I picked up the much hyped about Cabela's CGR today; their budget friendly fiberglass rod new for 2011. I've been not-so-patiently waiting for these since I first heard about them last fall.
I grabbed the 4/5wt and was able to give it a test drive today.
Casting-wise, this thing is friggin sweet. Once I got back into the rhythm of casting with a glass rod, my casting felt easier. Less effort and a little more distance.
Accurate. I was able to pick a spot with it and cast to it, even on some pretty long casts. No I wasn't hitting any teacups, but that is more my defunt casting stroke than the rod.
The reel seat is 100% cork on the 4/5. The only one that they had with an aluminum reel seat was the 7/8(which also had a fighting but.) This is only a preference thing, but my preference would have been to pay the extra $5 for the aluminum and get a screw in reel seat.
My Martin 5wt didn't want to fit into the reel seat. I was able to get my Medalist and Allen into it, barely, but I had to use a few swipes of sandpaper to get a better fit.
The buckle on the strap for the rod tube broke. I went to adjust it to sling it over my shoulder and it just popped in my hand.
And lastly, but most importantly, the rod sections do not fit together properly. I thought that they might only be a bit snug, but no amount of twisting, grunting or swearing would get the pieces of the rod to fit together.
My final thoughts? I got a dud. I picked on off of the rack that looked fine, but they gave me one from the warehouse. I'm taking it back to get another one that will hopefully fit together, at least. ( I know, I'm being anal....
Other than that this rod was probably one of the best rods that I have cast in this price point. And this is probably the first time that I had a QA issue with anything from Cabela's, so again I'm voting on I got a lemon.
Now if my next rod falls apart......