Posted 31 August 2013 - 01:37 PM
This seems like a good option for tenkara, too. Collapses to two feet and extends to 14. It's like 1 pound, which to me is worth the weight, even for backpacking.
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Posted 13 November 2013 - 01:05 AM
To be honest I am thinking there is little need for a rod and reel and I have been looking at some poles of Japanese design that appear to be more sensitive. Not the Tenkara ones but rather the type they use for just a line and bait fishing. With them usually weighing less it would mean there would be less fatigue holding it for a few hours. Then of course there is the fact they pack shorter and I could get my wife to make a shoulder bag to carry pole and tackle so I can use a walking stick and still have a free hand like us old men are want to do.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:48 PM
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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:58 PM
For a shorter rod for smaller water, I took a longer "Black Widow" style collapsible, dropped the last piece, crafted a new plug out of wood, and wrapped the handle. It's not as nice as a super-flexible Japanese rod, but I'm okay tossing it behind the seat of my extended cab and leaving it.
For dibbling really close, I have two rods I use. One is a 4' split bamboo - river cane, actually -- rod I made myself when trying to learn how to make split bamboo fly rods. it's nearly as flexible as many japanese rods; I could probably make it so by adding a single (vs. 5) strips and rounding that, or sanding it to make it thinner. the other is a 30 year old ultralight telescoping spinning rod with all the guides removed and the last segment thinned with sanding. The latter collapses down to about 12" long, and lives in a little PVC tube under the seat of my truck.
Still hoping to catch a madtom on a line
Edited by Stickbow, 19 June 2014 - 12:58 PM.
Posted 08 June 2015 - 10:08 PM
Personally I use a walmart Crappie pole. I works well enough but for micros you can barely feel the bites. Plus, the experience is much more novel when i've used more expensive poles. Like my father's 1000 dollar fly fishing role and reel (he got them with a lifetime membership purchase for Trout unlimited, lucky Guy).
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