from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rod used in trolling, usually made of undressed bamboo, and about nine feet in length.
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I will put the trolling-rod behind me, leaning over the back-board; if a fish should strike, he would hook himself and I could pick up the rod and land him.
I turn hastily around, just in time to see the trolling-rod vanish over the stern of the boat.
Yet there are men at Loch Leven who troll all day, and poor sport it must be, as a trout of a pound or so has no chance on a trolling-rod.