Re: Scoop on LL Bean Fly Rods?
In the 1990's LL had their own fly product manager who knew a lot about rods and he worked together with Lommis to produce a very fine series of rods. They employed GLX technology but the tapers were modified and, with green blanks and hardwood reel spacers had a much more Eastern appeal. When this guy left LL Bean he went over to Orvis and for a while was their rod designer and did some very good work for them too. Bean had US made, immersion tech Gore-Tex waders with neoprene yolk suspenders at that time that actually out classed the Simms of the day. But those days are gone and now you don't hear much about LL Bean fly rods for two reasons. One is the same it has always been; you can't try them out in your local fly shop. Two, like so many a giant retailer of out door gear, they have their house brand rods made somewhat further west now than Loomis's Washington State location.