Re: backpacking tackle question
My preference to this point when spin fishing has been to use a 2 piece 5 1/2' pole and an ultralight spinning reel. Normally I put the reel in the pack and wrap it in a sock. The pole gets strapped to the outside and rubber-banded at both ends. This spring I bought two packs rods of different lengths (can't remember the lengths right now). They are 4 piece and come with sleeved fabric holders that roll up in a nice tight bundle. I also bought a couple nice small spinning reels. I did look at the smallest spincast reels but they're a bit heavier. For carrying rods on the outside of your pack you can also pick up the round plastic flourescent bulb protectors at a hardware store and cut them to size.
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