Rated 1 out of 5 by WisconDon 7'6" pocket water pack rod
I am on the second replacement rod in two seasons of owning this fly rod. The second section (from the tip) broke 1 cm below the ferrule while playing a trout. The trout were about 12" long in each case. This has to be a production weakness endemic to this segment of the rod blanks. Fortunately, L.L. bean stands behind their products and I am now using my third replacement rod. Hopefully this rod is from a different batch and I won't have to deal with another breakage. The break on the two previous rods happened exactly in the same place on the second segment of the rod. Strange.
July 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by troutfishing123 Reoccurring Issue
First I'd love to say I love the action and feel of the rod. It really is a joy to cast and catch native brookies on. However I have had to return this model rod 3 different times due to the reel seat corroding and freezing up the uplocking screw. Hopefully they update the rod for next year with a new reel seat, otherwise I won't be going back for the fourth time.
September 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Activeangler Really Nice!
To begin with, I didn't expect the rod tube it came with to be so nice. The finish matched the finish of the rod. Now the rod, it is like I say in the title, really nice! I got the 663-4 and I couldn't be happier with it. Any fish feels great on the line, even little guys. That's a consideration since I fish very small creeks with small fish. I'd say I chose the perfect rod for fishing those small creeks. The action is nice and soft and I can tuck my bow and arrow cast right where they need to be placed.
I've got no regrets with this nice looking and great performing rod. My fishing friends are impressed with it too.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoneStarFly Texas Fly Fishing
Able to get out on some of the rivers in the Texas Hill Country with the 4 wt 6'10" rod. The action is very smooth and like the product info says, 30-40 casts are easily accomplished with this rod. Spooled the reel with Scientific Anglers Mastery Textured Series WF-4-F line. It handles the bass and sunfish I was catching with ease, but the 4 wt rod makes for a nice little fight. I don't need a long rod due to tight casting and this fits the bill. I purchased the Pocketwater reel to go with this rod and it is a well balanced combo. Nice tube that the rod ships in. Ready to use this rod for many years to come and may even get the 3 wt in the near future.
September 1, 2014
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