Travel fishing rods, also referred to as collapsible fishing rods or telescopic fishing rods, are made for the angler on the move.
Travel rods can broken down into conveniently short sections, so that they'll fit easily into:~
And this is achieved by manufacturing the rod either:~
OK, it is possible to use a fixed spool reel on a rod intended for a multiplier, providing you're happy with shorter casts than you'd otherwise achieve - but not the otherway round, as if you use a multiplier reel on a rod intended for a fixed spool reel, the line will rub against the blank, damaging both rod and line.
These are much like ordinary two or three piece rods, except that the sections are much shorter and there's more of them.
For instance a 7ft boat rod will probably have four equally sized sections, and a 12ft beachcaster six sections, which means that they'll fit nicely into the boot of a car (that's the trunk, if you're an American), and can be carried as airline cabin baggage when you're jetting off on holiday.Click here to see three good multi-section rods for spinning, boat fishing and surf fishing ...
Telescopic rods are even more convenient, as once collapsed theyre entirely self-contained. They're small enough to pop into a shoulder back or rucksack along with a few other items of tackle, 'just in case' the opportunity to wet a line presents itself.
To enable the sections to slide one inside another, a single line guide is fixed at the narrower end of each section. In most cases this means that they're designed for use with fixed spool reels rather than multipliers, which would require more line guides.
The model illustrated here is slightly unusual in that it comes with a separate handle extension for additional length and casting range, which is why Shakespeare call it a hybrid-telescopic travel rod.
One of the things I particularly like about telescopic rods is the fact that they can be left rigged with the reel in place, and the line threaded through the guides while in 'short' mode. Very useful when you're scrabbling around on slippery, seaweed covered rocks between venues, when a long cumbersome rod can only add to your problems.
Travel rods are generally not quite as robust as normally sectioned rods and must be used with care. But if the choice is going fishing with a travel rod or not going fishing at all, then it's not too difficult a decision for most of us to make.
After all, just how many times have you said I wish I had my rod with me when an unexpected fishing opportunity presents itself?
Plenty, Ill bet, but with a travel rod to hand youll never have to say it again.