Two Pc. vs. 4 pc.

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  1. Chef

    Chef New Member

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    I was wondering what the reason was for rod makers to go from a 2 piece to 4 piece. Was it because of transport?

    I ask because my sage rod is in the shop (which is a four piece) and I have been using a two piece and sorta like it better. Keeps everything straight.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Steffan Brown

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    I like a four piece to have the option to strap it to my pack for the day if I'm hiking somewhere.
     
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    I started with 2pc rods . . .sold them all in favor of 4pc rods . . .and now have added a couple of 2pc rods back into my collection. It's nice to have the 4pc available for air travel. Otherwise, I prefer the simplicity of the 2pc. On some older rods (Loomis GLX classic, for example), I think the 2pc versions cast better.
     
  4. Ed Call

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    I have 2pc, 3pc, 4pc, 5pc, 6pc, and 8pc rods. I've convinced myself they all have a place, a purpose and each does something a bit different. Most of mine are 4pc. If the rod does what you want and feels good doing it, what is to think about?
     
  5. Mark Walker

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    My preference in the number of pieces depends primarily on rod length in question and intended usage.
    I have a much loved GLoomis 10' 2pc 4wt that strictly travels by car/truck only.
     
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    I have long wondered what the rush to 4 pc rods was all about. I can certainly understand how they are more convenient for travel purposes. But more pieces = more complexity and a greater opportunity for failure. Not to mention probably more expensive to build. I have several myself but they seem more fussy to me than a simple sweet handling 2 pc. It turns out that some of my 4 pc rods are stored partially assembled as 2 pc in a conventional rod case with the reel attached. The erector set nature of the 4 pc rod is just not a plus to me.

    But then again I would perhaps feel different if I had to fly somewhere. I have witnessed 3 airplane crashes and been in a 4th, there is little chance I will ever see the inside of an aircraft again. I like it here on terra firma just fine.

    Ive
     
  7. Steve Call

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    I prefer 4 pc for convenience when transporting - especially for anything over 8'. I still have several 2 pc rods and they get used too. With todays graphite, etc. composites I really don't think there is a performance issue, but thats just my opinion. I bought my oldest son a travel rod that I think is 8'4" or 6" and 6 or 7 pieces because he flies all the time. I wondered about the action and "feel" of the rod with all those ferrules, but when I fished with it for half a day this summer I came away really impressed! So much so, that I may get one myself.
     
  8. rockthief

    rockthief Fly fishing = food for my soul

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    I suppose vendors want to offer as much variety as they can so as to hook we fisherfolk. Remember the days when you could choose from a dozen engine and tranny options when buying a car? Not much of a choice today. So, I guess the variety in rods is good. Most of mine are vintage fiberglass and therefore two piece. Of my graphite rods two are three piece and two are two piece. I never think about it when I am fishing and that is what counts to me.
     
  9. scottflycst

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    I like the way a 4pc rod travels in my truck and fits on my boat. I can secure a 4pc (broke down) nicely on the pontoon if desired for lake or river fishing.
     
  10. Keith Hixson

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    The Only reason for a four piece is convenience in travel and storage. And that being said, is a good reason. Four pieces in a good rod is very good rod. But, its all about travel and convenience.
     
  11. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I have 2, 3, & 4-piece rods. I prefer the simplicity & action of a 2, but my 4's have fine actions, just take a bit more time to set-up & periodically align. They are easy to transport, however.
     
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    It used to be folks preferred the 2 pc because there was a discernible performance difference, but that doesn't exist any more (for the most part), and cost. There used to be a big difference in cost between the 2 and the 4 piece rods, but that price difference keeps getting smaller. As others have noted, 4 piece rods give you more flexibility. Unless travelling, I keep my 4 piece rods as 2 piece rods, kept in 2 piece reel-on rod cases.

    So, it's all personal preference; I find the advantages of the 4 piece rods outweigh its disadvantages. But, if you like 2 piece rods, go with it; it's all about you and what works for you!
     

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