By Andrew Kennedy
Carp & Specimen
Whilst travelling Asia and Australia a couple of years ago, I used
my first ever telescopic carp rod. It was a "K-Class Globetrotter"
model (The carp brand of Keenets), of 12 feet in length, 2.5lb test-curve,
of graphite construction, complete with "carp-style" abbreviated
Duplon grips. I have to say, I was thrilled by the action and overall
fishability of the rod. It really did not feel like any telescopic
rod I'd used in the past - more like a standard 2-piece carp rod!
Whilst on my journey, I landed many fish with the rod, in both fresh and
saltwater. Species included small Catfish and Mahseer in Malaysia
and Shovel-Nosed Rays, Golden Perch, Giant Trevally, Reef Sharks,
river Carp, Australian Bass, Barramundi and Whiting in Australia (there
were more species too!). So, without my trusty rod I would've missed
out on a wide range of new species into double-figures!
I did a variety of legering, float fishing and lure fishing with the
rod, and was most impressed all round. Even when I had a Giant Trevally
tearing line from my reel at unbelievable pace,
I still had confidence that my rod had the power - and enough sensitivity,
to land anything I hooked.
At one point during my trip, I had an accident which snapped the tip
section of my rod. Despite this, I still managed to catch many fish
with the rod - it just lost a little bit of give in the tip, which
was especially tricky with small fish and bite indication.
very battered K-Class Globetrotter carp rod, along with one of it's
captures from Australia - a Giant Trevally
This rod really surpassed all of my expectations of telescopic rods,
and gave me confidence in using them for far tougher applications.
This rod is still missing a tip section, plus it had to put up with
the equivalent of 20 years' holidays packed into 1 hectic year, so
I have purchased a new one with more backbone, in hopeful anticipation
of my Mahseer fishing in India this May.
new rod is a 12-foot, 2.75lb test curve, 7-section "Wychwood
Rogue" carp rod - again, with abbreviated Duplon grips. I have
yet to use this rod, but it looks and feels very good quality, and
extremely good value-for-money.
My brand-new Wychwood Rogue telescopic carp rod will hopefully
get a good workout from a mahseer, in India!
Because a telescopic carp rod is quite long, you may struggle to fit
it inside your case or bag. Plus, the longer it is when collapsed,
the more likely it is to snap during transit if the case is flexed
or crushed. I alleviated this problem by making my own travel rod
tube, specifically sized for my rod.
To accomplish this, I take an old rod tube (drain pipe can be used
for larger diameter rods, or if you require stronger protection),
and cut it down, about an inch longer than the rod when collapsed-down
- this is to leave room for a bolt and some foam.
I then cut some 4mm thick rubber into a thin strip, to act as a hinge
for one end-cap. The other end-cap is secured with either strong glue,
or preferably pop rivets. I then rivet another strip of rubber onto
the side of the tube, to use as a carrying handle.
The last thing to consider is how to hold the lid closed. For this,
I drill through the cap and
the tube, then push a round-headed coachbolt straight through. A hole
is then drilled through the end of the bolt, to enable a padlock to
The whole thing is given two or three layers of gaffa tape for extra
Once the rod is placed inside the tube, push a small amount of foam
into the end, to prevent the sections vibrating and chaffing against
one another. If, like me, you travel with a large rucksack, the tube
containing your rod can be strapped to the outside of your bag. If
you take a suitcase, the tube won't take up much more room than your
rod alone, but it will protect your rod against damage.
Photographs detailing my home-made holiday rod protection tube,
which is slightly battered from my travels, but has stood the test
of time and protected my rod well.
I am going to a country with rich inshore reefs, or decent trout fishing,
I like to take along a telescopic fly fishing rod. The one I have
at present is a small #7/8 weight rod, made by the recently resurrected
"DAM" a few years ago, but I doubt the new brand makes telescopic
fly rods at this time.
The #7/8 was perfect for reef fishing and I managed to catch a few
small snapper by wading and casting shrimp-pattern flies on a shallow
reef in Seychelles on the outfit. Casting was hard work due to the
small rod rings on this particular tele, but it was good fun all the
My small telescopic fly rod made by DAM, and a thumbprint snapper
caught wading in a shallow reef, Seychelles