Everyone that fishes will eventually break a rod. Usually they're slammed in a car door or truck tailgate. Windows that are automatic can crush a rod. Ceiling fans are culprits as well. If you don't have a warranty, I can usually repair the rod. Its not rocket science. I've repaired many broken tips and usually at a fraction of the cost when you send it back under the warranty. I've been fishing my scott 5 weight for about 5-6 years after I repaired the tip where it was broken 3 inches below the tiptop. If you break your favorite rod, don't throw it in the trash. I might be able to repair it.-p-