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Old 02-26-2013, 10:15 AM
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Default Re: Scoop on LL Bean Fly Rods?

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Does anyone know the source of these contemporary LL Bean rods? Are they built by a US rod maker under their name or imported from...where?
They used to get their midpriced rods from Diamondback and their better ones from Loomis, but now it's all from Asia.

They are trying to position their high-end (for them) Silver Ghost models as a value-priced competitor to other manufacturers' best offerings, but I am not persuaded. I test cast their Silver Ghost 9' 5 wt against a Sage Z Axis and Sage ZLX a few years ago, and I thought the Sages were both more accurate and more sensitive.
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Default Re: Scoop on LL Bean Fly Rods?

I have an LL Bean 10-weight from the mid 1990's that was built to their design specs by G.Loomis and it is a terrific and handsome fly rod. I suspected a Chinese origin of the current crop though.
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