LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Have you ever wanted to go fishing on the fly and just didn't have your rod with ya? Well, Coleman came out a while back with their 'Fish Pen'. It's suppose to be the world's smallest fishing rod that breaks down small enough to fit in your pocket, just like a pen. I test the product out in this week's 'Try It Before You Buy It.'
I had received one of these 'Fish Pens' as a gift for Christmas a couple of years back, but just never got around to actually trying it out, until now. I even took along the test item from a few weeks ago, the 'Pocket Chair', to make sitting by the lake a little more comfortable.
The Coleman 'Fish Pen' unscrews from the top, just like a large ink pen, to unveil the collapsible rod. When pulled out, the rod extends out to about three feet. You have to pull it snug in order for it to lock into place, and then make sure all the rod's eyelets are in line with each other. Once that's complete, you can easily install the reel, which slides into place in the reel positioners and then locks with a screw. With all that done, now's the time to thread the line through the eyelets and tie on a hook and sinker or your favorite artificial bait.
I found the 'Fish Pen' to actually be a pretty neat little device. It does everything it promises, and is fairly easy to assemble. One thing I did notice, is that with an artificial bait such as a metal spinner bait, the rod is stressed a little. It is probably better to just use a hook and sinker on the rod. Since I didn't catch a fish during the test, I can't say just how the rod reacts to fighting that lunker back to the boat or dock. But it would be almost a perfect rod for any fisherman on the go.
I liked it and will try to use mine more often!
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