Re: How many of you have broken rods while casting?
To answer the title of your thread, yes, I have broken a rod while I was casting. But I will attribute that to use and abuse.
In your situation, it could be anything. It could be a little nick or some sort of impact. It could be a defect.
Take it back to the shop that you bought it from to deal with the warranty. Most manufacturers will charge the handling fee regardless if the problem was theirs or yours. Currently most manufacturers charge $50.