Fly Rod review: L&L 590-4
Reviewed by Simon Young
This is the first time that I had come across a fly rod from a French company. The rod brand L&L was born by collaboration between two French fly fishermen, Laurent Dimino and Laurent Guillermin, in fact the butt section of the rod is branded with the latter gentleman's name. All the rods are 4 piece and are manufactured in the USA in Texas. The blanks are from High Modulus carbon with a nice Matt Black finish with gloss black whippings tipped off in gold, a small blue dot is either side of each joint allowing for easy line-up of the sections. Rings are 2 lined stripping rings and the rest are high profile twin legged snakes.
In the hand
This 9' #5 rod is nicely balanced with the half wells cork handle being not too slim for what I would consider average hands. Above this grip is the invaluable keeper ring (still can't understand why all rods don't include one of these! - Ed.)
To give the rod a work out I married it up with a Hardy Angel 4/5 reel and a Hardy Marksman DT5 line. My first impression with a few yards of line outside the rod tip was how light but powerful it felt, quite a mid to tip action. Extending more line with each cast I was surprised how much line I could pick up from the water, no signs of collapsing under pressure. Even with a double taper line the casting loops seemed quite tight and controlled, placing the line down in the same place each time.
Editor Paul Sharman used this rod on a couple of trips to some local stillwaters during the summer and reports that despite using a 6 weight line it handled the extra weight with ease, allowing close casting while stalking and remained accurate at distance without a problem with overloading. 'A real pleasure to use'.
If you are looking for a mid -tip action rod for use on a small stillwater or larger river for both Nymph and Dry fly work in the mid price range its certainly worth considering, bearing in mind that all L&L rods are sold with an unconditional guarantee and free shipping for all of Europe.
Price approx £205
Available from www.laboiteapeche.com
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