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I was just wondering if anyone travels with a fishing rod on they're bikes?
I have an BMW R80 GS, but i presume most bikes with panniers would be similar.
I don't like telescopic rods as i don't reckon they will last and they don't have a good feel.
Anyones experiences would be greatly appreciated,
Thanks in advance,
Hey, I take a fishin rod everywhere. Ive a GS and cable tie a beach caster to just above the righthand footpeg and another onto the pannier rack above it. It sticks up at 45 degrees. Solid. I never catch any fish so I dont have to worry about where Im gonna keep them.
i'd love to see the photos if thats possible , i did a trial run with the rod on top ofthe pannier but it sticks out the back abit too much for my liking,,,
Old bmw you must be the lucky one as my last telescopic (a cheapy aswell) feel to pieces the last time i was out,,,,,Anyway as i said before i don't like the feeling of them either......but really they are the ideal solution,,,,have you had it long???
had it three years, bought it in a supermarket for trout in the pyrennees.
( shhh, a live worm makes excellent bait )
Actually I am a cheapskate, my tent from Le Clerc cost 14.99 euros, my sleeping bag 16.99 euros. I only go off on trips when the weather looks acceptable, usually only in teh summer. and take the view if something nasty happens to my gear it does not matter. I have a little Gaz stove that used a blend of propane and butane so runs well, it may not be as cheap as a multifuel stove per kilowatt, but it is small and convenient. Four pots of tea pays for a 470 cannister which usually lasts a season.
I used to holiday with megabucks of nikon camera equipment, but could never enjoythe holiday as i was always worrying about my gear. Naturally if I was to become insane and decided to camp on the north face of the Eiger over Xmas, I might re-evaluate the fitness for purpose level of my gear.
I'm having trouble with this picture attachment thing. I resized my image to less than 39k (posting limit) in Photoshop Elements, but site still believes it is 45k and won't post it. Clearly a competence problem on my part. Anyway, the rod holder is as crude as it comes. A piece of plastic drain pipe found in my garage, 600mm long, 70mm dia with a bottom cap made from a plastic bottle. I rivetted a couple of bits of aluminium on half way up and strap it to my bike. The aluminium blocks stop the pipe moving up and down in the attachment strap, which is just a suitcase strap wrapped round the pipe and round my backrack. The pipe is attached vertically so I just pop the rod(s) in there. So far they have not managed to jump out when I hit bumps. The rods are a six piece traveller type fly rod and a two piece fly rod - both 6-7 weight. If I only take one rod I jam a piece of foam in with it to stop it rattling itself to bits. The pipe is just too small a diameter to take the hard tube my rod was delivered in.
I have a German DAM interline rod that breaks down into three sections...its one where the line goes through the middle of the rod so no rod-rings...very short length to carry and good quality......cheers
I have a 7 section telescopic rod I bought for about 10 euro years and years ago, and take that. Sure the action isn't as good as some rods, but at about 25cm long collapsed I can put up with that. It's been a very reliable rod, with nothing broken in about 15 years. I use it as a boat rod too, by not pulling out the last section or two. It's just long enough that I can use it as a fly rod (not very good but useable just) if I have to, but usually bait or spinner.
I'm carrying a cheap little spinning rod from Poundland (telescopic). Plus a reel and 4 lures. The whole lot 3pounds . I'm on my way now up through Germany and Poland to the Baltic States and I'll do a little spinning from some of my wild campsites when they're on a river or loch.
dont knock telescopic rods, they are just a normal rod that has more joints than normal! a cheap and nasty outfit is a cheap and nasty outfit, whether its tele or breakdown.
these supermarket specials usually come with dodgy reels and crap tackle but if you go to a proper dealer and spend a little more (a surprisingly 'little' more) you can get some decent kit.
i spent £25gbp on a 6' rod about eight years ago and its still going strong. folds down to about 1' long and goes in a little flat box with a small fixed spool, some spare line and a small tackle wallet.
Good question Quastdog. I carry a telescopic rod which has caught a warehouse of old boots over the years and is still going strong. I have used it while travelling in all parts of the the world - except Europe and Australia. The whole licence thing, while necessary to pay for fisheries management I'm sure, makes travel fishing in Australia too much of a drama. You can usually pick up a licence at a bait shop on the tourist beaches, but away from the towns (ie where I camp and want to fish) there are more park rangers and fishing inspectors than places to get licences. Maybe it's easier to get a licence than I realise. Anyway, I've never been checked for a licence in Laos, or Indonesia, or India, or Oman, or the Philippines, or .....
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