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Two piece casting rod or no?

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Whenever I watch the pros I never see two piece casting rods. Is there a reason for this ? I have a couple around here and only one is a two  piece. Are they weaker or what ? I have never had a two piece spinning rod break ( except for the one I closed in my truck door) and I have landed some large fish and tree limbs  ;) Mike

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My friend says he doesnt like 2 pieces when he is tournament fishing because its just one more thing to worry about when fishing.

Im sure that there are other reasons also.  Whenever there is a break in a rod i am sure that you are increasing the chances of a break point.  I dont know about loss of sensitivity or anything like that though.

I like 2 pieces because I dont tournament fish and I like to fit the pole in my car lol

Vic

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I don't like a two piece rod. They could come apart at the wrong time, and I think you give up some feel. Just my 2 cents! ;)

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I owned several two piece rods over the years and never cared for them. IMHO, a one piece rod is more sensitive and after having an old catfish rod come apart when I was reeling in an average size cat, I won't buy one again.

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I have a pretty new two piece in my trunk and I notice little diiference in feel but the day will come when it starts comming aparts on casts.

When I was younger it would drive me nuts.  A couple times a day the end section would launch off my rod into the water.

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Two piece rods offer the convience of breakdown for transporting. That's their only advantage over a standard 1 pc rod. One piece rods are more sensitive simply because there is no break in the graphite where there must be a transcending of the vibration from the rod tip. Also I believe it's called the bezel. I'm referring to the part of the of two piece rod that is the female end of one section. I've had a few many years ago that developed cracks from over tightening and then using too much twisting motion/force to separate the two pieces.

Also, you're limiting your options and choices of rods when only looking at two piece rods.

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I don't like a two piece rod. They could come apart at the wrong time, and I think you give up some feel. Just my 2 cents! ;)

agreed

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They've come a long way - I'd be VERY surprised if anyone could shake apart my custom 2-pc rods or really claim to feel a difference.

I really wish companies would make more 2pc casting rod options - why they are so limited is puzzling in comparison to spinning models.

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One thing I can say for sure, in over 50 years of fishing I have never had a rod come apart on me . That includes, fly rods, spinning,casting and cane poles. I never fished as much or as hard as some of you but it was enough to keep me happy most of the time ;)

I was just curious why you don't see more two piece casting rods with the pros. As for not as much feeling in the action I really can't argue that one but I never had a problem feeling the strikes or little taps with a 3 piece fly rod or any of my other rods. I'm sure a pro can pick up on or feel smaller taps than I can and know if it's a fish or a stone or something so you guys, are probably right about that. Thanks for the replies and opinions.,Mike

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One thing I can say for sure, in over 50 years of fishing I have never had a rod come apart on me . That includes, fly rods, spinning,casting and cane poles. I never fished as much or as hard as some of you but it was enough to keep me happy most of the time ;)

I was just curious why you don't see more two piece casting rods with the pros. As for not as much feeling in the action I really can't argue that one but I never had a problem feeling the strikes or little taps with a 3 piece fly rod or any of my other rods. I'm sure a pro can pick up on or feel smaller taps than I can and know if it's a fish or a stone or something so you guys, are probably right about that. Thanks for the replies and opinions.,Mike

The Pros and the majority of us just don't need 2 pc rods, as the rods are either transported in a rod locker or the back of a truck, SUV, or a hatchback (in my case).  Two pieces of anything can't be as strong, nor as sensitive as one continuous piece. It's just simple physics. While you most likely feel 90+% of your bites, it's the very lite 10% then you don't even feel.  

Well made multiple rods shouldn't break or crack at the female joint, but the fact is that many over time do, due to careless and or rough handling.

Given the option, everyone I know prefer a one piece rod. But the bottom line is that if you need a multiple piece rod to go fishing, then go for it.

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All my Bass rods are one piece. My Steelhead rods are a different story. I have a few 2 piece and 3 piece fly & spinning rods that are 10'+ and have never had a problem with them comming apart, although taking the apart sometimes be a issue. If storage or transporting them is not a problem I would stick with one piece rods.

JMHO

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I have used 2 ,3 ,and 4 piece fly rods for years and never had one come apart. Some of those were casting 10-12 weight line and giant flys. I have a SC Premier 2-piece casting rod that lives in the back of my car for pull-over fishing without any problems. I have always found it strange about the selection of multi-piece spinning rods vs. casting rods. One problem I have seen with beginner fly-rodders, is they just stick the pieces together with the eyes aligned, this is a no-no. You have to put the pieces together with the eyes at 90, then twist to align them.

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I have an ultra light two-piece rod that I take with me on trips.

The one thing that blows my mind is when I forget it is a two-piece rod and fail to keep tightning the sections together as I fish.

On more than one occassion I have made a cast and the front section will fly off with the cast.

Man, do I feel dumb or what?

So keep making sure the two sections remain tight together as you fish.

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If the top fly rod afficiondos are happy with four piece rods, and four piece is becoming the standard, then they can make a good multi piece casting rod.  

Buy some ferrule wax.  A fifty cent piece will last you two lifetimes.  The rod won't come apart and it will be easier to take apart when you want to do it.

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If the top fly rod afficiondos are happy with four piece rods, and four piece is becoming the standard, then they can make a good multi piece casting rod.

Gotta realize 2 things about fly rods though, they can be up to 9 feet in length. It may be hard to carry arround a 9 foot rod (though not impossible).

And as far as sensitivity goes and detecting strikes, the flyfisher doesnt nessecariy rely on the rod but the line or strike detector. So using a flyrod argument for multipiece bass rods is a little different I think.

Vic

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I know the old style multi piece rods were no real good. The new ones (if you get a good one) are great. I have a 2 piece GLX spinning rod I carry in my trunk(in a rod tube) for just in case I find a new place day. It is just as much sensitivity as my one piece IMX rod. I love my one piece rods( when I'm in my truck or taking a boat), but 2 piece is great for the car.

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I like 1 piece rods cause they get better sensitivity. and they're probally stronger. American Rodsmiths H3 Titanium,  and Fenwick HMX for me!

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