A fishing backpack and a telescopic rod makes fishing easy as apple pie.
My daughter and I love the Day Tripper Backpack and the KastKing Blackhawk II fishing rod. These two pieces of fishing gear make mobilizing to the water so much easier than using traditional rods and tackle.
After numerous trips to the lake with arms loaded with tackle, camping chairs, fishing rods, and a cooler, we decided it was just too much. Because of this, my daughter and I started focusing on ways to make our hiking and fishing easier than ever.
Our first major step towards optimizing the ease of fishing was our purchase of a fishing tackle backpack. You can read our comprehensive review of the Day Tripper Fishing Backpack here.
Now instead of carrying all of that stuff I mentioned above, I simply load it into the backpack (like tackle and refreshments) or strap it in on the outside pouches (like the fishing rods and camping chairs).
What used to take all four of our hands, now fits entirely into my back pack. Both of my hands are completely free and both of her hands are free. We call it our fishing ruck sack, and we love it.
The only drawback is that a fishing rod strapped to the side, even split in half, sticks up past the top of the backpack. This causes it to catch on low hanging branches while hiking.
The solution? Simple. A telescopic fishing rod. Specifically, the KastKing Blackhawk II.
A Bit of Background on KastKing and their affordable innovations.
I’ve only recently discovered the KastKing fishing gear company, but every day, I become more and more impressed with them. They are fast becoming my favorite, go-to brand for just about anything fishing related.
One reason they’re awesome is that they produce incredibly high quality products for a much lower price than their competitors. They do this by selling directly to consumers, cutting out the middlemen.
To provide lasting memories of enjoyable fishing experiences for everyone… and foster sustainable fishing practices, the love of nature, and sensitivity to the environment of our planet.KastKing Vision Statement
I should probably mention here, just to alleviate any doubt, that I’m not in any way associated with KastKing. They aren’t paying me to write this, and they haven’t given me any free or discounted products in exchange for this review.
But I digress, let’s get back to talking about telescopic fishing rods.
The biggest drawback to telescopic rods and how KastKing has overcome it.
Before we dive in, let’s talk about the the biggest setback to using a telescopic fishing rod. Then we’ll explore what KastKing has done to overcome that in this model.
When I first discovered the idea of telescopic rods, my first thought was something along the lines of, “I wonder if a pole with that many breakpoints can handle even close to as much stress and weight as a normal pole.”
And after a bit of research, the answer was no. No, they can’t handle the weight.
That is until KastKing decided to change the game in that regard. When they came out with the KastKing Blackhawk II model, it was a huge step up in regards to tinsel strength. Not only was it a big step up over their 1st generation model, it is light years ahead of most of the competition.
They’re using materials like 24-ton carbon fiber for the rod and stainless steel for the line guides. There’s no doubt that the stainless steel guides make a huge contribution to their durability. And with the ceramic inserts in those guides, you can use either monofilament or braided line, depending on your preference.
I love the strength and flexibility of this pole. It has the perfect amount of give for wearing down a fighter. I’ve been catching Crappie, Bluegill, Bass and Catfish with it since I bought it, and I couldn’t be happier.
They’ve also rebuilt the tip of the rod to maximize flexibility and durability which solves one of the most common complaints among users of telescopic rods: the tips snapping off. It’s pretty much every bit as solid as most one or two piece rods.
The KastKing Blackhaw II Offers Quick Assembly & Superior Convenience
Okay. Let’s be honest. The reason you buy a telescopic rod is because you want to make it as easy as possible to transport your gear. A rod like this allows you to store it in the trunk of a car, use it as a backup rod, or strap it to the side of a backpack like we do.
It also allows for maximum mobility if you’re like me and enjoy hiking from spot to spot around the lake or along the river.
However, if it takes a long time to breakdown or setup your rod, then it really defeats the goal of quick, convenient mobility. Fortunately, this rode can be set up in a matter of seconds.
With this rod, you’ll begin by extending the tip section first and then each subsequent section until you get to the base. Simply pull the section outward, line it up, and pull until it snugs into place. Then move on to the next section.
The entire rod can be deployed in about 30 seconds.
Setting up the Blackhawk II rod is incredibly fast and easy. This is the rod designed for fishermen on the move.
When tearing the rod down, move in the opposite direction as when you deploy it. Start from the base and move towards the tip.
The KastKing Blackhawk II comes in every size you might want.
One thing is true about fishing: there are an unlimited of variations. You can be hunting panfish in the shallows or marlins in the ocean. You could be using a baitcaster, a spinning reel or any of a number of other specialty reels.
As such, you want to find a rod that is the right length, has the right kind of guides, and has what you need to fish the way you want.
Fortunately, the Kastking Blackhawk II comes in 14 different models. You heard that right: Fourteen!
Just take a look at the chart below and I’m sure you’ll find one that meets your needs.
Conclusion & Final Thoughts about the KastKing Blackhawk II
My daughter and I are all about mobility. We like to be able to pack up and move out in a moment’s notice. We like to be able to get our gear to the water and get it deployed quickly and without hassle. And if we get bored in one spot, we want to be able to pack up and hike to another.
Having a fishing backpack and a high quality telescopic rod are game changers in regard to fast and easy mobility. We love them. And there is absolutely no doubt that the Blackhawk II is one of the best telescopic rods on the market.
Do you use a Blackhawk II or some other telescopic rod? Do you have any other questions about this rod? If so, share your experiences or your questions in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.