best telescopic fishing rods in the uk

The 5 Best Telescopic Fishing Rods in the UK - (Travel Rods in 2020 Reviewed)

Have you ever been somewhere that looks like it would be jam packed full of fishing promise and wished that you had a rod with you? We know that lugging a fishing rod around with you isn’t the most convenient thing. What if we were to tell you that there is a solution.

In this article we explore some of the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK today and what you should look out for when considering a purchase.

best telescopic fishing rods in the uk

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The best telescopic fishing rods in the UK are:

1. Daiwa Megaforce Telescopic All round Fishing Rod

2. X5 MAX Travel Fishing Rod

3. Shakespeare Cypry Carp Telescopic Rod

4. Smuggler 6 Travel Fishing Rod & Case

5. World Traveller Travel Fishing Rod Reel & Case Set


The following table shows some more information on our choices for the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK:

Image
Editors Pick
Daiwa Megaforce Tele 3.60m 70-150g, Telescopic Allround Fishing Rod, 11499-365
X5 MAX Travel Fishing Rod. 9 Rod Combinations-1 Fishing Rod. 2.75m 2.50m 2.30m angling options...
Shakespeare Unisex Cypry Carp Telescopic Rod, Black, 12 Ft/3.0 Lb
Smuggler 6 Travel Fishing Rod & Case. 215cm 6'10" and 190cm 6’2” rod options. 6 sections. Nano...
World Traveller Travel Fishing Rod Reel & Case Set. Compact 6 sections 2 tips. 215cm 7’ + 1.9cm...
Product
Daiwa Megaforce Telescopic All round Fishing Rod
X5 MAX Travel Fishing Rod
Shakespeare Cypry Carp Telescopic Rod
Smuggler 6 Travel Fishing Rod & Case
World Traveller Travel Fishing Rod Reel & Case Set
Length
12 Foot
7.5 - 9 foot
11 - 13 foot
6'10"
7 Foot
Weight
340g
268g
320g
500g (including case)
750g (including reel)
Casting weight
up to 4 ounces (other versions available)
up to 2 ounces depending on setup
up to 5 ounces
Up to 1.5 ounces
Up to 1.5 ounces
Suitable For?
Spinning and ledgering for medium sized fish.
Spinning & Coarse fishing for medium sized fish
Carp & Sea fishing
Light spinning & Coarse Fishing
Light Spinning & Coarse Fishing
Editors Pick
Image
Daiwa Megaforce Tele 3.60m 70-150g, Telescopic Allround Fishing Rod, 11499-365
Product
Daiwa Megaforce Telescopic All round Fishing Rod
Length
12 Foot
Weight
340g
Casting weight
up to 4 ounces (other versions available)
Suitable For?
Spinning and ledgering for medium sized fish.
Image
X5 MAX Travel Fishing Rod. 9 Rod Combinations-1 Fishing Rod. 2.75m 2.50m 2.30m angling options...
Product
X5 MAX Travel Fishing Rod
Length
7.5 - 9 foot
Weight
268g
Casting weight
up to 2 ounces depending on setup
Suitable For?
Spinning & Coarse fishing for medium sized fish
Image
Shakespeare Unisex Cypry Carp Telescopic Rod, Black, 12 Ft/3.0 Lb
Product
Shakespeare Cypry Carp Telescopic Rod
Length
11 - 13 foot
Weight
320g
Casting weight
up to 5 ounces
Suitable For?
Carp & Sea fishing
Image
Smuggler 6 Travel Fishing Rod & Case. 215cm 6'10" and 190cm 6’2” rod options. 6 sections. Nano...
Product
Smuggler 6 Travel Fishing Rod & Case
Length
6'10"
Weight
500g (including case)
Casting weight
Up to 1.5 ounces
Suitable For?
Light spinning & Coarse Fishing
Image
World Traveller Travel Fishing Rod Reel & Case Set. Compact 6 sections 2 tips. 215cm 7’ + 1.9cm...
Product
World Traveller Travel Fishing Rod Reel & Case Set
Length
7 Foot
Weight
750g (including reel)
Casting weight
Up to 1.5 ounces
Suitable For?
Light Spinning & Coarse Fishing

Last updated on 2020-10-14 /  Images from Amazon Product API

Are telescopic fishing rods any good?

It depends what you are looking for? Being completely honest, a telescopic fishing rod is never going to outperform a nice three-piece or two-piece rod for a given task. However, what you lose in performance you gain in portability.

A telescopic fishing rod will fit just about anywhere. The boot of the car, a suitcase, or even on your back whilst you go for a walk.

Depending on what your discipline is you’ll see that there is a rod for every occasion. In fact, one of our suggestions today is one rod for all occasions. Try finding that with a two-piece rod!

If you go for something that is of high quality then you should find that there isn’t too much difference in performance. In fact, some telescopic rods nowadays are actually really very good. We wouldn’t advise you turning up to a match with one, but for something that allows you to get out and have a fish they are a really brilliant solution.

