Rated 5 out of 5 by nhtim Great Value
This is my first Bean rod/reel set as Sage has won my business for decades. I have to admit, I was more than a little surprised at the fit and finish of the rod and reel. Top Notch stuff. The reel is tight and attractive, and the rod is well made. Nice balance, just the right amount of stiffness and casts with ease. My only complaint would be the quality of the reel bag could be better. Overall, great combination, high quality and great price.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Go4Steelies Great Rod/Reel Outfit.. Great Service
I bought the 7wt 11' Silver Ghost Switch Rod Outfit for steelhead fishing and absolutely love it. It is very light, has a great feel and maneuvers your line very nicely. It is easy on the shoulders when fishing for multiple days in a row. It got me a winter steelhead in the first hour of use so maybe that has something to do with giving it 5 stars... The reel is high quality and the drag system adjusts easily and works very smoothly when fighting big fish. The rod and reel together protect light leaders and I could really whip the fish into submission... including some bruisers. I am very happy with the outfit and it proved its value very quickly.
On the 2nd day of a 3 day trip I broke the rod when I was snagged up. I attribute it as my fault for whipping the rod a bit too hard trying to free the snag. With an 11 foot lightweight rod I guess more care should be exercised. I was hearbroken when it broke (I had hooked 20 steelhead in 2 days with it) but at the same time I knew Beans would take care of me. I brought it into the store after my trip and told the guy I had a broken switch rod. He asked one question with a big smile... "Did it go out in a blaze of glory?".. to which I answered, "Yes it did!" After 30 minutes of talking fishing with the guy I walked out of the store with a new switch rod at no cost!
Love the Switch Rod Outfit and Can't Beat Beans Service! Just be carefull not to whip it too quickly when snagged...
April 21, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by dizad 2 kings landed
I finally received my 'Ghost' after a backorder. I had it on the Manistee River in northwest MI within days of recieving it.
I found the 'Silver Ghost' rod easy to handle and comfy after a full day of fishing. It allowed smooth casting with good distance requiring minimal effort.
The 'Shearwater' reel proved very effective in helping me land 2 King Salmon - 14lb & 17lb each. The drag worked smoothly slowing each fish down on their initial run steam rolling down river after realizing they were hooked. The drag was easy to adjust in mid fight as the salmon tired.
The rod nicely absorbed the power of the mighty King as one left the water 3-4 times in attempt to throw my fly.
Overall, a nice set-up from LL Bean!
October 17, 2010