Most useless piece of kit you purchased?

GATOR9

Hey you guys
#76
I don't feel too bad about my Banjo Minnow after reading the post from Rockymtn.C&R but I still would not brag about it, no offense to Babe. To be fair though I do have had some Cabela products over the years and still do and have been pleased. Another worthless product I have is the "Bite" sandals. Tried once in the water and way too much slippage and I could not get them tight enough for what they were designed for, still can not beat the boot. They do however make a decent walk around sandal on dry land or on the beach so not all was lost.
 
#77
I have the winder and use it all the time - works fine! It is plastic so not real nuke proof but it does do the job - at least for me.
Nope, it's junk. The line guide doesn't fit in right and always comes out. Only one of the spools they give you opens from the sides. And the spool shaft is too thick to accommodate fly line spools from both RIO and SA so you have to drill a thicker hole yourself, pain in the butt.

As for Cabelas, I like their stores, and their sales on flies and gear made by other companies, just not the stuff that says, "Cabelas" on it or its packaging. If you disagree with me, I hereby sentence you to buy a pair of their $100 waders and fish their leader and tippet for a month. Then buy a pair of Dan Bailey's or Simms waders and some RIO or SA Mastery leader & tippet. Compare and contrast...
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
#78
In my earlier post I was trying to remember the Aqua Fly box.
Was duped by sex appeal I guess. Likely won't be the last time.
OTH, it appears to be a well made POS.
 
#80
Nope, it's junk. The line guide doesn't fit in right and always comes out. Only one of the spools they give you opens from the sides. And the spool shaft is too thick to accommodate fly line spools from both RIO and SA so you have to drill a thicker hole yourself, pain in the butt.
So once you GLUE the line guide into the BS hole it comes with and do some tweeking on the fly line spools- you are good to go! I drill then re-use all of the factory line spools. What else would you do at home to re-spool your reels?
 
#82
Once you glue the line guide in place it's no longer portable, kind of a bummer. And, I don't think I should have to waste my time drilling bigger holes in spools or have to reuse them down the road. The Reel e Mediocre winder company should of thought of that. It just feels like a beta version, not the final product. It could be so much better. Charge another $10 and do it right.
 
#83
Once you glue the line guide in place it's no longer portable, kind of a bummer. And, I don't think I should have to waste my time drilling bigger holes in spools or have to reuse them down the road. The Reel e Mediocre winder company should of thought of that. It just feels like a beta version, not the final product. It could be so much better. Charge another $10 and do it right.
Or just $10.00 for the whole thing - I will say it's not exactly heavy duty
 
#85
:hmmm: Isn't that what a hat is for?
Only if you exclusively use "barbless hooks", me thinks.....:ray1:

Yeah, yeah, I know -- any "decent" fly fishermen only use barbless hooks & C&R everything they catch, yada,yada,yada :rolleyes:

jcnewbie (except "decent" poachers, of course.....:cool:, as they are a breed unto themselves:()
 
#86
Maybe I'm the only one here who feels this way, but I like my Okuma fly boxes. Mine are filled with lots of tiny flys and I don't think I've ever lost one. But, then, maybe my eyesight's getting so bad, I just didn't see 'em fly away.............
Boy oh boy, can I identify with that.....:beathead::beathead: Can't thread any tippet smaller than 3x without a microscope with very long eye relief and short focal range.....:eek:!

jcnewbie
 
#89
OBTW, can ya tell I'm at work on my day off? Bored as heck.....sorry :clown:!

jcnewbie (...finally beginning to pick up some of this "abbreviated/acronym stuff", or "short speak" referred to in some book I read 100 years ago....:ray1:!
 
#90
OK, here goes and I have done some soul searching before admitting this and I totally blame this on my kids. During a very weak moment I purchased the Banjo Minnow kit. Thank God it is still in the garage collecting dust. :beathead::beathead::beathead::beathead::beathead::eek:
I have caught so many bass with banjow minnows and the higher quality baits of the same fashion.

They don't work so well on trout but bass they are great.