Re: The Broken Rod Poll;
Two rods broken while landing fish, by myself, operator error in both cases. One, a 6 wt on a dorado - yeah, I know, what the Hell was I doing fishing a 6 wt on dorado? - and while I was looking around for the net, the 10 pound hen dove and snapped the 3rd section. Second, a carp of about 8 pounds was nearly in hand, I did the old 'stick the rod behind me and grab the leader' trick just as the fish decided it wasn't done.
Both were overstressed.
The third was a Scott that I had laying around unused after I joined TFO Pro Staff. Sold it on a carp fishing forum to a guy and shipped it UPS. They crushed the **** out of it. Guy sent it back, I got him a TFO Pro at the same price we'd negotiated, I filed a claim with UPS and got paid, then sent it in to Scott under warranty and got a new blank (I'd built it), and sold the blank and remaining sections on another forum.