Is Cabelas fly rods any good?

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  1. Akuriko

    Akuriko Member

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    Thanks for that i was acually curious who made cabelas gear, I am glad its known name brands, i was thinking they made it themselves like l.l. bean did and you didn't know what your getting, no offense to any of you if you own a l.l. bean rod, i personally thought there ultimate fly fishing book by l.l. bean was so so compared to the orvis one.
     
  2. Akuriko

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    When it came to my rods i bought i based it on the warrenty, I wont buy something that has 1 or 5 or 10 year warrenty. :) i'm picky i guess in that way. :D
     
  3. Akuriko

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    Well she is looking i think for a 5wt or 6w, I was thinking if i can get her on board like she likes to do as its her dream to fly fish to get her a classic trout, dont know still waiting for her imput, I just send her some more info on fly rods and combos in a priority envelope on thursday, Shes outta state so i just wait for her reply back to me, I have done the best i can to help her. :D
     
  4. snarlac

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    Yes - they are worth the money paid (which is not very much); but not much more, they are not worth the same as a $700-800 rod. Cost and warranty to me is at best secondary to me if not meaningless. Peformance and workmanship/durability are more important.

    In other words, I'd rather have a rod that is going to perform AND not fail (as in break/fall apart from normal use) than one which performs like shit and doesn't break, or one that peforms great and breaks every 6-12 months. All that said, Cabelas are OK.
     
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    I bought a used 3 Forks 3 weight rod & reel to keep in my vehicle... the rod casts off to one side. I learned to compensate. I was told that the Q.C. was off that day because the blank's splines were not matched up... the top half of the rod is off. I also dropped the reel on a hard floor & it broke. It is cast aluminum (very brittle)... still good enough to keep in the vehicle... (& for the price)
     
  6. Akuriko

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    Like i said in a previous post, my thoughts are warranty first, cost second, lol :D
     
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    I too have a 3 wt.
    Given your remark, curious to know what do you use the 5 wt for?
    jay
     
  8. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    One of my first rods was a Fish Eagle II, 906.2 and it can launch line as well as all the high end rods I have since acquired and built over the years. No where near as "purty", but functional nevertheless. At that time (mid 80's), I believe their blanks were made by both Loomis and American...but that has since changed. For the price point and certainly their rod/reel/line combo's are pretty tough to beat. They are also pretty good about warranty. There are many who will poo-poo Cabela's; mostly from the evil big store (W-Mart) slant...but that has nothing to do with whether their rods and pricing competitive...they are.
     
  9. Akuriko

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    Agreed there, the most important thing besides warranty is funtionality and if it preforms good for the price and preforms good or equil to the more exspensive ones.
     
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    I second that. I have one high end rod, and have decided that one high end rod is enough for me. The rest of my rods will be budget minded ones like Cabelas, Redington, TFO, and ECHO. I am looking for a nymph stick right now and have no qualms of giving Cabelas rods a spin.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Cabela's still had the Redington CT's on sale a couple weeks ago for 89.95... that is a great rod and price. We're bringing my grand nephew on his first trip to MT this summer and my brother just picked up one for him.
     
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    Only thing that pisses me off about cabelas is that they fluctuate the prices so often on there rods. Given point that redington ct. I consider it price gouging.
     
  13. Patrick Gould

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    Last year Redington let tons of those rods go to the closeout market when they changed to the Tempt. Current prices seem to reflect that poor decision on Redington's part. After getting them for $60 is hard to go back to paying ~$150.

    My feeling is that Cabela's got ahold of a batch of the 2012 models at a good price is retailing them accordingly.
     
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    A local guide once told my "Any fly rod is a good rod, some some are better"
     
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    Well, then you won't be buying most cabelas' rods, because their standard warranty is one year. The warranty is for defect in workmanship and materials, not slamming it in a car door, running it over, your dog chewed it to hell, etc. They are pretty darn cheap (low cost).