I Apoligize Up Front

#1
Well, I know some people are not fans of Cabelas equipment, but I dropped by my local store and they had the 10'6" 5wt Lsi switch for $129.99 only one left after their inventory this week.

So...yes I did the wiggle test! Walked out into the walkway of the store, went through the casting motions and yes I bought it. Took it home tried casting in 20mph wind yesterday and well actually did well. Some of the gusts had me ducking as if I was chucking some of my old shooting heads on a singler hander.

Went to a local river today, not wide but a goode comparison to a trout stream. First I took my Airflo 325 skagit switch and a 10' poly leader. Worked pretty darn good, infact I loved it. Switch the leaders for a few different and very impressed. Put on 10' T8 and even worked better!

I then went to my Ambush 8wt ( around 290 grains), 10 ft leader and that is where I fell in love! So effortless to cast. I think I just found my love rod for trout. While goofing around I happen to hook into an old beat up coho around 4-5 pounds. Gave a run up stream, clamped down, lowered the rod and brought it towards the shore, fish stopped dead in its tracks, then turns downstream and went down under a darn log and broke me off.

I was hoping to get to play it in the pool, but luck went his way. Was impressed that when I clamped down the fish turned without any fuss. So I am confident on fish up to 5lbs.

So I give a two thumbs up in a Z snap formation with a toast of fireball for this rod. I am not a man with a lot of money and I think this rod was worth what I paid.

William
 

Josh

dead in the water
#2
I saw those on sale the other week and now am sort of wishing I had found a 6 or 7 wt. At that price, why not?
 

yuhina

Tropical member
#5
Good for you William. A very good stick does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Especially with all these cool lines available.
I totally agree! I felt it's hard to find bad rod nowaday...
I also love the ambush line, they are really great... long leader, short leader, polyleader, sinktips... they take almost everything...
Great report!
 

Wadecalvin

Skagitmiester
#7
I have cast quite a few rods in recent years i would classify as bad but then i guess your definition of bad depends largely on your definition of good. my definition of good is extraordinarily narrow.

as an example the 12 ft 6" deer creek 5/6 is a horrible rod
That is interesting. I had that stick and I did not care for it either but it was easy to sell. I liked the 1307 Deer Creek, also the 15' 8/9 which I most likely wont sell for a looooong time.
 

McNasty

Canyon Lurker
#8
interesting, ive been "wigglin" around one of those at our cabelas in yak the past few times ive been in. nice to hear a report on one.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#9
William, nice find and thanks for sharing the line rod pairing you liked. That nugget will be valuable to others for sure.
 
#11
I have cast quite a few rods in recent years i would classify as bad but then i guess your definition of bad depends largely on your definition of good. my definition of good is extraordinarily narrow.

as an example the 12 ft 6" deer creek 5/6 is a horrible rod
I like and respect you Rob but would have to disagree with you on that one. While short rods like this are not my thing for the money the whole deercreek series are hard to beat and the 15 8/9 is a better rod than comparable ones costing 2-3 times the price
 

yuhina

Tropical member
#14
not sure what you mean by "gutless"... but there are several people I know are all happy campers with this little rod. Personally, I won't put it in a "bad rod" category. I have fished several DC rods 12'6 5/6, 13' 6/7 and 13' 7/8, they are as good as many more expensive rods out there.. what I mean by "good" is light, forgiving and good line control..