Survival Gear Review: Emmrod Fishing Pole

Survival Fishing Pole Review

I do a lot of hiking in the back-country of Colorado and come across a lot of small streams and lakes.  I always thought it would be great to have a small, lightweight rod and reel to fish for trout while I’m exploring.  My wait is over.

By Murphy, a contributing author of

Forge Survival Supply recently decided to pick up the line of Emmrod Compact Fishing Poles on the advice of a reader of Survival Fishing Pole ReviewSurvival Cache, who is a big fan of the Emmrod poles.  I decided to try the Emmrod compact fishing system for myself, specifically the Spinning Packrod.  The rod comes in two pieces; the handle and reel seat, and the rod tip section.  Disassembled it is 14″ in length and assembled it is 23″ long.  The rod has an aluminum tubing skeleton with a cork grip and reel seat.  The tip is made of stainless steel with a 6 coil spring rated for fish up to 10 lbs.  Interchangeable tip sections are available, so you can match the action of the tip to the size of fish you are fishing for!

Putting It Together

Tip sections range from 2 lb fish up to 150 lb fish.  To assemble the rod you “Simply” slide the tip section into the end of the handle section and push in until the rod stops.  Then rotate it 90 degrees and release.  The rod is now locked in place.  I say “Simply”, because it is not that easy to do.  It actually takes a bit of strength to push in and rotate.  To disassemble, just reverse the process.  After doing it a few times you get the hang of it and it becomes less awkward.  You can put the tip section in two different positions depending on the reel you plan on using.  With the tip-top facing down you can use a spin casting reel and with the tip-top facing up you can use a bait casting reel.

Survival Fishing Pole Review

This Packrod comes with the reel of your choice.  I prefer a spin casting reel.  The reel is made by Shakespere.  It has an on/off anti-reverse switch, a multi-disc drag system and a right or left hand retrieve, allowing you to position the handle on either side of the reel.  It also comes with line already attached to the spool.  Although, I am not sure what (lbs) test the line is that it comes with the packrod, it seemed sufficient for the fishing I was doing.

Does It Work?

When casting with a lure, it casts nicely and everything seemed to work just fine.  I tried setting it up two ways; one with the Survival Fishing Pole fishing line going through the coils, and the other with the fishing line NOT going through the coils and only through the tip-top.  Both ways had the same results.  Sometimes the fishing line would wrap around a couple of the coils in the rod tip section when casting.  Not enough to affect the function of the rod, but something to be aware of.

I did not catch any fish on the two back country fishing trips in which I tried this rod.  So, I’m not sure how the action is, YET, but that’s how it goes sometimes.  Like my father-n-law always says “The fishing was great, but the catching wasn’t so hot!”  I will continue my search for trout and the Emmrod will be there when I do.  With it’s compact size and weight there is no doubt that the Emmrod can find its way into your Bug Out Bag.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Bert March 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

You are promoting a fishing pole that doesn't catch fish?? Kidding, I appreciate the honesty in your review. That is why they call it fishing and not catching. :)


Dave H March 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Nice review! I have always thought that in many areas "survival" fishing is much more practical than "survival" hunting! I love to hunt but the noise of shooting may not desireable in a tactical survival situation. This set up with a small assortment of hooks, bobber, and spinnerbaits would be a great asset to anybody in the outdoors! This would be a good set up for motorcyclists and ATV riders as well!


CNtrails March 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

great review.. i was happy to open the site and see a review on this product. i picked one of these rods up at the outdours show in toronto canada.. i used the rod in a winter camping trip this weekend, doing some ice fishing.. the sensitivity in the rod is great for ice fishing.. did a few practice casts across the ice with just a waight on the end of the great, packs small, light, and durable.. however i did experience the same issue with the line getting caught up in the coils. was a quick and easy fix.. no big deal.. i recommend this rod to anyone of any outdoor adventure..

oh and what sold me on the rod was not just the size and was the sensativity, it was when the sales guy told me to hold the fishing rod as he pressed the tip againt his throat while he was talking.. the vibration was flyin through the handle


KansasScout March 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

Looks to be much better than the PoPeel Pocket Fisherman from the 1970s. This tool looks to be something a backpacker and/ or a prepper could find use for.


ffstoney March 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

You can still buy the RonCo Pocket Fisherman on Amazon for 19.99. I have a couple of them and love them.…


Znaczenie Snów March 19, 2013 at 3:27 am

I'm not a fan of fishing, but every time I read this blog, I find this occupation something inspiring :)


T.R. April 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I have a telescopic fishing pole that I keep in my truck , just in case I find a place when I'm out and about . For what they are , they work fine .


Bugeater April 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

Little high on the price if u ask me.


Commander_Zero April 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I think youre confusing a spinning reel with a spincasting reel, if the pictures are anything to go by.


Jay April 28, 2013 at 6:43 am

I have two of these rods the pack rod and the combat and they are definitely worth the cash. I fish mainly for trout in my area and fishing brooks and steams with these rods is awesome. No fighting with your rod when going through heavily wooded areas and the sensitivity on them is great not to mention the spring actually assist you in setting the hook. Great review even though you weren't fortunate enough to catch anything with it yet.


bob leeper May 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

i recall back in the sixties the ronco pocket fisherman. i had two of them and you can find them in ebay or order them from ronco directly…


Bill May 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm

The line is supposed to go through the coils.


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JoeyJ55 July 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I've owned an emmrod for about 10 years now and can gladly confirm that it does catch fish, lol. I do quite a bit of motorcycle camping and their products fill the bill nicely. Quality is top notch and I have gotten more than my money's worth out of this great product. 10 plus on the points scale! A nice addition to any bug out bag, hiking or camping rig.


Zack_M September 9, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I will defiantly look more into these rods, for my BOB. They seem really useful!


Rgr1504 December 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

I have used this rod for bass fishing when I travel out of Florida. It is super strong, but very sensitive. Mine is set up as a bait caster and I keep it in my truck always. I have also used it on my kayak and it casts accurately. I will buy another one to set up as a spinner. I originally put a cheap reel on it, but I am a fishing gear addict, so now mine has an Abu Garcia Revo SX. I think the rod is plenty good enough to have a nice reel on it.


dodoaku January 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

Fising and riding a motorcycle are great hobby


Anthony April 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm

The line is actually not supposed to go through the coils. Jeff Mcgovern explains it in this video.


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