How to set up a telescopic fishing rod: The Ultimate Guide

How to set up a telescopic fishing rod

Fishing is an enjoyable and adventurous outdoor sport that involves catching fishes from a water body particularly a sea or pond. Fishing means catching the fishes with the help of a fishing rod and bait. Fishing can be of many types, but the one that is done for sport and adventure is this technique of using the fishing rods. Fishing can include catching many aquatic animals but mostly is done to catch fishes.

Since apart from just adventure, fishing has also become a sport and many people they are so much fond of fishing that that also compete with their colleagues or friends or even strangers to catch the fishes faster. Apparently, there exists no such different strategy apart from luck factor and some other calculations and observations. But these comments are very hard learned and come only by experience.

To catch a fish, an essential equipment required is a Fishing rod. It is a soft, round, long stick or pole attached to a line ending in a hook used for catching fish. The length of the rod may vary from 2 feet to 20 feet depending upon the area where it is used. To grab a fish, bait or lures are fixed on hooks of the line. The line is stored in a reel that reduces tangles and assists in landing a fish.

These rods are made of bamboo, whereas contemporary rods are made from fiberglass/carbon fiber. Nets are used for subsistence and commercial fishing; contrary fishing rods are used for recreational fishing and competitive fishing. Depending on what the situation is, whether rods are to be used for small, medium or large fish and in fresh or salt water, fishing rods are available in various size, actions, configurations, and lengths.

There are various types of fishing rods available on the market:

Ultra-Light Rods

Ice Rods

Sea Rods

Surf Rods

Trolling Rods

Telescopic Rods

Telescopic Rods are designed in a manner such that user can collapse it to even a foot or elongate it to even 30 feet and hence varies its length depending on the usage. Thus these fishing rods can be folded to place in small areas and becomes very easy to travel with. The telescopic fishing rods can slide within each other to open and close. These rods are made up of graphite, Carbon and sometimes fiberglass also. Telescopic rods require as much care as necessary by other rods. Telescopic rods are popular among surf fishers. Carrying a 12-14 feet fishing rod with proper precautions is inconvenient, even in 2 pieces. The shorter the sections, fisherman closes, they have more eyes and better power curve. More eyes mean better weight and stress distribution throughout the parabolic curve. Better parabolic curve means stronger fish fighting abilities and less breaking of the rod.

For a beginner, it is always difficult to go for fishing despite having all the equipment. It's always recommended to have proper instructions and guidance during fishing. To start with, you first need to learn how to setup the telescopic fishing rod. If you too wish to learn and master on how to setup the telescopic fishing rod just go through this detailed guide. I assure you that you won’t be far away from the most experienced ones in setting up the telescopic fishing rod if you follow these instructions carefully.

Before setting up, here is a short guide for those who don't have a telescopic fishing rod and would like to own one. There are many kinds of telescopic fishing rods. They have numbered over them, for ex: 666TLFS. This 666 TLFS does not stand for anything anti-Christ. It stands for Six Foot Six, Six section telescopic rods. TLFS means it is a light telescopic fishing rod.

One of the most important things while buying a telescopic fishing rod is to test it. For this, you need to test its curve and its bending capability. For this, elongate all sections of your telescopic fishing rod. Now hold the rod such that its bottom handle (Butt of the rod) rests on the ground. Now, Put your finger somewhere near the tip of the rod. Now press the rod from somewhere near the mid section with another finger. Please note that whatever the pressure applied is, the guides must always remain on the same line. If the backbone of the rod is not straight, the rod will twist, and hence all guides will not be in the same line. If the spine is right, the rod will not turn upon bending, and all guides will remain n the same line. Each section must be tested in the same manner. Please note that if your finger is in the first part near the tip, you must apply pressure with another finger in the third section. Similarly, if your rod rests on the finger in the second section, apply pressure on fourth.

Next step is to mark a line on the backside of the guides of each section. Please note that you do it when all the guides are in straight line. This will help you to adjust and make all the guides in proper line for future.

For fishing with a telescopic fishing rod, one needs:

A telescopic fishing rod

A Reel

Fishing Line

A Lure

A pair of Scissors.

First of all, let's learn how to put a line on a reel. For this take the reel and open the bail arm. Now tie Bail arm on the line. You cannot tie an ordinary knot. For instructions on how to tie a knot, please visit the under mentioned site.

Now after you have tied the knot on Bail Arm, close it.

Please note that if you are a young beginner, you must have a friend or caretaker along with you to put a pencil through the line holder. This will make the work easier for you. Also, note that you must keep the line tight. If the line is not tight enough, you may face problems due to kinks and twists.

Mounting the Reel

TO attach the reel, one must begin with cutting the line when the reel is full. However, the reel must not be over full. Clip the line. Most of the reels have a line clip on the side. Near the handle of the rod, there is a real mount. Now slide the reel into the mount. The last step is to tighten the screw of the mount. The reel is now mounted.

Next step is to bring Line through Line guides. For this, unclip the line and open the bail arm. Now put the line through the line guides. After this, when there is about a meter of the line coming out of the top line guide, close the bail arm.

Now you are almost done. Next step is to attach your lure. Tie on the lure with a knot. Now cut off the left over the line.

It’s almost done. Now you are ready to go for fishing.

Unboxing and set up tips Video for better experience:

Video Credit: BCSG Fishing (YouTube)

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