Okay tribe first let me start by saying I am in no means a "fisherman". (however ,it being a good bush skill to have I felt I should try.)
After spending several months of reading various threads on finding a good pack pole, I decided to take the leap for all of us and buy a Emmrod Packer fishing pole
Now let me start buy saying I have far less time then I am sure 99% of you. Up till about 2 months ago the last time I dropped a line in the water was more then 25 years ago.
However my lack of knowledge/practical experience I feel gives me a perfect point of view as to the issues facing a new fisherman.
So in the last few months I have spent about $200 bucks on varies wally world fishing setups for myself and family. During that time my R&D department. (staffed by my 11 y/o son) has managed to destroy or break 2 out of 4 poles. One a collapsible model the other a standard 6 ft.
This brought me to chasing down the Emmrod pole.
First, let me say I am using a spinning reel on this set up. this is not what they recommend but I had two spare from the R&D dept...so I used it.
Second...while the reel showed no issues on the pole. I am not reveiwing the reel.
Now on to the review. If you watch the videos on the Emmrod site...they show you a ton of different points to the pole they have designed. I was interested in only 2 of these points...however a third did become a wonderful suprise.
Point one. Packability/Size. I have broken this pole down and stuffed it in to my pack with no concerns of it breaking or snapping. The metal construction make this thing almost bomb proof.
It lives in the side pocket of my Snugpak rocket pack. I can have it out and assembled in about 60 seconds. This includes attaching the reel and stringing the line.[IMG][/IMG]
Point two. The ability to get a good cast from a small rod and reel.
Since I choose to fish creeks i am always dealing with low over hanging limbs and river edge plants. As a novice, fishing with a standard pole, in those conditions was a nightmare. I lost lines,hooks, and my dignity to limbs and branches.
With the packer I was able to cast EXACTLY where I wanted to with very little practice.
The added bonus I cam to really enjoy...due to the built in spring. Setting the hook...is actually done by the fish.
Ok so that my 2 cents review. While I do have a "hobo" fishing kit. the Emmrod packer is my pole of choice.