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 Post subject: Travel Rods
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:52 pm 
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Has anybody used the Shimano Exage series of mini telescopic travel rods ? With a transport length of about 30cms, they appear to be just ideal for packing in a small bag during air travel. Question is would a rod rated medium light (casting weight 5-20gm) be suitable for our waters for "general, fun fishing". Would they stand the strain if a larger fish is hooked ? What lenght should one opt for - 7/8/9 ft ? Any reviews/advise on these rods would be welcome.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:37 pm 
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Dear Hawkeye,

I know some of the more heavy Shimano Exage travel rods, but until now I didn't come up with the very light telescopic rod you mentioned. I think I should tell you about my experience with a similar very light telescopic travel rod. My rod was/is perfect for catching trout and all kind of smaller species. Really a nice tool & I got the feeling that it should be suitable for bigger species as well. To try it out I took my rod to a tank holding loads of sturgeon between 10-30 pounds. Here it is very easy to hook into a big fish and as the water is free of snags I hoped to be in a good chance of landing them too.

To make it short: the rod didn't break, but I didn't manage to catch a single fish. I got plenty of takes, but managed to hook only very few of them as the rod was too soft for a proper strike. Those fish that I hooked managed to tear off at high speed and I wasn't able to stop them with the flimpsy rod. It bent into a circle but I had no chance to change the swimming direction of the fish in any way. As the rod action was used to it's maxinum it had no longer any abilities to feather up any of the hard pulls, and so the line (I was using braided line of 0.10mm... a strong high quality line compared to it's diameter) either broke or the hook pulled out.

My advise: Buy such rod if you want to use it for carnatic carp, small and medium size rohu or mirgal and murral, but don't try it out for the big ones. It is not the right tool therefore.

Another point: If too light tackle is in use for big fish it generally takes very long until a fish can get landed. This isn't good for the fish! Sometimes in Europe very big Catfish get hooked by mistake on too light tackle. Some skilled fisherman manage to get them out after a two or three hours battle, but after such struggle the fish rarely stands a chance to survive. It is totally exhausted. If you're after mahseer you normally want/have to return your catch, so please consider to use strong enough tackle.

Dirk


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:30 pm 
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Hi Hawkeye,

I like Shimano and I got last week EXAGE AX STC SPINNING rod, as universal "working horsy". But he's not telescopic, and I find it's better. The length is 2,70 m (transport length 56 cm, 6 sections), cast weight 15-40 g. The reel I think will be Shimano Ultegra 4000. I hope it will work this january in Goa! :D

Regards,

Alexey


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:42 pm 
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I've recently taken delivery of the heavier of these rods http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog. ... get=browse
It looks a nice bit of kit and balances up well with a 4000 or 6000 size reel.
The proof of the pudding will come in January when I bring it out with me and I'll hold off on a revie till then.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:43 pm 
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My advise: Buy such rod if you want to use it for carnatic carp, small and medium size rohu or mirgal and murral, but don't try it out for the big ones. It is not the right tool therefore.


Thanks, dibu. If it is to be used for the above purpose, which would be better: a 7 footer casting upto 20gms or an 8 footer casting up to 30 gms ? Please remember it is for "joy fishing" only , not for serious angling.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:53 pm 
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I'd prefer the 8ft rod with the slightly higher casting weight. It should allow better casting and when fighting a fish the slightly increased length should also guaranty a better control over the fish. Also it is at least a bit stronger and so it'll be more suitable for "fun" fishing in India. Even your "funfish", like pangas catfish, small rohu (& other Indian carp) or murral can perform a very good fight when catched on a light rod and reel.

Dirk

Are your views limited to the telescopic version only? With their very short transport length they should consist of more sections as the put over travel rods. So the put over rods should own a better action and maybe are more resistant against breakage. I have one of these Shimano rods lying around here. Shall I add a picture for you?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 2:07 pm 
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Thanks again for the input. A picture would be welcome.
I am planning to get the shimano exage 210ML which is a minitelescopic rod comprising of 10 sections 7 feet and casting upto 20gms PLUS the shimano exage ax stc which is a take apart with 6 sections allowing 8 & 9 feet with upto 40gms casting wt. I feel with the two I should have enough to handle light and medium fishing. Do you agree ?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2006 3:15 pm 
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Suggest you also take a look at the Rom Emersons 4 piece travel rod and also the Flex 5 piece .. I picked up both of them from The UK and they are worth the price . Around 130 pounds for both


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:55 pm 
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Fredfish wrote:
Suggest you also take a look at the Rom Emersons 4 piece travel rod and also the Flex 5 piece .. I picked up both of them from The UK and they are worth the price . Around 130 pounds for both



Any website for the above rods ?


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:13 pm 
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I bought a couple of TFO (Temple Fork Outfit) Heavy TiCr2 Travel spinning rods, they are excellent I have fished with them in Goa, Andamans and at a Dam, they are very light 3 Pc, graphite construction, with a cork base. Its light action works well with a medium spinning reel with braided teryline (berkley).

http://www.burfish.com/catalog/tfs-703h.html

It costs $100 and comes with a lifetime warranty, anytime the rod breaks you send it back to them with a $25 Cheque and they send you a brand new one (the reason I know is I broke one accidently and got a brand new one).

The rod Im talking about hold anywhere between 10 - 25 Lbs.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:24 pm 
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Hey Im sorry its ron thomson ... check on google search and u will be able to get it .. They are very famous in the UK


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