light fishing rod?

Posted by: edfardos

light fishing rod? - 07/03/17 11:15 AM

my expensive Diawa Presso rod snapped in half on my last trip. it was 4oz, four piece, fit in my pack, and was graphite. on the other hand, it was $80, with a 6lb max line rating, and it broke with that line.

i'd like anothe four piece, as all the telescopes seem really cheap. maybe get a rod that can handle up to 12lb line, yet doesn't come in too heavy on the trail?

what do you use? why?

Posted by: OregonMouse

Re: light fishing rod? - 07/03/17 02:28 PM

I use a Tenkara outfit. If this interests you, there are now several companies who put out this gear.

Cabela's carries a number of excellent lightweight fly rods; check them out. I bought one for my grandson a few years ago and liked it so much I almost kept it for myself!
Posted by: edfardos

Re: light fishing rod? - 07/03/17 05:04 PM

im not a technical japan-style fly fisherman, but that looks interesting. i'm going to try a $40 fiblink rod, 12lb rating, supposedly backpack light.

still interested in other options! (spinning rods mostly, but a traditional flyrod might be good to have if its light!)
Posted by: BZH

Re: light fishing rod? - 07/05/17 11:54 AM

Line rating typically does not have to do with the strength of the rod, but stiffness. A lower line rating will be more flexible. If you are fishing for small fish, you need that flexibility to fling out really light lures. With a stiff rod it is difficult to fling out the smallest lures.

If you want a stiffer rod, then a cheap telescoping rod might work fine.

When I was looking to replace my section pole (I lost the top section :(), my thinking was similar to yours: all of the telescoping poles are cheap pieces of junk. I did however find a high end telescoping pole and ended up buying it. I'm not the world's expert on fishing but I think it is a nice rod. It is made by a German company: Balzar. A fishing shop in Pennsylvania importants them and sell in the US:

Most of the rods are pretty long, but I was able to find a couple that are more appropriate for backpacking. The one I got is just over 6 feet and I think they might have a a couple that are even smaller.
Posted by: edfardos

Re: light fishing rod? - 07/07/17 09:40 AM

those look super high quality. tho possibly too heavy for my little lake trout in CA. i suppose i want cheap\strong\light, and like everything else, we have to pick two smile

the fiblink i mentioned is pretty stiff, more of a bass rod, but ultumately 4.5oz. (10oz with reel, 16oz with case). i really liked that diawa presso, but if it breaks in half, its a non starter. maybe something just a bit stronger?

at this point im still looking! (and probably always will be)

thanks for the great info!