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I have heard people say their rods snapped in half when they were 2 piece. However, it would be extremely beneficial as far as portability to have 2 piece, especially when bank/kayak fishing.

When buying fishing rods, will you choose one or two piece model? Or it makes no sense.

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I have no desire to own a 2 piece rod. Regardless of how easy it is to transport

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I have a few of each. I have no problems with either. I carry a two piece in the truck tool box to have wherever I go.

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I've had both for many years and I don't see any difference between them. 

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1 hour ago, CroakHunter said:

I have no desire to own a 2 piece rod. Regardless of how easy it is to transport

Ditto 

I had one a looong time ago and even tho it made it easier to transport riding a bike to the lake, I would never own another. 

 

Ive seen them break too easily and feel too much sensitivity is lost at the joint. 

 

Maybe with all the new technology that isn't much of a problem any more but still, not for me. 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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I prefer one piece because I can leave it rigged up, the top portion does not twist or come apart when casting. Sensitivity is the same in my opinion, some say the one piece rods are stronger. 

 

I have a two piece spinning rod for travelling which I do like, it does not come apart when casting, but it does occasionally twist. I find when leaving the two piece rigged up the line gets all tangled and its a headache. 

 

Given the choice, one piece rods. Travelling with family, two piece is a necessity for me. 

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I have 1 piece rods and 2piece rods. I do think that 1 piece may be more sensitive, but I do like two piece rods for ease of transportation and storage. I had one 2 piece rod crack right where the two connect, wich was the first one I've ever had crack. I blame it on being a cheap rod, but that hasn't stopped me from buying more 2 piece.

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Modern, high-quality multi-piece rods are pretty much indistinguishable from one-piece rods other than maybe a little bit of extra weight.  Every fly rod I own is at least two-piece; many are four.  They get a real work-out in a day of fishing; probably more so than a bass rod.  The only one I ever had break at the joint did so because the joint had loosened up during some night fishing with large poppers (think "extreme flailing" :) ).

 

I've caught countless fish of all sizes, from little brook trout to big stripers and mahi, on four-piece fly rods with no problems, and also with no notice that they were four-piece rods.  I honestly don't think many people could tell if they were using a one-piece or quality four-piece rod in a blindfolded test.  

 

I still choose one-piece rods for the majority of my fishing but, when portability is important, I have no problem with multi-piece rods.  Check out TackleTour's review of the Daiwa Ardito three-piece bass travel rods.  I own two of them and use them not only for bass, but even for stripers in the salt.

 

It's pretty inconvenient to keep a couple of 7' rods in the car for unexpected fishing opportunities!

 

Tight lines,

Bob

 

 

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2 hours ago, CroakHunter said:

I have no desire to own a 2 piece rod. Regardless of how easy it is to transport

My comment would be, I have no desire to own a 2 piece rod. But I own a few because of how easy they are to transport.

 

I prefer 1 piece rods. I only own a few two piece rods for vacations we take by car. When the whole family is in the car there is no room to fold down the seats to fit my 1 piece rods down the middle.

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From my experience, it's hard to find a quality two piece rod. Most of them are cheaper rods, that are okay to keep in your trunk with a small tackle box in case you find a place you can fish among your travels and you don't have to worry about them being stolen, but not something you'd likely carry if you know you're going fishing.

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My favorite rod of all time is a Fenwick Aetos 6'6" 2 piece medium fast spinning rod.  I use it for everything from wading small streams to bass finesse in lakes and reservoirs, and I have actually even caught a couple Musky on it.  There is no sensitivity loss from my perspective, and being able to put it in my truck so easily is just beyond convenient.

 

 

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13 hours ago, NYWayfarer said:

My comment would be, I have no desire to own a 2 piece rod. But I own a few because of how easy they are to transport.

 

I prefer 1 piece rods. I only own a few two piece rods for vacations we take by car. When the whole family is in the car there is no room to fold down the seats to fit my 1 piece rods down the middle.

This says it all on my position.

When possible I use my one piece rods. 

In my case, my 2-piece rods get the most action.

Good two-piece rods are out there and quite affordable and you don’t need to look farther than St. Croix, Shimano or Fenwick just to name three companies that make good quality two piece rods. There is no need to have get a cheapy 2-piece Walmart special unless you believe that will suit you. 

