The dimentions of the 14' and 15' models are identical to St. Croix's comparable models, although the finish and color are different. I would guess that the 14' Cabela, which is a powerful stick matched with a #ll line, would be more suitable for surf than the slightly slower 15' model.
My family is from Nebraska, so go back quite a bit for family reunions. Always make it a point to stop at Cabela's on my way there. I was told by one of the clerks in the store that there rods are built by St Croix. They do use same color blanks, depends on what blank you're talking about. My old 14' 9wt Cabela's is IDENTICLE to a 14' 9 wt St Croix (it's an older grey version with green wraps). I bought it used, but was going to pu another spey rod for my girlfriend, and was looking at a St Croix a friend of mine was thinking of getting rid of. Only real difference I could see was the writing on the handle. The newer rods are built on the brown blanks, similar to what you'll see at St Croix too.
If you have one of these rods in your hand, look at the "made in" label. Lots of Cabela's products are made overseas and most of the rods made in the u.s.a. are promoted by Cabela's as being u.s.a. made. Lots of company's like LOOP,REDINGTON, L L BEAN have many rods series made in korea. I know that is where the Cabela's spey rods are made along with the LOOP spey rods along with many of the multi piece single hand rods sold by Cabela's and Redington.
Yep, you're right on the taiwanese aspect. Some of them are made over there. It's usually they're cheaper lines of rods. I had a multipiece 4 wt that was a Cabela's brand and maded in Taiwan. It was wrapped different then my made in USA ones. My spey rod is made in USA. The one that's identicle to the St Croix spey.
I thought I'd add. They can't say made in the USA unless it is. BUT...what they do sometimes is send the American made components over to Korea for assembly. Kind of a "white lie" so to sppeak. They just don't say "assembled" on the rod. But I'm not too familiar with St. Croix. So don't know their assembly styles as to how much they send overseas for production. So, never know if my made in the USA rod may have been assembled in Korea.
Just got home from Cabela's Prairie du Chien store. Looked at a couple of their spey sticks, & both were labeled "Made in Korea"
Was tempted by a 12' 8/9 in their "bargain cave" at a major discount from retail...
Mine definitely is made in the USA. Mine is the older grey model with green wraps. I'm not sure about the newer ones. I know the ones last year were made in USA too. My friend bought a brown blank that was made in USA. Hmmmm, made in Korea. Interesting.
St. Croix rods are indeed all made here in the US, to the best of my knowledge. My company was looking into getting into the fly rod market a few months ago and I spoke with St. Croix's national sales manager several times about the prospects of getting their blanks for our rods. One of my stipulations was that our rods be made and assembled here in the US, and as I recall that wasn't an issue with their blanks.
As for whether or not theirs are the blanks used to build Cabela's spey rods, I'm not sure, however I can say that I have used their ("Cabela's") "high-end" blanks to build a couple of rods and yes, they do appear to be St. Croix of a different color. Blank color can always be changed by the manufacturer, all they have to do is change the dye used in the resin and presto, same action, different color. The other things that leads me to believe that Cabela's uses mostly St. Croix blanks are that Cabela's corporate headquarters is located relatively near those of St. Croix, and that St. Croix rods appear directly after Cabela's rods in the annual fly fishing catalog. Perhaps I'm inferring too much?
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