I keep seeing all these mentions of rod breaking. I think I have broke maybe 8 in my lifetime. All 8 were my own fault too. From cheap ones to high ends ones I just have not had any break from fishing them despite heavy use in heavy cover at times.
Broke 3 at the same time in my truck door when the wind caught the door as I was putting them in it. Broke 3 more from rod locker mishaps. Broke one that a 1/2 oz tungsten weight hit just above the handle as I was pulling a snag free. Last one I broke when I stowed my TM.
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