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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Carbine Great rod!
This rod puts the fun back into fly fishing. Moderate action, weighs next to nothing, easy to cast and forgiving. I found it accurate at close range, and will carry 40 to 50 feet of line if you have to. Great for creeks, small rivers and side channels. I really like the rod build quality, nice sock and solid hard case as well. A class act, a well thought out rod. Well done for under $200!
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by troutfishing123 Great but with problems
First off id like to say that this is the most fun rod i have ever used. It casts like a dream and plays the fish quite well. great rod for trout and smaller salmon. However i had to return this rod because the chrome on the real seat first started to crumble then the chrome peeled away. I returned it with no problem for a new one. Two weeks down the road and after one day of fishing it seems to be doing it again. I take good care of my equipment, it doesn't seem like the highest quality material. Also its a shame its not built in the states. Great rod but has some issues, the only reason it gets a 4 star is because the return policy is the best.
October 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by FlyFishermann Worth the Wait
My family bought this rod for me for my 60th birthday in June. It was back ordered till August. It was well worth the wait. When it arrived, I took it to my favorite spot and landed a nice little brown. The smooth casting action makes it a great little rod for tight spots on the stream. It compliments the rest of my arsenal of LLBean fly fishing gear.
August 10, 2012