Telescopic fishing rods are favorite fishing rods of many fishermen, for good reasons. When collapsed, they require very little space, they are lightweight to carry around on fishing trips or when traveling, they are relatively cheap and often can endure and help land surprisingly large fish.
Telescopic Rods Features and Specifications
Telescopic rods can differ in many little, but very important details, and before buying a telescopic rod, one must be aware of them.
Collapsed or Closed Length - the shortest length of the fishing rod when the rod is - collapsed. This is the length of the fishing rod ready for travel or to be stored away. Collapsed length of pen size fishing rods is around 8 inches (or even less!), while large telescopic rods can have collapsed length up to yard long.
Extended or Open Length - the maximum length of the fishing rod when the rod is - extended. This is the length of the fishing rod ready for fishing. Pen fishing rods are rarely longer than 2-3 feet, while large telescopic fishing rods are several yards/meters long.
Material and Durability - body of telescopic rod is usually made of carbon and glass fibers combination or from glass fibers. Carbon/glass fibers are preferred choice, while glass fibers are usually reserved for cheaper models. Such materials are lightweight, durable, elastic and very resistant to corrosion or damage of any kind.
Elasticity, curvature and power of telescopic rod can be easily varied from model to model using different angles between fibers, different resins, different types of fibers etc.
Real seats are mostly made using machined aluminum components, providing required strength, corrosion resistance and low weight. Most telescopic rods use spinning or sometimes spincasting reels, but all reels are used, depending on the intended use of fishing rod.
Line guide rings are usually made using stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, graphite and similar materials with ceramic inserts. Note that ceramic inserts are very important in fishing rod design - they protect the line from the heat and the mechanical damage while the line is being reeled in under tension. Braided lines are very strong, thin and very abrasive when compared with monofilament and fluorocarbon lines and their use mandate the use of ceramic inserts.
Number of telescopic segments usually equals to number of line guide rings, or there is one segment (usually first one) without line guide ring - that means telescopic rods usually have anywhere between 3 and 9 segments.
In order to extend the lifetime of the fishing rods, many telescopic rods come with plastic caps which protect the line guides and purposely built carrying bags for additional protection.
Saltwater vs Fresh Water Telescopic Rods - most modern telescopic rods are made using high quality, corrosion resistant materials and are intended for both fresh water and salt water use. Nonetheless, after each use, it is good practice to wipe entire rod with the cloth or even rinse the rod little bit and dry completely, before closing the rod and storing it away - it will simply last longer and look better.
Since they are so portable, telescopic fishing rods can be used in almost any fishing situation - from the boat, from the pier, from the sand beach etc.
Many manufacturers offer their models as rod only units or as rod and reel combos. When offered as combo, rod and reels are often evenly matched in terms of size, strength and weight. However, be careful and check online for individual reviews and recommendations.
What is the best telescopic rod?
The best telescopic rod is hard to find - what is good for one fisherman, isn't good or even desired for another. For example, author of this article prefers spinning reels and really dislike spincasting reels.
Anyway, good telescopic rod should be strong, durable, have sensitive tip, and IMHO moderate curvature, for most fishing locations and occasions.
Moderately long rods should be made using carbon and glass fibers combination for optimum strength, quality and price. Line guide rings can be made using stainless steel (no need for more expensive titanium, IMHO), but must have ceramic inserts. Aluminum reel seat must accept the spinning reels from the most popular reel brands - however, if you already have some other type of the reels, go for telescopic rod made for such reels.
And don't forget, it is the fisherman that does the fishing, not the rod :)