Originally Posted by klunker
I wasn't suggesting the local shop would honor the store credit. The OP made a comment about getting "feedback from actual fly fisherman". That me me wonder if they weren't any actual fly fisherman at Cabelas where he bought the rod that could help him out.
Once at my Local Cabelas fly fishing section while looking at rods the salesman stated how many rods he owed. I said I only needed one to go fishing. He then arrogantly told me how he NEVER goes fishing without at least 4 rods at a minimum with him. It turns out he trolls on Lake Winnebago for walleyes. He didn't even own a fly rod. This clown was working in the fly fishing section telling me that I need to carry several rods with me when I go fishing. In case one breaks or you have some kind of malfunction. I don't think had a clue about fly fishing. Really turned me off on Cabelas.
Bill at the Dundee, MI Cableas is a very knowledgable and skilled fly fisherman. He ties his own flies and is not stingy with his info or tips. He often gives up a good spot so I can enjoy my time.
I have to admit. I have gone to the local shops I shop there when I can. When I first started out on this venture I hired a guide in Breckenridge Colorado. Not the Orvis shop but the local guy. We went out and caught a few fish and it was ok. I never put another thought into it.
My wife and I went back the next year and I hired out Adam at Breckenridge Outfitters-an Orvis endorsed shop-He put me on the Blue River and we CLOBBERED Rainbows for 2 hours. I was hooked. So, when I went back home we went to Cabelas to find something and wondered into the fly shop where I met Bill. He set me up with an intro outfit, spent well over an hour with me. Talking leaders tippets casting, practice some easy techniques that would give some success so I would stay in the sport and not lose interest. And really just being a nice person and helping me to get started in a great hobby/sport/activity/way of life. 5 years later I have branched out from trout to still water fly fishing for smalls, large mouth, bluegill walleye, rivers for carp, steelhead, salmon, canoeing camping, hunting, shooting sports and dog sports. Hmmmmm where does a guy find all of that stuff under 1 roof?
Besides, I don't always support the little guy. I support the GOOD guy. I will continue to support the folks that take good care of me. I have found a confident source of info and and a great atmosphere and amazing customer service.
I still love the dancing frog
I will find out Friday when I go to the store. Seem like lots of appreciation for the TFO Lefty Kreh BVK. with lot of great feedback online