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dorian.ducker 02-16-2008 02:29 PM

Cabela's 3 Forks rod
I just wanted to let everyone know that I got my 3 wt. 7'6" 3 Forks rod in the mail yesterday. I wanted to post MY first impressions of this rod as I have heard many conflicting reviews about his rod from many sources. Thought it might be nice if I added to the confusion!!

First thing I was surprised that it came with a rod sleeve. It didn't say anything about it in the catalog or on the website and as a matter of fact I almost bought one when I ordered the rod. The sleeve is nothing special, just 3 separate compartments to put the rod pieces in, roll it up and tie it together.

Next I paid special attention to the reel seat as I had heard these rods really skimped on this particular component. I was impressed. It is a double up locking reel seat that appears to made of nickel. It looks well machined and solid. I tugged at it a few times and found no movement or play in it. No problems there. I believe that Cabelas upgraded the components on these rods this year, so if you don't have the new model of this rod you might see something different.

The finish on the rod is a dark olive-brown that I found attractive. The wraps are gold. The only complaint I might have is that I got the impression that a few of the guides weren't PERFECTLY aligned. (Then again, maybe I can't line up a rod right) I know nothing about rod building so maybe this perceived slight imperfection is par for the course, especially on a low end rod.

I put my SA GPX 4wt. DT. line on my Albright Topwater reel to play around with the rod in my yard and enjoyed myself. I am a beginning fly fisher so I won't start to talk about actions and tapers and all that technical stuff. Let me just say that I thought the rod felt good. I could feel the line load the rod and could shoot 30 to 40 feet out easily. I don't think in practice I will ever be doing this as I bought the rod as a small creek rod where there really is no room for a 30 or 40 foot cast, I just wanted to play a bit with it.

I paid 50 bucks for this rod. I have been shaking and looking at a lot of sticks in the past month, and if this rod had a 150 dollar price tag I wouldn't have thought anything of it. I paid 50 from Cabelas for it and think I got a steal. We'll see how it holds up this season!

Proslackass 07-18-2008 10:52 AM

Re: Cabela's 3 Forks rod
Hey, how is that rod treating you? Do you mind writing the “know that I have used it” review?


Troutwhisperer 07-18-2008 11:10 AM

Re: Cabela's 3 Forks rod
I think that most cabelas rods come with rod sleaves, or use to, i was gonna buy one of those poles about four years ago but i found a differet rod on sale, a 5 weight letort rod with prestige plus reel. The reviews also steared me away from the three forks, then that years they discontinued my letort right when i was gonna buy a 2 weight. Im still going to get a 2 weight but maybe that fancy LST or FT+, or maybe because of what you said a three forks

Yukon Jack 07-18-2008 10:59 PM

Re: Cabela's 3 Forks rod
I have to agree with Ducker. These are pretty nice little rods for the money. We are going on a 4 day creek fishing trip the first week of August and I was looking for a cheap 3wt to get me by on. I saw Cabela's has them on sale for $49 to $59 on the web site so I went over to check them out last weekend and I picked up the combo with the Cahill reel, backing, wf floating line and a leader for $49.
It is a medium fast action and cast very nice, and is a good looking rod also. I plan on upgrading the line and putting a Okuma SLV reel on it later. But IMO this would be a nice little first creek rod for anybody not ready to spend a bunch of money on one. And it is still on sale.

Yukon Jack

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