I purchased a Cabela's anniversary edition fiberglass rob two years? ago. Before I did I wanted to cast it. A guy from the fly fishing area came outside with me to make certain everything was on the up and up. It was a nice rod and turned things over very nicely. I'm an average caster at best and the guy couldn't believe the distance I was getting. "Man, your really good...how long you been fly fishing," was all he said. I said "Long enough to know I like the rod, I'll take it." I lost a lot of faith in the quality of the sales people that day.
Maybe the salesman believed you catch more "flies with honey" and decided that a bit of flattery would help to make a sale. I wasn't there and certainly don't know, but I've seen it before.