Cabelas Goof Up
To each, his own, as the saying goes. I've been impressed with denesox' fishing acumen from previous posts, so if he likes "rollin' his own", so to speak, who am I to quibble?
And for all any of you guys know, I may be incapable of "the human touch"!
Musky, just make sure you don't just spray it on the spool like lots of people do, but rather run the line through a soft cloth sprayed with the reel magic to effectively clean AND lube the line as its being spooled up...makes a world of difference, line just lays flat, I don't even need to clip it.
The fact is that there are plenty of people out there who are far less experienced in the ways of fishing than most of us here on a fishing website are; they don't know anything about how the equipment works, nor do they want to, they just want to go outside and spend some time relaxing doing what they enjoyed as a kid. So it's a big benefit for those folks to go into a store where the people working there know from whence they speak.
And yes, it sure sucks when a customer goes to such a store expecting a higher service level and then gets much less than he bargained for. Hey, that's life, i suppose.
I expect that there have been people who had a less-than-stellar experience when hiring out a fishing guide; that doesn't mean hiring a fishing guide is a bad idea (right, Big Ed?)!
I do about 5 spinning reels a year with mono and it is not hard....but just annoying because sometimes it does not want to lay nice.