Unless I'm fishing Dismal Creek on the Jefferson National Forest,,5 min drive from the house till I'm stepping in the water,,, I take a back up rod. I've never broken a fly rod,,but I know it's coming (knock on wood.) Like the one guy said,,,rod tubes are your friend. End of day,,I try to break the rod down and 'tube' it before I get involved with anything else. And, I put the rod together last thing before I leave the vehicle TO fish. It's easy for a guy,,esp when in company of fishing buds, to get distracted. I did trip, stumble along, fall and break a St. Croix 9' float and fly special' rod. I think that is the last time I had tears in my eyes. The folks at St Croix are champs at taking care of ya. But still,,,,it hurts LOL
Fly rods are such petite , graceful things,,,,I just know my turn is coming.
I never go without 2 of each rod I might fish. My buddy used to always say "where is your back up", and would tell me nothing worse than a 2hr drive to not be able to fish from busting a rod. I went , fell and broke my rod. Luckily I was crossing the river to leave when I fell.
I dont go without at least 2 3wt's and 2 4wt's and usually bring the 1wt too.
If I'm gong on a fishing trip I'll take 4 or 5 rods. If I'll be fishing just for the day, I'll take 2. The one I plan on using and a spare.
You can do a lot of damage in a week. Between my fishing partner and I we always seem to break at least one rod when we go on an extended fishing trip and one trip a couple of years ago we broke 3
Over time we've broken so many rods that a while back we started bringing what Lefty calls an "eventuals" kit (eventually you're going to need it ) containing an assortment of tip-tops, some tip-top cement, snake guides, rod thread on a bobbin, epoxy, some "reel sized" screw drivers, and a bottle of "Sally's". It's come in handy more than once.
4 or 5 rods? Wow guys! I'am serious about fly fishing but I'am on a very strick income paying 2 car payment's, mortage, it's very hard. But guy's I finally received my new clearwater rod. I didn't have much time to admire the rod but the 1st thing I notice was the rod tube since it's a 4-piece rod the tube was tiny compared to my 2-piece. At 1st glance the rod isn't pretty personally it's a nasty green. I have not try out the rod today too windy here and thunderstorms and roaring in. I'am still a novice on fly rods but I'll try and give a better report on how the rod perform's. Sorry guy's really don't have time to type everything that I wanted to say.
i guess if you keep it in the car and park close to where u fish then its all good.
but if you have to hike far, 2 rods would be the most i bring
Think of it this way I do take 2 rods.....2 rods for each spot / wind conditions
My favorite was one day my buddy picks me up at 4AM I load up and look in the back seat of his truck......9 rods, I asked what in the heck (but I had 5) and he laughed we were on a 3hr road trip to Wyoming and he laughed saying there is everything from small creeks to big rivers along our route and you just never know.