Sougayilang has long made some of the best telescopic fishing rods available in the market. And this full graphite telescopic fishing rod doesn’t disappoint. It has a compact corrosion-resistant construction, which means that you can fish anywhere you like with this travel rod.
You can either get the Sougayilang telescopic rod alone, with a reel and spare spool, or with a full fishing kit. The first option has a starting price of 25 dollars, making it an ideal choice for anglers on a tight budget. The others are slightly more expensive, but you are also getting more for your money.
The full kit version comes with a convenient bag that protects the rod and reel. Anglers looking for a telescopic fishing rod to keep in the car or boat without taking too much space will benefit the most with this option.
Let’s take some time to dig a little bit deeper and discover if the Sougayilang telescopic fishing rod is the best option for you.
Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod Design
Some anglers care about aesthetics and performance equally. If you are one of those, rest assured. This rod is both beautiful and functional. It comes with an all-black exterior or with a metallic finish. The construction, as well as the price, are the same for each model. The only difference is that the latter has a honeycomb design near the handle, and the first doesn’t.
If you purchase the rod and reel combo, you will notice that the reel has the same design as the rod. Black and red for the first option and metallic exterior with a honeycomb design for the latter.
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Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod Construction
Ok, it is time to get in the real thing: Construction. This is the most relevant part since it directly affects performance and durability. Let’s check this rod out.
Most telescopic fishing rods have a full graphite body to keep the rod light. But this Sougayilang has a graphite and fiberglass composite construction, which makes the pole sturdy yet light and sensible. The multidirectional winding ensures an even distribution of tension, making the rod less likely to break.
Sougayilang offers this telescopic rod in six different lengths ranging from 5.91 to 10.8 feet. However, you can only choose between 5.91 to 7.87 feet if you wish to purchase the full fishing kit with the bag, as larger models won’t fit.
The pole breaks down into 5 to 8 sections depending on the length of the pole. Each section has a single line guide.
Like we said before, the Sougayilang telescopic fishing rod comes with one line guide per section. Thus, you will get between 5 to 8 guides depending on the length of the pole.
Each ring has the same corrosion-resistant metallic construction with porcelain inlets. The smooth guides are ideal for braided lines as they are excellent for heat dissipation and friction reduction, a common problem with such lines.
The reel seat has a corrosion-resistant stainless steel hooded construction. You can adjust the width according to the reel foot length, so it can tightly fit into place.
Both models have the same stainless steel construction, but the one that is not black has a nice honeycomb design wrapping the reel seat.
This is where we have a problem. In our opinion, the handle is just too small. It has enough EVA foam cushioning. But it only has it on the butt section. No split handles here. It might not be such a big deal, but your hands will hurt after some time.
The handle section is also telescopic. You can adjust the length according to the level of leverage you wish. The mechanism is smooth as long as you keep the section clean.
The Reel (Optional)
The reel, which will only come if you purchase the telescopic rod and reel combo, has a machine aluminum body, 13 ball bearings plus one for the anti-reverse, and 5.5:1 gear ratio. You will also get a spare graphite spool. However, we like the default aluminum spool.
The handle also has a machine aluminum construction and you can change between right or left reeling for your convenience.
Power and Action Configuration
Sadly, you can only get the Sougayilang telescopic spinning rod with medium power and moderate action combination. Still, we think that this is an appropriate combination for most anglers. Besides, you will be targeting small to medium species such as bass or trout with it. So, you have enough sensitivity and power.
The Full Fishing Kit
Like we said before, you can purchase the rod alone, with a reel and spare spool or with a full fishing kit. With the latter option, you will also get a small tackle box, some hooks, lures, sinkers, a spool of Sougayilang braided line, and some other terminal tackle. It is a good choice for those anglers looking to keep all their gear in one place.
the downside of the full kit is quite expensive. For example, the 7.87 version retails for around 80 bucks, which is a lot, especially if you already have the other gear. We think that the rod and reel combo is a better, more affordable option, especially if you already have a preferred fishing line, lure, and hook brand.
The Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod Performance
Performance-wise, this rod is quite great. It doesn’t feel like a telescopic rod. The sections stay in place, and the rod bends nicely along the upper half. But beware, the tip is remarkably thin. Thus, handle it with care when extending or collapsing the rod to avoid any damage.
The reel is as smooth as any other reel at this price point. It is nothing special, and it handles medium-sized fishes without breaking a sweat. However, it starts to feel the tension as the fish gets heavier or more aggressive.
Something similar happens with the rod itself. While it does a superb job handling small to medium fishes, the performance is not as good with large or aggressive species. Thus, make sure to know when to let go.
The graphite blank with E-glass reinforcements does a superb job at casting. Even the shortest version is able to perform long casts, making this rod perfect for surf fishing and covering large areas as you can see in this video right here.
Sougayilang Telescopic Fishing Rod: Wrapping it up
The Sougayilang telescopic fishing rod offers you a composite pole in a wide variety of lengths suitable for a broad range of purposes. Sadly, all of them come with the same power/action combination. But, for medium power and moderate action is more than enough for a travel rod.
The main drawback of this rod is the EVA foam grip. It is simply too short. But it is not much of a trouble since you will be using this rod on small fishes.
You can purchase the rod alone, with a reel and spare spool, or with a full fishing kit. Keep in mind that not all lengths are available if you wish to go with the last option. Plus, the price is quite high. Only go for this option if you are looking to keep all your gear in one place and be fishing in no time.