Heck, I've actually broken the rod tip section on my Tenkara USA Iwana twice. Once being in a careless rush when collapsing the segments, another time on a fish...although the fish wasn't that big. I probably had a small nick in it before I had the fish on...it was back when I used to fish bead head nymphs with my tenkara rods and I probably clipped it with the bead at some point.
Fortunately, tenkara rods are easy to fix...you can just order a new segment without having to send in your rod...or at least you can with Tenkara USA. I guess I'm a little bit smarter now (not much) and haven't broken a tenkara rod in probably 3 or so years...(is that a jinx or what?)
Then there was the 3 weight I snapped when I fell down on some rocks on the last day fishing with Owl Jones in the Smokies. (Wow, was that almost 2 years ago already???) That was a by-product of me being part clumsy and part foolishly confident about navigating the slick rocks and fast-ish water I was wading in. Much like Tenkara USA, Redington took care of me too...actually sent me an entirely new rod rather than just replacing the broken tip.
|Broken Redington and paperwork...|
More recently there was the Mangrove. Oh, the Mangrove. I really have a love/hate relationship with that rod. Casting it is kind of like playing golf when you're not all that good. You can be spraying drives (or in this case casts) inaccurately all over the place all day, then it unfurls the most friggin' sweet straight and long cast ever and makes you forget all about the chaos that just happened.
Anyway, I snapped the Mangrove when I didn't realize my backcast was stuck in some tall grass as I pulled the rod forward to lay out some line in front of me. Didn't take much force either...which makes me wonder. Devastated (since the rod was relatively new), I packed it up, sent in the warranty claim, and yet again, the manufacturer, this time TFO, took care of me.
|Mangrove you ignorant slut|
On Sunday, I found a new way (to me) to break a rod. I had picked up what I'd consider a relatively inexpensive backup rod (you know, just in case the Mangrove decided to break again - oh, the irony) from a relatively known brand I won't mention and it finally arrived last weekend. Excited, I grabbed my reel, strung up the rod, and took it to the backyard.
The first cast laid out about 30 feet of line perfectly. Much better than the Mangrove. Tried to up that distance to 50 on the next cast and although it wasn't perfect, it got it out there. Third cast I tried 70. Should have known better than to push my luck, but whatever, fly rods are made to cast line. One false cast to get some line out, a second false cast to get a bit more, but on the third the rod just exploded on the backcast...as if the weight of the line was just too much. Didn't hit a thing. Maybe you've done that before...probably speaks to my horrid casting form...but I never had...and it actually scared the crap out of me when the thing "popped."
So I'm faced with a decision. Deal with a warranty claim that will cost about 1/3 of what I paid for the rod in the first place? Or just give up and ditch it? And while I'm at it, ditch the Mangrove too....just because it pisses me off from time to time...and I ain't got no time these days for rod drama. As much as it pains me to drop like $600-800 on a plastic rod, perhaps a serious 8-weight is a better option than juggling two mid to low pricepoint rods...