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I am purchasing a 6’6” Medium St. Croix Premier Spinning Rod for my wading for river smallmouth.

 

Any reasons for going either 1pc or 2pc route? Or any of you’re preferences and why?

 

Thankyou

 

 

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Well, I suppose the obvious one is a 2 pc. rod packs and carries really well. So, if you are going to make some longer strolls to get to your first fishing site, being able to break a rod down really helps. A 2 pc. rod and a small tackle bag make for a really finesse approach.

 

As regards any physical attributes, one over the other, I think they perform the same. My most expensive rod, by far, is a 2 pc. but I normally leave it assembled and on a rod stand, often forget it is even a 2 piece rod.

 

***2 pc. Tip. This may be more common knowledge than I know, but when you assemble a 2 pc. rod, roll the male end of the rod connection in the crease between the outside of your nose and your face to get a tiny bit of oil on it to get the join seated better. It is just a naturally oily place on our bodies to use.

 

Nice selection, the St. Croix is!

 

Brad 

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I’m partial to one piece rods. Bass fishing takes place on my boat so they store and travel well. 

 

I fish trout streams with fly and spinning gear. All of that breaks down even 5’6” rods. 

 

I would lean toward two piece stuff if I were in the woods I guess. I fish a lot of St. Croix Rods. Love them. Good luck. 

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2 piece rods are great for travel when space is limited.

 

1 piece for everything else. I have a sedan and can get a 7' rod down the center of my car when one of the backseats is folded down. 

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With today's ferrule designs, at least on quality rods like St Croix, the action and power differences between one and two piece rods are undetectable.  The weight will be very slightly higher on two piece, but that too is IMHO undetectable.  

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7 hours ago, Otter17 said:

I am purchasing a 6’6” Medium St. Croix Premier Spinning Rod for my wading for river smallmouth. Any reasons for going either 1pc or 2pc route? Or any of you’re preferences and why?

Advantages of a 2-pc are portability and easier to store it out of sight in the vehicle. Disadvantage is you have to carefully align the line guides when coupling the two sections, but in reality that's easy to do, and even with a 2-pc I'd guess you rarely end up taking it apart anyway. The 2-pc can be awkward to carry when it's taken apart, unless you carry it in a bag.

 

As far as sensitivity goes, I wouldn't worry about it. My first rod (unless you count the Ugly Stik) was a 2-pc StC and it's perfectly sensitive.

 

I'd say keep it simple and base your decision on portability alone (storage in vehicle, carrying through woods, taking it with you on a trip, etc)

 

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I imagine that searching out spots to wade involves a fair amount of driving around.  I'd probably want a 2-pc. for this.  Especially if you're running around with fishing buddies. 

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Id also say a 2 piece rod would be the way to go.  You loose a bit of sensitivity but you gain portability.

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Thankyou everyone for all your helpful replies! 😊👍

 

Do any of you guys use those Rod Sock type protectors? And do they do a decent job of protecting a rod and it’s guides?

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9 hours ago, Otter17 said:

Thankyou everyone for all your helpful replies! 😊👍

 

Do any of you guys use those Rod Sock type protectors? And do they do a decent job of protecting a rod and it’s guides?

I use a 40" x 3" piece of PVC.  It holds 2-piece rods 6'6" and under.  One end is capped and the other has a coupling with a screw on cap.  I can carry 3 rods in it no problem.  It cost me about $8 to build, far cheaper than off the shelf rod tubes, but not nearly as pretty.  I hit mine with a coating of army green from a rattle can.  My fishing backpack has a rod tube holder and it works well hiking the back country.

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11 hours ago, Otter17 said:

Thankyou everyone for all your helpful replies! 😊👍

 

Do any of you guys use those Rod Sock type protectors? And do they do a decent job of protecting a rod and it’s guides?

They protect your rods to a degree.

 

A year or two ago I had one on a rod and the rod got caught in a closing door. Didn't think anything of it. When I got to my destination and took off the sock, my rod tip which had snapped off came out.

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I prefer one piece, but have two piece rods for family trips when the car is packed and a bit tight.

 

It's not sensitivity of the one piece, it's strength and action, something that is lost to some extent with two piece rods. I also prefer to keep them rigged up and always use rod gloves to protect the blank and guides, also helps keep the lines tangle free.

 

I hate fussing with two piece rods, harder to keep them rigged up without getting line tangled and over the day the tip can get loose or need adjustment. 

 

Time and place for both I guess, but given the choice I will always prefer one piece. Sometimes you don't have a choice though, that's why I keep two. Piece rods in my collection.

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