None of my 2-piece rods are lower end nor are the super high-end. They are however, more than adequately and robustly sensitive enough that if I didn’t tell you and you didn’t look, you wouldn’t even know they were two piece rods based on how they perform.

Lots of old school notions still floating around and in belief out there and that’s okay. I’d probably be still thinking like that too if I didn’t find my quality 2-piece rods. 

A Shimano compre rod sports alconite guides. That’s my mark for being quality enough guidewise. 

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Grew up using my grandfather's 2-piece rods, and I never had any issues with sensitivity or breakage. Ever since I started making my own money, I've purchased 1-piece rods since most high end rods are offered like that, but if I had the choice to, I would buy 2-piece rods. I travel internationally at least once a year, and I would prefer to carry high end rods with me. I just saw that Megabass released a 2-piece Heritage rod, but that's beyond my budget for now...

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I like 2 piece rods since it’s a chore to get my 1 piece rods in my car. The problem is their are almost no 2 piece rods in the price range I buy. My favorite rods are my St. Croix Bass X and Fenwick HMG. I wish they made 2 piece models.

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I use my Daiwa Arditos  3 piece often and theyre the only rods i take when visiting my inlaws. Heavier than my 1 piece but its well worth it to be able to transport them safely and not having a rod tip poking my wifes head while  driving.

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im not sure why people are so concerned about transport. I drive a Toyota corolla and I have no issues fitting my 7'6" one piece MBR903c in it. I hate two piece rods.

 

not as sensitive by design (although ferrules have of course, improved). heavier and more prone to breakage at the ferrule.

 

One piece is way better and worth the consequence of transport. once you are out on the water its so worth it. 

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and not having a rod tip poking my wifes head while  driving.

this is how my wife knows its truly spring :)

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Most bass anglers tend to over stress their rods and prefer 1 continuous piece rod blank from tip to butt. Whenever you cut a 1 piece rod blank into pieces you loose strength at that joint. Bass anglers also believe they can feel minute vibrations traveling down the rod blank to the reel seat allowing them to detect strikes better. Cutting a blank into pieces deadens a high percentage of vibration transfer across the joint connection.

Loss of strength and sensitivity from vibrations are factors to consider.

Fenwick invented the ferrule less rod joint and make good 2 or multiple piece rods, Lamiglas , G. Loomis, Sage and Orvis all make multiple piece fly and salmon rods, an argument can be made that multiple piece rods can overcome strength and sensitive issues but it's a losing debate with bass anglers.

Tom

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I'm also prefer 1 pc rod especially on bait caster, but I don't mind using 2 pcs rod either. I actually own quite a few 2 pcs rod, mostly spinning setup and 3 baitcasters one with happens to be my inshore rod and another me UL rod. I own 2 pcs rod so I can put those in the trunk of my car with a few lures so I can stop anywhere anytime and don't take up space in my car. 

Debating between sensitive and strength between 1 pc and 2 pcs, I'm believe 1 pc win hand down, but not far off as long as you know what you are doing like feel from the line instead of your rod, that way you can few everything under water, set the drag loose enough and not to horse or flip any heavy fish, you should be just fine and your 2 pcs should last as long and as enjoyable as 1 pc rod.

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With advancements in modern rod technology; there is not much of any difference in sensitivity between 1 and 2 piece Rods . I personally choose 1 Piece and own more than I need : ) but last year before purchasing a dedicated Veritas drop shot rod; I was actually having a blast Drop shotting with my 2 Piece 5'6' Light Power Spinning Rod and Reel (generally used for panfish) and the sensitivity was excellent and no different than when I use my 1 Piece. Still I find myself buying 1 Piece rods instead of 2...

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8 hours ago, Hulkster said:

im not sure why people are so concerned about transport. I drive a Toyota corolla and I have no issues fitting my 7'6" one piece MBR903c in it. I hate two piece rods.

 

not as sensitive by design (although ferrules have of course, improved). heavier and more prone to breakage at the ferrule.

 

One piece is way better and worth the consequence of transport. once you are out on the water its so worth it. 

this is how my wife knows its truly spring :)

Have a corolla too and I’m surprised the middle section can easily accommodate one piece rods. I think the concern at least for me is theft. Rods  laying in plain sight is my greatest anal concern especially with tweakers prowling around. They don’t need but 30 seconds to bust a window, steal not only your high end rod but also the reel attached to it. Then you have to get the ding dang window replaced on top of that. 

