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    Question 2-Piece Vs. 4 Piece Rods

    I've always used two-piece rods, but recently purchased a pair of four-piece travel rods for fishing at a friend's remote cabin this summer.

    Obviously, the four-piece rods offer an advantage in portability. Yet, how do they compare with two-piece rods as far as strength and sensitivity? Is there a significant difference?

    Just wondering whether there's a comprise involved and what to expect when I finally get to wet a line...

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    High quality 4-piece rods don't give up anything to 2-piece rods. They're easier to carry, easier to store, and fish every bit as well. 2-piece are a little cheaper, but I'll never buy another one.

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    Some say a four piece is stiffer and not as smooth to cast, but I think those days are long gone with the advances in technology. I don't think you lose anything, at least in the moderate to high end rods. The only 2 piece I still fish is a Sage RPL + 5 weight just because I love the RPL so much.

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    I have a 2, 3, and 4 piece fly rods. I like the 2 piece better since its faster to assemble. Other than that, I haven't seen a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wyatt View Post
    Some say a four piece is stiffer and not as smooth to cast, but I think those days are long gone with the advances in technology. I don't think you lose anything, at least in the moderate to high end rods. The only 2 piece I still fish is a Sage RPL + 5 weight just because I love the RPL so much.
    You know your rods. I have a 4 and a 6 in the RPL+ series. I bought the 6 first and liked it so much, I tracked down the 4 a couple of years after they were discontinued.

    I like the 3 and 4 piece rods better for traveling, but I haven't noticed a big difference in how they fish. Any new rods from here on out will be 4 piece, just because it seems like I'm traveling to fish more and with baggage regulations, I expect to have more difficulty carrying my 2 piece rods on planes in the future.

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    Old ferrules didn't flex as much. The new ones are much more consistent with the action of the rest of the rod.

    The convenience of a four piece is worth it to me, I will avoid buying another two piece fly rod - if I can help it. Sometimes you're not in control of where and when you "have to" buy a rod

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    Most rod dealers will tell you a 4 piece rod has more points it can fail. That's true, but if you get a rod size properly suited for your game, it won't matter and a 4-piece will be just as sturdy as a 2-piece.

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    I've found the best advice is that if you go to 4 or 5 piece you need to go to the premium rods. Two piece you can be more of a cheap charlie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Pid View Post
    High quality 4-piece rods don't give up anything to 2-piece rods. They're easier to carry, easier to store, and fish every bit as well. 2-piece are a little cheaper, but I'll never buy another one.
    I have to agree with this.

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    the portability of a 4 piece is so good that I think it outweighs the downsides (very few with newer technology). you may not think you need a small packable rod, but what are you doing in 2 years or 5 since most high quality rods have lifetime warranty's you will have this rod a long time and you don't know when the opportunity comes that you will need a more packable rod.

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