Improvements in rod construction have played a part in this trend. In the past, multipiece rods would often break at the ferrules under extreme pressure. But better construction, better ferrules, and the use of deeper ferrules for heavier rods have mostly eliminated the problem. Villarreal says, "How many people really break a rod when fighting a fish? If you build a rod right, and the angler stays within the designated line strengths, he shouldn't break a good three-piece rod." He points out that there's no loss in sensitivity with all-graphite travel rods and that, for example, his company's inshore three-piece travel rods will not only outmuscle tough fish but also are sensitive enough for live-lining bait.