Aren't most LL Bean products like this made by some other (usually reputable) manufacturer and then just branded with LL Bean? That was always my understanding. For example, for some time I think Hardy made some of their System series reels. If that is the case, it just depends on tracking down who the manufacturer was for that given rod. I don't own one, but I have a few friends who have them (all dry fly rods) and they are nice rods.