Monday, August 27, 2012

First Look - Cabela's CGt Series

Coming off the heels of the successful CGR Series, Cabela's is set to release their next generation glass fly rod offering in mid September which has been dubbed the CGt Series.  The CGt Series will cover line weights two through five and be available in lengths 5'9" to 7'6" depending on the model.


The Cabela's CGr Series will be offered in the following lengths and line weights. 

5'9" Three Weight
6'2" Two Weight
7'0" Three Weight
6'6" Four Weight
7'0" Four Weight
7'6" Five Weight

All CGt fly rods are in three pieces, will come in a cordura tube with a fabric rod sock, and will be priced at $149.99.  The blanks are lightly sanded and have a translucent look when light passes through the chestnut painted blank.  Blanks from this series will not be available separately for sale.







I've had one of the seven foot three weights for the past couple weeks and been really impressed so far.  After some time in the front yard and on the pond I am left wondering how the rest of the line up will cast.

Cabela's has seemingly done it right again by providing a value priced fly rod which is a great first exposure to the wonders of fiberglass and a solid choice for someone who needs (okay...wants...) to pick up a short light line fly rod without guilt. 

Look for a full review of the CGt Series in the coming months on T.F.M. and all models becoming part of the T.F.M. Fly Rod Loan Program as well.

15 comments:

Mike Sepelak said...

I had to chuckle at a 3wt with a 20" mark. That's optimism.

Southern Renaissance Man said...

Great looking little rod. I have the CGR in 5/6wt for $99 and it beats any rod I've bought for the money.

shesamaniyak.com said...

They are nice looking rods and it looks like a fair price. Thanks for the info.

Mel Moore said...

Looks to be a very impressive new venture by Cabela's. I am thinking that a 7' 3wt would be ideal for some of Colorado's smaller stream. What do you think?

Cameron Mortenson said...

Mike...yeah...optimistic for sure. HA...

SRM...without a doubt these are a lot of fly rod for the money.

shesamaniyak.com...no problem. I think it's great that there are choices across all the price points for glass.

Mel...I agree but I hear that the little two weight is especially nice as well. Something to consider.

swellcat said...

So, the CGRs were successful enough to warrant another 'glass offering, we take it. That's pretty neat.

The epoxy looks pretty bulbous, but those lashings will probably outlast me.

gfen said...

The cynic in me notes they cost 50% more than the CGR, and wonders just how much they truly differ where the length/weights line up.

On the other hand, wish I could justify one to find out. :)

Cameron Mortenson said...

swellcat...Cabela's won't tell me exact numbers sold but I've been told they were surprised and impressed by the interest.

gfen...I think the price tag will be worth it since I believe they dialed in this series a little tighter than the last with more R&D and the quality of the blanks seems higher than the CGR's.

Spencer DT said...

Cam,

Are these S-GLASS or E-GLASS?

Cameron Mortenson said...

DT...Cabela's is call it T-Glass...which I have never heard of before. The "T" is for translucent I believe.

Alan said...

Cameron, since you have cast and fished the CGR's and just go through playing with the new series, howndo the two series match up?

Eric said...

So- Go with the CGR at the current price point or wait and get the CGT.... what a dilemma. I am in the market for a new 4wt and this is so tempting.

Do you think the CGT is that much better with the additional R&D done on the CGR?

Cameron Mortenson said...

Alan...I only have the 7' three weight so far out of the CGt series. I'll know more in a few weeks.

Eric...that's a tough decision. I'd almost say jump on the $60 deal and if later you decide you want a CGt then sell it for $40 or so and upgrade.

Krzysztof Dmyszewicz said...

Hello Cameron, what about flex during fight with the fish? Tip, full or something between? The 2wt. one will be load properly with 2wt. lines or heavier ones? Regards, Kris.

Cameron Mortenson said...

KD...let me pull that model out and see if I can't answer your question for sure.