The only time I get to go fishing nowadays is when I am out and about in the motor home, i.e. when my better half is with me. Our motor home is a small 6m 2 berth Accordo 120, so we are pretty tight on space and having to share what little room we have between us means that we both have to make compromises and travel as light as we can.
If I had the choice I would only fish with a two or three section take apart rod however there is not enough room in the motor home for these types of fishing rods. Because of this I am forced to use travel rods for all the fishing I do, and I have now sold all the two and three section take apart fishing poles I used to own. It was a sad day parting with them, but they had to go as I don’t get time to go fishing unless I am on vacation in the motor home. Yep, real life always gets in the way of spending time on the bank drowning a maggot, unless I have annual leave to take.
There was a time when the only travel rods available comprised telescopic fishing rods. In those days a telescopic fishing rod was cheap and nasty, very poor quality and awful to use. If you wanted to put someone off fishing for life all you had to do was give them a telescopic fishing rod. I had a telescopic fishing rod given to me by my uncle many years ago and it was dire. That rod was awful for casting, awful for playing fish any bigger than a pound in weight and it was very poor quality. After a few short months of medium use the telescopic fishing rod had to be binned because the eyes started pulling off, the top two sections jammed and the fishing rod wouldn’t close down. Needless to say that rod out me off buying another telescopic fishing rod for many years.
Times have changed and modern day telescopic fishing rods have come a long way. When I got the motor home and discovered I would have to use a telescopic fishing rod I have to say I had an “uhhhhhh….” moment but sucked it up because I had to use what I had to use. When I went to the local fishing tackle shop to buy a telescopic fishing rod I was instantly surprised. Modern day telescopic rods are made out of quality materials, they are nicely balanced, they have nice ergonomic handles, they are comfortable to hold, they have strong eyes (and more importantly eye fittings) and they have a nice action too. Modern day telescopic rods no longer look cheap and nasty, and something to be embarrassed about using on the river bank. A modern day telescopic fishing rod looks sleek, modern and a very nice bit of kit.
Years ago the range of telescopic fishing rods was small and basically comprised of short (around seven or eight feet long) spinning rods. This is fine if you are fishing small rivers and after perch, small pike and trout, but if you were after anything big these telescopic fishing rods were utter rubbish. Times have definitely changed, and the range of modern day telescopic fishing rods is extensive and there is a rod for all occasions.
You can still buy the short spinning telescopic rods if you want one, so fret not. It’s just that if you are targeting large carp or pike there is a specific telescopic fishing rod. If you want a light weight match rod for roach, rudd, skimmers and the like there is a telescopic fishing rod for that. If you want to go and do a bit of surf fishing for flatties and school bass there is a telescopic fishing rod for that. If you want to go and trot a fly down a river for trout there is a telescopic fishing rod for that. Whatever type of fishing you want to do there is a telescopic fishing rod available that’ll let you do it.
That said, there is one specific telescopic fishing rod I have been searching for and have never found, and that is a telescopic feeder rod. Feeder rods are typically eleven or twelve feet in length, are heavier duty than a float fishing pole but not as heavy duty as a carp fishing rod. Feeder rods are a bit of an in-between fishing rod that is powerful enough to cast heavy swim feeders and method feeders but light enough to make playing fish enjoyable. Despite searching in local fishing tackle shops and hunting through various online fishing suppliers websites I have yet to find a specific telescopic feeder rod.
A few months back I did find a telescopic fishing rod advertised as a feeder rod, so I promptly ordered one. When the fishing rod arrived I opened it only to find it was eleven feet long (which is the ideal feeder rod length) but it was like a broom handle and far too heavy duty. On closer inspection I noted the words “Tele carp road” printed on the bottom section. This telescopic fishing rod wasn’t a specific feeder rod at all. It was a carp rod which the lying supplier was trying to pass off as a feeder fishing rod. Needless to say the rod was promptly returned for a full refund. Even though I haven’t managed to find a specific telescopic feeder rod I have found a heavy duty spinning rod that does the job, and whilst it is a little on the short side (it is only ten feet in length) it has a really nice through action and does everything I want it to.
I dabble in all types of fishing, and when we go away in the motor home we go to a variety of different campsites. We stay on campsites on the banks of small trout filled rivers, we stay on campsites that are commercial carp fisheries, we stay on campsites on the banks of huge reservoirs and we stay on campsites with a sea view. Unfortunately, there is no such things a one size fits all telescopic fishing rod and in order to make sure I have a rod for all occasions I have had to buy:-
A heavy duty telescopic spinning rod
In the absence of a specific telescopic feeder rod I bought a heavy duty spinning rod and it does everything I want it to. This rod, made by Daiwa, has a nice through action which is great for playing fish. This rod has enough backbone to cast out medium sized feeders and ledgers a fair distance, but is still sensitive enough to make playing smaller fish (i.e. anything over a pound in weight) enjoyable. Since this rod didn’t have an adapter for a quiver tip when I bought it I ended up changing the top eye for one with a screw in adapter for quiver tipping. Changing the eye over was a quick and easy process that I did myself, and if I can do it anyone can do it.
A light weight telescopic spinning rod
The heavy weight spinning rod is cable of casting reasonably heavy weights great distances but when you try and use it with light line and small lures, spinners and spoons it doesn’t like it. Whenever I fish with small spinners and spoons on a lighter line, mainly for trout, I use a light weight telescopic spinning rod. This rod, also made by Daiwa, will flick small lures a good distance and makes catching smaller stuff a lot of fun.
A telescopic match fishing rod
There are times when all I want to do is sit on the bank watching a red tip, and eagerly waiting for it to dip under the water as a fish takes the bait. Float fishing is easier with a longer and lighter rod, and this is where my telescopic match fishing rod comes in to its own. The match fishing rod I use is made by Shakespeare and whilst it wasn’t very expensive it is very good. It has a nice tippy action for hooking those fast biting roach, rudd and silver fish and also makes getting them to the night enjoyable.
A telescopic carp fishing rod
There are a few campsites I go to where the carp fishing is awesome. To catch big carp you need a strong rod with a lot of backbone. The rod needs to be strong to cast out heavy ledgers and method feeders a long way, and also get the monster carp in to the landing net. My telescopic carp fishing rod, made by TF, is perfect for this. I used to fish for carp a lot when I was younger (it was my obsession) and in those days I wouldn’t have even contemplated using a telescopic rod because they were terrible. My telescopic carp rods are fantastic and they are well balanced and nice/comfortable to use, they are strong enough for ultra-heavy ledgers, they have a nice through action to help get the carp in to the net and they were also way cheaper than an equivalent take apart carp fishing rod.
A telescopic beach caster rod
Even though I grew up on the coast I never seriously got in to beach casting and surf fishing, although I did dabble in it. On the coast where I grew up you always caught more fish in the winter months. During the winter the fish moved closer to the shore, seaweed wasn’t a problem and there weren’t so many crabs pinching your bait before the fish could find it. The problem with the winter months is that it is cold, and since I am not keen on the cold I found it difficult to get motivated. Things are different in the motor home since I can park the van on a beach side site, make sure I only go when the tide is right, fish for a few hours and then return to the motor home and warm up. Perfect. The telescopic beach caster I use is made by Daiwa and it does everything I need it to. It is strong enough to blast heavy sea ledgers to the horizon, which is crucial, but sensitive enough to register bites.
Fortunately, all of these telescopic fishing rods fold down really small and they take up hardly any room in the motor home, which means I can leave them in there at all times and never get caught out with not having the right type of fishing rod.
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