For decades, I tried every imaginable gizmo for holding disassembled rod sections together, including elastic bands, sliding lanyards and Velcro wraps. But nothing ever met my criteria of both working well and being inexpensive. Then I hit upon the ultimate solution: hair bobbles. Yes, I mean those fabric-covered elastic loops with two plastic balls that little girls use for tying up ponytails. The elastic holds the rod sections snugly, but not too tight, and the ball-in-loop closure is both secure and easy to use. Plus, hair bobbles are super cheap. I get a little grief when other anglers first see these goofy things on my rods, but not once they realize how perfectly they work.