Emmrod Fishing Pole Review for 2020: Survival Gear

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.

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!

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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.

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This Packrod comes with the reel of your choice.  I prefer a spin casting reel.  The reel is made by Shakespeare.  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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Written by Joel Jefferson

Joel is one of the original founders of SurvivalCache.com. After college, he joined the USMC where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains. Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping. Read his full interview here. Read more of Joel's articles.

20 thoughts on “Emmrod Fishing Pole Review for 2020: Survival Gear”

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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 line..works 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 durability..it 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 .

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Going Down Deep…

    The Emmrod gets its test this weekend. The big fish are headed for warmer waters at 50 feet or below, and I'll be using a deep-water spoon. If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that fishermen don't "count" on anything… They just hope!!!

  11. I have three Emmrods, They work very well. Extremely portable, we catch a lot of Largemouth Bass over 20 inches on the 6 coil ends, with no trouble at all. If you are going in the bush take a replacement eyelet,as that is pretty much the only thing you can damage. They definitely do not cast as far as a 6 foot pole, but you can still put bait or a lure 50-60 yards no sweat. The more I use them the farther it gets. I have never had any failures with this system, The only monsters I have lost either broke or bit the line. I am disabled and these poles have helped get me back out where I belong. They can and will catch anything out there. They are also tough enough to survive use by children. I definitely recommend giving them a try.


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