Shakespeare Travel Mate Telescopic Spinning Rod and Reel Combo
Perfect for traveling anglers, Shakespeare®'s Travel Mate Telescopic Rod and Reel Combos come with a quality Shakespeare telescopic rod, reliable spinning reel and hard body travel case that will easily fit inside your backpack, suitcase or under your car seat. Ideal for a number of fishing situations, the Shakespeare Travel Mate Telescopic Spinning Rods telescope down to a very short length and are matched with a smooth-handling, graphite Shakespeare spinning reel with one ball bearing. Reels are pre-spooled with premium Shakespeare fishing line.
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In the worst case scenario, you could always tape it on first and then lash over it with baling twine to reinforce duct tape and cover the sticky part.
Heck, for that matter, you don’t even need to waste any money for this telescoping pole.
Wait until you get to the stream and find yourself a stout willow pole or cut a straight sapling and lash your reel to one of them. All that you’ll lack then are eyelets to feed your line up the pole. Drink few beers and use the pop top rings for eyelets. Duct tape and lashings should hold them in place. If not, just drink a few more beers and you won’t care about trout fishing anyway.
The downside of a long rod is, if you're fishing from a boat or with someone who likes to stay up close and friendly then you might have more rod than you have places to put it as you're flipping around casting or trying to break loose a from a snag.
If you only want to own one rod then I'd suggest a 'tweener of about 5' 6" to 6' 0" as one of those will pretty much do for most of your fishing.
When it comes right down to it, always remember that it isn't the size of the rod but lure of the bait that draws the fish.