How to Buy a Telescopic Rod

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How to Buy a Telescopic Rod

Fishing has long been a popular pastime, and the fishing rod has changed greatly over the thousands of years it has been in use. Early fishing rods consisted of simple wooden sticks or poles, with a line ending in a hook. Modern fishing rods are commonly used for both recreational and sport fishing, and are often made out of synthetic materials such as glass fibre composite, or carbon fibre composite, offering the rod both strength and flexibility. While not as popular for more serious or highly competitive fishing, telescopic fishing rods are popular for more casual recreational fishing, and those who travel. While many kinds of fishing rod may be broken down into two or more parts for transportation and storage, the telescopic fishing rod is built so that the whole rod can collapse into a smaller, more easily transported form. A range of telescope rods are available on eBay.


There are a number of key specifications which are used by manufacturers to outline what a particular fishing rod may be suitable for.

Rod Weight

Also known as the ‘power value’ of a rod, this is an indicator of the size of fish, or the kind of fishing, a rod is suitable for. A rod might be classified from ultra light to ultra heavy, or by similar scales. An ultra light rod, for example, may be more suitable for catching small fish for use as bait, or ‘panfish’, edible fish which never grow too large to fit in a frying pan, whereas an ultra heavy rod might be more suited to deep sea fishing, or for catching heavyweight fish. While theoretically any kind of fish could be caught with any kind of rod, a heavy fish is more likely to break a lighter rod, while catching a small fish with an ultra heavy rod would offer little challenge. There is no universal standard for rod weight, with manufacturers applying their own rod weight specifications to their rods.

Line Weight

This is the range of weights of fishing line that a particular rod is designed to support. Fishing line weight is measured in pounds of tensile force before the line parts. The line weight for fly rods is represented differently, by a number often from 1wt to 12 wt, with ‘wt’ representing the standard weight for the first 30 feet of the line. It is important to match the weight of a line with the line weight of a rod.

Lure Weight

The lure weight of a fishing rod is the recommended weight of lure or hook a rod is designed to support. Using a too light or heavy lure or hook can make casting the rod effectively more difficult. Exceeding this weight by too much could risk damaging the rod. The lure weight is generally measured in ounces or grams.

Rod Action

The action of a rod indicates how rapidly a rod returns to a neutral position from being bent from casting, or from fish on the end. Rod action is expressed as fast, medium or slow. Fast action allows for further casts, while slower rod action is more forgiving, and can make it easier to avoid issues such as throwing bait.

Rod Length

A telescopic fishing rod generally has two measured lengths- its length when collapsed, and its length when fully extended. The lengths are often measured in inches and feet. Longer fishing rods give greater reach, and this can be important for some kinds of fishing, for example when surf fishing. Telescopic rods are particularly popular for surf fishing, as it is possible for the very long rods required to collapse into much smaller, more easily transportable forms.

Types of Rod

While the reduced strength of telescopic rods make them unsuitable for situations which require a great deal of strength, such as deep sea fishing, a number of different kinds of rod are available in telescopic form.

Spinning Rod

Spinning rods are popular for recreational and sport fishing, and are widely available in telescopic form. This kind of rod is generally made of graphite or fibreglass, with a cork or PVC handle. Unlike many other kinds of rod, the spinning reel sits beneath the rod.

The weight of the reel hanging beneath the rod can mean that this kind of rod is more comfortable for use over prolonged periods of time. This kind of rod can also offer the user a great level of control, as the design allows the rod to be held in the dominant hand. This kind of rod is generally between 5’ and 8.5’.

Surf Rods

Surf rods are the most common type of sea rod, and are used for surf fishing. Surf fishing refers to fishing on the shore, or wading into the surf. Due to the length of these kinds of rods, telescopic versions are popular as they allow for a much greater ease of transportation and storage. These rods are generally between 10’ to 14’ when fully extended, as the rod must be able to reach beyond the breaking surf, where the most fish can be found.

Fly Rods

Fly rods are fishing rods specially designed to cast an artificial fly to catch fish. Due to the fact that the fly is often nearly weightless, a special weighted line is required, as well as casting techniques which differ greatly from other kinds of rod.

Fly rods are available in telescopic form, though can be less widely available than other types of rod. Fly rods are built to be thin and flexible, and often have little or no handle extending beyond the reel. The length of a particular fly rod varies depending on the kind of fish it is designed to catch.

Tenkara Rods

Tenkara rods are rods used for tenkara fishing, which is a traditional kind of fly fishing practised in Japan. Tenkara rods have the characteristics of ultra light weight, telescopic fly rods, and their fully extended length ranges from 11’ to 13’. The action of tenkara rods has been standardised to be measured in ratios of stiff parts to more flexible parts, with the ratios being5:5, 6:4, 7:3, and 8:2. 5:5 represents the slower rod, with 8:2 representing the faster rod.

A notable characteristic of the tenkara rod is its lack or reel, with the line tied directly to the tip of the rod. This kind of rod is popular in Japan, and has seen increasing popularity elsewhere.

Construction of the Telescopic Rod

The telescopic rod consists of a series of parts designed to slip into one another, reducing the length of the rod greatly. Telescopic rods are made out of the same materials as conventional rods, such as graphite, fibreglass, carbon fibre or composites such as carbon and graphite.

The eyes of the rod are sometimes designed to reinforce the strength of each section of the rod. A greater number of eyes on a rod means that any weight and stress on the rod is distributed more effectively across the arc of the rod, resulting in further casting and less chance of breaking or damaging the rod.

It is important to note that a telescopic rod should never be opened to quickly, such as whipping the rod from a closed to open position. This can damage the rod, and is likely to make it difficult to close. While telescopic rods have the benefit of being considerably more portable than conventional fishing rods, they are structurally weaker, meaning they are not suited for such activities as catching heavier fish.

Finding a Telescopic Rod on eBay

A wide range of fishing equipment can be found on eBay, including telescopic rods. The full listing of available rods can be found in the Sporting Goods  section, under Fishing. This section is divided by kinds of fishing, so rods are listed by the kind of fishing they are intended for, such as Fly Fishing Rods or Sea Fishing Rods. The listing can be arranged, such as by condition, distance to seller, brand, length line weight and price.

Important specifications of the rod, such as the length and rod type, are generally prominently displayed on an items listing. This makes seeing at a glance whether a particular rod matches any specific requirements easy. It is also possible to view further information about an item on that items page. Information about the seller is also available here, including customer item reviews and feedback. This means a purchase can be made with confidence. On this page, it is also possible to ask the seller a question regarding a specific item.

To find a specific telescopic rod, it may be easier and more effective to use eBay’s search function, available at the top of every page. Searching for a specific kind of telescopic rod here will bring up the closest available match. For advice on effect use of the search function, visit the Search Tips page.


A number of different kinds of rod are available in telescopic form. Telescopic rods offer an excellent choice for fishing, particularly for less intense, more casual situations. Telescopic rods offer excellent portability, which is useful for those who lack the space to store or transport larger rods. While this kind of rod is generally weaker than sturdier, conventional rods, they still offer a versatile choice. A wide range of telescopic rods are available, and they can easily be found on eBay.

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