Today I’m out in my shop. It’s a cold winter day. But I’m trying to get ready for next summer
backpacking, and I want to modify this expandable trekking pole to make it a trekking pole,
a fishing pole, and a selfie stick. So, last summer backpacking I did take a little
video with my GoPro clone. It wasn’t super good, mainly because I was
always holding the camera out. And I did that because I wanted to save weight. I had this trekking pole with me, but I didn’t
want to carry a selfie stick. So what I’m gonna do is I’m just going to
smooth this out on top here and add an attachment for my GoPro. As for the fishing pole, it’s pretty simple:
I’m just gonna attach my reel here at the base of the trekking pole and run the line
out through my basket. And the
trick here is just to flatten this guy out enough to be able to take my GoPro adapter. And that looks pretty good. I’m just gonna take the corners off the adapter. So I think that’s just gonna fit a little
bit better. Woah! I did not expect that! There is like a pin that holds this handle
in place … and that thing just flew out. I should be really easy now to just hook the
GoPro to the top of the trekking pole. Yeah! Alright, sweet! So step one is complete. I’ve got the GoPro on the end of the trekking
pole, and it looks pretty good. And it’s got a good, solid attachment. Note that you could use the selfie stick like
this, but you could also tip the GoPro and get some range on it, which is usually better
for perspective shots like that. I’m going for full expansion on this thing,
so I’m going to bring it out all the way to my stops on both parts of the pole. Alright, so this my my trekking pole, fly
rod, selfie stick all built into one. Anyone who is an avid fly fisherman or fly
fisher-person would know that it’s not an ideal fly rod. It doesn’t have a lot of flex and a lot of
reach. But I’m just gonna do a little bit of casting
… and see how it works as a fly rod. When I’ve been out backpacking recently, I
haven’t needed big 50 foot casts. I’ve actually been catching a lot of fish
within like 4 feet of the shore. So let me see how this guy works. So that is not too bad! I’m pretty psyched about this. It’s not the best fishing pole I’ve ever had,
but the idea of just being able to bring a trekking pole and a zip tie (or a few zip
ties) and to be able to have my fly rod not in my pack so it’s that much lighter — and
no selfie stick. I can easily flip this guy around and put
my GoPro on it. This summer, on our next backpacking trip
I will debut this guy in the backcountry and I’ll make another video then. But until then, that is the simple build using
one trekking pole and getting a fishing pole out of it and a selfie stick. I’m pretty happy with it.

DIY Trekking Pole, Fly Rod, Selfie Stick
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6 thoughts on “DIY Trekking Pole, Fly Rod, Selfie Stick

  • December 9, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    What do you do for work?

  • December 10, 2016 at 12:22 am

    patent pending? L L Bean catalog material.

  • December 17, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I find two cons to the camera mount on the handle. 1, personal, is some time I hadn't to put my hand on top of the pole. going down hill. 2. you are carrying mor weight with it mount the way while holding it out to film. still looking for the best way.

  • November 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    @metaspencer did you end up using it on your trip? (did you catch anything ) if so what are your thoughts

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  • March 29, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    These are great ideas. I'm going to give it a try with a regular real. On another note, you can get releasable zip ties online. Could save you some weight and from packing out cut up zip ties. Win win. They don't last forever though they wear out after multiple times of ratcheting and releasing.


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