Re: Clearwater and Sage One 4wt
For the $$ difference between the two, No. I don't know the details of both companies warranties, but I imagine they are quite similar in that you get a replacement section if it breaks but for a S&H fee.
Since you are new to fly casting, it kind of makes sense that you don't notice much difference in accuracy and distance as you are still learning to really cast. At some point you will be able to feel the difference between rods like this. But price does not always equate better. Casting is personal and subjective. If you like the Clearwater as well as the One...heck, you could save a FIVE HUNDRED bucks and get a nice reel and top end line and still be ahead. Or a second rod for that matter.