I was lucky enough to add a LL 379 to my quiver over the winter as a birthday gift to myself. Now, I bought this thing based on all the reading I had done where folks loved the LL 386 and 379's and how these the LL series rods were considered some of "the best" ever made. My initial test of the rod was on the Cedar in mid-June. Thoughts at the time were it was a dream to cast and loved it but it never really got tested that day (i.e. fish of any size). My youngest boy took it out for a spin and had nice things to say about it too. The real test was during my recent visit to the Elk River in BC. I took along a couple of 3 wts (the LL being one, a St Croix Avid the other) and a couple of 5 wts (which I normally use on that river). Day one on the river I took the LL along and got into some prototypical cutties for that river - 15-17 inch variety and the rod handled them marvellously and even handled a mild wind. Day two on the river I figured I'd stick with the LL and fish the whole day with it. First couple of fish were the same size as the day before and the rod worked as expected. It must of been the 4th or 5th fish of the day when I tied onto the largest fish I have ever had on that river, easily a 20+ inch fish. The rod fought the fish well and handled everything it tried - running, small leap, some wicked head shakes. The fight was a bit long due to the 5x tippet but the rod handled like a dream. The full test of the LL has now moved it to the top of my 3 wt rods and moved my old favorite (the St. Croix) to the side. Great rod.