 

So when I use my one piece rods I won’t go anywhere other than home after fishing unless I bring my rod quiver with me. I always get strange looks when I tote my quiver holding three 1-piece rods. Those who are anglers look at me and say cool by way of a smile. Those who aren’t look at me with eyes that say that dude is a geek. Those who are Walmart employees come up to me and check  my gear to make it isn’t unpaid merchandise. I kid you not! No way is a Walmart in western Washington going to be carrying Shimano curados or Cardiffs or symetre. 

“Excuse me sir, but I’m going to have make sure that this fishing gear isn’t unpaid merchandise. Please come with me.”

i am laughing my head off in my mind and actually relished the fact that my mid level gear was worth inspecting. 

Walmart employee:

“Shimshano Curado. Nope we don’t carry that. Shimshano Compraste? Is that a Mexican/Japanese collobaration? Got a cousin whose married to a Chicano. Really nice guy.

islandbass: “Really? Ya don’t say...”

Walmart employee:

”Yup. We had so much fun at their wedding and I even learned how to do the Macarena. Lamiglas Certified Pro Dropshot Special? Hmmm. Nope, we don’t carry that either. Rapala? Okay. We got Rapala. But a Rapala spinning reel? Nope. 20sxi6? Sounds like a missile. Do you work for BOEING?

islandbass:“No sir.”

walmart employee: “Okay, sir. Looks we don’t carry any of your gear here. Thanks for your time.”  

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I own and use both, although the two piece rods are used mainly for topwater. The issue of two piece rods breaking is more from user error. Heavy line and too much drag accounts for rod failure. That and swinging fish into the boat instead of landing them. 

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I've used both for many years without any issues.

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On 3/22/2018 at 3:49 AM, austinF said:

I have heard people say their rods snapped in half when they were 2 piece. However, it would be extremely beneficial as far as portability to have 2 piece, especially when bank/kayak fishing.

When buying fishing rods, will you choose one or two piece model? Or it makes no sense.

I have a 3 piece Ocean Master travel spinning rod from Bass Pro that I bought when we moved to the Bahamas.  Used it for 2½ years fishing tidal channels and flats for snapper, jacks, bonefish, and barracuda.  It still looks like new, and I landed some nice 10+ pounders on it.   It's paired with a Shimano Spheros 5000 spinning reel.

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I have 26 fly rods...most are 4 piece, some are two piece.

 

There might even be a 3 piece left out there...sometimes it's harder to keep track...

 

My fly rods run the gamut from tiny, 7 ft. 3 wt. to 9 ft. 10 wt. rods used to catch pike and musky that eat bass...

 

With a fly rod, sensitivity is paramount, not just when you're fishing, but when you are casting as well...

 

I've never broken a fly rod at the ferrules...but I've blown two up in-between them.  One when a back cast stuck in a bush (good news: my follow through is exceptional!), another trying to muscle a fish that was too big for the rod...

 

Both user errors.

 

Lots of my rods are used to land large, angry fish pushing 50" and weighing in excess of 35 lbs...I'm pretty sure if being multi piece was an issue, it'd show up regularly in pike and musky fly rods...not to mention the couple hundred bass I catch on lighter weight fly rods every year.

 

Talking to the rod makers, multi piece rods allow them to build each section with distinctly different properties...the same can be done with one piece...but it's more complicated.

 

I also own an 8'6" spinning rod for tossing big spoons at Canadian pike, an 8'9" casting rod for the same purpose, and a 9 ft. musky rod that can do double duty as a winch/crane in case the car gets stuck on the way to a remote Canadian landing.  All are two piece, all have landed dozens of of big fish and endured thousands of casts with seriously heavy lures.

 

I did break the 8'9" casting rod's predecessor trying to free a Doctor Spoon from a submerged bush...another user error, and another break between the ferrules...

 

I am a non-believer in lack of sensitivity or strength in decent multi-piece fishing rods.

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I remember the first good rod I bought years (and years) ago. I think I fished it a couple years before realizing it was 2 pieces. That's how much I knew back then. :D 

 

All the rods I fish locally are 1 piece. I have a couple Elite Tech 2 piece rods I pack when visiting family, etc.. They catch fish like the one piece rods do.

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