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Old 03-18-2011, 10:13 AM
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Planning on doing some spring hiking in nothern Maine, looking for a pole that may be more practical than others to hike several miles with, something small just to catch brookies and perch, any ideas?

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I got a telescopic pole at Gander Mountain a couple years ago. Carry that, and throw a zebco 33 in your pack and you should be good to go.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...1&merchID=4006

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You could always skip the rod and just bring the tackle to save weight and an extremely awkward shape. Haha. I started off with a rod that I carried around in a PVC pipe, then graduated to a collapsable rod, then to a "pocket fishing kit," and, finally, currently fish for bluegill, trout, and catfish using two pieces of foraged wood. One piece of wood I shave smooth and use as the spool. The other piece of wood is about 3 feet long, shaped like a Y, and serves as my casting rod. I wrap the line around the spool, "point" the spool where I'm "aiming" my cast, and zing the slip-bobber away using the Y-stick casting rod.

There are a couple drawbacks, of course. Admittedly, I have never caught a trout this way, but I have heard that others have had trout-success with this method. I have caught a bazillion bluegill/perch/bream and catfish using this method. Also, if you weren't using a slip-bobber, and instead fishing with any kind of leader line, casting would become more difficult.

To me, the drawbacks are worth it not to have to carry around a pole. All of my tackle fits perfectly into a USGI PDK box. And as for those brookies and brownies, I do so love a great challenge. I mean, that's why we fish in the first place, isn't it?
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I carry a telescoping rod. Love it. Mine is made by Shakespeare, cost around $15.
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If you use trekking poles, there's hardware that can make it a decent fishing pole. Tenkara did that Tigoat poles. I think they have them for other brands of poles too.
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Dont knock it until you try it, I have one keep in the glove box and I have caught 3 lb. bass on it. The Ronco pocket fisherman

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ronco-Pock...i_sku=10727613
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Gotta say I haven't had any luck with the telescoping jobs. No feel, and really hard to set a hook but that's my experience. If I were you, I'd just get a 5 1/2 foot rod with a nice stiff tip, a micro spinnah reel, tie on an Al's goldfish and have at er yessah.
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I own a neat little kit.It has a telescopic rod,A ultra lite reel.And it has a nice hard plastic case with a section to put fishing gear.

Its made by Daiwa.Although mine is older and is more compact then the ones there making now i see.
Here are the newer ones.
http://www.nextag.com/daiwa-travel-f...it/stores-html
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Check out emrod.com - these guys have made a science out of short rods.
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I have one from Shimano Exage! Really good rod! Very satisfied!

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I use a telescoping Shakespeare ultra lite-has better "feel" than my 1 piece ultra lite pole. Also have a 4 piece Browning fly rod-both strap to or fit in a pack nicely. Personally, I enjoy the flyrod the most, it can work areas that are too weedy for a rod and reel.
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I like a 5 piece fly-rod myself when going on a long hike. But I like the Shimano Exage telescopic rod also. One of the best telescopic rods I have tried.
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i bought a pole from http://penfishingrods.com things are tiny can fit in your pocket...about the size of a large pen. havnt had a chance to try it out yet, but it appears to be really well built...they have lots of videos on their web sight and youtube. they have caught some pretty big fish with them...would be perfect for pan size fish though
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What about a pen fishing rod with a spinning reel?

I have a flyfishing pack rod (9 for a 5) that came with a strong plastic case to carry it in.

There are a fair number of pack rods out there if you do a bit of searching. Just depends what you're specific preferences are.

Have fun!
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Check out emrod.com - these guys have made a science out of short rods.
Emmrods the way to go:

http://www.emmrod.com/

I have 3 and they are perfect for the BOB, backpack and easy to store in your rig.
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I have an old rod that breaks down into five parts, can't remember the name on it. I can use either a spinning or a fly reel on it depending if the fish are biting top water or not.
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I have and used my ice fishing reel and pole. Works well, small and fits on my pack.
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Have you considered using a YoYo set up?

They can bet attached to a milkjug or soda bottle and floated out, rigged off a branch or hiking pole or set in a trot line, leaving you time to set up camp and do other things. I have a few in both mine as well as the wife's BoB and they dont weight hardly anything. A prescription bottle with some tackle, hooks and a few of my homemade lures and we are set. I've used them in Virginia and New York as a test and both times I had a fish by daybreak for breakfast.

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I've been using a 5 pc Fenwick spin/fly rod for golden trout and kokanees in the high sierras for 25 yrs. Works decent as a spinning rod. Works spectacular as a fly rod.
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Emmrods the way to go:

http://www.emmrod.com/

I have 3 and they are perfect for the BOB, backpack and easy to store in your rig.
I second these guys, best small fishing poles around for back packing.
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