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Old 04-30-2020, 10:14 AM   #1
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Backpacking fishing setup

Does anyone have a recommendation on the most compact fishing rod setup for my backpack? I donít do many overnights, looking for something that folds down and fits well in a daypack. Fishing isnít my number one objective when I hike, but it would be cool to spend and hour or two doing it when I come upon a remote pond. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:28 PM   #2
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For a rod, I like the Shakespeare Travel Mates. They have 2 sizes which break down into 4, or 6 pieces.
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:36 PM   #3
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As a rule I take two four pc fly rods they both fit in the same tube. one is a 6ft 6 beaver meadow by Jp ross the other is a 9ft Orvis. The beaver meadow is the one I use the most

https://www.jprossflyrods.com/collec...ll-stream-rods
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:37 PM   #4
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I use this for spin fishing

https://www.daiwa.com/us/contents/ro...ack/index.html
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Old 04-30-2020, 01:41 PM   #5
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Thank you guys, much appreciated!
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Old 04-30-2020, 02:31 PM   #6
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How about a piece of line, hook, bobber, sinker and a stick cut on sight? Worked for centuries.
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Old 04-30-2020, 07:35 PM   #7
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Spinning. I use a St Croix "Triumph", 6' 4 piece, ultralight. Can't beat a St Croix.

Fly. I use a Cabela's "Stowaway 6" 7.5', 4weight. Nice casting for a 6 piece.

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Old 04-30-2020, 09:12 PM   #8
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Spinning. I use a St Croix "Trident", 6' 4 piece, ultralight. Can't beat a St Croix.

Fly. I use a Cabela's "Stowaway 6" 7.5', 4weight. Nice casting for a 6 piece.
Is the Trident still in production?
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Old 04-30-2020, 09:48 PM   #9
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Sorry 'bout that! I meant to type TRIUMPH.
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Old 05-01-2020, 01:49 PM   #10
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Many good options provided already.

It doesn't look like longer trips are a big issue, but my experience has led me to bring 2 reels - even on day trips if I am a ways from my truck.

Many years ago while backpacking across Isle Royale I broke my reel on day 2 of a 6 day trip. Didn't carry a spare back then so I spent the rest of the trip dreaming of those toothy critters that I didn't get to meet.

Similar issue on the Rogue River in Michigan. I head down to meet my buddy for a Cahill hatch. As I approach him he yells "tie something white on and get your ass in the water." I ran to the stream edge, slipped on the mud, and dented my fairly new CFO on a rock. Jumped up, ran to my truck and grabbed another reel. When I got back to him the hatch was over.

Lesson learned - now I keep a spare fly reel in my vest.
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Old 05-02-2020, 11:28 PM   #11
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I use a Tenkara rod (Sawtooth model). Compact and lightweight.
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Old 05-03-2020, 05:38 PM   #12
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On the second day of a eight day fishing trip in Coldriver. I broke my four pc rod, I jury rig it up an got another day out of it. That's why I carry two rods.
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Old 05-04-2020, 01:31 PM   #13
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Sound advice - I like to double up on rods on occasion as well. I will carry 2 rods when I have 2 applications but always try to overlap the application.

I would typically use a 9' medium rod for steelhead and a 9' heavy for salmon, so I bring along a medium heavy rod as a backup for either fish.

It has paid off.

For reels I try to match the models when I can. This way I have some interchangeability (?) for the reels. A couple of times I just had to release the spool, swap out the bodies and reattach the spool. Minimize downtime.
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