While I only made one trip out with my new Cabela's CGR, I got a pretty good feel for the rod. This year is the first time since I first began fly fishing ages ago that I've used glass rods. I really enjoy casting the rod. While I do think Cabela's CGt casts like butter, I do think that 5 weight line on the 5/6 rod was adequate.
The only issue I ran into was rod control - using a 7'6" instead of a 9' or 8'6" for trout fishing. Also, glass is going to have more action than a graphite rod but when fighting 14"+ brown trout in swift water, the 5/6 didn't handle those fish as well as I would've preferred. I did have to play a few and my dad had a hand in netting them. But it was barbless and catch and release, so . . . you're gonna lose a few.
However, I do believe the 7/8 Cabela's CGR would be the way to go in being able to play and sufficiently landing decent sized trout. Today, I bought the 7/8 CGR for specifically handling spunky trout and smallmouth bass - and possibly for better casting on heavy streamers. This rod is also 7'6" and both have fighting butts. Did use the butt on the 5/6 but didn't land my biggest brown trout of the day.
Obviously, my review of the Cabela's CGR 7/8 weight rod will be coming later. A few weeks ago, I matched a Lamson Konic with the CGR 5/6 but will probably be using the Martin 66 click and pawl for next year's #clickordie. And, I'm most likely going to match my very first fly reel - the Rimfly click and pawl to the CGR 7/8.
I plan on landing a few more trout before focusing on my prep for smallmouth bass. Dad wants me to take him out for a few Smallies. Since losing several honey holes, I've got to continue scouting some new waters.