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Old 03-29-2007, 06:58 PM
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Fishing Gear for Backpacking

I enjoy doing a lot of other things when I'm out backpacking such as photography, birding, plant identification, and fishing - to name just a few. The last one, fishing, has been something that I've struggled to figure out. I love fly fishing (and it's fairly lightweight by nature), but most of the places I hike aren't really fly fishing territory - mostly lakes.

I've looked at telescoping rods or multi piece rods, but most are heavier than I'd like, or they leave the eyes exposed to easy damage. So in general, I've passed on the whole fishing thing up until now.

A buddy at work, who also backpacks, showed me a rod and reel he got that was light weight (7 oz total), packable, and cheap ($19). After looking at his in person, I ordered one from gofastandlight.

The reel (5 oz) is higher quality than the rod (2 oz), but together they seem like they'll work just fine. The rod packs up super small and has a cap to cover the eyelets on it when it's in my pack. It's about 8.25" long total when collapsed. The eyes are very small, so I'm not sure how great it'll cast, or how long it'll last, but for the occasional tiny fish (less than 5 pounds) it ought to be fun. Here are a few pictures (crappy beer for reference only - sorry I forgot to align the eyelets on the rod first):







What do you use on the trail if you fish?
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Old 03-29-2007, 07:57 PM
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That's a cool little rod you've got there. I have a small packable rod that I could take with me if I wanted. I haven't tried yet, but I've had it for years. Might be worth getting it out and taking it along on a trip or two. I'll work on some pics and specs for it. I doubt it's available anymore, though.
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Old 03-29-2007, 09:05 PM
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Way cool!

I've already got a very tiny spinning reel. I wonder if it'll fit on the pen rod? Does yours look like it has a special base or anything?
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:55 PM
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That's tiny! I first thought you added a pen in the picture to show how small the reel is. I do think you have to be very carefull not to get any sand or dirt in the rod though.
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Old 03-30-2007, 07:22 AM
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Superlight Rod

Will that rod fit other reels? I've got a spincasting reel that I'd like to use...
Thanks for the info!
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Old 03-30-2007, 07:42 AM
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I'd like to hear how the rod and reel perform. Keep us posted. It looks like a nice little set up and I really like the price.
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Old 03-30-2007, 09:46 AM
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When I'm in the Sierra I frequently pack a rod. I think fishing a remote alpine lake with brookies, browns and goldens is heaven.

I have an inexpensive 5' 5" two piece rod and a shimano 500 (i think) reel that I use. It is a little small for some of the bigger lakes (can't cast too far) but it fits inside my pack vertically when apart. I mostly throw lures (z-ray, panther, rooster) and have a Plano Mini to keep them in. The weight does add up and I end up smelling a little fishy, but it's all worth it when you are catching wild trout.

That setup is pretty neat. It says on their website that it extends to 36", that's not bad. I'd be really curious to hear how far you could cast with that thing... Please let us know.
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:04 PM
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It just showed up last night, so I haven't had any chance to test it yet. The reel attaches to the rod in the standard way that reels attach, except that the base is definitely smaller. You may have to grind down the base on a "standard" reel to make it fit. Check it out:



If anybody want's a better close up, let me know - I can snap a shot with a ruler in the image so you can measure you own reel to see if you think it will fit.

I will say that I was surprised with the quality of the reel that came with it - worth the $10 for sure. I'm looking forward to trying it out! I'm already making a list of tackle to bring with (trying to keep it under 4 ounces for that... we'll see).

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Old 03-30-2007, 01:22 PM
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haha! that thing rocks. I have to get one. So MN, what are you using for a fly rod? are there some other light and cheaper alternatives you can recommend?

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Old 03-30-2007, 06:10 PM
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So MN, what are you using for a fly rod? are there some other light and cheaper alternatives you can recommend?

I use a cheapie. It's a 5 piece Cabella's Stowaway. It works well for the small streams I fish in SE MN and SW WI. If I hit some of the northern WI rivers I'll need something bigger. I started fly fishing 2 year ago, but I can see that there is a lot of room for improvement - both in my gear and my skill...
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