So I am "cool" with writing here that the Cabela's CGR "Prime" (1) piece fly rod put me through some very humbling experiences trying to cast it. I am used to moderately fast action Graphite. What a learning curve I have ahead of me this year. As I said, I am committed to learning.
- Taking into account that the rod is a 6'4" rod, my intentions for this rod is primarily fishing on smaller streams. The Big Thompson River would be a great example of said stream. Well, the river is running high and dirty during runoff stage, so no fun there. I decided to take it to my favorite Warm Water pond and work it from shore with close casting range intended.
- This rod is incredibly light weight and smooth from the tip all the way through the handle. (Notice I did not use the word "Butter" smooth. Another company has that locked in.)
- My casting efforts were somewhat woeful. I am happy that none of you were around to see my efforts! In the initial phase of the learning curve, I am going to have to completely relearn the timing of the cast. "S-L-O-W" down feel the rod, not herky-jerky Graphite like. When I was able to focus on that a little I was able to make a little better cast and things at times felt like they were coming together.
- Actually, maybe I made it as high on the curve as Phase 2 on this trip. Smaller Bluegill and Largemouth Bass were abundant in the area where I was fishing. I missed several hook ups (may not be the rod and timing, may have been small fish playing around). However, the measure of an outing with a new rod comes not only with the casting, but, when you do hook a fish. I hooked and landed several "Dinks" as I would call them. The biggest ones were about 5" in length. One Bluegill got the honor of the biggest fish. I will acknowledge right here that these "Dinks" put a nice bend in the rod that I could feel well down into the handle. I am convinced that a bigger fish would be loads of fun and worth the time and effort to fish for with this rod!
- No pictures (sorry), I was concentrating on the rod and not the fish. Maybe next time!
An update, I had ordered a two piece Cabela's CGR fly rod originally. They were put on back order. Therefore, I decided to try the new series of fly rods that were one piece.
I received an email from Cabela's that informed me that they would not be able to honor that back order! So heads up fellow fly rodders, if you are interested in the two piece CGR's, and, you come across one then consider grabbing it. Cabela's indicated that they had no idea when more would be shipped to them....................................
So, I did the next best thing. I sat down and ordered a new 7'3" (5) wt CGR "Prime" for my pond fishing and times when I want to toss a Wooly Bugger for example. I just received this rod and I am very excited to go to the ponds and give it a toss. More learning curve and experiences to come..............................................................