I love pole fishing. I have a three piece cane pole I got from Bass Pro Shops. I think it's 12 or 13 feet. Nice and stiff, it does what I want it to do...catch lotsa fish. It won't last forever, however, and apparently Bass Pro has discontinued this item. I have been searching for a telescoping pole. I like the feel and light weight of the 4-4.5m carbon fiber telescoping poles, but I hate the soft ends. I want something that is light to handle, 12 - 14 feet long, and not so flimsy. I see lots of poles on line, but I can't tell anything about them from the pictures. Anybody out there have any ideas for me?