A little while ago I picked up a sweet little 7'6" 3wt for harrassing the sunnies and 'gills, paired it with a Medalist 1492 and some Aquanova DT3, and it had been great for the few times I'd used it.
I was out on my local pond earlier this evening and noticed some sunnies hitting the surface about 15'-20' past the point I had been casting to, which was about 30' or so off the bank. Determined to catch the little buggers, I stripped off a bit more line, made a couple false casts to get the line out and my poor little 3wt rod snapped in half, about 3"-4" above the joint.
There was nothing behind or above me, and I didn't hit anything with it. It just snapped.
Was I just pushing it too hard trying to make a 15 yd cast with a rod that length/weight, or was it just defective? It's still under warranty, but I don't think they should have to replace it if it was my fault.