View Full Version : Whats the Difference????????
03-03-2010, 08:59 AM
<p>OK, I am new to this fly fishing but have been reading alot and trying to learn as much as possible before hitting the river with the long rod but,</p>
<p>What is the difference between 2pc, 3pc, 4pc, I even saw a 6pc fly rod. Does one style perform better than the other or is it just a storage thing. I know a 4pc 9ft rod would store better than a 2pc but that cant be all there is to that. What do you fish with and why do you perfer the setup you have. Thanks guys in advance, I feel I will have alot more questions as I get into this new way of fishing.</p>
03-03-2010, 01:38 PM
<p>Storage issue only, IMO. Of course some fly fishermen like to backpack into remote areas, especially for trout. A multi-piece rod makes it easier to fit into a backpack. </p>
<p>Unless you have a specific need to break it down small, generally speaking, a 2 or 3 piece rod will be less costly. </p>
03-03-2010, 02:07 PM
x2 on the info above. Saltwater flats fishing, the guys like to use 1 piece rods if they can, but they can store them in the gunnell in one piece with no problems. Honestly most people could get by with 2 piece rods with no problems.
03-03-2010, 02:42 PM
<p>I prefer the 2 piece. The only problems I have had with a fly rod was with the ferrules so the fewer the better for me.</p>
03-03-2010, 10:01 PM
<p> Does one style perform better than the other or is it just a storage thing.
<p>Storage is pretty much the only reason for multi-piece rods. Any one-piece rod blank will perform better than the same rod blank made as a multi-piece. A rod blank that is divided into sections creates a difference in the rod feel and also creates a weak point that has to be compensated for. Something has to be done where the pieces join to reinforce the joint. It's done a couple different ways, but when the joint area is reinforced to handle the job, it creates stiff area compared to the flex of the rest of the blank. Depending on the quality of the blank, the flex of the blank, the technology used for the joint, assembly, etc, the added stiffness of the joint may actually be really hard to feel (especially on some higher end rods)...but it's there. Four, five and six piece rods have a bunch of joints and a bunch of added stiffness. A lot of the added stiffness on multi-piece rods will be compensated for by building the rod on a blank with a softer flex to begin with, so that by the time the joints are added the rod will have the flex the builder wanted. But the rod still has to have the power to throw the spec'd line weight, so it can't be noodled-down too much...it starts getting to be a real calculated balancing act to end up with a rod that packs easy, isn't very heavy, has the desired flex, and feels good. So it's pretty much a storage thing on the multi-pieces, but with trade-offs on performance, weight, feel, etc. (and price)</p>
03-04-2010, 12:03 AM
Thanks for all the answers from each person but Ol Fella you took your answer to the next level. See I learned something else today. Now on with my fly fishing research.
03-04-2010, 11:17 AM
I'm a fan of 4 pc. rods. They don't seem to have as many issues with performance as rods with more pieces. Even numbered pieced rods also easily become a 2 pc. rod and fit in my combo tube so I can leave the reel on it come season. And, any rod under a 9' length is small enough to travel with when broken down and stored in it's original tube.
03-05-2010, 10:13 AM
<p>My experience has been that air travel has been the main force in converting to more sections in a fly rod. At first my flyrods were all two-piece and I much prefer the faster assembly and the convenience of just two sections to stuff in a rod/reel carrier. But once the airlines hassled me on a return trip from Colorado one year I finally realized all the horror stories were true and I sold every two-piece rod I had and acquired four or five piece rods. </p>
<p>Fortunately this was also about the time that ferrule technology had reached the level where I couldn't detect any loss of feel or performance.</p>
<p>Unfortunately I no longer make an annual trip "out West" and no longer need to be able to stuff my rod in my suitcase so a 2-pc would be more convenient. I must say that while I was in a Honda Accord some 2-pc rods would not fit in my trunk and were unwieldy in the back seat during a shuttle and folks needed to sit there. The 4-pc did help out then.</p>
<p>But my closet could care less if its a 4pc, 5pc, or 2pc.</p>
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