All About Telescopic Fishing Rod Beginners Should Know

Telescopic fishing rod is one special fishing rod which is designed in a specific way. Normally, it is a small piece of fishing gear containing multiple sections that are nested inside each other. These selections can then be extended to be a large fishing rod. Also, other names of the rod are telescoping and collapsible fishing rods.

This type of fishing rod is not relatively new, however, many anglers might not hear about it as well as the reasons why it is so popular. Therefore, provided that you don’t know much about it, just read on. I’m sure that you can gain more knowledge on the benefits and drawbacks as well as what features to look for in such a rod.

Benefits Of Having A Telescopic Fishing Rod

First of all, a telescopic fishing rod is portable. As I’ve mentioned above, it normally is just a small piece of fishing gear. In fact, a fishing rod which is about 20 feet can become 2 feet long in the telescopic model. That is the reason why it can fit in the back of your car, allowing you to bring it everywhere with ease.

A telescopic fishing rod is portable

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It is extremely helpful when you plan for a getaway trip when you go fishing as well as participating in other activities. A compact and portable fishing rod will save more space for other stuff of your trip.

Since a telescopic fishing rod is so portable and compact, it can be put in your carrying luggage, and you don’t have to put it in checked luggage for air travel. It is also very convenient if you have to bring to on public transport. Imagine how convenient it is when you have a small piece of the fishing rod on a very crowded bus.

Another benefit of a rod is that it is quite affordable. A decent telescopic model of fishing rod only cost you around 20 to 50 dollars.

Furthermore, as the smaller sections of a fishing rod are nested inside the bigger sections, they are protected from unwanted pressure and vibrations. With traditional rods, anglers need take a great care of the thin part of the fishing rod as it is not covered like in a fishing rod.

they are protected from unwanted pressure and vibrations

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Also, a telescopic rod can be used in different situations. It is most suitable for surf anglers, kayak anglers or anyone who fish from a pier. It is also suitable to be used by various anglers of all skills and experience.


Although having a lot of advantages, a telescopic rod also has its own disadvantages. In fact, it might not be suitable for professional and serious anglers.

The reasons why it might not be suitable for advanced anglers due to its limited actions and selection. First of all, most of the models of telescopic fishing rods on the market com with slow and moderate actions. There is hardly any choice of fast and ultra-fast action rods available for you.

Also, there are not a lot of choices of telescopic rods for you to choose from. In fact, they come in limited strength and length, which might not match with one angler’s specific needs.

Furthermore, it would be harder to care for a telescopic rod.

it would be harder to care for a telescopic rod

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Dirt and debris might get inside the eyes of the sections and get stuck in there. That is the reason why you need to wash and clean these parts carefully and on a regular basis. This will help you make sure there is no dirt buildup inside these eyes. Also, if you pull the sections out too strongly, you might break these parts and have to throw it away.

Why Should You Buy A High-Quality Telescopic Rod?

It is crucial to have a high quality fishing rod if you want to have good fishing performance. A cheaply and poorly made telescopic fishing rod will break much more frequently, especially when it is extended.

Sometimes, a low quality telescopic rod will have broken eyes when it is in the extended model. The problem is that you cannot reduce its size anymore because it stays in the “out” state forever. In this case, this telescopic rod becomes useless, and you have to pay more money to purchase a new one.

Therefore, a good quality telescopic rod might cost more money, but it sure helps you better with your fishing performance. In the long run, it helps you save more.

What To Look For In A Telescopic Rod?

In general, these rods are classified according to their designs. There are two pieces, three pieces, and even more piece model. It has more sections has more eyes. With more eyes, it will help an angler to better control and transfer power to the fishing rod.

What To Look For In A Telescopic Rod

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Also, a telescopic with more sections reduces the risk of breaking and helps anglers to fight better against big fish. If you want to catch big fish, you should consider purchasing a telescopic rod with more sections.

Telescopic rods on the market are made from graphite, fiber glass or a composite of these above materials. The line guide of a fishing rod is made from ceramic with Hypalon grips.

Finally, you should consider among reputable telescopic fishing rod manufacturers only. There are a few good brands on the market you can consider including Quantum and Eagle-Claw.

How To Care For Your Telescopic Rod?

Taking care of and maintaining your fishing rod is as important as caring for normal fishing rods. You should clean your telescopic fishing rod with lukewarm water and mild detergent right after you come back from your fishing trip. Make sure that you get rid of all the dirt and salt participles inside the eyes of the sections.  Otherwise; they will build up inside over time, making it harder for you to open and close the fishing rod.

In addition, you should apply lubricant to the fishing rod, paying attention to the eyes of the rod to help them move in and out much more smoothly. Let it dry naturally before putting it back to the cover.

Apply lubricant to the fishing rod

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You should also store the rod in a cool and dry place, far away from sources of heat or dirt such as radiator or fireplace. When you store it, make sure you hang it vertically or horizontally.

Furthermore, you need to pay extra attention when you open and close the sections of the rod. Just do it slowly when you extend or close the rod as doing these quickly can cause significant damage to the eyes of the fishing rod.

In general, a telescopic fishing rod is quite versatile and useful if storage is one of your biggest concerns. I hope that with all of the information above, you would know more about it, its benefits and drawbacks. More importantly, I hope you have learned how to choose a good one and maintain it properly. Lastly, I also hope that you can pick a suitable rod and have a lot of fun time fishing with it in the future.