I have 2 9' 8wt xmg50 2pc rods which are great, I got them before they were discontinued, I fished last year in RI for stripers and blues with them and they cast and fight very well. I have been looking around for a 9' 10wt rod but am not real thrilled to have to go with a 4 pc rod. It seems like this is the trend for all fly rods these days. whats the deal? I know the smaller pieces are easier to store and caryy from place to place, and that you are not suppose to be able to tell the difference between the 2 pc and the mutli pc rods, and that the technology is better so the joints a re stronger and lighter, but I believe you can tell the difference even if it is slight, to me there is always that little voice in the back of my head wondering which section is not going to hold up. Will we ever see the market trend back to fewer pieces? Does anybody else have any comment on this?