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Old 04-30-2016, 9:09 PM
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Default Compact fishing rod/reel for backpacking?

Is anyone familiar with the compact & lightweight rod & reel setups that might be good for things like backpacking? Amazon.com has a bunch of cheap ones, but I don't really trust the reviews.
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Are you looking for fly or bait/hardware set ups?
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I have a Diawa pack rod that is about 4'6 and is in 4 pieces
come in a flat plastic case with a reel and has a small area for tackle
rated for 4-6lb line
I keep it in the truck just in case I find some fish while I am deer hunting or gold prospecting
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Shakespeare makes some sweet 4.5' telescoping rods. I have that paired with an old Shimano FX 2000 and it makes for a great backpacking setup. Rod was ~$20 on Amazon.
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Unless I'm hiking with a fly rod, I stick an old 5'6" 2-piece Cabela's XMLTi Ultra Light rod with an old Shimano Stradic 1000FH reel into my backpack, and I bring along a small Plano box with some lures and jigs in it.
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Tenkara Rod is so simple for backpacking

Just love this new Line Holder from Tenkara USA

http://www.tenkarausa.com/shop/produ...9f5326ed67adcf

http://www.tenkarausa.com/shop/produ...roducts_id/189


Who says it has to be expensive?


http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009IO...QlL&ref=plSrch
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I use a Eagle Claw "pack-it" rod. PK200- 6'0" Line 2-6, Lure 1/8 - 1/2.
Its a great rod, very compact(breaks down to 1' sections).
Not a huge investment either.
http://www.eagleclaw.com/product/rod...ct-line/Packit
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my boss was just showing me this last week..

pen fishing rod Extreme™ Goliath™ Backpacker™ Combos





looks great for lightweight and compact packing..

not sure what 'record' was supposed t be broken, but this was a BIG fish brought up after a long fight for such a compact rig..

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Default Compact fishing rod/reel for backpacking?

Sorry, I should've mentioned it before. Just bait for now. Never tried fly fishing before (although I'd like to someday). Thanks for the suggestions everybody. Might pair it up with one of those lightweight shimano or daiwa reels.

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+1 on the Tenkara rod. Hard to beat for a functional, lightweight and easy to pack set up. Especially for backpacking and stream fishing. Easy to learn too.
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I know you've asked for rod and reel, but have you considered handline fishing? It can be extremely compact, and I've caught fish quite easily trying it myself.
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I have a Diawa pack rod that is about 4'6 and is in 4 pieces
come in a flat plastic case with a reel and has a small area for tackle
rated for 4-6lb line
I keep it in the truck just in case I find some fish while I am deer hunting or gold prospecting
I have one of those! My brother gave it to me as a Christmas present way back in the late 70's/early 80's. Still going strong.
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I use a short light weight 2 piece ugly stick and a small light reel. Small box of lures makes for great trout fishing in the tough to reach lakes and streams. Just be aware of those branches when hiking so you don't snap your rod getting to the fish.
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I use a short light weight 2 piece ugly stick and a small light reel. Small box of lures makes for great trout fishing in the tough to reach lakes and streams. Just be aware of those branches when hiking so you don't snap your rod getting to the fish.
Good call. I actually bought a small, light 2-piece Ugly Stik for when my Cabela's Ultra Light pack rod breaks, but it hasn't happened yet. You can't go wrong with an Ugly Stik. They're damn near indestructible, and the light weight versions offer a surprising amount of play and feedback.
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I know you've asked for rod and reel, but have you considered handline fishing? It can be extremely compact, and I've caught fish quite easily trying it myself.
Is that like having a spool and casting by hand? I used to have a setup like that in a pill bottle. I caught a tiny trout in the sierras like that once. Part of it is just a time waster/thing to do. Messing around when casting and such.
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Two piece ultra light with a ultra light reel strapped to the side of my pack is what I've been using for 20 yrs.

But of course there are fancier setups nowadays.



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I might go with a small'ish Shimano Sienna.

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It does not get any simpler

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This rod is good for the price, although it's heavy for a Tenkara rod. One of the reviewers stated only the last two sections are graphite, the rest is made of fiberglass.

Tenkara USA and the Tenkara Rod Co brands are good but pricey. From the company below, you could build yourself a comparable rod for half the price using one of these kits. I normally build Western style fly rods, but the Tenkara kit is even simpler because there are no guides to wrap or reel seat to install.

http://tenkaracustoms.com/Build-Your-Own-Rod_c3.htm
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I am not an experienced fisherman, but in 1981, I bought a cheap ($19.00) combo Quantum Frontier 5'6" rod and a Shimano TX500P reel, from a store in Bishop. I have used it to catch trout for 35 years. It has handled even large (20") trout that I caught in Wyoming.
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Anyone have luck with a certain kind of bait (for anything in the sierras)? Most of the time I just use powerbait.

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Anyone have luck with a certain kind of bait (for anything in the sierras)? Most of the time I just use powerbait.
Live grass hoppers!!!
not hard to catch and there is always some around
I fish them on a small hook and no weight or with a small bobber to cast with
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