The joint in any rod is always the weak spot,,,so the more joints the more potential for problems.
Saying that...telescopics have greatly improved over the past few years but will never match the smoothness of action of a 2 piece.
Hope this helps bud,,
Iposted a similar thread a while ago on this subject, and got a mixed response, however i did go and buy a telescopic 12 ft beachcaster and a 9ft spinning/float rod. Used it this weekend to see what it was like and ended up catching a 7lb conger on it
Question is can you stand the looks of people with real rods and multipliers who think your'e occupying space that REAL anglers could be using ! Truth is most pier and boat angling could be done with a broom pole .Well that's practically all there was before the war (WW2).and they still caught fish (probably a few more about then though).
I agree with you 100%, the fish don't know what you are useing. My first fishing rod was a bamboo cane with the twine that the net repairers use to use.
However generally speaking most telescopic rods are not as robust as conventional rods.
As I have already stated in another thread, I watched whilst a young lad brought a 55lb Conger aboard a charter boat with a Shimano Exage 12 - 20 4 piece travelling rod, coupled with an Abu 6500 Mag Elite.
But in a direct answer to Beefcakes question - NO.
i have three tele rod spinner fly and boat, can not fault them at all,
i travel all around the coasts, i need to travel light and have a rod i can depend on, never lost a fish or broke a rod,
a good fisherman should have one, even if only as a back up,