Re: The Broken Rod Poll;
I should point out that you can check any of the boxes that apply to your broken rods. You can enter all five if you have done the grand slam, if you didn't check a box please do.
Now my confessions of man made mishaps;
Other than a bamboo tip that splintered while in use I have broken two tips and one mid section. The first was my 1979 Far & Fine, I made it to 1994 being careful then while moving from one spot to another along a dirt trail along the Penobscot River I left it rigged in the bed of my truck while we moved a mile or so. The result was the tip top breaking off, 8' bed, 7'9" rod, a bad combo. The second one happened in 1996 while moving along Big Pine Creek in PA. this time it was a 9' PM 10 5wt. I put the rod in the back seat of my Bronco in 4 pieces (don't ask me why not in the tube) and while I was stopped and out of the truck my Pointer jumped from the cargo area onto the back seat. Tip broke!
Funny thing, after the rod getting broken in Maine in 94' I bought that Orvis rod carrier but did not use it much till after the second tip got broke. The bamboo was my Flea rod tip and I had a spare so I called the rod shop at Orvis and got it on the record then at the end of the season sent it in. The man who built it was still there at that time and he could not determine what caused the tip to splinter. They replaced the tip and I paid 100 dollars for a third and now have a 3wt with 3 tips
The mid section falls under the improper use category, I thought I was hooking a king with a Grey's Platinum X 9'6" 7wt. and was hitting a big rock or log on the bottom. I had hooked several and they had came loose so I was trying to drive the hook home and perhaps a little farther. Result; snapped the mid section 4" above the joint.
Now I am real careful all the time.