Pacific Bay Kits from Cabelas?

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by totallycustom, May 22, 2012.

  1. totallycustom

    totallycustom Member

    Looking at picking up a pacific bay kit from cabelas. They look like a good deal right now only about $50+-10 for most fly kits. Has anyone ever built one? I know they are no sage or stcroix but we have a baby on the way and my wife has shut my spending off. I have never fished a CF rod only bamboo/glass rebuilds and thought this would be a good way in. Looking at 5/6 and maybe building a pair of their saltwater 8 weighst later this summer with my dad.
     
  2. NewTyer1

    NewTyer1 Banned or Parked

    Mudhole also has some great deals on kits
     
  3. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

    and through this weekend hook & hackle has 50% off blanks and 40% off kits
     
  4. Porter

    Porter Active Member

  5. Porter

    Porter Active Member

    Rob...thanks for sharing...have not visited that site in some time.... they updated their site (long overdue IMHO) and always have some great deals.
     
  6. totallycustom

    totallycustom Member

  7. totallycustom

    totallycustom Member

    Got the kit yesterday. Everything looks pretty good, although it didn't have a very good product description on the website do I was a little surprised at a few things. The running guides are single foot guides(strippers are ceramic double foot) but it did come with 11 guides for a 9' rod, the reel seat is anodized green with gold rain forest letters on it. I guess the reel seat does kind of matches the green blank though. The only thing I think they screwed up on was a cheapo rubber winding check, I will need to figure something better out.

    I am also not sure if the blank is a rain forest blank. It is dark green but it is a clear green over the carbon fiber. Although I don't know why they would supply a rain forest branded reel seat if the rod blank was not.
     
  8. Rick Sharp

    Rick Sharp Member

    I've used a couple pac-bay blanks in the past and they are great blanks, single foot or double foot guides is a builders preference both work really well. Sounds from the description that it is a pac-bay blank, I say wrap it up and give it a whirl, you might be real happy with the results and the price, well how can you really go wrong. If you want a different reel seat then check ebay or utmost enterprises, you can find an inexpensive reel seat replacement either place. Have fun and post pictures.
     
  9. Denny

    Denny Active Member

    That's too funny; $49 for the entire kit, and comments about the 'cheapo' rubber winding check.

    Thanks for giving feedback on the kit, though.
     
  10. totallycustom

    totallycustom Member

    Denny, Well I might have paid only $49 for the kit but they usually sell for about about $95. The kit was comprised of pretty good quality components but I really hate plastic that will break down like the rubber winding checks do( I have had many that have over the years).Considering mudhole.com has aluminum checks starting at under $2 I think it would have been a small detail that would have made a nicer kit for a minimal expense on Pac-Bay. Especially if it retails for $95 normally.