Best Telescopic Rod and Reel Combos
We have compiled a list of our top five telescopic fishing rod and reel combos that till all the boxes outlined above and will make for great angling companions.
The PLUSINNO fishing combo combines the excellent flexibility and durability of carbon fiber and fiberglass and sports a spinning combo profile that is ideal for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. It comes with a six to nine-piece telescopic design, sports a medium-power blank, anti-rust stainless steel reel seats, and a soft EVA grip that yields excellent comfort. Its reel comes with a high-torque 5.2:1 gear ratio, an anti-reverse system, and an aluminum spool that can take up to 140 meters of 0.3 mm heavy-duty line.
- Lightweight and very portable.
- Highly durable, and comfortable to use.
- Great variety and versatility.
The Wakeman Ultra combo comes as a spinning rod and reel combo and features a fiberglass construction that is 7’2’’ long. It compacts to 17’’ long, sports ergonomic EVA handles for comfort, and a sleek black and chrome finish. It also features a size 20 reel pre-spooled with 175 yards of 6 lb. mono line, a 5.2:1 gear ratio, runs on a single bearing, and includes a high-grade carrying case for improved portability.
- Exceptionally portable.
- Sleek, ergonomic design.
- Includes carrying case and line.
This combo from Eagle Claw comes as a spinning combo with a 5’6’’ fiberglass rod and aluminum reel. It is ideal for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, comes with dual EVA grips, ceramic reinforced guides, and is excellently portable. Its reel comes pre-spooled with line, a 5.0:1 gear ratio, is reversible and foldable for improved portability.
- Lightweight and durable.
- Very versatile and portable.
- Great value for money.
The Troutboy combo series come as spinning combos that feature a carbon fiber/fiberglass composite and are versatile to both freshwater and saltwater fishing. They come with ergonomic EVA handles for comfort, a sleek black and gold design, and comes in different lengths and performance ratings. Its reel comes with a durable graphite construction, runs on 13+1 bearings, a braid-ready spool, and includes a free spool.
- Very lightweight and durable.
- Exceptionally smooth performance.
- Sleek design, includes bonus spool.
The Goture telescopic combo comes as a spinning combo and features a high-grade carbon fiber construction. It comes with an extendable EVA-coated grip, durable reel seats, and high-performance SiC guides. Its reel comes with a lightweight graphite construction, a beveled design for improved casts, and enhances balance.
- Very lightweight.
- Ergonomic, durable design.
- Smooth casting performance.
Telescopic Rod and Reel Combos Buying Guide
For anglers who value carrying convenience but don’t want to disassemble and reassemble their unit every now and then, a telescopic rod and reel combo is the ideal choice. They are exactly where the angler needs them to be and when – easily compacted for storage and easily extended when needed.
Our buying guide reviews the best telescopic rod and reel combos on the market based on their specified features and tested performance to give you the best options to choose from. We then take it a step further to outline the particular factors you should consider and qualities you should look out for in a telescopic fishing rod and reel combo before you make a purchase.
The first point you want to determine is the type of telescopic fishing rod and reel combo you are going for. And of the different types of fishing combos, spinning and baitcasting combos are the most common you will find in a telescopic design.
Spinning combos are the most versatile and are widely used by anglers of all experience levels. They offer the advantage of easy handling, less tendency to backlash, longer casting range, and are ideal for small to medium-sized fish.
Baitcasting combos are better suited to catching larger fish and are more popular among experienced anglers. They offer the advantage of more accurate casts, can handle larger baits, and offer higher reeling torque.
The physical dimensions of your telescopic rod and combo is another very important factor to consider. Telescopic combos are valued first for their portability and this directly rests in how compact they can get. The more the sub-sections it is divided into, the smaller it can get. It should also easily extend into a full-size functional rod without any complications.
Materials and Weight
As an extension of portability, any telescopic rod and reel combo you go for should be very lightweight. It should come with high-grade materials that are lightweight, tough, and durable. Fiberglass, graphite, and composites are the most common materials you will find in telescopic rods and improve in performance in that order. For reels in telescopic combos, graphite and aluminum alloys are the most common materials you will find, with graphite being more corrosion-resistant and lightweight but aluminum making for a tougher unit.