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It seems that the 4-piece rod is the most common now. I am old school and still prefer a 2-piece rod.
Am I wrong? Many report that the new 4-piece action is virtually the same as a 2-piece due to new graphite ferrules. When I bend a 4-piece I can see a slight flat spot.
Going with a 2-piece does really cut down on rod options.

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I prefer 2 piece also, but for the most part I am finished buying fly rods.


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While my wife was at the dentist I stopped at BassPro. I think they only had 4 or 5 of the 2 piece rods/combos in stock. The sales guy was pushing the 4 piece.
Seems to be the standard.

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For airline travel I take a 4 piece. Normal use is 2.


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Nothing wrong with a 4 piece. The only reason I like a solid or two piece if I was using big lures. I built a glass rod and if you want some really good action I would recommend that. Not sure with the ferrules thing. It’s what the rod is made from and other materials. That give action.

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4 piece is the standard in my world as far as I am concerned. I do own a 1 piece G-Loomis Tarpon rod. I live in tarpon country so not traveling with it other than in my truck. Most rods used here are 9 ft. It might be different in some trout waters wherecthey use shorter rods.


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I am looking for trout rods. Transportation is not a problem. It seems that there is no one right answer. Even with length. 8 foot vs 8' 6".
Thus my search of opinions.

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Originally Posted by WStrayer
I am looking g for trout rods. Transportation is not a problem. It seems that there is no one right answer. Even with length. 8 foot vast 8' 6".
Thus my search of opinions.
Thats the way I see it , seems if your dealing with a quality rod mfr its just a preference. I suppose if one wanted to argue the more ferrules you have the greater the chance one could crack.


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I do love my 2 piece rod. That being said my 4 piece goes on my ATV or in a loop on my backpack very easy. I have been fishing many small remote Brook Trout Ponds. Either following moose trails thru the woods or taking my ATV to ones that have trail access. The 4 pieces is a dream for that. I have a Cabelas flyrod case that has a side pocket and I keep the essentials in that. I wear a waist manual/CO2 inflatable life jacket that you don't even know you have on. We have worked are butts off getting canoes or small boats into a few of the best ponds. At this point I believe it is preference. I am no master fly fisherman I hope to only get better. For me the transportation was an issue. I don't have any expensive rods. I'm fine with my Redington Rods. I just got a 4wt in today. Look forward to trying it this weekend with an old friend.


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There are very few 2 piece rods even built these days for a reason. rod manufactures cant sale 2 piece rods because they have nothing but disadvantages in most peoples minds, mine included. I have owned probably 40+ fly rods over my 45 years of 100 plus days a year on the water. Fly rods have come a long way in that timeframe and the 4 piece rods cast and feel every bit as good as any 2 piece rod ever built. better honestly. I admit to being a bit of a gear snob and do like my high end rods, not because they catch me more fish but because they look, feel, and perform better than lower end rods. I still own a couple of 2 piece rods that have some sentimental value to me and I fished 1 last weekend 1 day just because I hadn't used it in years. Honestly I can cast as far with it as I'll ever need to to catch fish and honestly, it kinda sucked to use and I probably wont pick it up again. The newer rods are lighter, more accurate, and smoother than any of the older 2 piece rods I have ever used and cast. I've also been fairly hard my equipment over the years and have broken my share of fly rods and I can't think of any that broke at at the ferrule.


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Well, I finally made a choice. Buying a 2-piece TFO Signature II, 8' 6", #5. Picking it up for $55, delivered. Going to add a BassPro reel.

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Sounds like a nice rod and can't beat the price!

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Close-outs. Could not find a lot of difference against the Signature III

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Honestly - for normal sized fly rods (not double handers), make mine 3 piece if possible.



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I prefer a 4 piece because it's easier to travel on airlines as well as find bags that I can organize and manage all my fly equipment in.



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I'll go out on a limb here and possibly ruffle a few feathers. The absolute best pure dry fly rods ever built were the old Sage LL series of which I have about a half dozen. They are all 2 piece. For nymph or streamer work, the Euro thing, it simply doesn't matter.

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Long ago I eschewed graphite for bamboo and much prefer 2 piece but, 3 piece is ok for longer rods.

When I fished graphite I much preferred 2 piece.


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I think mine is actually a 3 piece

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My TFO 2 piece arrived on Friday. I was able to cast a bit in the yard. I could tell that I had not handled a fly rod in several years. Fortunately I picked it up rather quickly. Didn't even snap a tippet.

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I agree with bugs4 above. I have a similar number of the older Sage LL’s and they are hard to beat.

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