Rated 4 out of 5 by 4
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fletch99 A good outfit
I bought the 6' light outfit and am very happy with the purchase. The rod is somewhat stiff, but very good quality. The reel is also very good quality which makes this a value. I've found that manufacturers often use poor quality reels to provide a less expensive outfit. LL Bean didn't skimp here! I've used this setup many times the past year and it's still working like new.
My only complaint with this setup is the quality of the monofilament line that comes on the reel. I'm not sure of it's strength, but I'd bet it is 2lb test or poor quality 4lb test. This seems more appropriate for an ultra-light setup. After my first use and a couple lost fish and lures, I immediately switched to a higher quality line.
With the new line, this setup is one of my "go to" rods!
February 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by CustomerSince1973 STIFF not UL
I purchased the 5' discovery spinning rod for my family. It is described as UL "Ultralight" 2-6 lb. line. Clearly someone at LL Bean either did not properly inspect these or it was never designed properly in the first place. The rod is incredibly stiff - not "fast" just plain stiff. There is no taper involved and it is literally a no-flex piece of graphite blank with a reel seat, cork and guides (the seat is a Fuji knock-off and functions poorly). The rod is attractive, decently constructed and offered at a bargain price. With a little care, Beans could have produced this with true UL (or any light action) specifications. Would not have cost them a penny more. Someone at Beans with any angling experience should have "discovered" this. The best part of the deal is the beautiful case that accompanies the rod. I'm sending mine back and hope they don't charge me for return shipping. This is the first time I have ever reviewed a Bean product and I am sorry it had to be on the negative side.
September 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by NorgeTightLiner Little bit of Luck
The Misses purchased the 5-6" light weight outfit for my birthday recently. I landed a 13" largemouth on the first cast out of the case after an easy adjustment to the drag system.
Casts everything nicely from a small Red Devil to large Jitterbugs and all the rubber in between...
An avid flyfisherman for decades I own some of those top dollar 4-digit outfits but I can tell this $79 Rod & Reel will give me just as many hours of enjoyment.
It's found a permanent spot stowed away in my truck for easy access, quick fishing for just about any fresh water species.
August 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rileyrocks My best- buy Goto Combo
Bought the 5'6" Discovery Rod Reel Combo, used it in Canada at Chiblow Lake and was extremely happy with this Combo, very balanced and a good looking professional looking outfit. Caught many 1-2 lb Smallmouth Bass along with a 2.8 and 3.4 Smally. Will use this rod and reel as my Goto outfit. With the hard case this is hard to beat for the quality and price. would recommend to anyone
August 15, 2013