My favorite tarpon rod is the 1 piece Hardy, but I fly to my poon fishing a fair amount so need a 4 pc. My guide seems to have a different rod every year and I don't like that b/c it takes me a day or so to get the timing down. I've heard the 4 piece Hardy isn't at all the same as the 1, otherwise this would be easy. Most all of the fly shops around me have closed in recent months so I can't try them out. Only thing I can come up with is ordering 4 sticks from a fly shop, lawn casting them all, then keep the one I want and send back the others. Any other ideas?