The Best Travel Rods for Anglers on the Go

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Does it take a hike through the woods to get to your favorite fishing hole? Do you frequently fly with your fishing gear? Do you just want some extra space in your boat? If any of these questions relate to you, you could probably use a specialized travel fishing rod.

These rods are designed with portability and compact efficiency in mind. With multi-piece and telescoping models available, there is something for every angler’s needs. Here are some of my favorites to help you haul in the big ones when you’re on the move.

Fenwick HMG Travel Rod

Fenwick HMG Casting Travel Fishing Rod
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For the mobile angler seeking the highest quality, the Fenwick HMG rod is for you. Its four-piece design allows you to easily break the rod down into manageable sections for transport in its included hard carrying case. Another benefit of the multi-piece design is that you can choose from two different rod tips for either medium or medium-light action (this is not a good choice for panfish).

The rod blank, itself, is high-quality and carbon-bound to offer you impressive durability in a lightweight design. Its premium Fuji guides with Alconite inserts are also strong enough to withstand any battle you may encounter. This toughness is met with the comfort of a natural cork handle for hours of enjoyable casting.

Top all of this with a limited lifetime warranty from Fenwick, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a travel rod. Both casting and spinning options are available.

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Quantum Telecast Casting Rod

Silver and black quantum telecast casting fishing rod
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For anglers wanting an ultimately compact design, the six foot Quantum Telecast rod telescopes down to less than 20 inches. Made of ultra-tough QX24 graphite, this rod has an ultra-sensitive tip which is perfect for panfish, but has a ‘heavy’ power rating for hauling in catfish and bass. Only a casting model is available, however, so bear that in mind when making your decision.

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Eagle Claw Pack-It Travel Spinning Rod

Eagle Claw Pack-It Spinning Travel Fishing Rod
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You’ll find both durability and value in the Eagle Claw Pack-It Travel Spinning rod. Fiberglass blanks are married with heavy wire guides for toughness and performance and a comfortable EVA foam grip that’s easy to hold and easy to clean. Eagle Claw offers a variety of options for anglers with rod lengths of five feet six inches, six feet six inches, and seven feet six inches with actions between light and medium.

All of these rods are made for compact transport, telescoping down to 24 inches or less. Their line weight rating is only up to 10 pounds, however, so this rod won’t be your best choice for larger freshwater species such as catfish or feisty saltwater species like snook.

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Eagle Claw Trailmaster Fly Rod

Eagle Claw Trailmaster travel fly fishing rod
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I didn’t forget about you, fly fishermen and fisherwomen. If you’re going after trout in mountain or forest streams, you might need a travel rod more than anyone. The Eagle Claw Trailmaster fly rod is seven feet six inches of lightweight composite graphite with a medium-light action. It breaks down into four pieces and is easily transported in its included rugged travel case.

The Trailmaster’s aluminum oxide guides allow your fly line to sail through the air with ease. With added bonuses of an attractive, engraved bronze reel seat and a contoured, natural cork handle, the Trailmaster will meet all of your mobile fly fishing needs.

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Steinhauser Micro Pocket Fishing Combo

Steinhauser Micro Pocket Fishing Rod Combo
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If fishing is more of a casual activity on your hiking or camping trip, the ultra-small Steinhauser Micro Pocket Fishing Combo may be right for you. At just 30 inches, this little spin casting rig is a great option for panfish (or for kids).

The Micro Pocket rod collapses down to 18 inches for easy transport and has a six-pound line weight rating. It also comes in a Realtree camo finish for the ultimate outdoor enthusiast.

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B’n’M Black Widow Telescoping Fishing Pole

Black Widow Telescopic Travel Fishing Rod
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This may be an unusual rod for some anglers. The B’n’M Black Widow is a telescoping rod that does not use a reel. Rather than casting, this rod extends to an amazing 16 feet six inches in length to get your bait out to the fish. This can be an effective way to fish for crappie or bluegill near shallow structure from shore.

The Black Widow also comes with a line keeper to avoid any tangling. This reel-less design brings the ultralight Black Widow down to just eight ounces, making it the lightest way to fish on the go.

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How do you fish when you’re on the move? Let us know in the comments below.


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