Can you go wrong with Cabelas Spey rod?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by lesfishing, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    Would have to agree; save for one particular rod, I was quite taken by all their offerings at the last Sandy River Spey 'Clave.:beer2:
     
  2. Steelie Mike

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    Dec Hogan wrote a article regarding spey rods under $300.oo in the Tackle and Travel Annual for 2007 Fish&Fly Magazine. You might want to check it out.
     
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    Say, does anyone have the actual results from that article?
     
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    Good question, looking forward to the 'answer.'

    Fred
     
  5. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Will say if it's an older Cabela's spey rod you have your eye on (wasn't sure if you were actually buying new or used), I'd say you'd be fine. I had one like mentioned above (one made by St Croix for Cabela's I do believe). Was a 14' 9 wt 3 piece. Loved that rod. Handled well, and really cast a line. Was made in the USA, at least said so on the blank. Say it this way, put them side to side with a St Croix and was identicle except the name on it. Now new ones???? Hmmmm, do believe they are made in China (or maybe Korea). I'd go with the advice to see Aaron at the spey clinics and give them more of a go. Plus, he can direct you into different rods (he let me handle quite a few at his shop, then on the river). Great way to find out if you're truly interested in spey fishing.
     
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    He what????

    Aaron let YOU actually TOUCH one of his rods???:rofl: Gad Zooks, he must be well insured ... :)
     
  7. FT

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    Fred,

    Aaron has been taking between 20 and 30 rods to the river every Saturday morning for folks to try and for him to give them some spey casting lessons on for the last 4 years. It is one of the greatest deals going for those living in Puget Sound who are considering getting into spey casting. Lessons from a 2-hand certified instructor for free and plenty of rods of all price ranges (yep, he even takes his expensive ones to the river) for folks to try.
     
  8. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    I have the Forecast 13' 8/9 and it built with in your price range but if you do get it there is one quirk about this rod to note, it's a "Scando" rod and the majority of the "flex" is at the tip of the rod. This is great for overhead casting but I've found that overloading, IE:8/9=9/10 lines, this rod is the best way to get it to flex closer to the butt and power out heavy winter flies and sink tips.

    I also have the TFO Deer Creek 13' 7/8 and it about as good as you can get for the price, I'll be getting the 13'6" 8/9 soon for winter fishing. The Deer Creeks easily balance with a great many different lines for different casting preferences and schools of thought. So I guess I would go with the TFO for a rod that is not in the fantastically intimidating price range that a lot of spey rods venture into.
     
  9. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    FT, you got Fred all wrong. He was having some fun with me. Was just being a smartalec (Fred that is). We both know Aaron.

    I do recall a time I was sitting in a nice motorhome with a gent drinking some fine scotch, while trying to take some meiser spey rods from him. Just couldn't get him drunk enough to sneak them out. LOL. Fred actually let me test cast a couple of those rods. Wish one would've went missing into my truck. ;) Reminds me, I know JD was drinking with us, wasn't Aaron in there with us too?
     
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    HI-Jack!!!!!!
    Anyone know what the difference is between the "single-hand" spey "and the "double-hand" spey? THose are Cabela's two LST spey lines. Apart from the obvious, one is shorter than the other and the handles are different. I ask, because I know someone trying to line a single hand spey and I really don't know what to say other than 'get a short head'.
     
  11. Ian Broadie

    Ian Broadie Flyfishing is so "Metal"

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    The single handed spey line is probably close kin to a heavy double taper single handed line. Using SA lines as an example I have wf8wt GPX and the 8wt steelhead taper lines. When I am using my single handed steelhead rod the "steelhead" taper is much easier than the GPX line to make a "spey" cast with due to the fact that the taper on the line is much longer and I can have more line out to load the rod.

    I guess my rambling point is any double tapered or extended taper single hand line can be a "single handed" spey line. :ray1: ....and really any single handed line can be a single handed spey line it's just that some will be better than others at it due to issues with loading the rod when making a spey cast.

    So blah, blah, blah (I'll shut up now) short taper=short single handed spey cast and longer taper=longer single handed spey cast.
     
  12. herl

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    Sloan- I think those descritions for the cabelas rods just indicate that the smaller one is light enough to cast with one or two hands (aka: a switch rod), but the bigger ones are strictly for two handed casting.
     
  13. lesfishing

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    Thanks again for all the advises!

    So far I have an Old Cortland Bass rod for 8/9 weight 9 ' and thei rod went trough hell.
    I had so many Chum salmon on it and 7-8 steelheads and large mouth bass i originally bought for bass fsihing.

    Anyway I am still amazed that it served me very well on some 20lbs + fish.
    But time is for change.
    Thanks all again for all of your input.
    Best,
    Les
     
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    Jerry,

    Fred probably has nearly as many 2-handers as Aaron. But I have a strong suspician he would miss a Meiser pretty quickly regardless how much single malt he had imbibed.
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

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    I'd say Fred has quite a few more LOL. But, I was purely hoping he'd drink enough. I still had a good chance to drool over them for awhile though.