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
Rated 1 out of 5 by Fixerman Reliability Issue
Own the 7'-6" 4 wt for ~ 1yr, 6 outings. Today 3rd section broke just below the ferrule of the tip section. Rod's been treated well. First time of 8 rods ever had a failure in use. Need reliable gear.
April 19, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by BLKuffda Beauty over performance
I really wanted this to be my favorite small stream rod. The carbon fiber case with aluminum screw cap was a grand first impression. The cork doesn't have a lot of filler and is of top quality. The burled wood reel seat insert is pretty and really keeps with elegant traditions. The paint on the rod itself is nicely done and has a nice vintage bamboo look to it. Unfortunately the rod does not load the line very well. And when it comes down to brass tax you need a rod that performs and doesn't just look good. I had high hopes for this rod, but those hopes were dashed quickly after the first trip to my favorite stream.
April 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by snack1 Sweet rod
I recently bought the 6'6" 3 wt. Pocket water fly rod. A sweet little rod for small water! I used it on opening day in southeastern PA last weekend. Hooked and landed 7 fish including several rainbows of 18' or larger....no problem! I am hoping to get another 4 or 5 weight also!!
April 3, 2013