Shakespeare Travel Mate Telescopic Spinning Rod and Reel Combo
action too light, but a good deal
traveled with these rods to the caribbean, the cases survived the brutal airline treatment unscathed. my only real complaint is that the rods are not stiff at all. i like a medium heavy action for most light spinning rod fishing, these were listed as medium, but i would have to class them as light. otherwise, i caught fish, the reels performed well, aside from a bit of occasional wobble, but what do you expect with 1 ball bearing. i was impressed with the line. i haven't used mono in years, but the line that came on these reels performed better than any i can remember using. once in a while, the sections of the rod would torque out of alignment, but easy to fix.
June 14, 2011
Easy & Effective
It only stores in its case in left hand mode. I found this a bit of a bother. I tossed this unit into my backpack and went for a hike in Banff National Park. I found a lake. I set it up...my buddies chuckled...I tossed in a hook and pulled out fish. Nice action on the reel...no problem with 3 or 4 pounders using the provided line. Neat little piece of gear. I don't think it will take much of a beating... so don't beat it up! If I could get a good price for bulk purchase, I would get some for six of my nephews, one of my nieces, and one of my brothers in law. We fish...therefore we are.
May 26, 2013
I keep this in my trunk. The rod is responsive yet strong and the reel is more than adequate. Great for jumping at the sight of a lake and casting a few. I wish the case would hold the reel attached to the rod but in order to use the case you have to take the reel off, which is really no biggie. The reel comes with a more than generous amount of line which promptly got snagged up for me but I should have known to re-spool it anyway with better line. Overall, this is a great rod and the second one I owned. The first one got broken when I closed my trunk on the tip, My fault.
June 19, 2010
I bought the longer one and it's great for getting through the woods without getting caught in every tree and bush. The reel casts well. I had to take a picture of it stored away so I could get it back like it was packaged. It takes a few minutes to pack and un-pack so while others are getting their lines out or hiking out I'm still working on the gear. I hooked into a 10" bass and the top 2 sections broke off. I'm still looking for a good travel rod.
September 1, 2014