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Old 04-08-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Default Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to possibly purchase the LL Bean Eight-Piece Travel Series Fly Rod Outfit with Streamlight II Large Arbor Reel, 5 Wt. ($249)

I'm interested in buying the travel rod because I do alot of backcountry camping in VA and want a rod that will fit into my pack.

My question is....is this a good choice of rod/reel for a beginner? I feel I've done enough research to at least have an idea of what I need. Could anyone offer any specific feedback about this combo? Likes/ Dislikes?

To be honest, I have a substantial gift card to LL Bean which I is why I narrowed my search to them.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-08-2008, 01:30 PM
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Hmmmmm......... There's an L.L.Bean store not too far away, and they had
a bunch of 8-piece rods marked down to $99. This was last December, and
they're all gone. Anyway, I was expecting a floppy, falling apart piece of junk
while assmbling it, but it felt decent in the store. Beginner's often tend to
over-power a rod on the casting stroke, so you'd have to remember to check
the ferrules often...and there are lots of them. The reel and line seem fine:
I use Headstart line on several reels, and it casts well and has held up fine
over several months of fishing. LL Bean does offer a 100% satisfaction
gaurantee on all the items they sell, so if anything breaks, they'll replace it for
free. I don't know what their policy would be if you happened to loose a section of the rod. The pieces are smaller than you might imagine, and would
be pretty tough to find if a rod sections rolled down hill, or into the water.

4-pc rods are very compact, and would be my choice. A 2-pc rod with an
aluminum tube would serve as a walking stick, but that sort of tube is hard
to come by from the factory. I understand the backpacking situation, and
a 4-pc rod could be rolled into your sleepbag, strapped to the side of the
pack, etc. A rod tube for a 4-pc 8'6" 5wt measures about 28". Not small,
but not too big a hassle.

The Streamlight rod itself seems fine from the samples I've played with, so
just do it

Take a look at LL Bean's next step up: Eight-Piece Travel Series Fly Rod Outfits with Double L Mid-Arbor Fly Reel, 4-6 Wt.: Travel Fly Rod and Reel Outfits at L.L.Bean
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

I don't know how big your gift certificate is, but this looks nice:
Double L Four-Piece Fly Rod Outfits, 3-4 Wt.: L.L. Bean Fly Rod and Reel Outfits at L.L.Bean The rod tube for that
package should be 22 inches.
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

I've got $225. Would you suggest a 4 or 5 wt.????
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

I've purchased a lot of gear and clothing from L. L. Bean. I've never been disappointed. My favorite fly rod is an L. L. Bean Double L, 5-6 wt, 2 piece. It came with an L. L. Bean reel and they even sent the backing, line and tippets. That was in 1989 and I'm still using it. I've purchsed local reels that bearly lasted the season. I have got to believe, for a beginner, they will do right by you.

I'd prefer the four piece myself. You only have half the pieces to keep track of. Even strapped to your pack that is not that much to worry about. Heck for years I carried a 90 pound pack with a machette strapped to it along with a shelter half (tent) and a rifle. I was in some of the densest jungle in the world and all that gear did not slow me down. A short fly rod should not be that big of a problem. If it is, you are too far off the trail.

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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

5 wt rods seem to be an all-around favorite. That size serves me well for a
wide range of fishing. Get the most rod you can from LL Bean, a decent line
(Scientific Anglers GPX or Mastery trout), and then the cheapest reel you can
find. You can even buy a Cahill: Crystal River Cahill Fly Reel 3,4,5 Graphite Spool NEW! - eBay (item 120241824270 end time Apr-09-08 15:42:36 PDT) I bought one of these reels for my 7'6" 4wt rod, and it's held up fine for five years! It weighs about 3.5 oz, and is
durable. That's all that's needed for now.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

Thanks for your help. I may check out the LL Bean store this weekend and see what I can come up with.
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

I just got a Double L Mid Arbor Reel for my 5 wt.
Very smooth, very quit, feels and appears well made and looks beautiful.
I will definitly be getting another when I get a 4 wt. rod.
Double L Mid-Arbor Fly Reel: L.L. Bean Reels at L.L.Bean
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

I too would say a 4 pc rod is sufficiently travel-able.

I've heard lots of good things about Bean's Double L rods, and about how they take care of their customers. That's the extent of my experience with them though.
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Default Re: Question.....LL Bean Fly/Rod Combo for Beginner???

Just wanted to say Ive had a 6'6" streamlight 2pc 3wt for about a year now and am very satisfied with the rod itself. At that length the tube doesnt give me any problems backpacking...I'm 6'2" and have a tall pack so the ends of the tube are barely above/below the pack (depending how i strap it).

Taking it out this weekend...hopefully there is some open water in the Adirondacks by then...
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