|People are slobs.|
Well, munchkins, at least. Although I'm pro-munchkin, I'd have clubbed baby seals for a boston cream, dig?
Anyways. Monocacy Chapter sponsered their stream clean up yesterday, and the weather was rather uncooperative starting our day with torrential downpour... didn't stop multiple TU members from stepping up, along with a host of community service minded folks. We split up into sub groups, then were dispatched out by our fearless leader to various portions from rt512 down to, I think, Union Boulevard. Once the rain broke, it wasn't bad. I had one of the community services guys fall into place beside me, and we had a nice time walking, talking, and cleaning up.
George, if you should ever read this, I'm up to take you out for your intro to fly fishing, duder.
|Pointless gear reviews!|
So I went shopping, instead.
I'm being forced to visit FL in a few days, and my luggage won't accomodate my chosen lighter rod, and I needed a new one. Enter the Cabela's CGR, the Custom Glass Rod, a nice, and weird, thing to show up in a big box store. I like glass, I don't like Cabela's branded gear, but fuck it, sometimes you make your choices and pay your money.
But, is it really a custom rod if its off an assembly line like everyone else's?
|Fancy rod tube|
So, Jim and I went outside to the now rainless sky and put this thing through its places. On first viewing, its a nice looking rod. Well, actually, we're not even there yet, because its a nice looking case. It is, unfortuantly, a rod-only tube, not with a mounted reel to it. However, its a pretty enough thing, that usual brown nylon cordora whatever that Cabela's standard rod tube is. However, the yellow stitching on it is nice, all fancy. It has the 50th Anniversary label, the letters C.G.R., and rod weight. The rod itself is a very attractive deep forest green, with kelly green wraps (I bet someone with a clue would tell you the style of thread used, its very distinctive). Silver trim wraps finish the appearance, with labeling.
|Slip it in.|
The tag proclaims it to be built from Pacific Bay components, and the whole thing is labeled as Made in China (so not everything about it is "period correct" or whatever bullshit they're pushing, eh?). The guides are chrome, with a nicely sized tiptop, but I'm going to complain about the single stripping guide.
|Who doesn't like strippers?|
So, then, how's it feel? Nice. Its flexy, but no noodle. It flexes well into the butt, but its not as slow as some of the other 'glass rods I've used. The wiggle test felt good, definatly some backbone in that rod. I strung it up with a generic Scientific Anglers 8WFF line and proceded to toss it in the Cabela's lot. Both myself and the employee who I let try it out were able to effortlessly lay out a good 40-50' of line and leader, but I have a wicked tailing loop with this rod. You definatly feel it load deep into that rod, though, its got the pleasurable feel of a fiberglass rod.
|8 weight goodness, TFO Teeny and Cabela's CGR.|
Overall, I can't wait to get into some fish with it. I'm not sure if I'm the user they had in mind being shore bound and wading, but I'd bet this would be a killer rod for a basser with a boat. It definatly looks great, and it feels good to me. No matter what, I'm not intending on taking it back. Both the Cabela's guy and I agreed that these rods won't last, and I'm convinced they'll end up being cult classics at the very least. No matter what, the price and role it fulfills are pretty much unique to it. If I wanted a shorter rod, I'd probably just buy an Eagle Claw Featherlight, but this'll have to do.
Now, we just have to bloody it, eh? (Oh, and did we ever...)
In other news, finally seeing some caddis. Shame I won't be around to enjoy this upcoming hatch.
|Rescued from a spider's web, even.|