Favorite number of rod pieces?

Favorite number of rod pieces for transport?


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wolfglen

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A long time ago, I made a rod which the handle detached with a ferrule. The other part was then made in two sections and I had a friend who was pretty handy in his machine shop and he constructed a wading/ hiking staff for me into which the two pieces fitted, screw in top and a point at the end.

The only trouble was that I had to put a fairly small stripping guide on the rod to fit into the staff.
 

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I tend to like a 3 to 4 piece rod. Easy enought to transport yet strong enought to get the job done. May be just a thought process but I look at the more peices the more margon for error and weakness.
 

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Wow no chance of that here i can vouch

At least not with cheapskate budget companies i tend to favour ;)
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Their attitude is upon hearing a complaint: "You didn't file a complaint BEFORE leaving the baggage area, therefore, as far as we're concerned, it didn't happen" Imagine that, they expect everyone to open their checked luggage right there when you pick it up. Can you imagine what would happen if everyone did that?
 

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This is a great poll...its interesting to see where people's preferences lie on this. I rarely fly much anymore (would probably have voted 4 piece if that was the case). With that said, I'm really a big fan of 3 piece rods...and have been for quite a while. While almost all of mine are 4 piece, I really feel like a 3 offers the perfect combination of packability and ease of putting together/durability. Great Poll!

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Its not surprising that 4 piece is well into the lead...there's a reason why manufacturers offer a huge percentage of their rods as only available in 4 piece.
 

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I like my two piece rods. I travel by pickup(6 ft bed) and fish close to the road. I attach my reel to the bottom section and the stand the reel on my toe while i attach the top section. Find it very awkward when assembling my 8'6" 3wt wt. 4 piece rod. Usually end up with the reel sliding around the tailgate. Also after rigging up I place my "Dry Land wading staff" in the back of the truck and assemble my water wading staff. So I don't go far or fast. Only advantage I would have with four pieces would be air travel.
 

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I have three rods and all are two sections. I'm either riding a bicycle or driving my car to fish so, the rod lengths aren't a concern. The only place I'll be going, anytime soon, that requires air travel will be Japan and I'll buy a rod over there.
 

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I haven‘t had that many rods, but for whatever reason, if you can’t fish a one piece rod, then I like a three piece. I like that the tip section is a little longer and feels like you have a little more control or feel, and I also like that there is no joint in the exact middle of the rod. I know that’s just mental, and that all along the blank there needs to be the correct amount of material to be the taper at that location. Still, it hits me funny that we put a joint right in the middle.
 
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gpwhitejr

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For me it really depends on the outing. Hiking to a small stream in the woods, a short (7 feet or less) 4-piece that can fit in my pack (or a tenkara or keiryu rod). Driving my truck to the boat ramp to launch my kayak in Narragansett Bay, a 2-piece rod that I transport in a reel-on case, so one less thing to deal with before getting on the water.
 

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I have plenty of older 2-pc. rods. Most of my newer rods are 4-pc., that is what is mostly produced today, fine. But I like 3-pc. best.
 

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I want the fewest possible number that is practical, given that longer pieces become a transport problem, and shorter pieces mean more parts to keep track or lose, the length of the rod dictates the number of pieces; so <8.5' 2pc, 8.5'- 11.5' 3pc, over that what ever number works out with pieces between 30"-42".
 

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One of my favorite rods is my one-piece Hardy Zenith 8'10" 4 weight. It'll be a two-piece rod on the day I'm buried, because my wife will have to break it in half to fit it into my coffin!

But seriously, this rod has no evil qualities, and casts better than any of my 2, 3, or 4 piece rods.

Yup, it is difficult to transport for any long trips. But I stash mine at my brother's house in Wisconsin's Driftless Area, so I can pick it up and be on the river in 10 minutes.
 

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I have 2, 3, and 4 piece rods, they all work just fine and I don't particularly have a favourite. As long as they end the day with the same number of pieces as they do at the start I'm happy
 

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When I started fly fishing 2 piece rods were the standard. The argument was that 2 piece rods were more convenient even though the mathematics in the physics of casting could show the smoother energy transfer with a single piece rod; the same could be said for the standard 4 piece rods versus the 2 piece rods of 20-25 yrs ago. I do love the action of my 2 and 3 piece IM6s, my 2 piece TMF and my old Scott 2 piece; but this difference in energy transfer is now quite subtle and very negligible in terms of feel or performance in comparison to contemporary 4 piece rods with the similar form of designed action. I reason the same way regarding a fly line loop to leader loop versus needle nail knot leader attachments; I concede the numbers in the physics do show a smoother energy transfer in the latter but it is so negligible and the convenience and efficiency of using loop to loop connections renders it a mute point for most fly fishers, even stubborn dry fly fishers like me. (Of course this assumes the leader is designed for its use to properly transfer the energy... which is another matter.)

Honestly now it is more about rod actions for me than how many pieces; 2, 3 or 4 are all good to me insofar as I like the action for the use I have in mind.
 

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A friend asked me to build him a rod, but saying he wanted a 2 pce because "he couldn't get his head around a 4-pce." I bonded the bottom and top joints together, making it a 2 pce, and he's happy.....Reverse technology?
 

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I also started when 2 piece were the norm. Now I own 2,3,4 piece rods and no preference. I do prefer certain rods over others but only because of a love for bamboo. I see rod pieces as situational more than preferential.
 

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A friend asked me to build him a rod, but saying he wanted a 2 pce because "he couldn't get his head around a 4-pce." I bonded the bottom and top joints together, making it a 2 pce, and he's happy.....Reverse technology?
I have always said that if 4 piece was all I could get that I would bond the extra joints. Some people thought it was haha funny, but I really hate jacking around more than necessary when putting things together or storing them. Extra parts are extra work, good job.
 
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