I am looking for a telescopic surf fishing rod of about 14 feet length & lure weight up to 250grams/8oz.

Is it better if a telescopic surf rod has less segments or does it not matter ?

This one is 14ft, 4 segments & 6 guides This one is 14 ft, 7 segments & 6 guides - This one (from an obscure USA company) is 14ft, 4 segments, 5 guides

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Like most things its a tradeoff.

More segments,

  • Smaller collapsible size,
  • More eyelets to run the string through
  • Can be more expensive.

Fewer segments,

  • Fewer parts to break
  • Fewer weak joints

I know for sure that more segments in a fly fishing rod make for a better one.

  • How do you know that more segments in a fly fishing rod is better ? Apr 17, 2018 at 4:57
  • @AgileFisherman Because I have one Apr 17, 2018 at 5:25
  • Yes, but what about the rod makes it better in your opinion ? For example,it can cast farther, it can support heavier loads etc.. Apr 17, 2018 at 23:26
  • @AgileFisherman mostly it’s easier to carry since it’s smaller Apr 17, 2018 at 23:38
  • While I would not argue that more segments in a fly fishing rod are necessarily WORSE than single piece units ANYMORE, I certainly don't agree that they are intrinsically better. It could be easier to carry but if portability is not a concern, then by virtually every other metric (cost, durability, fishability) the single piece rod - or fewer pieces - offers advantages, however marginal.
    – That Idiot
    Apr 18, 2018 at 14:35

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