Yeah, It's called being retired. I always bought the best of what ever I wanted when I was working. I even have a few Winston rods. But I have to watch my cash flow now days. Can't warrant spending $800, on a rod any more. Besides I spend my day's at the beach house surf fishing, Saltwater fly fishing. I still like to try new things sometimes. Oh yeah , I'll never get rid of my Sage LL rods , A nice 3 and 4 wt. Besides, I think most of the top of the line rods are way overpriced. Going trout fishing this Monday.Good enough. Tight lines.I find it interesting that your seasoned rods are the Sage LL series, and now you are considering a rod from LL Bean. There is a certain symmetry in that.
I too have a terrific LLB #10 from the late 90's. It was built for them by G.Loomis using GLX technology under the direction of their then FF product manager who went on to be, albeit briefly, one of the best rod designers Orvis ever had. Problem is in recent years, for financial reasons, LL Bean has been forced to go the mass produced in Asia route. A couple of years ago a new to bonefishing friend of a more experienced participant on one of our Bahamas trips brought a new Bean 8-wt. outfit with him. It was close to being a useless handicap...maybe borderline acceptable as an 8-wt. for low line speed bass bugging in close but terrible on the flats where performance is required. Of course LL will let you return something you are disappointed by but to save money on a fly rod I'd pursue an alterative route. Maybe ECHO or TFO or Allen or Mystic or Rise...a fly rod company.Do your research. They sold some wonderful products in the day. Some of their current stuff is imported junk as I have learned first hand. Just have to sort through it before you buy. Still love the company but they are fighting the competitive nature that is today's reality.