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So, I’ve decided to replace my current MH set up with something a little nicer. It’s a Black Max combo. It works, but I find myself fishing my M set up more often because it casts so much better and is far lighter. I travel once a year to NY and once to SC. I used to be able to pop my rods in the car with no problems. However, I now have twin boys. With all of our stuff loaded, there’s no room for 7ft rods. So, I’m leaning towards making my new MH set up a travel rod so that I could take it with me to NY for bass and to SC for red drum. 

 

Does anyone have any experience with any of the travel rods available now (e.g. Daiwa Ardito, St. Croix Triumph Travel, etc.)? Any and all input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Best Travel rod I've used ~ and I've used (and snapped a few).

http://www.gloomis.com/content/gloomis/northamerica/usconv/en/homepage/PDP.P-ESCAPE_SERIES.html

The MH casting rod is particularly sweet.  ETR81-3 MHC 17

:smiley:

A-Jay

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I always shipped my long rods to Canada or used a rod tube to protect them if traveling on a airplane or auto.

Tom

 

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I keep a 7’ M/F Diawa Ardito under my truck’s back seat.  It’s a 3 piece rod in a semi-hard case and is typical Diawa fit & finish (A+++).  I don’t use it much, but when I do, it feels like most of my other casting rods.

 

Lastly, JetBlue allows it as a carry on.

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another vote for the Loomis Escape series. I own two.

 

worth the investment because they come with a crush proof rod tube and rod sock.

 

they are great.

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I bought a Daiwa Ardito for travel and liked it so much, I bought a second one.  Check out the review on TackleTour.

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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1 hour ago, WRB said:

I always shipped my long rods to Canada or used a rod tube to protect them if traveling on a airplane or auto.

Tom

 

Protection isn’t really the issue. It’s space that’s the problem. Thanks though!

1 hour ago, A-Jay said:

Best Travel rod I've used ~ and I've used (and snapped a few).

http://www.gloomis.com/content/gloomis/northamerica/usconv/en/homepage/PDP.P-ESCAPE_SERIES.html

The MH casting rod is particularly sweet.  ETR81-3 MHC 17

:smiley:

A-Jay

Thanks A-Jay, but those are a bit outside of my price range. Pretty sure my wife would have a stroke. 

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3 minutes ago, BrackishBassin said:

Protection isn’t really the issue. It’s space that’s the problem. Thanks though!

Thanks A-Jay, but those are a bit outside of my price range. Pretty sure my wife would have a stroke. 

I hear ya - they are a little steep - American Legacy put them on sale once a year for like $250-ish. 

Might jump on that one.

A-Jay

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9 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

I hear ya - they are a little steep - American Legacy put them on sale once a year for like $250-ish. 

Might jump on that one.

A-Jay

That's when I bought my Escape rod #2. They went on sale last year for Black Friday $150 off. Even though I am in Canada I still came out way ahead.

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I can't recommend a specific rod, but check out some of the Major Craft rods on ebay.  They offer a lot of 2-part models across a few of their ranges.  People really seem to like them and JDM companies in general tend to offer more multipart rod options.  If you can do ~$200, Megabass has a 2-part MH in their Hyuga line.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Megabass-Hyuga-611-2Mh-Medium-Heavy-611-Bass-Fishing-Baitcasting-Rod-Pole-New/323175662423?epid=1039866379&hash=item4b3ec54357:g:tZsAAOSwgc1au9GJ

 

That shipping price is insane, but you might be able to find one with more reasonable shipping from one of the JDM sites, 2-part rods ship for pretty cheap.  

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Check out the Fenwick methods rods.  It offers different actions and weights all in one tube.  I've owned one for a few years now with no complaints. 

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1 hour ago, fishwizzard said:

I can't recommend a specific rod, but check out some of the Major Craft rods on ebay.  They offer a lot of 2-part models across a few of their ranges.  People really seem to like them and JDM companies in general tend to offer more multipart rod options.  If you can do ~$200, Megabass has a 2-part MH in their Hyuga line.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Megabass-Hyuga-611-2Mh-Medium-Heavy-611-Bass-Fishing-Baitcasting-Rod-Pole-New/323175662423?epid=1039866379&hash=item4b3ec54357:g:tZsAAOSwgc1au9GJ

 

That shipping price is insane, but you might be able to find one with more reasonable shipping from one of the JDM sites, 2-part rods ship for pretty cheap.  

A lot of JDM rods are offered in two-piece.  One of my favorite rods is a Major Craft Volkey that is two-piece.

 

To take that one step further, check out the rods on AliExpress.  I have a Kuying Teton and a Tsurinoya ProFlex II that are both two-piece, and both very impressive for the price.  Free, or very reasonable, shipping is offered by most AliExpress vendors.  (Choose ePacket shipping over other choices if possible.  Orders will arrive in about a week and a half.  Other options can take two or three weeks.)

 

Tight lines,

Bob

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14 hours ago, BrackishBassin said:

So, I’ve decided to replace my current MH set up with something a little nicer. It’s a Black Max combo. It works, but I find myself fishing my M set up more often because it casts so much better and is far lighter. I travel once a year to NY and once to SC. I used to be able to pop my rods in the car with no problems. However, I now have twin boys. With all of our stuff loaded, there’s no room for 7ft rods. So, I’m leaning towards making my new MH set up a travel rod so that I could take it with me to NY for bass and to SC for red drum. 

 

Does anyone have any experience with any of the travel rods available now (e.g. Daiwa Ardito, St. Croix Triumph Travel, etc.)? Any and all input would be appreciated. Thanks!

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I have a couple of Browning Safari travel rods that have worked well for me. You can get them at BPS for $79.99.

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