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PostPosted: March 1st, 2008, 10:49 am 
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I'm not much of a fisherman but like to drip the rod in the water every now and then on my travels. Previous experiences have proven to be frustrating carting the rod around through the portages even though it was fairly small with a lightweight reel. The ice fishing tournament on Lake Simcoe has got me thinking today - would an ice fishing rod suffice for summer canoe purposes? The fish they're pulling out of the lake seem to be quite large so weight doesn't seem to be an issue. Trolling also seems reasonable as does casting if you're using a lure with some weight to it?

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I bought a collapsable rod last year for the same reasons you mentioned. I have used it once so far. :evil:

The knock I got against it was the durability issue, but for the amount of fishing I do and the luck I have it should last me.....forever.


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PostPosted: March 1st, 2008, 4:42 pm 
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You are better off with a pack rod of medium weight (line capability) for the following reasons:

Casting is MUCH easier and more accurate
Fish in summer have a higher metabolisim and put up much more of a fight than in winter
You can use a greater range of lures to suit the conditions
And it will be more fun
A pack rod is no longer than a short ice fishing rod and the less expensive ones are not much more to buy

I have packed both 2 piece 7 footers and 4/5 piece pack rods on my canoe trips, of course my trips are mostly done to fish so I suppose I am biased.


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