An idea for an MYOG pole:
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Paul Foreman
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An idea for an MYOG pole: on 05/20/2008 16:34:35 MDT Print View

Had an epiphany while moving some fishing rods on the deck of the fish shack: Turn an inexpensive heavy duty fiberglass catfishing spinning rod from Academy or Wal-Mart into a hiking staff/trekking pole. It would be lightweight with ferrules and such removed, very sturdy, and have a long, padded grip area. The only issue is reinforcement of the small end ...
I think I'm going to do it. Will provide pictures if the experiment is successful.

Paul Foreman
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Fiberglass catfishing rod will not ... on 05/23/2008 08:25:18 MDT Print View

work out. On the cheap ones, the rod itself does not go all the way through the handle, thus creating a potential weak spot.
But i DID find a collapsible crappie pole, whose main section is super light, and exactly the right height for my wife at 5-7. It has a nice, sturdy rubber plug for the small end, and a nice screw plug for the bigger end. I stripped off the line keeper, but I reckon the fishermen amongst you might keep the pole sections inside with it for fishing in far-away ponds and streams. gotta get a scale ...