telescopic fishing rods

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telescopic fishing rods

Postby melon » 3 Dec 2010, 6:53pm

I haven't been fishing since i moved away from kernow, but i fancy taking a rod with me on a tour next year.

Years ago while on holiday in the US i bought a telescopic rod to do some light angling. it was cheap thing but it worked. A cursory browse of the Internet has revealed that 5m carbon rods can pack down to 60~cm and weight as little as 300g. obviously there is other weight to consider, but its totally possible to take one with me.

im considering just just taking what ive always know as a "pole rod", or as i have now discovered is called tenkara fishing:
I used to fish like this when i was kid and dad didn't want me faffing with complicated tackle.

anyone else taken a rod on tour? what tackle did you use? any good spots?

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby iandriver » 3 Dec 2010, 9:51pm

The simplest setup would be what is now refered to as a whip. This is just a shourter version of a pole, requiring no reel etc. Good for silverfish in rivers and canals that you are likely to come across on your travels. A pack of line and a few bits and bobs and you're off. Biggest problem might be a small light landing net if you hook a big 'un. shimano have as gooder reputation for fishing gear as they do for cycling: ... x_te2.html
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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby Cunobelin » 3 Dec 2010, 10:03pm

Buy a recumbent and use a dual purpose flagpole?

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby mercurykev » 3 Dec 2010, 10:31pm

I've got a Shakespeare Traveller fly telescope fly rod that I use for cycle fishing. It's small enough to strap to the loops on my saddlebag and is very handy. You can (sort of) see it and the reel on the back of my bike in the photo.

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby awparker » 4 Dec 2010, 8:13am

Poundland were selling lightweight telescopic fishing rods for, yes £1. I am not a fisherman so cannot comment on the usefulness or quality for angling, however when collapsed they are short enough to fix under the bike's crossbar. The only reason I know this is that I have used the thicker base sections as an extra pole to prop up the door flap on my Gelert Solo tent to form a porch.

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby Miguel Evans » 5 Dec 2010, 2:36pm

I bought a sierra 5 piece weight 7 fly rod. It is tiny but when coupled with a Courtlands line casts beautifully. I had an idyllic week cycling, camping and fishing in the Outer Hebrides a couple of years ago.
I also use a telescopic carbon for light spinning and float fishing - I think it is a Shakespeare. Does the job.
A bad day fishing is still better than a good day's work.

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby largeallan » 5 Dec 2010, 4:02pm

Miguel Evans wrote:A bad day fishing is still better than a good day's work.

...not to the poor wee fish its not!

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby galavanter » 5 Dec 2010, 9:14pm

I have caught more fish on these cheap seaside crablines than any of my rods easy to carry and at 56years of age still enjoy using them

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby AndrewClark » 6 Dec 2010, 5:49pm

I saw this review on another site, it may be of interest. ... -gear.html

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby Greybeard » 6 Dec 2010, 6:46pm

I have a pair of these rods (the kids fish too :roll: ) - well, similar, mine were the EX model. ... ~6910.html
Not cheap (I think they were around 80 quid each when I got 'em a few years back), but beautifully made little rods that will fit easily inside a saddlebag. I also have a pair of tiny Shimano reels to match that are built like the proverbial watches - again comparatively expensive, but very capable bits of kit. I've had fish up to 12 pounds on 'em without any bother at all.
I normally fish with ancient split cane gear (which will come as no surprise at all to those that know me :oops: ) but I've yet to find a wooden telescopic rod that'll fit on the bike :wink:


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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby galavanter » 4 Feb 2011, 7:38pm

a telescopic rod made of wood ,,it wooden t work .

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Re: telescopic fishing rods

Postby hartleymartin » 5 Feb 2011, 1:24am

Find a way to attach it to your rear rack and use it as a visibility flag!

I own a telescopic rod - cannot comment on good locations (I'm in the Antipodes), but if you plan well, you only need a very small amount of tackle to go for a good fishing trip. If you love fishing, then take the stuff with you and go fish. You never know, you might end up catching your supper (don't forget to pack spuds to make chips!)
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