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Cabela's Bighorn Fly Rod

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Cabela's Bighorn Fly Rod rod or reel
Version reviewed: Bighorn Fly Rod 7'6" 3wt

Cabela's Bighorn 7'6" 3wt fly rod is a great economical rod that casts extremely well and has a nice moderate to fast action that fishes well under a variety of conditions. In addition, the four-piece rod while not sold as a pack rod, is compact enough to take on backcountry trips.


  • Very nice action
  • Able to make long casts considering it's only a 7'6" rod
  • Normal price is good, but also goes on sale regularly
  • Packable
  • Very good quality for the price
  • Fish don't seem to care that this is an inexpensive rod


  • None

I regularly bring a fly rod whenever I backpack in an area that has fish and I am always looking for ways to reduce the weight of my rod and reel to help try and keep the overall base weight of my pack under eighteen pounds.

I prefer to bring inexpensive gear as there is always the risk that I could damage my rod while handling my pack or while in camp. In addition, I also like to have my rod already set up to fish with a fly attached, so it's easy to stop and quickly assemble the rod to make a few casts during a lunch break or when I happen to come across a nice section of stream.  

While I own a true pack rod, it has so many sections it takes longer then I would like to get it assembled to fish, so I started to look for a shorter four-piece rod that would be short enough when apart to slide in the side of my pack and be out of the way, but still quick to assemble. In my search for the ideal rod I found the Cabela's Bighorn 7'6" 3wt fly rod on sale one weekend this past spring and bought it.  Since I have picked it up I have really grown to like this rod a lot.


The rod is made of carbon graphite and overall is very good quality considering its regular price is only $79.99 and it's an even a better deal at the $49 I picked it up at on sale.  The rod weighs just 2.72 ounces and is advertised as a moderate action, but from my perspective it's more a moderate to fast action rod.

I mostly use the rod for small stream fishing, but have found I have no problem making longer casts when I need to and use this rod regularly on non-backcountry trips just because I really enjoy fishing with this rod.

Fish really don't care what type of gear you own and I've found that an inexpensive rod with an inexpensive reel and line still catches fish that result in priceless memories like the ones I have from catching a number of California Golden Trout like the one below during a trip last month where I used this rod.


Overall I think the Cabela's Bighorn 7'6" 3wt fly rod is a great choice as an inexpensive fly rod in general, but also as a rod that is lightweight and packable enough that it makes a great rod for backpacking.


I have been fishing with this rod since I purchased it in the spring of this year and have used it mostly in small streams, but have also fished with it on lakes from time to time. I have been fishing all my life, but have been fly fishing for about the last 20 years.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $49 on sale

Version reviewed: Bighorn Fly Rod 7'6" 3wt

I got one a month ago and was surprised for what you get for the price. The only thing I changed out was the line with 3wt double taper and seems to really increase the rod's value to me.


  • Nice casting rod; I even used some pretty heavy nymphs, it handled just fine


  • 3wts may not be for everybody; The only thing I found negative was the line that came on the reel.

My wife and I went up in the hills not far from our home, caught some really nice brook trout, for here in the state of Georgia. The rod is just the right size for small creek fishing.

It seems a little heavier than a 3wt rod to me, so I put another reel with 4wt and it cast much better. I even tried it out on a big river and was surprised  how it cast using some fairly large steamers—no problem with bringing the fish to the net.


Been fishing since I was 4. I am 55 now and been fly fishing since the mid '90s. I have had many rods of greater price. For someone starting out and wanting to try this one out I think they could feel comfortable with this rod in hand. THANKS.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 100 dollars reel and rod combo

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Price MSRP: $79.99
Current Retail: $79.99
Historic Range: $79.99
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