Trailmaster Rod

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Telescopic fishing rod and reel for backpacking?

I want to get my dad a fishing rod for christmas so he can take it backpacking. It needs to be light weight, but fairly sturdy, and it needs to be collapsible so it can fit into a backpack. Can anyone recommend a good rod and reel? Try to keep it under $40
Thanks for you input so far, you guys are helping alot. I am looking for something light weight, as it will most likely have to be carried distances over 7 miles, with all sorts of hunting equipment. Light Weight is a MUST! Thanks again.

1.) Telescopic rods have a tendency to break easily and have next to no durability.

Imagine your dad hiking into a remote area where the fish are abundant and easily caught and his rod or reel breaking.

For this reason alone I would be VERY cautious about purchasing a telescopic rod. The only Telescopic rod I've ever heard of with an "ok" reputation was an Ugly Stik, (and even then the action was a joke!).

Light weight is important when hiking, but if your fishing outfit is too "flimsy" for the rigors of a hike and you arrive at an OUTSTANDING fishing hole with a broken rod.....Whats the point?

In my opinion, you need a decent "pack rod" with a solid reel.

Pack rods break down into 4 pieces and have the durability and action of a one-piece rod.

Here is a suggestion:

1. Eagle Claw Trailmaster 3 Travel Rod- Currently at http://www.cabelas.com for $41.99. This rod has excellent feedback for such an inexpensive rod.

Match the Trailmaster rod with a Mitchell 308 Xe (about $40-$44) and you have a very decent outfit that should be much more reliable than a dirt cheap pack rod outfit or telescopic rod/reel that will break the first time you don't "baby" it.

(I know my suggestion is closer to $90 than $40 but, honestly, there just aren't any good pack-rod combo's (OR even general fishing outfits) in your requested price range! In fishing tackle the old saying,"You get what you pay for" is very applicable.

Here's a couple questions you should ask yourself before spending only $40 on a hiking pack-rod outfit:

Would you buy a car from Walmart for $500?

How long do you think your $500 Walmart car would last?

PS: Bassplayer gets my vote for best answer. Thumbs bro.

