Some of the components of the best telescopic fishing rods

Tom Keer

Life is full of pleasant surprises. Packing a telescopic fishing rod makes a lot of sense, especially since an average work day or excursion can turn into a local fishing trip. We explain the best telescopic fishing rods and how they rose to prominence.

Over the years the quality and flex profile of freshwater fishing rods have improved. How to choose a fishing rod depends on how far you have traveled to fish. One- or two-piece rods are best for local fishing. In the past few decades, improved ferrule manufacturing methods have turned two-piece rods into multi-piece rods. Those eight-foot poles, which used to split into two four-foot sections, suddenly shrank into four sections, each two feet long. This length makes it easy to carry luggage and that is why these models have been considered one of the best fishing rods for travel.

Manufacturing techniques have improved again. Although telescopic fishing rods were previously shunned by anglers, they are becoming increasingly popular. The best telescopic fishing rod is easy to cast, compact enough to fit in a backpack or briefcase, and can add a fishing option to any trip. They are also small enough to make a quick stop at the lake in your vehicle during your lunch break. The best collapsible fishing rods are also great for families who have lots of gear with them, even if it’s just for a short run to the lake.

The best telescopic fishing rod is made from carbon fiber blanks. It has a traditional plunger area with handles and reel mounts. A number of guides are attached to each section. When you get to your place, all you need to do is gently pull on the tip until each section of the bar is snug and secure.

Use them for trout, perch, and pan fish. They are versatile and durable. The best telescopic fishing rods offer compact performance. They might surprise you like they did to me. If you still have doubts, try looking for other types of freshwater fishing rods.

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or