: O.K. Now I'm leaning towards Cabela's gear. (opinions wanted)
12-03-2001, 08:34 PM
After looking over the Cabela's FT series,it seems like a great deal.
I mean,you get a 4 piece rod,SR large arbor reel,line,backing,and case,all for....$365.
All this gear searching is frustrating at times.I'm glad there are boards like this with folks that are willing to provide input/insight.
So,what are you folks opinions of the Cabela's gear I mentioned?
I've dealt with their customer service throughout the years with great results.
12-03-2001, 09:40 PM
Everything I have purchased from Cabela's I've been happy with - even the cheap stuff because my expectations were low. ;) I have a 4wt Cabela's and I think it is an FT. I love it! I don't know if that will translate to the higher weights or if it would fit your casting style of course.
If you are not set on a Cabela's rod I would recommend the Sage DS2 for an excellent price/quality ratio. Again I only have experience with one weight - 10. I think I have heard not so good things about the 9 but I am not sure.
For reels I've got an Old Florida - awesome drag!, pain in the ### to change the spool, and it has an annoying squeak which is probably easily remidied but I don't want to mess with it. I've also got a Lamson 4, the drag is not as good as the OF but spool changes are a breeze and over all I love it.
12-03-2001, 09:43 PM
I don't have any FT series rods, but I do have a 7' 3wt Greenwood. It's a great finesse rod for delicate presentations. If the FT series is made like these, I think that you'll be happy with your choice.
I have to agree with your opinion about the customer service. It's top notch.
Good luck with your decision.
I like Cabela's as a first class company. I buy a lot of equipment from them. I, instead of buying a finished rod, I buy their kits. Have built about five of their FT rods. I just broke an FT eight weight. I guess it happens. No questions asked, I just sent it back and it was replaced including all the components right down to the glue! My shipping back to them was paid by them. I replaced it with an eight weight ten foot SLi which I had built before, and had lost the rod. It is a little more expensive than the FT, and a little softer. Cast it all day with little fatigue. I should have it built before the indoor casting clave, and will bring it. Hope I can post this.:)
12-04-2001, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the input so far.
Do any of you have any experience with Cabela's SR large arbor reels?
I may end up going with the FT,since it is a faster action rod.
12-17-2001, 12:17 PM
I (now) have two Cabelas CLA-3 (#9-10) Large Arbor reels. I believe that this product is going to be discontinued, so instead of ordeing an extra spool I got a second reel. This is a great reel; some of us have a sneaking suspision that Ross makes these reels, but we can't get confirmation of that. My only gripe would be that it goes not hold a lot of backing, but this is true of most LA's.
I also bought a freshwater combo, a 6-wgt Three Forks rod, a Cortland CLX #2 (cartridge) reel & a Cortland Fair Play line; all for $59.95. This was a greater starter kit for me being a freshwater New-bee. I was really impessed with the quality & action of the rod. I even had some of the more experienced guys cast it at the last casting Clave & everyone said it casted like a hegh-end rod!
My dad is thinking about Building one of those FT Kits that ArtB spoke of. Seems like a great winter project & a good way to save some Dough on a "custom" rod!
:) Grego, I have built a few FT's, I like the SLi's better, I just think it is a better rod for a little more money. The FT is a very stiff rod, the SLi is a little slower, I cast it all day, and don't get tired.:)
12-27-2001, 10:29 PM
buy it from LL Bean, and you buy it once.
If the rod fails to impress you even after years of service Bean will replace it.
I was at Bean last year and two Old Town canoes came in to the store. all camo'd up, and looking well worn. I asked the fella near us what the story was and he replied that the canoes had failed to meet the expectations of the owner, who used them all duck season and had painted them to boot. But he wasn't happy with them so Bean took them back, no problem.
Try painting a rod, gun , boat or anything else for that matter and see if it can be returned!
We could be getting gear from anyone, one of the reasons that professional guides, like the ones that work for me, get their gear from Bean is that they know they are buying it once only. It is good for life pretty much from them.
12-27-2001, 10:46 PM
Yep, agree Bean's has quality products and service. Never have had a problem with anything I bought from them, and everything is still in service. That reminds me need to see what they have on sale.