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    Default Cabelas CGR Current Quality?

    I noticed that Cabelas/Bass Pro dropped the price of the CGR. I'm curious to know if the quality has changed as well. Part of the reason I ask is that the CGR threads I used to see on this site seem to have gone quiet. Can anyone comment on the quality of the "current" CGR, good or bad? I'm really just curious.
    Last edited by ts47; 03-11-2019 at 08:17 PM.
    Todd

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    Default Re: Cabelas CGR Current Quality?

    I have three CGR's, and have seen a drop in quality corresponding with the drop in price. The original CGR anniversary edition was certainly the finest, but the latest CGR is still a fine rod. What I notice most with each version, is there being more filler in the cork. The quality of the guides has also changed. But, you still get a fine, fun rod for the amount of money spent.

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    Default Re: Cabelas CGR Current Quality?

    I have the CGR 676-3 ( 7'6" 5/6 wt. ) as it's being sold now. It looks like what it is, an offshore glass rod that would probably sell for much more than the $69 they ask for it, if it was finished to the same level by an American.

    Overall, I think this is part of a larger inventory / sku reduction process brought on by the aquisition. At least that's what I'm hoping for. Long range, White River goes away, Cabela's becomes the fly arm for the company and with it, rather than splitting up the fish between two brands, all the fly resources go into one Cabela's cioppino. Maybe toss them the outfitting and camping brands too.

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    Default Re: Cabelas CGR Current Quality?

    Interesting information, especially your long term predictions trout trekker. I'm considering picking up a 3wt CGR as a gift for a friend. I'm happy they are still thought well of. Thank you for the feedback.
    Todd

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    Default Re: Cabelas CGR Current Quality?

    I could be all wet here, but Bass Pro started foundationally in warm water fishing supply, Cabelas started foundationally in hand tied flies and hunting gear. Bass Pro never had, arguably with Redhead Waterfowl gear, a dominant hunting presence, where Cabelas was more the "Hunting Outfitter" for upland, waterfowl, and especially big game. After Dick was gone, Cabelas, as a company, was never quite the same, I visited the original location in NE often since 1985 ish or so. The acquisition is actually confusing and thus far seems to be largely desegregated on what inventory stays and where and why and which goes the way of the dodo bird. I live pretty easily commutable to a newer CO Cabelas store and also drive-able distance to a Bass Pro, neither one seems to have their inventories stabilized, and the personnel is readily showing disgruntled and lacking in any standardized message or mission for today or the future. It's sad when two legacy icon retailers join forces and become weaker rather than stronger because of it. I would speculate that we are quite a way off from any form of standardization or stability within either of the brands. Given what I have observed so far, Bass Pro may be the worst thing that has ever happened to Cabelas, stepping into a winning situation and trying to remold it into what they already had more than enough of, and whether or not their warm water fortune will weather the storm is yet to be seen. I'm saddened - they might have just as well closed all of the stores and turned both into an online only retailer scenario....Cabelas will never be the same and Bass Pro will never be what Cabelas was....where I once saw stores with lines for parking spaces, I now see half empty parking lots, customer experience in in-person retail is everything, Bass Pro never did it well, and now they are training Cabelas locations to not do it well. Cabelas owned their own bank, which was not part of the acquisition, and Bass Pro transitioned Cabelas Credit Card holders over to Capital One, where obviously BP gets a kickback from their partnership therein, rather than investing and believing in their customers and quality of product to support in-house financial risk, that tells me a lot right there. Big Capitalism is the motivator for the acquisition and although I'm as pro business as it gets, the decisions about product line will inevitably be dictated by margin rather than quality first. My prediction, quality of product will decline, selection of product will fail to meet regional specific demand, inventory selection and volume per store will decline, pricing of product across all departments will increase to the consumer, customer service will decline, training will deteriorate, consumer trust will wane, store layout will become confusing, any form of expert or experienced department specific personnel will leave due to frustration, locations volume will decline, on line sales will show greatest stability, loyal consumer spend will decline, Destination visitors will decline, and ultimately some locations will be closed to recoup capital to correct mistakes that will be made. OK, off my soapbox. Carry on with the thread, sorry for the derail.

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