A number of fishing rods you can buy have models that are 2 piece and models that are 1 piece. I have heard people say their rods snapped in half when they were 2 piece. However, it would be extremely beneficial as far as portability to have 2 piece. What are the pros/cons of each? Would one be better than the other? Since this may be brand specific, I am thinking mostly about Shakespeare Ugly Stik models, but any general information would help!
2Personally I have gone 4 piece or tele. I catch infinity more fish having a compact rod stashed in the car boot with me when the main purpose of the trip is not fishing, than I would with a 1 piece - which would be in the shed at home.– user5330Jul 31, 2015 at 10:31
Consider telescopic rods if portability is very important to you. The Europeans & Japanese sell some good ones.– AgileFishermanApr 17, 2018 at 4:47
I fish for everything from 9" brook trout to 15 lb. bluefish to 40 lb. striped bass on both fly rod and spinning tackle, and honestly I don't think I would say that one is better than the other except for the fact that with 1 piece rods you don't worry about losing your tip, OR that with multi-piece rods you can cart them around more easily (and reduce the risk of slamming the tip in a door or something.)
Nowadays the difference between the two is getting almost too little to talk about. Some will argue that a 1-piece is more sensitive, casts better, and is stronger. One thing for sure is that a 1-piece will never separate when casting or fighting fish - something that happens more than you would think due to people not checking the connection in their two piece rods.
That said, most fly rods are multi-sectional. Since they depend on their flex to fight fish and their strength to cast line, it could be argued that having multiple sections is a non-issue. Modern ferrules and lines do a great job preserving sensitivity.
I believe that only Lamiglas is making 1-piece surf casting rods larger than 10'. From what my tackle shop says, a change in shipping rates made it too costly to ship anything longer. So everyone else is making two piece rods for anything longer than 10'.
I have both one piece and two piece. I mostly fish a 1-piece simply for the fact that I never have to pack them and I won't have to worry about the tip flying off after a cast. BUT, if packing size plays any part in the decision, I don't hesitate to take a multi-piece rod.
1+1, and you can avoid losing pieces of your multi-piece rod by applying wax to the male section that goes into the ferrule. I fish with a 7 piece rod and it does as well as other rods I have in the same class.– KenjiSep 5, 2015 at 21:27
If you are looking at two piece rods because of their more compact size, you may also want to consider telescoping rods.
I've had (3) telescoping rods & all but the Amazon-special-carbon-fiber job have served me well (the no-name brand amazon one broke into many pieces...), but I've loved the Mako Calypso 8' rod & my much smaller Shakespeare telescoper as well.
With these rods too, some people will try to argue that they lack sensitivity, but I've felt the hits on these & landed anything from trout, perch, & crappie to a stripper off an ocean pier.
Personally, I started experimenting with telescoping rods so I could more easily take them with me while backpacking & biking. Now, they are all I have!
I have used two piece & one piece rods in the past, but that was so long ago I don't think I'd have any practical advice on what is out there now. I'd only note that as @That Idiot noted, multi piece rods do have a tendency to fly apart while casting or fighting a fish IF you don't check the connection between casts. (Note that this doesn't happen with telescoping rods).
I've often wondered about these. They aren't popular around here, but we're not really travelling to fish. Thanks for bringing them up. What size is the Shakespeare version? Jul 30, 2015 at 12:46
Not exactly sure. I've had that one much longer. Somewhere around 5' though.– renesisJul 30, 2015 at 13:27
1+1 for telescoping rods, a well made one is just as sensitive as a normal rod, I love my 15' gator crappie pole and my 4' diawa hinata, good construction goes a long way– celerikoDec 4, 2015 at 0:42
I have a lot of 2 pieces, one 4 piece, and 1 one piece. The one piece is my go to rod because I fish at night often (I live 3 blocks away from the Sacramento River). I'll have a tendency of not paying much attention of how my guides are aligned and end up casting to the extreme left or right initially. I never have to worry about that with my one piece rod and I have a truck so portability isn't issue. As for sensitivity, I don't rely on the rod exclusively because of ever changing circumstances like current, wind, etc., in fact I don't hold my rod constantly, I use a bell most of the time.
So it all really boils down to is space and convenience. If you have limited space, then 2 piece is a better choice, if not, then go one piece because in any type of system, whether it be a computer, car, or rod and reel; the less components the better.