Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Sale, Victoria, Australia
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Is that a one-piece rod, HandsomeRyan? If it is, or if it's a two or more piece rod that you plan to transport assembled, I'd suggest a rethink is a wise move.
There aren't too many forms of fishing which don't entail, at times, travelling in under rather low hanging foliage and scrub at times to get to fishing spots, and a rod transported upright in that fashion is at risk. A few years back I lost the tip of a much prized rod to a low haging branch whilst transporting it in a hand-hauled Yak Fishing Buddy.
I've been very cautious about transporting rods upright since, and suggest you do the same. A favoured rod with nice action is not so nice after losing an inch or two off the tip. It's not too difficult nowadays to find collapsible telescopic rods such as Mr. Jim describes, and they aren't very expensive. Ideal for transporting by bicycle, and there's no need to be restricted to the short rod mentioned above. I have a collapsible which is one of my most favoured and used items in the arsenal, and it extends to 12 feet in length after being only about two feet long when collapsed. It's very strong, very responsive at the tip, and suitable for all sorts of fishing from catching nervous and finicky bream in creeks and lakes to spinning for hefty Australian Salmon off the ocean beach.