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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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fly rod pieces

Does it really matter 2 piece fly rod or 4 piece fly rod? I was thinking 2 piece would be better less pieces that might break. Also wondering about picking up magnifying glasses that fit on brim of hat. Are they worth the investment and what about magnification?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 06:40 PM
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Re: fly rod pieces

I have both 2 and 4 piece bamboo rods to fish with. I enjoy both, but will say for air transport, 4 piece rods travel better if you need to fly.... 2 pc. rod has stress at the ferrule; 4 pc. has stress distributed more evenly through it's length. It also depends on the line weight/rod you're using. A 2/3 wt. rod isn't used on steelies, so a 2 pc. is fine. However, IF you need to lean into a big fish, a rod with backbone in either 2 or 4 pc.- I'd pick the 2 pc. rod because of the dynamics of how it's built minus the extra set of ferrule connections as with a 4 pc. rod.....

YES to the brim style magnifying flip up glass IF you're having trouble threading the tippet. BIG difference when it doesn't take you 15 minutes trying to get the blasted thing in!!! Lots of times, it's the head cement clogging the eye, so I have the nippers with the needle mounted to clear such obstructions... I struggled until I got a pair as the cheapie cheater glasses at the time didn't help much! I went for the strongest mag they offer as I merely back the fly off if the focus isn't correct from up close...

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Re: fly rod pieces

I agree with everything that Cane has said.

I have a car though and like to take my 4 piece for travling but end up taking the 2 piece anyway for back up.

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Re: fly rod pieces

I walked back along Stoney creek, and knew right away that my 2 piece was a pain. For traveling like the above posters say 4 piece is the way to go. But I still love my 2 piece Sage.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-10-2013, 06:19 PM
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Re: fly rod pieces

I have and use both. A nicer 2pc rod will usually have better action than a cheap 4pc rod but not always. I just ran my 4 PC Cabela's LSi 9'9" 5 wt and the action was smooth as silk and the rod was responsive with excellent backbone towards the back 2 sections making the couple 9 pound steelies almost as easy to handle as the 6 pounders.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-12-2013, 03:25 PM
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Re: fly rod pieces

there is no performance issues with 2 or 4 pc rods now adays. I have both and like my 4pc better. they are easier to travel with, even in a car or truck.

as for the glasses, i like the ones you clip to your glasses, Rx or sunglassses. they flip up out of the way when not needed. the ones on the brim don't always focus in the right place and must be constantly adjusted to see. also they bother my view and make me think there is always something in my way. i know it sounds like a personal problem.

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Re: fly rod pieces

I don't fly much at all these days, but when I used to fly extensively I took both 2 and 4 pc rods with me. These days I only use 4 pc rods when I backpack or hike into remote destinations. For all of my other fishing I use 2 pc rods up to 10' long. They are much faster to put together and take apart, and I mostly just pull the sections apart, and leave the reel, line and fly on it when I'm finished fishing. Everything else being equal, 4 pc rods are twice as prone to come apart accidentally when you are fishing them than 2 pc rods, and I suspect they are more susceptible to breaking or loosing a section of the rod, for a variety of reasons.

If you own a Ferrari and use it to transport your fly rods, you'll want a 4 or more pc fly rod. I'd think a 2 pc rod would fit into most any other sized vehicle.

I regularly fish with guys that use 2 and 4 pc rods. Those of us with the 2 pc rods are almost always rigged and ready to fish before those using 2 pc rods. Of course, some guys prefer to fiddle with their gear rather than catch fish.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 06:49 PM
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Re: fly rod pieces

As Riz stated, with a decent quality, modern fly rod there is virtually no difference between a 2 and 4 piece. The 4 piece may add an ounce or so of weight to the rod and that is it. I own and fish both and the only thing I notice is that the 4 piece rods are much easier to transport.

But what would I know, I must just really enjoy fiddling with my gear for the extra 5 seconds it takes to assemble a 4pc rod.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 04:29 PM
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Re: fly rod pieces

4 piece for travel and 2 piece for everything else. I use C&F boxes with the threaders for the small flies.
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