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Cabela's TQR502-2


Score 2.83


5', 2-Piece, MSRP $109.99, AA  70, ERN  2.67 




Cabela's TQR502-2 (5' 2-pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 2 5 4 3 3.5
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 3 4 3 2 3
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 2 3 3
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 4 3 3 3.25
5.)  Short Distance Casting 3 5 3 3 3.5
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 2 2 2 2 2
7.)  Roll Casting 2 4 1 2 2.25
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 3 4 3 3 3.25
9.)  Fish Handling 2 3 2 2 2.25
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 2 3 2 2 2.25
Composite Score 2.50 3.80 2.50 2.50 2.83


Jim Stuard's Comments:  Definitely a mighty-mite. At 5í, this is the shortest of the 2wts. Ton of filler in the grip and itís way too big for a rod this size. Save the cork Cabela's! Rod ID is hard to read. I dinged it on the single foot guides but itís wrapped pretty well. This rod is all about the short distance casting. Far better for trouty dries and extremely small poppers. Good close-in rod but it loses accuracy after 25í. Not great but it still turned some 6-8Ē bluegill. Probably great for the tricos. While not as versatile as some of the other rods, I can see itís usefulness in extremely tight conditions or for smaller fish.


Joe Cornwall's Comments:  Taking this rod out of the tube for the first time I noticed a lot of voids in the cork.  There seems to be a good amount of filler in this one.  The rod balances just in front of the reel with the BP UL loaded with a DT2 at 2.85-ounces. This forced a grip so far back on the cork that much of my hand was on the reel seat.  Probably a result of too much mass in the grip and seat - lighten it up guys!  I just couldn't get a feel of balance, and in my opinion a butt-heavy rod is a great way to screw up the timing of the cast and throw a tailing loop.  My casting notes made on the water were less than enthusiastic.  "Roll casting is non-existent for me.  Delicate delivery on overhead casts to 25-feet, but beyond that I have to pray there's no breeze."  I wasn't impressed with accuracy, noting that with this fly rod "I'll have to be satisfied with placement in the general area."  I almost hate to go on with transcribing my notes, they don't get much more flattering.  My final comments from the field "I'll bet this will make a dandy super-ultra-light spinning rod. That's what it casts like, anyway." 


Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: If you fish the tiniest of streams for small brookies, then this rod is up to the task. The TQR 502 is short at only 5 feet, but it is meant for specialized situations. The rod features a nice olive blank, and wraps.
Guides are single foot. The cork grip is over sized for this rod, but the quality of the cork is nicer on this rod than it is on the TQR 702. The rod also has the same cork up-locking reel seat as the 702. This rod is for short casts in very tight quarters. It doesn't have a lot of power and it's best used on small fish only. I had a 6 inch bluegill on this rod and it bent down to the cork. The rod roll casts well, and handles even #14 bead head nymphs.


Paul Feldman's Comments: This rod comes in the standard cloth covered tube with no markings to indicate what rod is in the tube. I use up lots of key tags on these. The rod is slightly noodle like, but not overly so. It casts reasonably well at short distances but donít push it too hard. It is after all, a 5-foot rod.


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