Rated 5 out of 5 by Drizzle88 Great for impromptu fishing and beginners
This is a great kit for the fisherman or woman who may find themselves with the sudden desire to drop a line in transit. Both rods disassemble nicely and store well in the container. They also have pretty good action and are of excellent quality as per most L.L.Bean items.
I have used the spin rod to fish for sunfish, bass, perch, pike, and various other lake fish in north-central Minnesota. I am still learning to wield the fly rod in an effective manner, but so far have caught one smallmouth bass--great fun! I am moving to Idaho soon and I am very excited to get in some trout and possibly salmon fishing while I am there.
I would highly recommend this kit to anyone who does not have a lot of room to store a rod and reel in their vehicle and anyone who may be interested in getting into fishing but may not have an extensive knowledge of the sport.
The only "complaints" I have are very minimal. The travel container is of good quality, but I wish the vinyl cover would have been replaced with a canvas one. I can foresee the day when the cover breaks well before it should. The addition of an introductory "fishing manual" would make this a perfect beginner's kit, complete with a few flies and some tackle.
The biggest complaint I have is with the delivery service provider used by L.L.Bean. It took 3 weeks for my order to arrive, when it should have only taken 4-7 business days. I can only say I preferred it when a certain public entity was the primary delivery service. Needless to say, such a delay would not have happened.
July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oskigirl GIFT
This is exactly what I was looking for for my dad he was more than pleased to have opened this on Father's Day and continues to show everyone what he has got
June 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WestportRiver Spin fly combo
Ever since my trusty pack rod rolled rolled off the gunwales of my solo canoe in Minnesota's boundary waters I've veen looking for a decent combo that won't break the bank. Last weekend I got to try the fly rod in this kit on some brook trout streams and ponds in northern Maine. The fly rod has a decent action and a light, large-arbor reel, and with 6 peieces it will fit in a small tube. If you're a lefty like me the reel is reversible too.
I found the fly line had a defect about 15 feet back from the tip, and when I returned from the trip Bean's put on a new line for me no questions aksed. I live near Freeport so it was easy to go to the store, but of course they would replace the whole outfit if it was a mail order situation. Can't beat the guarantee.
The spinning rod has decent backbone for an ultralight and the reel has nice balance and smooth action.
The case has a flexible plastic zip top, so I leave it open or partly zipped for awhile if I put a rod away with wet line. The case is great for a vehicle. Keep some flies and lures in the 2 small boxes that come in the case and you'r ready to go any time. The case is too heavy and bulky for for backcounty trips, so I suggest some light PVC tubing in that situation and carry your reel in a small cloth bag.
June 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by gamhines Excellent fly spin combo. great value
Bought this because I wanted a compact out fit for camping and the ability to use both fly and spin. After the 4th trip out I broke the spin rod tip while fishing. Called customer service to get the tip replaced. They sent me a complete new out fit. Now that's customer service. The spin out fit is a light weight that I caught a 20" brown trout on. I am sure it's not designed for a fish that big. It worked fantastic. I have tried the fly rod and it casts better then some of the more expensive rods I have tried. Thanks LL Bean for the great!! service.
June 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MountainMan12 Light n compact
The spincast works great..When casting,It reaches out there.The reel is very smooth working..I have yet to try the fly rod combo..As soon as I have, I will comment on it as well.I highly recommend this
spin / fly combo for any one.I like the compactness,easy to carry any where.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CVinton Good for its intended purpose
I bought the kit during a sale to shove under my truck seat so that I could hit the fishing holes when ever I found myself with spare time.
The case is a good fit, and the small tackle boxes are quality and have the capacity for the bare-bones flies and lures to pursue your intended game fish. (Bass, Bluegill, occasional trout). I'n not a huge fan of the clear lid, but it helps to show off the merchandise.
I've yet to play with the spin rod to any extent. The cork handle is of high quality, the finish is nice, and the reel is of acceptable quality. Its not one of your heavy hitter rods for long days on the lake, but I feel comfortable with it. The mono that comes with it has to go though.
The fly rod has landed about 2 dozen bluegill and bass so far and is the main reason I bought the kit. I'm a huge fan of the cork handles. It comes with 5 weight floating line and is very versatile. I'll be hitting the creeks again this weekend most likely with it.
Overall, an excellent buy for sale price. If you're a die hard spin fisher of fly fisher, save your money and spend it on a higher quality reel and rod. Otherwise, pick this up and let the conditions dictate your methods.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WBSA THE END OF DAY
I have looked for fishing gear that I could pick up and be ready for action. This outfit will serve me well. I travel a lot and in the evenings to relax near the water.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ThinkFishing Compact for travel. Quick to assemble,
Compact for easy use in travel. The right line weight and pole length. Great for the beginner like me getting into Fly Fishing.
March 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WeekendAngler GREAT GIFT IDEA!
The quality of the rods and reels included in the set is great. Convenient travel "kit" to keep in the trunk.
December 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NorseViking Well made and compact
A certain 14 year grandson was thrilled with this gift and started practicing immediately! A certain grandmother won accolades.
2 very minor suggestions:
Fabric top instead of clear vinyl
A rubber fob for practicing.
October 2, 2013