will balance with a fly rod.
An L.L. Bean "expert" gave me the following weights for the various size reels:
Reel 1 - 5.5 ounces
Reel 2 - 5.9 ounces
Reel 3 - 6.5 ounces
The size 1 and 2 are about an ounce heavier than the much more expensive "premium" reel brands - only an issue if you have one of the new very light "premium" rods.
The size 3 is impressive for its weight at this price point.
In this day and age with consumers asking for more information, I am surprised L.L. Bean does not also list the actual diameter of the various reel sizes, as well as the maximum drag.
I would also love to see a statement as to whether there is minimum startup inertia - don't want to break a fragile tippet because it takes a bigger pull to get the reel turning than the drag that is actually set.
March 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5
by WolfgangStCroix Way Better than I Imagined
I'm a huge fan of LL Bean fly fishing products. My first setup was an LL Bean rod and reel and I almost always recommend an LL Bean setup to someone when they are looking to pick up fly fishing. In general, I don't think you can beat the price point, fun-to-fish-factor, or warranty.
So when my drag ceased to work on my on an older LL SL Ultra 3, I picked up one of these Double L's. I honestly hadn't read much about the specs but figured it would perform admirably for bass fishing and large trout. Boy oh boy was I handicapping this reel before I even put it through its paces.
A trip to the Bahamas and a trip to Venice, LA later, I'm convinced this may be the greatest 8wt reel ever, at least at this price point. Super smooth, strong, sealed drag. Balances great on my current 8wt rod. Easy to clean and easy to adjust the drag. It's not as large of a diameter as some of the competition but it doesn't matter, the mid-arbor design is excellent.
Here's some proof. With an 8wt bent to the cork and reel doing it's magic. 23 pounds of LA red.
If you're looking upgrade from an entry level reel, are looking for a sturdy backup, or a reel capable of handling saltwater species on 6-8wts, this is it.
Now only if they made one size larger for 10-12wts....
Keep up the great work guys!
February 3, 2016