You either have the magic touch or you don't. I broke 2 rods this week.
T.L Johnson 9' 8wt (snapped trying to pickup about 45')
a TFO BVK 10' 4wt (split trying to lay down about 45')
I can't wait to have the pleasure of working with TFO on their warranty service but i'm dreading the Johnson. 5 minutes into it and I find out they don't even necessarily have a website. 10 minutes and I'm still looking for a number to call. But once I do get in contact with Mr.Johnson, I'm sure he'll be a great guy. BVK has only been out a dozen times, used in the smokies/upstate NY and the 8wt has been my daily driver for a couple years. I'm just going to assume there was a knick in both of the rods because with a 45' cast I was barely putting a sweat on 'em.
Probably gonna look at an 8 weight BVK, Axiom, etc... tossing around the idea of messing around with a couple blanks.
That is all.