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Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spin Fly Rod 4 Piece 7ft 6in Light
Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spin Fly Rod 4 Piece 7ft 6in Light
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Eagle Claw TML76SF4 Trailmaster Spin Fly Rod 4 Piece 7ft 6in Light
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Vintage WRIGHT  MCGILL Eagle Claw Trailmaster 69 Spin Pack Rod w tube  sock
Vintage WRIGHT MCGILL Eagle Claw Trailmaster 69 Spin Pack Rod w tube sock
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Wright McGill Trailmaster 75 M4TMU Mini Ferrules 4 Section Spinning Rod MINT
Wright McGill Trailmaster 75 M4TMU Mini Ferrules 4 Section Spinning Rod MINT
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VINTAGE WRIGHT  McGILL TRAILMASTER 7 1 2 Fly Rod Excellent
VINTAGE WRIGHT McGILL TRAILMASTER 7 1 2 Fly Rod Excellent
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Wright  McGill Trailmaster 69 Vintage Spin Fly Rod Min Ferrules Breaks Down 6
Wright McGill Trailmaster 69 Vintage Spin Fly Rod Min Ferrules Breaks Down 6
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Vintage Wright  McGill Trailmaster 6 1 2 FT No M4TMC 4 Piece Casting Rod
Vintage Wright McGill Trailmaster 6 1 2 FT No M4TMC 4 Piece Casting Rod
$30.00
Fly Rod Wright  Mc Gill 69 Trailmaster 6 sections with case
Fly Rod Wright Mc Gill 69 Trailmaster 6 sections with case
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Vintage Eagle Claw Trailmaster 4 piece Fly Fishing Rod 75 ft TRFP244
Vintage Eagle Claw Trailmaster 4 piece Fly Fishing Rod 75 ft TRFP244
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Vintage EAGLE CLAW Wright  McGill Trailmaster M6TMU 6 9 Fly Fishing Rod Tube
Vintage EAGLE CLAW Wright McGill Trailmaster M6TMU 6 9 Fly Fishing Rod Tube
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Eagle Claw Wright  McGill Trailmaster TRP602 6 1 2 Fishing Spinning Fly Rod
Eagle Claw Wright McGill Trailmaster TRP602 6 1 2 Fishing Spinning Fly Rod
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Eagle Claw Trailmaster Vintage 69 Spin Fly Combination Rod with Case 6pc
Eagle Claw Trailmaster Vintage 69 Spin Fly Combination Rod with Case 6pc
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Wright McGill Trailmaster 71 2 Fiberglass Fly Rod Eagle Claw
Wright McGill Trailmaster 71 2 Fiberglass Fly Rod Eagle Claw
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VINTAGE WRIGHT  MCGILL FISHING ROD TRAILMASTER 69 MINI FERRULES TACKLE
VINTAGE WRIGHT MCGILL FISHING ROD TRAILMASTER 69 MINI FERRULES TACKLE
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Vintage Wright  McGill Trailmaster 6 9 6TMU Pack Rod
Vintage Wright McGill Trailmaster 6 9 6TMU Pack Rod
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Wright  McGill Trailmaster 69 NoM6TMU Mini Ferrules Pack Fishing Rod
Wright McGill Trailmaster 69 NoM6TMU Mini Ferrules Pack Fishing Rod
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WRIGHT AND MCGILL BACKPACK TRAILMASTER M4TMS 1 H 4 PIECE SPIN CAST ROD 65
WRIGHT AND MCGILL BACKPACK TRAILMASTER M4TMS 1 H 4 PIECE SPIN CAST ROD 65
$56.98
Vintage Wright and McGill Trailmaster 5 Pc 69 Fly Rod
Vintage Wright and McGill Trailmaster 5 Pc 69 Fly Rod
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Vintage 4 PC Eagle Claw Trailmaster M4TMU Spin Fly Combination 7 1 2 Rod USA
Vintage 4 PC Eagle Claw Trailmaster M4TMU Spin Fly Combination 7 1 2 Rod USA
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Vintage Wright  McGill Eagle Claw Trailmaster 69 Spin Fly Fishing Rod
Vintage Wright McGill Eagle Claw Trailmaster 69 Spin Fly Fishing Rod
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Vintage Wright McGill Eagle Claw Trailmaster Fishing Rod Fly Spin 4 Piece M4TMU
Vintage Wright McGill Eagle Claw Trailmaster Fishing Rod Fly Spin 4 Piece M4TMU
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EAGLE CLAW TRAILMASTER NO TRFP244 7 1 2 4 PIECE FLY ROD  7 LINE HARD TO FIND
EAGLE CLAW TRAILMASTER NO TRFP244 7 1 2 4 PIECE FLY ROD 7 LINE HARD TO FIND
$49.95
Vintage Wright McGill Eagle Claw Trailmaster Fishing Rod 4 Piece M4TMS65
Vintage Wright McGill Eagle Claw Trailmaster Fishing Rod 4 Piece M4TMS65
$75.00
Wright Mcgill Trailmaster 7 1 2 Fishing Rod Complete With Case Bag
Wright Mcgill Trailmaster 7 1 2 Fishing Rod Complete With Case Bag
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Vtg ZL 603 Graphite Eagle Claw Trailmaster 5 Way Combination 8 pc Fishing Rod
Vtg ZL 603 Graphite Eagle Claw Trailmaster 5 Way Combination 8 pc Fishing Rod
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WRIGHT  McGILL EAGLE CLAW 4pc TRAILMASTER NoM4TMC 6  1 2 FT COMBINATION ROD
WRIGHT McGILL EAGLE CLAW 4pc TRAILMASTER NoM4TMC 6 1 2 FT COMBINATION ROD
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Vintage 6 1 2 Ft EAGLE CLAW TRAILMASTER Fishing Rod w Case TRCR246
Vintage 6 1 2 Ft EAGLE CLAW TRAILMASTER Fishing Rod w Case TRCR246
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Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spin Fly Rod 4 Piece 7ft 6in Light
Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spin Fly Rod 4 Piece 7ft 6in Light
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Wright McGill Eagle Trailmaster 7 1 2 foot Combination Fly Spin Fishing Rod
Wright McGill Eagle Trailmaster 7 1 2 foot Combination Fly Spin Fishing Rod
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Eagle Claw Trailmaster Medium Spin and Fly Rod 6 Piece
Eagle Claw Trailmaster Medium Spin and Fly Rod 6 Piece
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