I do not take brand or warranty into consideration when I purchase a fly rod, only performance relative to my specific needs. I have broken relatively few rods but have found most all brands to have responded fairly and effectively. The brand I have broken by far the most is Orvis and with new rods they are fine...with older discontinued rods, less so. Hardy was an old and venerable company but has changed ownership and structuring a few times in the past several years. My impression having dealt with them a fair bit is they have gotten their act together (minus C-19 related matters) but this web site and registration issue is not good news. I will write my contact there an email and see if I can learn anything.