Rated 5 out of 5
by Sharphook 7' 3" 3 wt
Sadly, not all of us live where we can stalk native brook trout in small streams. This is primarily a panfish/bass/warm water rod for me and I think it is great! I've wanted one since I first saw them in the Bean catalog and finally took the plunge and am very happy. This rod is light in hand, and has a slower, moderate action. Just what I wanted. It looks great, casts better. Love the pseudo bamboo paint job, as well. This rod replaced another 3 wt that was way too stiff. I am very pleased with my purchase, would recommend without reservation.
My only complaint would be that Bean should have added alignment dots.
August 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Irishdog Pocket Water Rod 7'6" 4 wt.
This is a terrific rod. It casts very well in distances under forty feet although I have exceeded fifty in the right conditions. I have come upon one issue that is a bit unusual and hopefully not a trend.It's a new product and issues emerge over time. The reel seat corroded very badly in one year. I could not screw down the lock nut. Had to tape the reel on because I was very remote in northern Maine and did not carry another rod with me since it was only a day out in the woods. I always carry duct tape! In any case I will replace with the exact same rod. Good product with maybe an early, indicative flaw, Hope not.
August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewOwner Pocket Water Fly Rod
This rod is an extraordinary piece of craftsmanship. The size (6' 10") is perfect for what I wanted - easy to carry/handle, good in tight places (rivers). Nicely made. Just all around perfect.
July 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mainetroutbum Great rod for the price
Seems LL bean has done it again. this is a great rod in a 3wt. nice soft presentation perfect for heading to the mountains and grabbing the dry fly box and slaying natives all day,
May 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Preboomer Darned good little rod for the price
I purchased the 6'10" 4-weight and fished it in a little Iowa stream for its first outing. It casts well, and I even had to cast into a very hard downstream wind. It handles fish nicely, although it has yet to be tested out west. The fit and finish are quite nice, but the tip section has a very slight curve. It didn't affect the performance, and I am not terribly upset by this minor imperfection. I am looking forward to testing it on a big Cutthroat in a small stream I will be fishing in Wyoming.
I rated this rod with four starts because of the slight imperfection, but it is otherwise probably a five star item.
April 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Activeangler Meets Expectations
Got my rod, 6'6"- 3wt., on a Monday and caught my first Rainbow that same Saturday during the Southwestern Inyo County opener. It performed as expected. Roll casts nicely and delivers a dry fly as softly as any rod I've ever used. Just don't think your going to make great casts out past fifty feet. Fourty feet or less seemed to be an ideal zone for casting dry flies with it. I like it.
April 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AgFox Pefect Small Stream Rod
Got the 6'10" 4wt for recent trip to Cimarron River in northern NM. Easy to carry on plane, casts like a dream, perfect match for Pocket Water reel. Great in tight spaces but can reach out as far as you want. Great quality, great value.
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by midwesttrout Excellent workmenship and can handle large trout
I have used this rod extensively in Missouri spring creeks. The craftsmanship is excellent. I bought this rod as a 3 wt so I could fish dry flies in tight places. I was immediately satisfied as I was able to fish and catch fish in many spots I had previously past by due to the length of my other rods. I had irrationally worried that this small lite rod would be damaged if I ever tied into a really big trout. Months later, and many large trout safely released, I can see that was a silly notion. I would definitely recommend to a friend; this is a very fun rod to fish!
August 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by sanfranfly 6'10" & 7'6" 4wt pocket water review
ordered both the 6'10" and 7'6" 4 wt in the Pocket Water series. I needed a shorter, softer rod for small wild trout in small streams in NC/TN mountains. I have a Winston B2t 8' 4wt that I love but, although it is a joy to cast, setting the hook at point blank range on a 6" wild brook trout will send him flying towards the bill of my cap.
Both of the Pocket Water rods have a nice slow "fiberglass" type action but without the weight of fiberglass. the 6'10" action is as slow, if not slower than the 7"6" which worked out great for me. the shorter the better on my streams where i rarely have more than 6 feet of fly line out. both of the rods loaded with just 3 to 5 feet of fly line out.
I won't get to test it on my trout streams until the fall, but caught 37 bluegill on it one evening last week and the 6' 10" rod made them feel like trophy tarpon. I like both sizes, and would keep them both if money weren't an issue, but the 6'10" is better for my purposes.
the rod is so light, that it is hard to get a reel to balance it. i did not get the outfit, but i'm wishing i had now. i may circle back around and get the reel next year. Once I got the rhythm down on this rod, i could cast it easily 30 feet with a #10 humpy tied on. So for my purposes and what it was designed for, both rods performed perfectly. This is a unique, underserved niche in fly fishing. I am grateful to LL Bean for creating this affordable rod. The fiberglass rods I had looked at were all $425-$750 and much heavier.
July 5, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by dlf23 Problem with the 4wts?
Tried out a 4wt. It broke on the first outing right after the first ferrule from the tip. I thought it was just bad luck and exchanged it in the store. The replacement rod did the same thing on the 3rd outing while roll casting in current. I would recommend trying another rod if you're looking for something that'll hold up for more than a week.
May 1, 2013