Multi-Piece Fly Rods
The tourist fly-rods are of the greatest utility. These rods are not combination in character but consist of several interchangeable joints with a view to meeting the contingencies of a long, hard trip in the woods. Very few rods in expert hands are broken on fish; but on the portage, or in the boat or canoe, or while tearing your way through thick brush, the chances of a smash-up are numerous. For this reason no one should start on a trip of this character without, at the very least, one extra rod. But, while fly rods are very light, a bundle of two or three, or the same number carried in a leather rod case, makes a very unhandy package. The tourist rods are made for the purpose of doing away with this difficulty. The independent handle, which we will discuss later, is a regular part of the tourist fly-rod, and otherwise the rod consists of two butt-joints, two middle-joints and three tips. The independent handle is carried separately, and the joints are packed in a case of small caliber, making a much more portable package than a number of individual rods.
In the trunk or pack rods the idea of portability is carried to the extreme. Rods consisting of as many as nine or more short joints are made, the usual number being six. It is obvious that the number of ferrules necessary in such a rod must materially affect its action, the tendency being to make the rod too stiff. These rods, also, run rather short, eight and a half or nine feet being the limit. Only in the very best grades are such rods at all satisfactory; and if extreme portability is no object it is much better to let the other fellow use them.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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