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Review: Cabela's New CGt Fiberglass Rods

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October 01, 2012

Review: Cabela's New CGt Fiberglass Rods

By John Merwin

I don’t often get very rhapsodic over low-end fly rods. Some of them are okay, and I recommend those frequently to anglers on a budget. But they just don’t perform as well as many of the high-end sticks.

But recently I’ve been field-testing a new-for-2013 fiberglass model that is just the nuts. I love it. The rod is Cabela’s CGt fiberglass, an evolved and improved version of the 100th anniversary glass rod they began marketing a couple of years ago. My 7-foot, 3-weight version is 3-piece and costs $149.99.

Light-line rods, meaning less than a 4-weight, have usually felt mushy to me in casting because there’s so little line weight to actually bend the rod. This has led to some overly soft rod tapers. The new CGt rods are anything but mushy, which is even more surprising considering that glass is less stiff than graphite.

Rather than a “slow” fiberglass action, I’d call the CGt rods moderate to moderate-fast. Casting feels delightfully smooth and precise, with tight, fairly fast loops out to 50 feet or so. That’s as much as I’d expect from any 3-weight, regardless of material.

The tip is fairly flexible, but not quite what I’d call soft. On the river, the rod roll-casts beautifully—unusual for a light-line rod. It also allows very precise line-mending—just a very slight wrist roll with line on the water did the trick, unlike the exaggerated mending motion some stiffer rods require.

The CGt rods (so new they aren’t yet on the Cabela’s website) are slated to appear in 6 versions from 2-weight to 5-weight. Lengths range from 5’9” to 7’6”. All are 3-piece. And I’m now convinced that for value and utility received, the price is right.

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from whitefishpress wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Great review, John! I love glass rods and own the CGR 466-3 which I've found a delightful 6'6" 3 weight (although, like you said about the earlier permutations of the Cabela's anniversary rods, casts tend to fall apart if you push it past 50 feet).

Are you a fan of that particular grip style (the one pictured)? It's the same one on my 466-3 and took me a while to get comfortable with it.

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from johnmerwin wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

In answer to your question, I don't find that grip style bothersome, but it's not my preferred style, which would be a reverse half-Wells. The grip style on those glass rods is an old one that I recall seeing in the 50s and early 60s, which is probably why Cabela's used it--kind of a retro look.

I see, by the way, that I misspoke in the above text. It was Cabela's 50th anniversary, not 100th.

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from whitefishpress wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

Great review, John! I love glass rods and own the CGR 466-3 which I've found a delightful 6'6" 3 weight (although, like you said about the earlier permutations of the Cabela's anniversary rods, casts tend to fall apart if you push it past 50 feet).

Are you a fan of that particular grip style (the one pictured)? It's the same one on my 466-3 and took me a while to get comfortable with it.

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from johnmerwin wrote 1 year 29 weeks ago

In answer to your question, I don't find that grip style bothersome, but it's not my preferred style, which would be a reverse half-Wells. The grip style on those glass rods is an old one that I recall seeing in the 50s and early 60s, which is probably why Cabela's used it--kind of a retro look.

I see, by the way, that I misspoke in the above text. It was Cabela's 50th anniversary, not 100th.

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