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    Best Packable Rod & Reel Combo?


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    The review of the pen-sized rod & reel got me wondering.

    What is the best packable rod & reel combo on the market?

    I'm thinking here of a set-up that is large enough to have a functioning reel (castable), but small enough to pack both rod & reel in an average sized day pack.


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    I suggest a St. Croix Premier Traveller rod with a nice lightweight reel such as this Quantum Kinetic PTi.





    Good review on the St. Croix...

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    what kind of fishing?


    I only ask because it's probably going to come down to reels....since any 4 or 5 piece rod is very backpack-able.

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    I've got a St. Croix 4 piece pack rod too and a similar sized reel as Hassilov.

    I couldn't find any 5 piece rods, and I hear the telescopic rods dont compare.

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    I get to heli-fish as off the books trips as part of my job and a $20 Wally world collapsible works fine to land 15lb pike and large walleye for me.

    whatever works.

    Skam

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    I've been thinking about this a lot recently and even called a local shop for some info. The only thing they said specifically was that the telescoping rods aren't any good, Though he couldn't seem to give me a reason i.e. (strength, durability, ease) why they don't compair.

    I've been looking at peoples set ups where they just wrap line around a can, but a really a compact rod is going to be better.

    Guyon, I'd be curious to know what you end up going with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hassilov View Post
    I suggest a St. Croix Premier Traveller rod with a nice lightweight reel such as this Quantum Kinetic PTi.





    Good review on the St. Croix...
    I like St. Croix rods....sweet looking rod/reel combo.

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    Packable? How Packable? We pack a regular 2 piece rod in a flouresent lightbulb protector strapped to the outside of my pack:



    Admittedly, it's not as "packable" as a nice 4 piece, but it lets me take my favorite rod without having to spend the money on a dedicated pack rod.

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    I think the issue with telecopic rods is durability for sure, and I bet the short segments dont give the rod the same flex. Never owned one, but at the firebase I was working at last summer, there were a bunch of broken telescopic rods kicking around, that said enough for me to steer clear.

    You can make a crush proof container for your rod out of some ABS plumbing piping, they got thread on covers too. Sometimes I dont bother though, depends on the bag I take. Drybag definitely needs a case. In my pack the rod is okay without it, fits nicely in the corner of my bag that the round sleeping bag sack doesnt fill and braced by the internal frame.

    For a reel, I'd want something that fits in my canteen cup or small pot, thats what I use to protect my reel in the pack.

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    Best packable rod that doesn't need a reel:

    If you're looking for really lightweight flyfishing setups, check out tenkara, a traditional Japanese style of fly fishing: TenkaraUSA

    Best for small streams, it's actually virtually identical to the original English flyfishing per Isaac Walton, etc.

    It's also a lot of fun!

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    I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on getting one of these: http://emmrod.com/index.cfm

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejes View Post
    I am pretty close to pulling the trigger on getting one of these: http://emmrod.com/index.cfm
    that's interesting,never saw rods like that. reviews?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nydude View Post
    that's interesting,never saw rods like that. reviews?
    None here that I know of, but I have read this one before: http://wavewalk.com/Emmrod_Fishing_Rods_Review.html

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    Check out Eberlestock, you may be able to use a shotgun sidescabbard for carrying a packable pole.

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    I have an Abu garcia 275 spincast reel on a Abu Collapsible rods that measures 5'3" fully extended ,packs down to about 18". great rig for pan fishing or fish under 3-4 #'s & I have maybe $40 tops invested and it gets used alot.

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    I have an Emmrod, there is a bit of a learning curve for casting but it comes fairly fast. I got it to take on the motorcycle. The thing I like is I can use reels that I already own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hushnel View Post
    I have an Emmrod, there is a bit of a learning curve for casting but it comes fairly fast. I got it to take on the motorcycle. The thing I like is I can use reels that I already own.
    I looked at the Emmrod website. Is it as durable as they say? It looks like it would be heavier then a normal rod?

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    It's solid, I haven't noticed it being heavy, though it can be, with the stiffer rod sections and added weight that screws onto the base of the handle.

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    Well, now you've done it, Guyon. With this thread and the results of John G's home-spun cattail fishing line, I have added yet another hobby to the list. Maybe in ten years(minutes?) or so I will combine them into a bow-fishing setup complete with hand-ground points.

    Can't you guys just let me enjoy the hobbies I already have?

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    I think there is a cheaper 4 piece breakdown called black beauty or something like that. It allows both spin and fly reels. My friend has one and it's pretty decent for the price point. I have a 4 piece low end fly rod that has been working good for me, I just upgraded the real to a slightly better one. I think mine was around $150, and seems to be holding up well.

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