Best Telescopic Fishing Rod: Fish Wherever You Are

Best telescopic fishing rod
Neal Walker
Written by Neal Walker

So you’re headed out of town for a few days and you’re bummed because you’re going to be near a lake or the sea and there’s great fishing to be done, but, you can’t fit the rod?

Whether you’re going to be driving or flying, trying to bring a fishing rod with you when you travel can be rather difficult.

One solution to this would be to rent one wherever you go. If you’re going to be in a popular fishing area this might be possible, but it is not common and you will be stuck using a rod that isn’t yours and might be of less than high quality.

The best solution really is to pick yourself up the best telescopic fishing rod. These handy devices do the exact same thing as a regular fishing rod, except they collapse down to a quarter of the size and can be taken anywhere.

So, if you are going to be heading out on a trip, you can just stick the rod in your bag and you’ll be able to fish wherever you want. Also, since they fold up nice you can put them in the trunk of your car so you can take advantage of long summer afternoons and get in some fishing between work and home.

Telescopic fishing rods are a great way to help make fishing portable so you can do it more often. Obviously, though, the decision on which rod to buy is not easy. There are different materials and they are designed for different uses.

Telescopic fishing rod

It is important to think about what type of fishing you are going to do with your rod so that you can find the right option for you. To help you figure out which is the best telescopic fishing rod for you, we have put together this review of the top products available and compared them to help find yours.

How Does A Telescopic Fishing Rod Work?

It works probably like you are imagining it: a fishing pole-telescope combination. Basically, you have a section of the rod where the reel is attached that will only be a few feet long. Inside of this part of the rod are all the interlocking pieces of the rest of the rod.

Some rods operate with a button mechanism where all you need to do is push and the rod shoots itself into action. Others require a more manual mechanism where you need to pull the pieces out of the tube and lock them into place yourself.

The main benefit of this is that it dramatically reduces the size of the rod and makes it much easier to transport.

Features of Telescopic Fishing Rods

Let’s take a moment to consider the different aspects that go into your telescopic fishing rod so that you can begin to formulate an idea of what you might want. Some basic questions to consider are:

  • What type of fish do I want to catch?
  • Where do I want to fish?


The first thing you will want to look at when deciding which rod to buy is how big it is. You’ll want to know how long it is both extended and collapsed.

The longer the rod when it is fully extended will give you more power, which means you can cast it further and also have more power when setting the line and trying to bring in a fish. A shorter rod will be more maneuverable and better for shorter casting situations.

The other aspect of the rod’s length that you need to consider is how big it is when it is collapsed and folded up. This will give you an idea of just how portable it actually is so you can see if it is a practical option for you.

Telescopic fishing rod size

If you’re planning on flying with it, smaller might be better, but if you’re just going to put it in the trunk of your car, you might be able to look at some larger options.


Weight is also important for two reasons. The first is that lighter it is the easier it will be to carry around and therefore will be more portable.

Again, if it’s going into the checked bag for the flight you’re going to want something lightweight so that it doesn’t take up too much of your valuable space. Another reason that the weight matter has to do with the type of fishing you plan to do.

If you are going to be out on a boat and holding the rod for long stretches of time jigging, it will be a good idea to look for something more lightweight. Even if there isn’t much difference in how much each rod weighs, if you plan to have it in your hands for hours at a time than the lighter the better because your arms will get tired.

The weight of your rod is an important factor and needs to be thought about carefully before making a purchase.


The power of a fishing rod refers to its resistance to bending or its stiffness. This is very important because the power of your rod will make a big difference in the type of fish you are able to go for.

The less power will mean an easily-bending rod and will really only be suitable for small fish. If you try to catch a bigger fish with a lower power rod you may have increased maneuverability, but it will be very difficult to handle it.

Telescopic fishing rod power

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On the other hand, if you plan to go after bigger fish you will want to look for something with more power. It will bend much less easily and will make it more practical to go after bigger fish.

