Re: How many of you have broken rods while casting?
Snapped a 7wt when I thought I was hooking a King but was ripping into the boulder he was lying beside. The swing stopped the line went tight, I knew he was there so I gave it the old make it or break it hook-set and that one broke. As I type this I seem to remember snapping an Orvis 9' 9wt on the Salmon River NY during a very similar scenario. Sounds like abuse on those two but the Orvis was replaced at no cost. The Grey's Platinum X............ they charge $165 for a new mid on one of those.
While casting............... hum, only one occurrence comes to mind. I fished Francis Branch of Slate Run with my bamboo flea rod for about 11 years on a very regular basis. The branch wasn't the only place I used the flea but I was there between 30 - 50 days each season. One day (I'm not sure what I did wrong) I was fishing along and suddenly something felt really out of sync with the rod. I stopped the cast and examined my little friend and found a long splintering area in the tip section just above the ferrule.
After a hike to the Bronco (also known as The Thunderbolt Grease Slapper) I was able to get hold of my extra tip but there was a looming pale of uneasiness about the remainder of the day. I hobbled through the remainder of the summer season with a single tip and then sent the rod to an old acquaintance in Vermont who had built it. He reported that he could neither determine a material flaw (bad node) or any abuse / misuse (hook strike) made by me. Since this man was set to retire from his work soon I opted to have two extra tips produced for the rod and can happily report that all three tips are still strait and whole.
The company replaced the broken tip at no cost and supplied me with the extra at a cost of $100. Always inquire with the maker when there is a problem with a rod regardless of whether you have friends there or not a reputable rod builder will be there for you. Send your rod in...............