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Cabela's TQR 702-2 

 

Score 3.23

 

7', 2-Piece, MSRP $109.99, AA  68, ERN    4.01

 

 

 

Cabela's TQR 702-2 (7' 2pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
           
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 2 5 4 4 3.75
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 3 2 2 3 2.5
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 3 3 3.25
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 3 2 3 2.75
5.)  Short Distance Casting 3 3 2 3 2.75
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 4 5 3 3 3.75
7.)  Roll Casting 3 4 2 3 3
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 3 5 3 3 3.5
9.)  Fish Handling 4 5 3 3 3.75
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 3 4 3 3 3.25
           
Composite Score 3.10 4.00 2.70 3.10 3.23

 

Jim Stuard's Comments: Nice packaging on the TQR series. The grip was beat up even before it got fished. Lots of filler and not visually pleasing. A little easier to read the markings than the PT+ but still very small and bi-focal worthy. Single foot guides. This rod is the opposite of the TQR 5 footer. Its a far better caster after 25 on a DT 2wt line and is much better all-round with a WF 3wt. Maybe you need to buy both TQRs to get the best of both worlds.

 

Joe Cornwall's Comments:  This is a lovely, smooth actioned fly rod with good balance.  It matched perfectly with the BP reel, no need to look any further.  It's delicate with a double-taper 2, but capable of handling more mass.  I had no problems delivering a size 12 Madam X to targets 40-feet away and when a nice largemouth inhaled the fly this rod had the confidence to let me know I was in control the whole time.  In the notes I took on the water I wrote "How much is this rod, anyway? It can't be big $$, but damn is it a fine fishing stick!"  I guess that's 'nuff said...

 

Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: I really like this rod. If you're into fast actions, this one won't disappoint. One thing I found amazing is that it can handle 2wt, 3wt, and 4wt lines with ease. That makes this rod very versatile. The blank is a nice olive color, and it sports single foot guides. The grip is A grade cork, nothing special, and even a bit over size for a 2wt rod, but it is quite functional, and functionality is the name of the game. The reel seat is cork with aluminum hardware, and this keeps weight to a minimum. This rod is light! The rod casts well from medium to longer distances with a 2 or 3wt line. For close range a 4wt line is a better choice. I felt that the rod really came to life with a WF3F though, and this thing is a cannon.  60 feet plus is no problem for this rod. It has good accuracy at distance and throws nice tight loops. The rod will handle larger fish, and it is a bit stiff, but not in a bad way. Smaller fish still put a bend in it, but not like some of the other rods in the review. It is however a very sensitive rod, and you can feel the vibrations well with a smaller fish on. The rod comes with a nice Cordura tube and rod a rod bag.

 

Paul Feldman's Comments: This rod fishes a short line very well and is one of the best long line rods I tested so far. It has more than adequate guts for fighting fish. I wouldnt be disappointed fishing this rod for a whole day.

 

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