They will be harder to yield, but this is a necessary aspect of fishing for large fish. Take a look at this table to get an idea of the different power classifications and what they mean for the specifications of the rod.

Power:Lure weight:Line weight:
Ultra light1/64-1/16 oz1 to 4lb test
Light1/32-1/8 oz4 to 8lb test
Medium1/8-3/8 oz4 to 12lb test
Medium heavy3/16-1/2 oz8 to 14lb test
HeavyUp to 1 ½15-25lb test
Extra heavy1 ½ and above25lb test and above

One important thing to note is that manufacturers may not strictly adhere to these specifications. They may offer some combination of two different power levels, but this table should help give you an idea of what the different specifications mean in terms of use.


The action refers to the distance the tip of the rod bends when there is pressure on the tip and the speed with which it returns to its original position. There are three classifications of actions and they are as follows:

  • Fast action. These rods bend very little and snap back to their original position very quickly making them ideal for big fish as well as game fishing.
  • Medium/moderate action. Like the name suggest, this rod bends more than a fast action but less than a slow action. It is good for an angler that likes to vary the type of fish being sought. With a medium action rod you can go for both big and small fish and be effective in catching either.
  • Slow action. This type of rod will bend throughout its length, meaning it is extremely flexible and ideal really only for small fish.

Materials used

As with any product, the materials used to construct it are essential in understanding what it is you are considering purchasing. When dealing with fishing rods, the materials used will also contribute to some of the other things we have discussed.

The first being the weight, some materials will be lighter than others. What is used to build the rod also has a big impact on the power and action of the rod. The two most common materials used are fiberglass and graphite/carbon fiber.

Generally speaking, fiberglass is the older technology, but these rods still have their own advantages. Fiberglass rods tend to be better for lightly hooked fish; they vibrate less and therefore tend to prevent the hook from falling out.

Telescopic fishing rod material

Also, fiberglass rods, when mastered, are better for long distance casts, but there is a learning curve so this may be best for beginners. Graphite rods are known for being lighter and more sensitive. The slightest movement on the hook will be felt in your hands which will increase your chances of hooking the fish.

Telescoping mechanism

One thing that can differentiate these rods is how the telescoping part of the rod is used. Some options out there are engaged by pushing a button to activate a mechanism, while others are more manual.

This is really a matter of personal preference. The only real situation where it might matter is if you plan to pack your rod up into suitcases; a button action could give you troubles when it is crammed and squeezed up next to other things in the bag. Beyond that, it is really a simple matter of what you like better.

What’s Available?

Now that we have had the chance to look at the important aspects of these fishing rods and the things you must consider as you get ready to buy one, let’s take a look at some of the available options on the market.

We’ll look at each one’s specification and then compare them with the others so you can get an idea of which one might be right for you.

Shakespeare Travel Mate Pack RodShakespeare Travel Mate Pack Rod

Size: You choose between 4’6” and 6’6”

Weight: 3 lbs

Power: Medium

Action:  You choose, set the length according to the action you want

Material: Fiberglass

Mechanism: Six built-in storage compartments

Additional features: Carrying case and reel included

Best Use: Freshwater fishing

Price: Between $25 and 41.99 depending on size

Description: The nice thing about this particular Shakespeare Travel Mate Pack Rod is its versatility. Since there are several different size options to choose from and within these options you can set the length and determine the action, it is really a nice general-purpose rod that is good for all levels.

The fiberglass rod makes it a tiny bit heavier than some other options, but all in all there is very little to complain about with this rod.

Its versatility is probably best taken advantage of when going after smaller fish or when doing some freshwater fishing. It will give you the power to take on some of the bigger prizes you might find on the lake, but it might not be the most effective option on the sea.

If you are unsure what you want or want something for multiple purposes, this could be a great option for you.

Eagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic RodEagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic Rod

Size: 5’6”

Weight: 10.9 oz

Power: Between light and medium

Action: Moderate

Material: Fiberglass

Mechanism: Manual telescope

Additional features: Reel included

Best Use: Freshwater or bass fishing

Price: $28.10

Description: Another good all-around rod, but this Eagle Claw Pack-It Spin Combo Telescopic Rod seems a little bit more geared to smaller fish lake fishing as well as bass fishing. It is lighter and smaller than many of the other options.

Also, its moderate action and somewhat shorter length lend it to this type of angling, although this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be used for bigger fish. One nice thing is that the reel is included with this model.

You may find that down the road you would like to replace it with your own reel, but to begin with, this is a nice feature of this product. Many of the products we are going to be looking at do not come with the reel, which means the price tag you see is somewhat artificially low since you will have to buy a reel separate if you don’t already have on at home.

In general, this is a high-quality, lightweight general use rod that most fishermen would be quite happy to have in their bag or their trunk.

Enjoydeal Portable Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing RodEnjoydeal Portable Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Rod

Size: 7-9 ft. depending on which model you choose

Weight: 10 oz

Power: Heavy

Action: Moderate to Slow depending on size

Material: Carbon fiber

Mechanism: Telescope

Additional features: None—no reel included

Best Use: Sea fishing or boat fishing

Price: $13.99-22.90

Description: This Enjoydeal Portable Carbon Fiber Telescopic Fishing Rod Travel Spinning Fishing Pole is designed for use when going after heavy fish and for when you will be fishing in heavier seas.

The largest model is 9ft long, but when it is collapsed it is just over a foot. This means you can have access to a heavy rod with a moderate to slow action almost anywhere you go.

The benefit to having a longer rod with a slower action on the sea is that it allows you to have more control. Bigger fish will pull you in different directions and having a rod like this will help you stay with its movements as you fight to bring it on board.

One thing to mention is that this rod does not come with a reel. You will need to purchase one separately before you will be able to use the rod.

The use of carbon fiber means the long rod is not too heavy and can be transported easily and be held for many hours at a time, which again will come in handy when you are battling that big fish out at sea.

PLUSINNO® Telescopic Fishing RodPLUSINNO® Telescopic Fishing Rod

Size: From 5.91 ft to 10’ 6”

Weight: 11.2 oz

Power: Medium

Action: Multiple—depending on length

Materials: Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass

Mechanism: Manual telescope

Additional features: No reel included

Best Use: Sea fishing

Price: $21.99-32.99

Description: PLUSINNO® Telescopic Fishing Rod Retractable Fishing Pole Rods Saltwater Travel Spinning Fishing Rods Poles is another heavy duty option that can be used for lighter fish but is really designed to help you go after the big ones in the sea. It comes in a variety of sizes and each size can be adjusted so that you can get the desired length and action.

The carbon fiber helps keep the weight down but the sensitivity up and all the guiding holes on the rod are covered in stainless steel to help fight against the corrosion that prolonged exposure to salt water can do.

This is one of the longer rods that you will see out on the telescopic fishing rod market and for this reason, it is a really good option for sea fishing and boat fishing.

You will be able to go after big fish and fight them if necessary. However, because it is adjustable it would also be useful should you decide to switch your target to smaller fish.

Top Grade! THKFISH Telescopic Fishing Rod RetractableTop Grade! THKFISH Telescopic Fishing Rod Retractable

Size: 5’9” to 10’8”

Weight: 6.8 oz

Power: Medium

Action:  Depends on length

Materials: Special carbon

Mechanism: Adjustable telescope

Additional features: No reel included

Best Use: Large freshwater fishing or small sea fishing

Price: $22.35-35.99

Description: By making use of special carbon, this Top Grade! THKFISH Telescopic Fishing Rod Retractable sets itself apart by how light it is. It has an extremely sensitive touch so you will be immediately aware as soon as something starts sniffing around your bait.

