A new series of six-piece fly rods from L.L. Bean offers great fishability at an even better price. Available models are an 8-foot 6-inch, 5-weight version and 9-footers for 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-weight lines. We used the 8-weight version last fall and found it to be highly dependable on steelhead, salmon, and small stripers. Prices include cloth rod bag and Cordura nylon case, and range from $179 to $199.