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: Cabelas Switch Rods, TLR & LSI

04-09-2013, 04:56 PM
The TLR is 11'0" and the LSI is 11'6". Both are 8 wt's. Does anyone fish these rods or tried them? What do you think of them?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

04-09-2013, 05:35 PM
The 11' 7 wt Lsi is a terrific little rod. I really like it.

This winter I've thrown a 475 Skagit Flight on it with 7 ft of T11 and it is really a joy.

For summer use I'm going to give a 435 Steelhead Scandi a go, along with 10 ft of floating poly and 4 ft of tippet. Cast it with that set up for the first time last weekend. I think it will be great.

04-09-2013, 05:46 PM
I have the 10,6 #5 and is quite the fun to cast. I have also cast the 13' #7 and they are quite consistent in action. Very light, lively and a nice tight action. I actually think they are great value if you snap them up on sale and the cork grip does not come loose (few have complianed about that on their website)

I use my #5 for lake fishing only with an Wulff TT-Ambush line, which makes it handy to do a little "Spey-Casting" if the situation demands it.

gregor 42
04-09-2013, 06:01 PM
I used the Lsi 11'6" 8 wt for a season and found it to be a decent rod although it's certainly not a Sage but then either is the price. It performed very nicely
with an Orvis # 8 switch line. I used both spey and OH casts with it and it worked quite well. If I were using very large flies, I would have cut about a foot off the front of the line to turn them over better, but this really had nothing to do with the rod. I did upgrade to a different rod but maybe should have kept it as a backup. In any event you can read my review on the Cabela's website.

04-09-2013, 09:41 PM
I recently purchased a 12'6" #7 LSI. I have been really satisified with it. It loads and casts well and has good balance. I have caught 2 lb trout up to a black bass that was pushing 6 lbs and I was pleased with the way the rod responded to both situations. It is, in my opinion, a great buy and I would do it all over again.

04-10-2013, 07:30 AM
I have the 10'6" #5, 12'4" #8, and 11' #7. I LOVE them. I did have the 11'3" #6 and 12'6" #7 of which I returned b/c they weren't my style. The #7 is perhaps the best casting TH I've put my hands on, inc. much "higher" end rods.

04-10-2013, 12:02 PM
Thx for the responses so far.

I plan to get a 8wt switch for Salmon. Coho, Spring and Chum, I'm leaning towards the Echo SR but would like something a little longer.

I wiggled the TLR and LSI when we took a short road trip to Cabelas in Tulalip a few months ago. Both seemed like nice rods for the price.The LSI didn't feel like a fast rod to me. In fact the TLR felt like it had a little more back bone than the LSI. I didn't really pay that much attention to them so I will be going down to visit our American friends and look a little closer at these rods. For the price I was surprised of the quality.

Anyone fish the TLR's?

04-10-2013, 07:49 PM
I received the 11ft 7wt as a Christmas gift and love it. Easy to cast, and if you like skagit your gonna love it.\

Gray Ghost
04-14-2013, 03:54 AM
I have both Cabela's Tlr switch rods. Nice tapered cork handles, 5.0 oz. and 5.2 oz. Solid performing switch rods for the money.

My only bitch is the regular tip size. Change them to over size tips to be able to handle skagit heads better.

6wt - XFTL 4.5 tip.
8wt - XFTL 5.0 tip.