Rated 4 out of 5 by Phillip79 Cost effective for technical small stream fishing
I purchased the 2 piece ---6'6"---3-weight package earlier this year for fishing the small streams of Western North Carolina.
First off let me say that LL Bean continues to have the best customer service in the industry. They were able to make a short term change to my rig and get it to me quickly. Always first class.
Second, construction of this piece is not noteworthy, but for the price it is absolutely first rate. A similar rod from Sage or Hardy will be three times the price, so bear that in mind. The reel is solid but clearly its mass produced. The rod case leaves little to be desired for and I will be replacing with an aluminum tube from another vendor.
Third, I have fished this rod for about two weeks on the waters in question. I found the action to be a little less forgiving than I would have hoped but good enough for making presentations up to about 25 feet with a reasonable degree of accuracy. After about 35 feet its pretty unwieldy. All in all, it was the correct rod configuration for the area, and this rod was more than capable.
I would recommend this for a person looking for a destination rod where the destination might give you an opportunity to fish a small stream. Its a good second rod if your 5-weight is a high caliber rod as well. Would not make this my primary unless it just lived in your mountain cabin all year round.
October 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MrDavid Excellent Balance and Durability
I have several fly rods, and the SL Ultra's are hands-down my favorites. I have the two-piece models in both 4- and 5-weight, with Scientific Anglers pro-series fly line and Umpqua leaders.
The SL Ultra's have, in my opinion, the best balance of any of my rods. The taper seems just right; they're workable but with enough heft to throw streamers, etc.
Some have mentioned the volume of the "click" in the reel. I actually prefer this, as I can hear how much line is coming off the reel while I pull on each cast.
All in all, the SL Ultra is a great outfit at a great price. I would certainly buy a third if I needed another weight.
June 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WahooFan2011 6'6" 3 wt
I got this rod for fishing small streams and creeks in VA, MD, and PA and I absolutely LOVE it. The outfit is balanced well, great quality, and very attractive. I had only ever fished with 6-8 weights before I got this rod so it took a little while to get used to, but after that I was shocked at the accuracy and control I had with the rod. The 3 wt can even handle heavier buggers within the 20'-30' range. The reel could be better looking, but it has sustained a lot of abuse and a wide range of conditions and never given me a problem in 2 years. This outfit could probably be sold for $200 and be a good bargain- that LL Bean is selling it for half that is insane.
If you are a beginner or intermediate fly fisherman you NEED to have this rod in your collection!
July 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by jrossignol24 Unreal outfit for the price
Just totally exceeded all my expectations for a 170 dollar 5 wt. Great casts, awesome and smooth reel. Fly line is also of decent quality. I am more than happy with my purchase and pulled up my biggest wild Northern Maine brookie of the season with it on the first day with the rod. Cant recommend this package enough. Also was shipped to me in 3 days. Perfect big brother to my Pocket water 3 wt outfit which I also love.
June 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cesco Excellent !
First of all it arrived two full days before the scheduled date !!!
Of course I tried it right away and I was pleasantly surprised.
What a great deal !
I am wondering why I don't buy all my stuff from LL Bean !
June 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by chasfishes Great little rod
I've had this for a couple of years now but decided this year I was going to get serious about fly fishing. I fly fish on small streams in NE Iowa and this combo can't be beat. Spent a week with my wife at our summer place and fished every day, catching a variety of Rainbow, Brown, and even a 17" Brookie with this rod. Wouldn't suggest it for larger water as it is hard to cast more than a few yards but on small streams it works great.
June 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shoreman 8'6" 6wt
I originally bought this rod after reading the LL Bean Ultimate Fly Fishing Book and have never regretted the purchase. The combo is perfect for the type of fly fishing I do in Northern California whether it's in a creek, river, or lake. I've caught a LOT of trout on this rod and would recommend it for any beginner or advanced fly fisher.
September 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Paflyfishin Streamlight ultra
I bought this for friends and family I take fishing who never have the right equipment. The price was great! When I got it I opened it and was surprised at how nice it was, the reel is especially nice and the package is perfectly balanced. I have several setups and paid four or more times this much for them, I never would have bought this for myself but have used it three times so far and can honestly say it may be my favorite setup yet! Don't let the price fool you! I have been fly fishing for fifteen years and have been to several popular fly fishing schools I am a little more advanced than a beginner maybe average. I am very pleased, I may buy another in a 6wt .
May 14, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bigbassboy 6'6'' 3 wt
I recently purchased the 6 foot 6 inch 3 weight for my trout season this year. It had already caught over 20 trout and I can honestly say I love it. The only thing that bothers me is the reel clicking, it is not a huge deal, but I prefer a nice and quiet reel. Overall it is a great rod especially for small crowded streams.
April 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by JeanFrench My first Fly Fishing Outfit
I'm French and leave in Normandy. I bought the Streamlight 9' 5wt last summer. I love it ! Since september I started fly fishing, I cought more that 40 trouts with it. Very efficient and easy to use. Excellent product like always with LLbean !
March 29, 2012