Considerations on the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK?

You’ll want a rod that is lightweight. It is no use ensuring portability if you arm is ready to drop off from using it. This includes being light enough to transport when you are on the go too.

As far as rod action and length goes, you are going to be slightly limited on both fronts. Joints are weak points even on the best fishing rod. Telescopic rods have more joints therefore they are inherently not quite so strong. The longer the rod, the more joints. Go figure.

The best rod will also be determined by what you are intending to use it for. If you are intending to go carp fishing and spodding, we’re afraid with telescopic rods you might be out of luck. However if you are considering some light float fishing on a small Stillwater, or are looking for a compact stalking rod for the margins or perhaps casting a few mackerel feathers is your thing then there are lots of portable solutions.

If you have 10 minutes free you can see a classic rod compared to a telescopic rod in the video below

Here are our suggestions for the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK...

1

Daiwa Megaforce Telescopic Fishing Rod

Daiwa have surpassed expectations and have made something which is, quite frankly, an absolute beast of a rod. Depending on which model you choose you will be able to cast anything up to 300g! that’s not that off half a kilo.

Fighting a fish with that blank regardless of its size will be no problem at all. Due to the rating of the rod you will be able to use it for whatever type of fishing takes your fancy. The 70-150g rod will cover you for a variety of situations.

Pros

  • Made with Premium lightweight titanium oxide
  • Can cast quite far
  • Great All-round rod
  • Compact and easy to carry

Cons

  • Could do with one or two more rod guides on the 7 foot version

2

X5 MAX Travel Fishing Rod

Although this rod isn't technically a telescopic rod, it serves the same purpose in being very compact and lightweight. The brand 'Rigged and ready' seem to be good at making multipurpose setups. Here is another one which has actually exceeded our expectations. The rod is lightweight and pretty strong. And the carry case is practically bombproof. 

If we told you you can use this rod for just about anything would you believe us? Well you should, because its true, spinning, float, and even fly fishing. The reel seat is moveable to ensure you can get it set up just right.

You’ll be able to cast all the way up to 50g with this little setup, again achieved by providing interchangeable end sections. It is small enough to fit in airline carry on baggage too so if you are off to the sunshine it makes the ideal travelling companion

Pros

  • Extremely compact
  • Comes in a good quality travel case
  • Different length combinations in one kit
  • Moveable reel seat is a great, convenient feature.

Cons

  • Not telescopic so lots of pieces to maintain.

3

Shakespeare Cypry Carp Telescopic Rod

Ok so we might have been wrong about casting big weights a long way. The reason we say this is that this 12ft telescopic rod has a 3lb test curve which is more than adequate to get quite a substantial bait out there. This is definitely one of the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK today.

We wouldn’t expect anything less from Shakespeare. This would make an ideal rod for carp fishing or at a push you could even use it next time you head down to the seaside, just don’t try throwing a 5oz lead with it.

Pros

  • Very strong rod
  • A good length for a telescopic rod
  • Ideal for specimen or sea fishing
  • Through action blanks adds subtlety to its power.

Cons

  • Not really balanced for general 'light tackle' fishing

4

Smuggler 6 Travel Fishing Rod & Case

best telescopic fishing rods in the uk

If you aren’t quite sure where you want to use your telescopic rod, but want flexibility and options then this is an ideal solution. This rod packs into a small tune that’s only just over a foot long. It is strong and pretty much unbreakable.

The beauty of this rod is that it has two different casting weights depending on what you want to do with it. This is achieved by using two different detachable tips. Go for the 20g tip and you have a nice lightweight rod for some float fishing or delicate spinning.

Attach the 40g tip and you’ll have a light ledgering rod for carp or sea fishing. The British designed quality components in this telescopic rod shouldn’t let you down.

Pros

  • Two different attachable tips for versatility
  • Comes with a good solid case.
  • A good all-round fishing rod
  • Nice sleek finish

Cons

  • Not telescopic so lots of pieces to maintain.

5

World Traveller Travel Fishing Rod Reel & Case Set

If you are looking for a combo deal or just haven’t got the time to pair a travel rod up with a real then this is the deal for you. This telescopic fishing combo kit comes with a 5 bearing reel and all of the other good stuff we have seen in our first product on our list. For one of the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK that is a one stop solution, you won’t find better.

Pros

  • Comes with a reel.
  • Comes with a good solid case.
  • Suitable for most types of fishing
  • Comes with 2 year guarantee

Cons

  • 6 Separate sections to maintain

Conclusion

Even we were surprised by what these rods offer. Our advice would be pick a model based on what you will use it for not what you might. Our list of the best telescopic fishing rods in the UK will all perform more than adequately, provided they aren’t deployed in a role that doesn’t suit them. In that sense they are certainly no different than any other conventional rod.

If you need any fishing tackle please consider visiting one of our recommended online fishing tackle shops.

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