It’s lightweight design lends itself more to use on the lake and the sea because using this rod on the sea might cause lots of false alarms; the slightest touch from seaweed or a tug from the current will have you reeling in like crazy thinking you’ve got lunch on the line. That being said, in calm seas or for casting from shore or a boardwalk it could be useful.

This option is adjustable as well meaning you can personalize the length and the action depending on what you are planning on using it for. Overall, this is a nice and durable option for those looking to go after the bigger prizes available in the lake or the smaller prizes available in the sea.

Shelure Telescopic Fishing RodShelure Telescopic Fishing Rod

Size: 6’9” to 11’6”

Weight: 6-12 oz.

Power: Medium

Action:  Depends on length

Materials: Carbon fiber mixed with fiberglass

Mechanism: Adjustable telescope

Additional features: No reel included

Best Use: Saltwater or freshwater

Price: 14.99-38.98

Description: The longest option available with this Shelure Telescopic Fishing Rod, Short, Carbon Fibre, Retractable Fishing Pole is the longest rod being reviewed on this list. It is great for heavy duty fishing and any fishing involving long casts or the sea. It does not come with a reel, which means you will need to buy one separately.

The carbon fiber and fiberglass mix helps blend the advantages of the two poles so that you can enjoy the flexibility of the carbon fiber with the power advantages of fiberglass. This rod also looks great.

There are gold fittings on the handle as well the bottom which gives it a sleek modern look. Also, the stainless steel hooded reel seats will offer nice protection against the corrosion that could come from prolonged exposure to saltwater.

This really is a heavy duty rod. Again, the versatility of this rod makes it an attractive option to almost anyone, but it is definitely more geared towards heavy duty anglers.

Tenkara Rod Co. Teton Fly Fishing Rod – PackageTenkara Rod Co. Teton Fly Fishing Rod – Package

Size: 12 ft.

Weight: 3.2 oz

Power: Ultralight

Action: Precise

Materials: Carbon fiber

Mechanism: Adjustable telescope

Additional features: Reel, line and three flies included

Best Use: Fly fishing

Price: $158.95

Description: At 12ft long and only 3.2 oz, this Tenkara Rod Co. Teton Fly Fishing Rod – Package is extremely lightweight and makes it a perfect option for fly fishing, as the name suggests. It is not really designed for any other type of fishing so if you are looking for something to use in multiple situations you should look elsewhere.

However, if you know you are going to be fly fishing, this is a great rod that will not let you down. It is a bit on the pricey side, at around $159, but with this price you also get a reel, the line, and three flies.

At the end of the day you are paying for a quality product that is designed to do a specific purpose so price shouldn’t matter too much if this is what you are looking for. The rod is made from carbon fiber which also helps it be so light and it has a very precise action so you can be sure there is a fish nibbling and can act accordingly to make sure you bring it in.

Again, this is a great rod if you are a fly fisher and should be seriously considered if that is what you are in the market for.

Let’s Go Fishing!

After all this talk about fishing and fishing rods, we are sure you are just itching to get out on the water as soon as you can. If you do end up getting a telescopic fishing rod then this will become a lot easier.

Choose your Telescopic fishing rod

You will be able to take a fishing rod with you whenever you go away, either for work or for vacation, or you can stick it in your trunk to convert some boring summer Tuesday into a relaxing day out fishing.

It is clear that a telescopic fishing rod is a nice thing to have, but hopefully, this review has helped to clarify the differences in some of the rods that are out there so that you can best find the one that suits you most.

Have you had the chance to use any of these rods? What did you think? If not, which one seems like it might be the best option for you?

Let us know what you think. Good luck in your search for a new portable fishing rod; hopeful this review has helped you find the right one. So, the time has come. Grab your rod and let’s go fishing.


Neal Walker

Neal Walker

Neal Walker started fishing when he was 4. His father took him to the fishing trips all over USA and Canada. Later he took Angling Education Program at Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, but most of his knowledge comes from experience. Now he takes his sons with him to share his passion.