Cabela’s Rod Warranty (Including Fly Rods) Detailed

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Short Answer

Fishing and fly rods are covered by the Cabela’s Legendary Guarantee. This ensures that customers can return or exchange items within 90 days of purchase with the original receipt. Extended warranties may also be offered by the rod’s manufacturer.

Cabela’s Rod Warranty Policy

Fishing and fly rods purchased at Cabela’s are covered by the store’s Legendary Guarantee, store associates at various locations said.

Cabela’s Legendary Guarantee allows customers to return or exchange most items within 90 days of purchase with the original receipt.

There are some exclusions — including firearms and gasoline-powered items — but fishing rods are included. There is no additional charge for Cabela’s Legendary Guarantee.

Some store-brand items are covered against manufacturing defects for the life of the item, but Cabela’s fishing rods are not.

Extended warranties are not currently available for fishing and fly rod purchases. (For warranty information on Cabela’s waders and Cabela’s boots, see our articles.)

Cabela’s used to offer a lifetime guarantee on all Cabela’s brand products. Meaning, if you purchased a Cabela’s brand fishing rod and it broke or malfunctioned under normal wear and tear, you could return it for a new one at no charge.

But, after Cabela’s was bought by Bass Pro Shops in 2017, it discontinued this store policy, store associates said. A corporate customer service representative confirmed this information.

However, as of press time, if you purchased an item under Cabela’s lifetime warranty and need to make a return, Cabela’s will honor it one time only on a given product, customer service representatives said.

Warranty information on brand-name fishing and fly rods like Browning Fishing and Fenwick is included with the original packaging. In many cases, the product needs to be registered with the manufacturer for the warranty to be valid.

For example, Fenwick guarantees its fishing rods against manufacturing defects. To process a warranty claim, you’ll need to provide proof of purchase and pay for shipping expenses.

See our related research for the list of fishing rod brands that offer lifetime warranties.


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