For seasoned pros and entry-level anglers alike, the Classic Ultralight Fly Rods have become our most popular series of fly rods. Smooth-casting, medium-fast action IM-7 graphite blanks appointed with high-quality components such as premium stripping guides, handsome rosewood reel seats, oversized stainless steel snake guides, and premium-grade, custom-lathed cork grips. Protective rod sock and heavy-duty rod tube included.
The 5 weight has traditional screw lock reel seat, and rest have sliding band reel seats.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pat64 Works Great, Having Fun.
After first seeing one on the shelves six years ago, I finally bought a 5' ultralight. Now I can fish more stretches of brushy streams with low overhangs. By taking a knee and keeping the tip low, I can back-cast in places that were previously inaccessible using other fly rods. I mostly fish for native rainbows and a 7-incher can put up quite a battle against my White River Ultralight. I use 3 wt line and the rod can easily handle 25 -35 foot casts, which are almost always farther than necessary to hook a wary, native rainbow. I am looking forward to a lot of fun times stalking paranoid trout in the narrow, brush-choked streams of Southern California.
July 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by NCflyguy Good rod for a good price
I got the 5' 3wt as a gift, and I was not disappointed by it's promising look and feel once I had it rigged up. The short length perfect for small streams, and it's weight (which is almost none when it's being casted) makes it great for a backpacking trip in areas with possibilities of trout fishing. But even though it is light, it is still fairly strong. I was able to manage a 15" rainbow with it on 5x tippet. All in all, it's a good rod for what it is intended to be and it's definitely worth investing in if you want a small-stream trout rod.
December 27, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perry32 Great rod
The 5' rod I ordered is great. I use it mostly on small streams for trout and bream. It's easier to use than my 9' rod.
June 3, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by fbowler beware
I recently ordered a 7'0 5 wt to replace the same rod that I really liked, but, stepped on and broke last spring. The new rod does not compare to the original. The old rod had a beautiful almost sterling silver looking uplocking screw lock and a nice rosewood seat. The new rod had a poor qualiity all cork seat and sliding bands. The rod description online still shows the old( better) specifications.
I cannot tell about performance as I immediately returned the rod.
March 7, 2011
The warranty is a "No Fault Lifetime". The original owner can send the rod back for replacement or repair for any reason at any time and for an unlimited amount of times. You pay $25 to cover shipping/handling/processing.
Instead of buying two rod/reel cases, I'd like to get a double one that could carry both a 4-piece 7'8" 5 weight AND a 6'3" 3 weight 3-piece ultralight .
The 3-piece cases are 38" long, but they are made to accommodate rods/reels up to 9'... so I'm wondering if the 4-piece case at 30" (also made for rods up to 9') might be able to accommodate a shorter-than-8 ft. 3-piece rod.
I'm a petite female, and would like to lighten my load when hiking to great fishing spots... Thanks for your help!
I bought an Oksuma SLV 2-3 to go with my 5-footer. The price is reasonable and the reel is incredibly light. It won't hold your fly line plus backing, but who needs backing when going after small trout with a 5-foot rod?
Look into the 4.1 oz , 3-5 weight, 2.75" diameter White River CV2 reel. With a 5' rod you will not need much line or backing, since you will be fishing the smaller streams. That means you should look into the smallest reel you can find. The White River CV2 ought to be at or near the top of your list.