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17 hours ago, Mahigo said:

 

 

I think the 3-4 piece rod you can carry in your car all the time but 2 piece perhaps not.

The travel rods are about 30” long and most of them comes with the rod tube.

 

Maybe. A 7ft to 8ft 50/50 2-piece doesn't take up a lot of room though.

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9 hours ago, Inshore said:

St Croix Avid Trek

I second this. I bought this rod over the winter for some upcoming family vacations and decided to test it in the spring while fishing for stripers in the rivers. I ended up using it all spring it was so much fun to fish. It fished like a one piece (it's a 3-piece) and is very well made. 

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17 hours ago, MitchellNJ said:

A true travel rod ensures the mother****ers at the TSA don't break your **** during "inspection".

 

It is why I always carry my rods on the plane.

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Bass Pro has a line of three piece saltwater rods (ocean master) that are very reasonably priced and of excellent quality.

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Diawa ardito thows up to an ounce like a mother fn cannon

 

i love mine, been fishing it alot this summer. Kinda spendy bit worth it IMO

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I’ll have to take a look at some of these suggestions. I wish I had a shop local to me that carried some of this stuff so I could see them first hand. I did get hands on with the Okuma Nomad Inshore travel rod and honestly came away a little underwhelmed. It has a decent build, but was honestly no nicer than the $100 Silver hook that I already have, and the Nomad has a retail of $169. I also think the Nomad is a little heavy which is likely a result of the aluminum reel seat. The Silver Hook is noticeably lighter in hand than the Nomad. Overall if I had to choose between the two I think I’d give the nod to the Silver Hook. It has equal build quality, is lighter, and is a good bit cheaper. I would love to get hands on with the Daiwa Ardito as I’ve enjoyed every Daiwa rod I’ve used so far. The St Croix Avid trek is also one I want to try. 

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15 hours ago, walleyecrazy said:

I’ll have to take a look at some of these suggestions. I wish I had a shop local to me that carried some of this stuff so I could see them first hand. I did get hands on with the Okuma Nomad Inshore travel rod and honestly came away a little underwhelmed. It has a decent build, but was honestly no nicer than the $100 Silver hook that I already have, and the Nomad has a retail of $169. I also think the Nomad is a little heavy which is likely a result of the aluminum reel seat. The Silver Hook is noticeably lighter in hand than the Nomad. Overall if I had to choose between the two I think I’d give the nod to the Silver Hook. It has equal build quality, is lighter, and is a good bit cheaper. I would love to get hands on with the Daiwa Ardito as I’ve enjoyed every Daiwa rod I’ve used so far. The St Croix Avid trek is also one I want to try. 

If your  around LI area we can meet up on a saturdayand I’d let you throw it. I got no issue with that, it lives in my car so i always have it with me

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Just wanted to update this for anyone that is in the same situation as me. I ended up getting my hands on one of the TFO Traveler rods, and must say I am very impressed with it so far. It appears to have excellent build quality, with good quality guides. It comes in a very nice hard travel case that is very compact, so it will take up almost no space when traveling. The rod has a nice crisp action to it which is one of the things I’ve found missing from other travel rods I have been hands on with so far. It also seems to be pretty sensitive from the limited testing I’ve been able to do without getting it into actual use. One nice touch is the addition of alignment marks on each section to help when assembling the rod. No matter how many times I put together a travel rod I always seem to have the alignment slightly off. These will help my apparently visually impaired self get it correctly aligned on the first try. I have to wait to get some on the water time with it, but overall I think I may have a winner on my hands. 

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Century makes a 3 piece 9 foot rod (called the "close quarter") and 12 foot five piece rod. I have used the 12.5 footer and it is very nice. A rod builder can also take the five-piece blank and turn that into a four piece 10 footer. None of these options are cheap but you will get a very nice rod. D-Blue has made a 4 piece 10 foot blank blank for less than the Century. That would be another option to pursue. Best of luck. Tom 

 

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I think more rod manufacturers and rod blank companies need to offer more 2 piece and more 3 or 4 piece options that are made of their top of the line designs & materials.  Face the facts we are going to see more and more global warming, so that means all of us are likely to end up traveling more and more to fish.  I just had two nice custom rods built by Lake Lady that were 8' and 9'2" both two piece and he confirmed what I have always thought.  That is that with a good quality blank that is 2-4 pieces the difference in perceivable difference between a 1 piece is really more hype and not something in most cases anyone can detect.

 

The two recent rods I had built, one was a nice Rainshadow RX8 blank and the other was a version of their RX7 so both were very nice, but why limit their RX9 or new RX10's to one piece when the places you can fish locally are getting limited and how can you travel with a one piece 6' to 15' rod? 

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