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My BIL gave me a Shakespeare spinning rig for Christmas. It’s a two piece rod and I assume it came from WalMart, so it’s probably not an expensive rod. The only other two piece rods I own are a fly rod and a crappie rig.

 

I remember back in the 70’s my grandpa looked down on sectioned rods as being weaker and less sensitive than one piece. Of course, this was also back in the day of metal ferrules so maybe things have changed. Would it benefit the strength or sensitivity of the rod if I were to glue the sections together with some epoxy, or would this just make the rod more inconvenient with no real benefit?

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Good question.  I've never considered gluing one together.  I use wax on some of my multi-piece fly rods.  They stay together very well with a little wax.

 

When I was researching some fly rods, I wondered if I should get a one piece rod.  The general consensus was that technology has improved and a new multi-piece rod has very few drawbacks compared to the ones of old.  I know I've never had a fly rod fail at one of the connections.  I prefer 1 piece bass rods, but I have some 2-piece rods and have never had any issues.

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   You said that you have a fly rod, so I would guess you know how to use it, right? If someone gave you a 4-pc. McFarland fly rod, would you glue the joints on it .... some of them or all of them ....  to increase the strength or sensitivity? No, you wouldn't. It would ruin the rod. It'll do the same thing on any other rod, too. If you have a rod that has so much of a problem that you are seriously considering gluing it together, just throw it away and buy a new rod.  jj

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No, use it as is.

Tom

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Nothing to be gained by cementing the pieces together. 

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If you did the Pepsi challenge with a 2 piece rod and the same model in a 1 piece, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Don't glue it.

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No need to glue two-piece rods together.

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