Yesterday, on Feb 23 I received my two Shakespeare Ugly Stick Lite 8'-6" Salmon Spinning Rod/7' Spinning Rod and 1 Plano Rod Case from Cabela's. They shipped by UPS. But the handling at New Delhi customs check was a DISASTER and it is a miracle that the rods survived.
Only one ring was twisted out of shape in 8'-6" rod (the base /first big ring) and in the process of putting it back into shape the Stainless Steel ring insert has slipped out and I am unable to put it back.
What happened at the New Delhi customs inspection is that they took out the 2 rods from the secure (thick, paper) rod tube in which cabela's had packed the rod in. After inspection they did not put the the rods back into the tube. They just TAPED THE TWO RODS ONTO (outside) THE PAPER ROD TUBE and put it back in the box with the heavy PLANO PVC rod case. The constant banging of the rods with the Plano rod case must have caused the damage.
Who is to blame the Customs people or UPS Cargo. However, I am lodging my comlaint with Cabela's, UPS & Customs.
As the SS insert is very thin and does not have any "groove" on its cirumference, how can I put back the insert ? Or will I have to remove the rod ring & install a new ring myself?
I have been ordering my fishing and camping goods from cabelas for over a decade now. I have always recieved my goods (even the rods) intact. I would suggest that you get your shipment through express mail (through air). Its kind of safe and much faster.