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: LL Bean Classic L rods

Mean Mr Mustard
05-24-2003, 04:20 PM
Trying to look beyond the Sage and Orvis offerings in trout rods, I found what appears to be a nice rod from LL Bean. In particular, I am looking at their 9' 5wt. Classic L for stillwater trout fishing.

What little I know of "Bean" is from a purchase of gore-tex sleeping bag covers (first-rate quality) and a sterling reputation - third person. As to the rod, it is made by GLoomis to "Bean's" specs and is quite attractive in appearance (soothes my superficial side).

Because test casting is difficult due to distance, I would appreciate whatever info our members have on this rod and the LL Bean Company policy/support.



P.S. [Should have added] I will be primarily fishing beadhead and weighted nymphs with a floating or intermediate sinktip line.

Mean Mr Mustard
05-24-2003, 06:34 PM
Not used to the sunshine glaring through my window, I completely missread my cue card - The rod is of the Double L Classic series. :o


05-24-2003, 08:15 PM
I cannot speak to the specific rod with respect to which you want comments. I can, however, sum up Bean's' customer service in one word -- unbeatable. When you buy a Bean's branded product you may return it anytime -- and I mean ANY time -- after purchase for whatever reason and receive a full refund. In the old days, you could do this even without a receipt. You may need a receipt now, but most likely not for Bean's branded product Without a receipt you may be refunded the lowest price for which the rod sold since your purchase, but again, this is something about which I am not sure.

The only store with which I have dealt that matches Bean's on customer service is Orvis. I have never used the customer service of Cabela's or Gander Mountain).

The only Bean's rods I have ever used was an 8-wt, multipiece "Double L" purchased back in the 1980's and a less expensive 8-wt the model name of which I can't remember. The Double L, at the time, was a top-of-the-line rod, the other was more a bottom of the line rod. Both were excellent.

I hope this helps.

05-25-2003, 12:40 AM

These rods are pretty much the same rod as the Loomis GL2's (IM6 graphite).

You can get a far better buy if you get a Loomis "rod, line, & reel package". There are 4 of them available and they sell for $185.00. They come in 7 1/6' 4 wt, 9' 5 wt, 9' 6 wt, and 9'8 weight, and come with a semi-opague plastic case that is color coded to the line weight. They are a very nice combination with nice casting characteristics. I have no qualms at all about recommending them to anyone looking for a nice casting rod at an affordable price.

05-26-2003, 10:57 PM
My brother just bought that very rod. It's nice, quite fast great for fishing from a canoe, tube or kayak. It can lift a lot of line off the water and keep it it the air. However you need good room behind you as it takes more line, particularly in the lighter line weights, to load.
I have the previous taper in that line of rods in that lenght and weight, called just Double L, and is similalry fast and powerful.
I live near Beans so I buy a fair amount of stuff there and love their blanket- on all gear the products they sell- no questions asked return policy.

Mean Mr Mustard
05-28-2003, 02:22 PM
Just received the LL Bean Katahdin canoe/float tube net and it is simply exquisite in detail and construction. Don't know if I'll let the kid use it, now. That makes two purchases from Bean of the highest quality.


The rods you mention are medium action (a sweet action and usually my favorite) but I'm looking for something a little faster to deal with the beadheads and added weights, though I may be wrong (not unheard of). And there is the "fit and trim" of an economy GLoomis verses an LL Bean "Classic" with its implied promise of old fashioned quality.


05-28-2003, 06:29 PM

The Loomis GL2's are fairly fast rods. They are the old, original G. Loomis designs from way back in 1982 when Gary Loomis went out on his own and split from Loomis composits inc. (LCI, now known as Talon and the people who make blanks for many big-name, high-end manufacturer's), which was founded after he left Lamiglas (which he also started along with 7 investors).

I have two rods I built from these blanks (which was the only way you could get them the first 2 years G.Loomis was in business) a 6 wt and an 8 wt both 9 feet. They are fast, but not as fast as the IMX or GLX Loomis rods. Definetely faster than the Sage SP though. And they are a great value.