May 30, 2012

Trout Time With The Cabela's C.G.R.

In the previous post I mentioned that I put the Cabela's C.G.R. 4-weight through the paces at the neighborhood pond the other night.  Well on Monday (Memorial Day), I took advantage of the relatively comfortable temperatures of the morning (okay, it was still 85 degrees in the shade) to take the rod out for some trout.

Looking upstream

Fortunately, the creek I fish keeps relatively cool temperatures year round, although the water levels were really low on this day.  I was hoping the trout would cooperate in such hot weather.

The water was half-can high in many places

I fished with the C.G.R for about 3 hours...and the rod is growing on me.  I changed the line from the prior and substituted a Rio Trout LT WF line.  While both lines were rated similarly, the Rio line casts much lighter than the "no-name" line I usually use with my L.L. Bean Broomstick Quest II.

It proved to be a good upgrade as the new line just "fit" the rod better and provided much more control.  I must say, roll casting was a far the easiest rod to roll cast accurately with of the handful I own, even the broken Redington CT (which remains my favorite rod).

Rigged & ready

As for the fishing, it was pretty slow.  Since the water was really low and clear, it made not spooking most fish extremely difficult, even with my suburban ninja skills.  One fish cooperated, and although he didn't bend the C.G.R. quite as deep as the sunfish the day before, he still fought valiantly before reaching my grubby paws.

Skunk buster

Unfortunately my day was cut a little short because it appears that most of the water I like to fish upstream was closed off.  I hadn't been to Valley in over 2 months, and the last time I was there these signs weren't posted.  I suppose it has to do with the broken sewer line further upstream, but I don't know for certain, I'll need to do some recon.

You may have seen this on Instagram

Other than that, I just goofed around with my camera a bit on the water.  I picked up a Panasonic Lumix a few weeks ago, and this was the first time I really got to really sit down and play with some of the the panorama function and the higher quality HD video.

This video is rather boring and unedited...but it does show some rising fish.  Skip to 1:45 if you want to see some "action."

That's it.  No witty ending.  I like the CGR.  A fun rod for $99.  An even better if you can find one on sale.


  1. The video was...mesmerizing! There's quite a few little brownies in that creek. I am impressed by the quality of the vid. You are the third one that I know that has bought this waterproof cam. Hope you enjoy it!!

  2. Panasonic must be doing something right these days - I used a first-gen Lumix for wetland work photos about 6-7 years ago and it was hands-down one of the worst digital cameras I've used (and I've used many). I kept expecting them to disappear, but instead, it seems like they are picking up on industry technology and actually improving their products, which is an awesome thing!

    1. Yeah, I was never a Panasonic fan, but it got pretty good reviews over at Amazon, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's a definite improvement over my old Fujifilm Z33WP. I liked that camera because it was so small & easy to carry, but it sucked in low light and you really had to keep it still to get a clear picture...not the easiest thing to do when wrangling a fish. This one seems to handle pics relatively easily, which is all I can ask for since I'm no photographer.