A rod for the road

October 15, 2006|By Candus Thomson

If you travel as I do and love to fish as I do, a good travel rod is always a welcome addition to the luggage, right after the travel-sized mouthwash, deodorant and aspirin, all in a quart-sized plastic bag suitable for inspection.

Bass Pro Shops' Extreme XPS Travel Rod ($69.99; www.basspro.com) fills the bill and fits the airplane overhead bin. The 6-foot-6, medium-action spinning rod takes line from 4- to 12-pound test and handles lures from 1/8 -ounce to 1/2 -ounce.

The rod is nicely outfitted, with Fuji Hardloy Concept guides and a corked "power hump" that keeps the grip from twisting around - a godsend for seniors and folks like me with small hands. The blank extends through the handle. The rod is drilled for the XPS weight balance kit, which is sold separately.

The rod comes in a sock and a tough PVC rod tube to get your rod to its destination in no more than its original three pieces. It also comes as a medium-heavy action rod and as a trigger rod.

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