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Shakespeare Travel Mate Telescopic Spinning Rod and Reel Combo

   

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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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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
Nice setup 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
It's Ok 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
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I am looking for a telescopic rod to use for fly fishing some small streams in my area. Will this work?
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It sure could. Just in case the mounting on the rod doesn’t match up with the foot on your reel, a reasonable amount of duct tape should solve the problem for you. Just be sure to keep the sticky side of your duct tape in toward the pole though. If your line touches the sticky part, if could mess up your casting real bad.

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.
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I have two telescopic rods I take when camping. Neither is terribly sensitive--kind of stiff--and neither cast very well. However, it DOES let you fish where you might not and they are very good for climbing along banks and trails where brush could otherwise tangle your rod/line. I would doubt that this rod would be suitable for fly fishing.... You might like the whippy ultralight rod/reel combo, which is more like the flex of a fly rod.
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Thank you for your time and help.
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First of all, the shorter rod is easier to fit into the back window rack of your pickup truck. However, if you're trying to flip a cast over some distance the long rod is better.

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.
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It all depends on what you are fishing for and if you are fishing a 1,2,3 or more piece rod. I like a rod that can breakdown down for ease of storage. If you are going after huge fish in saltwater, a one piece rod is a must. For fresh water it is not so critical If you check your ferrules. Catch Sockeye in Alaska with a loose ferrule and you get a broken rod. Longer rods usually have more flex so the rod is doing the work. Longer rods are better for casting because of the flex. It is all relative to what you are fishing for and what you are fishing from ( bank, boat, pier, etc)
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It comes with 4lb test and I have found that you dont want to go above 6lb if you want to replace the line. After all, it's meant to be a quick and easy travel rod and not a high end product.
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I used 6 and 8 but you can also use 4lb.
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i use 20 pound test spiderwire on mine. 4 to 8 pound mono or flurocarbon will do nicely too.
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Well I just got this reel in the rod/reel combo, and it came pre-spooled with 8lb. test mono. It will also work well with 6 lb. mono. Hope this helps!
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