On your point of taking the rod on flight , as long as you have a solid carry tube , just pack it well in a cardboard box and any airline will allow you to take it as checkin baggage. But as hand baggage they may still allow telescopic since its small , but it completely depends on the CISF officer at the security counter. But surely no problem in checking in any ride rods on flight and they will also put a fragile tag and handle it seperately.
I dad works in airport security so know this well. Hope you have a nice trip.