Our founder, L.L. Bean, made products he could use and use well. These products, as you all know, were built to last through the countless outdoor expeditions that L.L. himself took part in.
Among L.L.’s favorite outdoor activities was fly fishing – the sport brought to life in the bucolic scenes of the 1992 film A River Runs Through It.
Fun Fact: L.L.Bean Archives supplied fly-fishing apparel and equipment for the film, which was set in 1920s Montana.
Fly fishing’s popularity surged in L.L.’s home state of Maine in the 1920s – and L.L. was ready, having stocked his store with fine bamboo fly rods. Fishermen from all over the country counted on them to land trophies, including famous anglers like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Red Sox legend, Ted Williams.
In remembrance of nearly a century of outfitting fly fishers, we’re highlighting a piece from our limited-edition 100th Anniversary Collection: the Bamboo Fly Rod.
The 100th Anniversary Bamboo Fly Rod is a tribute to the classic bamboo rods used a century ago by L.L. himself. The legendary Thomas Rod Company, located in Brewer, Maine, was chosen to handcraft the 25 individually numbered rods. Each rod boasts the Thomas special taper, over 100 traditional intermediate wraps and stripping guides with agate stone inserts.
Watch the video below for footage of how the rods were crafted by Steve Campbell of the Thomas Rod Company.
L.L. was known to fish for Atlantic salmon and brook trout with his bamboo rod. Are you an experienced angler? Support our Million Moment Mission by sharing your own fly-fishing stories.