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Tough for folks who bought into, figuratively and literally, the Cabela's lifetime or 25 year warranty on its rods. Good luck with that! Bass Pro has like no warranty even close on its rods. I bought in to that years ago on a Cabela's fly reel, and it wasn't good. Lifetime proved to be the shelf life the reel was offered for sale.

I hope for the best on warranty coverage issues, but I'm skeptical...
 

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Cabelas decreased rod warranty to 1 year for knew purchases on all fly rods a few years back. But, get what you mean if your rod when purchases came with a 25 year.

I was pondering whether Bass Pro would change Cabela store name or leave alone, act like a silent owner. I do not think of Bass Pro as a place to purchase fly stuff of any kind. Not saying there selection is good or bad. This feeling is based solely on company name. "We do everything that is BASS related".

Stepped into one Bass Pro to use a gift card. Whoa, they had a "fly fishing specific section". Never went back, still have gift card.
 

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Cabelas in PA was actually pretty nice, They had a large area strictly for Fly Fishing...Quite a few Lines Rods and Reels. sage rods ,Lamson Reels etc....wasn't too bad when they offered $100 off if you spend $500 I've picked up a few Nice things and saved $$$$$$$ several times......Their not a Fly Pro Shop for sure, but they were much, much, better than any Bass Pro Shop.......JMO Mike
 

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There is no Bass Pro Shop anywhere near me & it's an 80 mile drive to a Cabelas Outpost - if I have to drive, I visit a real fly shop (none of those near me either.).
 

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This shouldn't make much of a difference to fly anglers who realize that their local fly shop sell gear at the same prices, provide local knowledge, and keep the money in the local economy. They (and I) already limit the trips to the mega store.
Sweet, which shop can I pick up a brand new fly rod for less than I can pay for shipping and a warranty repair of a higher end rod, that also happens to cast just as well as higher end rods? I'll be there today! Oh and my Cabela's employees a couple of guys in the fly fishing department who are fly club members who are quite active in the industry and are not millennial. So yeah, that local knowledge thing as well. But I guess they do take their entire pay check, as do all the other people who work there (which likely is double the employment at all the fly shops in Washington) and simply ship it somewhere else.
 

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Yep they paid 5.5 billion
And to think the two brothers started the business, in 1961, tying flies. Further proof that America is the land of opportunity and a free, sensibly regulated capital market is a great system.

Both Cabela's and BassPro have turned more to theatre/amusement park atmosphere. Personally, this isn't my idea of a sports store. I'll still buy recreational stuff they have on great sales (on-line), but from a fly fishing gear need, they offer little over a good fly shop.
 

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Ira, you're lucky to have good fly guys there. I agree prices are extreme on many high end rods and only competent casters can probably tell a difference, but TFO and Echo offer great warranties and are reasonably priced. Cheap rods are made overseas and that is cheaper than high end rods made here. I think few people would claim Cabela's and Sage are equivalent.
 

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I buy most of mine on the internet but have both Bass Pro and Cabelas within a 30 minute drive. Cabelas fly shop has gone down in service and quality. Bass Pro is better but they raised their prices on materials this year. Will be interesting to see what happens now with each of there fly shop service, products and quality?



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