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Fikkes two-in-one trekking and fishing pole

Fikkes two-in-one trekking and...
Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing models
Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing models
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Beat the crowds at the local lake and enjoy fishing in the backcountry
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Beat the crowds at the local lake and enjoy fishing in the backcountry
The Fikkes transforms from hiking pole to fishing rod in about a minute
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The Fikkes transforms from hiking pole to fishing rod in about a minute
Why carry two types of poles when you can use one?
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Why carry two types of poles when you can use one?
Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing hardware
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Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing hardware
If it's possible to reach on foot, the Fikkes pole will fish it
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If it's possible to reach on foot, the Fikkes pole will fish it
Support some of that load with the hiking pole
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Support some of that load with the hiking pole
The Fikkes' hardware includes Black Diamond Flick Locks and McNett handle grips
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The Fikkes' hardware includes Black Diamond Flick Locks and McNett handle grips
You can almost see the massive fish awaiting in that alpine lake
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You can almost see the massive fish awaiting in that alpine lake
Views like this aren't part of just any fishing trip
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Views like this aren't part of just any fishing trip
The Fikkes uses composite fishing rod inserts
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The Fikkes uses composite fishing rod inserts
Get down there with the help of your hiking pole
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Get down there with the help of your hiking pole
Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing models
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Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing models
Beat the crowds at the local lake and enjoy fishing in the backcountry
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Beat the crowds at the local lake and enjoy fishing in the backcountry
The Fikkes transforms from hiking pole to fishing rod in about a minute
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The Fikkes transforms from hiking pole to fishing rod in about a minute
Why carry two types of poles when you can use one?
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Why carry two types of poles when you can use one?
Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing hardware
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Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing hardware
If it's possible to reach on foot, the Fikkes pole will fish it
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If it's possible to reach on foot, the Fikkes pole will fish it
Support some of that load with the hiking pole
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Support some of that load with the hiking pole
The Fikkes' hardware includes Black Diamond Flick Locks and McNett handle grips
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The Fikkes' hardware includes Black Diamond Flick Locks and McNett handle grips
You can almost see the massive fish awaiting in that alpine lake
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You can almost see the massive fish awaiting in that alpine lake
Views like this aren't part of just any fishing trip
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Views like this aren't part of just any fishing trip
The Fikkes uses composite fishing rod inserts
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The Fikkes uses composite fishing rod inserts
Get down there with the help of your hiking pole
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Get down there with the help of your hiking pole
Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing models
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Fikkes offers spinning and fly fishing models
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It may read like a Scandinavian misspelling of a common tree, but the Fikkes is actually an innovative piece of gear that combines two staples of the outdoors. This pole will help you fish distant bodies of water of all kinds.

I'm not an avid fisherman, but I do hold a romantic regard for adventurous manifestations of the sport. Fishing a remote stretch of float plane-accessed water in backcountry Alaska is the type of thing I could daydream about through an entire day of work, despite not being a fisherman. Pulling out fat, writhing salmon to be cooked moments later on the massive bonfire that doubles as a primitive line of defense against bears, moose and other large, ill-tempered behemoths has a certain appeal. Better yet, save fuel and money on the float plane and I'll hike to a pristine, granite-encircled lake and enjoy my casting with a side of endless blue sky and utter dearth of human interruption. Now that's fishing.

And that's the type of fishing that the Fikkes was designed to empower. Well, perhaps it was designed for something a little simpler - a family hike on a lazy (though scenic) stretch of trail with a side of fishing. But the product can certainly be used for more serious remote hike-and-fish excursions, too.

The Fikkes Fly Hiker is a combination of a hiking pole and a fishing pole, so you can see where its name came from. It serves as a hiking pole for trekking to whatever lake, river, stream, pond, etc. you want to fish and transforms into a fishing rod within about a minute. Fikkes offers both spinning and fly configurations.

You can almost see the massive fish awaiting in that alpine lake
You can almost see the massive fish awaiting in that alpine lake

In terms of its build, the fishing rod segments are stored inside the aluminum shaft of the hiking pole. The bottom section of the hiking pole serves as the fly rod base, secured by a Black Diamond Flick Lock. A single handle segment serves as both hiking pole handle and fly rod handle. The short video clip below shows exactly how the Fly Hiker transforms better than we could ever explain.

What we can explain is how the idea came about. On a family hiking trip to Washington's Packwood Lake, Jake Carse came up with the impromptu idea of attaching a piece of fishing line to his son's hiking pole to provide a new dynamic to the trip (children do get bored easily, after all). From there, Carse grew the seed into full blossom, with help from local composite fishing blank manufacturer North Fork Composites and other companies.

The Fikkes comes in several different models. The hiking pole/spinning rod combo costs US$200. For a fly fishing set-up, the base hiking pole costs US$150, and the 3- or 6-weight composite fly rod insert costs $250.

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2 comments
Myron J. Poltroonian
An interesting exercise in "A bridge too far" problem solving, i.e.:Solving a problem (which in this case is reducing the number & weight of items one must pack in to do multiple tasks), without actually accomplishing the goal(s). Unless the offered fishing rods come in a wide variety of weights, actions and lengths, most fishermen will stick with the tried and true practice of using their rod(s) of choice suited to the particular conditions at hand, and carrying a collapsable wading stick which also doubles as a hiking/walking stick which is carried on the belt when not needed.
longhawl
Ok, the basic idea has some merit. However, for $200-$250 it is ridiculous. You get what I expect is a very expensive item that is neither a very good hiking staff or fishing rod. Take the money and buy a good hiking staff and backpack fly or spin fishing rig. And for crying out loud, if you are going to post a product video, at least learn to spell ferrule correctly.