Rated 4 out of 5 by buyertalk Good So Far
I wanted to take up Spey casting for steelhead and salmon. A fellow LL Bean rod owner demonstrated Spey casting with his Bean rod and let me try it.
I received a 20% off coupon from Bean so I decided to buy the Streamlight Ultra Two-Handed 8/9 weight 13 foot four piece with the rod-reel tube case. The rod received has only 8 weight printed on it so it is an 8 weight I guess, I am using it with a 9 weight line.
I am able to make a variety of Spey casts with this rod. The rod loads well and casting is efficient with the rod doing the work. The two handed grip is comfortable. For a new Spey caster, I think I am casting pretty well with this rod.
The rod makes the required swings and drifts needed for steelhead-salmon fishing. Line control is good with this rod.
The rod has good back bone for fighting the heavy salmon, steelhead, and brown trout migrating through Great Lakes tributaries. This rod matches the size and strength of the tributary fish encountered.
I am happy with this rod. Based on its performance so far, I am optimistic about the rod's longer term durability. I have fished this rod for about 4-5 weeks.
November 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by CAFisherman Excellent fly rod for steelhead
The rod met my every expectation!
December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by chumbucket Best customer service ever!
I received a streamlight two hand rod 5 yreas ago as a gift. This was my first two hand rod. Worked great with a Skagit head. Well this fall casting for great lakes salmon I snapped the rod. Called LL Bean
customer service had me print out a free shiping lable and send in the rod.
10 DAYS LATER, a new rod and case arrived at my house!!! Unreal. Customer for life.
October 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by fishdoctor Streamlite 13 foot Spey Rod for 8-9 wt line.
I was initially skeptical of this rod because of the relatively low price since in this day and age, most good spey rods sell for several hundred dollars. However, after using this rod almost exclusively on a November steelhead fishing trip on Idaho's Clearwater River, I would rate this rod to be as good or better than any similar rod on the market today. Many of the longer spey rods have a soft or traditional action and for those who prefer that type of rod, more power to them. The Streamlite rod however, is a faster, more modern type of action, with plenty of power in the butt as well. This happens to be my favorite type of action. On windy days, I found that with overhead casting, I could drive a 9 weight spey line over 100 feet into the wind, which surprised even me, a Montana trout fisherman accustomed to fishing in wind. I was so impressed with the rod that upon returning home, I purchased a 14 foot model for a # 10 line, which I'm sure I'm going to like just as much as the 13 foot one. One final note, the 13 foot Streamlite is rated for an 8-9 weight line and I can tell you that it handles a 9 weight line extremely well, even weighted shooting heads. I can hardly wait for next falls steelhead run.
January 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by fishtroll Fine Rod Poor Case
The Rod casts well and fittings are nice for the price. The case is not a good idea. A tube case with stocking would be more practical for taking care of a wet rod and reel after a wet day of fishing. I find the rod and reel laying loose in my car waiting to dry.
April 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wally33 Streamlight Ultra Spey Rod 12'6"
I'm very impressed with LLBean's "new" Ultra spey rod. This model seems to be "beefier" and cast a nice tight loop. It handles large fish (salmon/steelhead trout) well and has lots of backbone.
November 29, 2011