I wanted a travel size fishing rod to carry in a saddle bag or back pack. Because no matter which way I go to work I ride right past at least one boat ramp with a fishing pier. Then I got sticker shock when I checked out the prices. Found a couple that were a little cheaper but sounded like they were too light weight for me. Then it hit me... why not make my own. I had an older two piece rod in the garage that could be my starting point all that was needed was to cut it and make a four piece rod. Total cost was around $15. Here's how you can do it too.
Step 1: Pick your rod to modify.
Ok, so I had this older two piece rod in my garage that was still a good rod, but one I didn't mind chopping to try and make it better. The overall rod length was around 53" and separated the two sections were about 27". Not bad but to fit in my saddle bag it had to be less than 18" when separated.
Step 2: Making the cut
Ok, now let's mark where we want to cut our rod. Once you've got that, wrap your rod with several layers of masking tape, this will keep the rod from splintering when you cut it. Then re-mark for your cuts. Using a hacksaw and holding your rod firmly make your cuts, unwrap the ends and now you have four pieces.