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I've been thinking about building a backpacking fly rod for those high elevation hike-in locations, but I haven't casted anything except a 4-piece rod in years.

Does anyone fish a 5-8 piece rod that can comment on it's action as compared to a 4-piece? Is a much action lost with the additional ferrels these days?

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I think it'll depend on the blanks you use.


The action of my two pack rods is different from that of my various two-piece rods; but, then, each of the two-piece rods is unique in its own way as well. I can't really say that the pack rods are worse for their multiple ferrules. HPH
 

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Any of the pack rods I've usd have always fished a weight higher than listed, so if you want a 3wt in 5 pieces, get a 2wt in 5 pieces....
 

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Appreciate the info guys!

While I've read ferrel/blank technology has come a way in the last decade, I don't recall reading travel rods can fish a weight higher. It seems to make sense tho given the additional ferrels would add more stiffness to the blank.

Now it's just a matter of finding a decent travel blank.. Not a huge blank market these days, especially for travel blanks (I did find a few).

Thanks again and tight lines
 

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I'd look over at Batson and American Tackle first, the other big names will have them, but you'll pay dearly for them.
 

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I'd look over at Batson and American Tackle first, the other big names will have them, but you'll pay dearly for them.
Thanks for that.

I actually found this one https://www.proofflyfishing.com/collections/xi-carbon-fiber-blanks/products/xi-9-5wt-seven-piece-travel-rod-carbon-fiber-fly-rod-blank

The price seems right, but I was still reading some reviews on those blanks since I've never used them.
If anyone's tried a "XI" blank before, please let me know what you thought of it.
 

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Decided to go with a custom CTS Affinity X 9' 5wt 5-piece.
Finally got all the components; now time to work.
Going to try for some transparent wraps; never done them before.
Expensive experimentation :eek:

 
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