If you're reeling in the first section..you either have a crappy rod..or you aren't fitting it together properly. I think it's all about where you store them how you transport them, and whether you're going to hike with them or not...anything else..I don't think you'll notice a difference.grumpie
hasn't happened with my 2 piece rod yet but had a rather expensive 4 piece
pack rod that I was constantly reeling in the first section
guess i'll have to be real careful w/the one piece, have extra tips just in case!