The Daiwa Wise Stream 50TUL was designed with one primary goal in mind: portability. For portability, this rod is hard to beat. Personally, I think portability is a very important feature in a rod designed for stream fishing. In most places, the best fishing is not right next to the road! Being able to collapse the rod to a convenient length is very nice. For backpacking or bike-packing (or traveling) a rod that packs down to just 17" is a huge advantage over a two piece rod!
The range of recommended lure weights is 1.5 to 7 grams. Although lures as light as the 1.5 gram Smith Pure spoons are not generally used when fishing streams in Japan, I have found that the Daiwa Wise Stream 50TUL will cast them as far as you would want on a small stream. Heavier lures, though, like the 4.5 gram Silver Creek 50S sinking minnow plugs will cast more easily and with much greater accuracy.
Understand that these are well made rods that are nothing at all like the cheapo telescopics that have given that style of rod a bad name. They cast well and fight fish well.
There is both an advantage and a disadvantage to the telescopic Daiwa Wise Stream 50TUL. The biggest advantage is being able to keep the reel, line and lure attached when the rod is collapsed. It is much quicker to extend the rod than it is to thread the line through the guides and tie on a lure. If you want to fish at several spots along a trail while backpacking, having to completely rig the rod each time may make you pass up spots where you'd make a few casts (and maybe catch a fish or two) if you could just extend the rod and cast.
It's not quite that simple, but almost. The Daiwa Wise Stream
telescopic rods have three "floating" guides that slide (allowing you to
telescope the rod). When you extend the rod you slide them down (in the
direction of the rod butt) until they tighten against the taper of the
blank. Once you snug them down, they do stay put.
You have to line them up as you slide them in place, just as you have to line up the fixed guides when you extend the sections. A great tip is to get the sections and the guides lined up perfectly, and then mark them with a line at each joint and at each floating guide using a white or silver permanent marker. Then it will be very easy to again get the perfect alignment each time you extend the rod.
The only disadvantage I see with a telescopic rod is that if you happen to break any section other than the tip section, the whole rod will have to be returned to Daiwa in Japan (at the buyer's expense). With multi-piece rods, it is easy to just replace the broken piece. Most people never break a rod, but it is worth knowing.
Please be EXTREMELY careful when removing the rod cap and plastic tubing that protects the rod tip when the rod is collapsed. If you bend the tubing to the side it is easy to break the rod tip. Please note that I will have checked the rod thoroughly before shipment, and when shipped the rod tip will be intact. Also, given the way the rod is packed, the rod tip cannot be broken in transit.
2 - 6 lb
1/16 - 1/4 oz
Personally, I think the designers and engineers achieved their goals with the Daiwa Wise Stream 50TUL. They are extremely portable compared to two piece rods and they feel good when casting and when playing fish.
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