I like rod warranty's. It does not stop me from buying new rods and I would never consider breaking a rod just so the supplier could replace it with the latest model. If you do that in IMHO you are scum, I also include trying to cash in on the warrenty on a second hand rod
as a scum-ball move. I buy rods that cost a lot. I save for them. sometimes I have to wait a year to get a new rod I like.
When I have broke a rod ( two in the past two years/20+ years of flyfishing) I was glad for the warranty. Both were ORVIS and they stood behind their rods and I had new rods back in less than two weeks in both cases. Both cases were my fault. I am older and not as catlike as when I was young. I fell streamside and the rods broke on rocks. Orvis did not care how they broke. Good Company.
HOWEVER another company Eastern Mountain Sports's manager argued with me that there UNCONDITIONAL warrenty_( _If I EVER become dissatisified with their product they will fix or repair or replace it. It said that in writting on the tent pole bag. In writting. ll I wanted them to do was replace the streachy line that holds the poles together. Yea the line looses elasticity(bought the tent in 92) but it was in writting and the reason I bought there product)_should not count any more
First b/c I should expect the line to age.
Second because I had got my $$$ out of the product
Third becaues I should feel bad because that warrenty had caused EMS to go through backrupency a year ago.
I pulled up the def of unconditional on phone from a web page, then let him know LL bean had managed to have the same warranty forever and there doing fine.
Well he replaced the cord for free. (I was going to pay for it if he wasn't a gerk) I may not buy EMS anymore b/c a few friends said whenever they tried to have anything fixed they _the store_ would not cover it.
So long story short buy good rods Pay $$$ and be covered for 25 yrs or life. It is cheaper than a new rod when a wet rock gets the best of us. Oh, and buy a new rod every few years diff weight/length/casting style to keep the companies we love in business.