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I had been looking for a good bait casting travel rod for a reasonable price and I found that with the Santiam Fishing Rods in the Alaskan Travel Series. I wanted a light low profile three piece bait casting rod that I could put into my day pack and also mount onto my mountain bike.

Company: Santiam Fishing RodsSantiamLOGO

Series: Alaskan Travel Series

Type: SPC-703

Overall Length: 7’0″

Individual Lengths: 29″,29″ 30″P1012836 - ©MikeLongOutdoors

Weight: 6.2 Ounces

Material: High Modulus Graphite

Action: Medium

Line Weight: 8-17lb.

MSRP: $69.95

MLO Rating: 5 out of 5

P1012834 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe Travel Rod comes in a very hard durable case with removable end caps that is ready for the back pack, or for a plane ride to your favorite fishing hole.

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Santiam Alaskan Travel Series 7′-0″ SFC-703

P1012849 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe Travel Rod comes with a nice three pocket pouch that each piece easily slides into.

P1012850 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsOnce all three pieces of the rod are safely inside the travel pouch there are ties on each end that help to keep all three rod blanks in place.

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Each piece is custom built to fit into the next and I found them to fit perfectly. As for movement while casting and setting the hook I had zero joint movement.

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P1012844 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsSantiam did not cut corners with the reel seat they used a open bottom reel seat for more rod sensitivity.

P1012858 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsI found the Santiam Travel Rod to fit perfectly in my back pack and with the custom pouch my rod did not get dinged, or scratched.

Pros: Santiam uses a high modulus graphite blank which for the low price of $69 off their website is an absolute steal. one year warranty is also awesome. I found the three piece rod to work just as well as a one piece rod with the same specs.

Cons: You need to remember to spray silicone to the female ends,or the ends tighten up a bit.

   MLO Rating: 5 out of 5

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.