Rated 5 out of 5 by GrayGhostn Can't go wrong
I bought the 9' outfit, for a trolling rod with a fast sinking line. I have to say, for the price, this rod/reel/line outfit is as good as it gets. The rod has a nice finish and cast's nicely as well. The reel has a nice drag and handles well in cold temp's. I primarily use it trolling, but would have no hesitation using it to throw large stripper or pike flies. I would recommend to any beginner or experienced fisherman who is looking for a outfit at a good price.
February 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by buyertalk Good Casting, Good Fighting, Excellent Service
Have used the Quest II Four-Piece 8 Wt with a 9 Wt WF floating line for fall and winter fishing for salmon, browns, and steelhead on Lake Ontario tributaries. For this type of fishing, the rod casts this line well for both regular and roll casts. Fully adequate for the casting needed.
One of the first things I noticed about this rod was that it fought fish well. Good butt section strength and good tip action for the fight. Rod makes a smooth arc when fighting fish.
The first snake guide below the tip-top guide cracked right near the winding. The guide metal broke. The winding stayed intact. I took the rod back to where I bought it ( LLBean Store at Center Valley, PA). Bean replaced the whole rod and tube with a new one at no charge. Excellent replacement practice.
Also like the rod tube with the built in rod bag. No loose bag to mess with.
I give this rod a rating of good to excellent. For the replacement service I give an excellent rating. Overall I give this rod/service an excellent rating.
March 22, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5
by CaptainSkinner Just not the same...
After a day's fishing on the Salmon River in NY with my son and catching a few Chinooks, the rod's action was noticeably different. This made for an awkward feel while casting. For the price I guess this is what I would expect from other sporting retailers, however I thought a rod from L.L. Bean would be different. Don't let my opinion stop you from buying this rod for other fish species. For bass or trout I'm sure it would be fine.
October 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mukilteo Quality
The quality of this rod is very good, as fine as a rod costing three times as much. I was worried about finding numerous production flaws or sloppy work, but didn't find them. The action is what I expected as well. No complaints.
February 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by FlatsFisherman Good beginner rod, feels good in hand
My wife and I went on our first fishing vacation several years ago in the Bahamas. Picked up a new fly rod for her for the trip. She wanted something easy to cast for a beginner, and inexpensive. Didn't have much time to shop; we were busy packing. Went on line, bought a Quest II, 9 weight from LL Bean, express delivery.
One day on the trip, I was having trouble with my cast. Just couldn't get the distance I needed, couldn't get the leader to straighten out. Our guide offered some help. He was a native, not much impressed with labels, and without a doubt, the best I've ever seen with a fly rod. Amazing what this guy could do, back hand, into the wind, effortless. I handed him my high tech, super fast, and very expensive fly rod. He cast it a couple of times, laying out most of the fly line. Then he picked up my wife's rod, cast it a couple of times. Then without a word, took my expensive fly reel, put it on my wife's rod, and handed it to me. Added twenty feet to my cast that day. My wife and I spent the rest of the day trading off the bow of the boat, and the rod, landing bonefish after bonefish.
I love my expensive, high tech, super fast rods, and I've learned to cast quite well with them. But you know, I still grab my wife's LL Bean Quest every now and then. It just feels good to cast. The best rod is the one that feels good in your hand.
December 17, 2010