RE:Broken Rod Club!!!!!!!!!!
I've been very lucky. Out of all the fly rods I've owned since I was a youngster I've only broken four. All were the fault of the user (me or client with clouser). When you consider the amount of use they have gotten over the years, that's a pretty good statement of the quality rod manufacturers put forward.
First was a Loomis IMX, I hit a branch on a roll cast. They promptly replaced the forward section (2pc) for $40 I think, never felt a difference from the first one to the replacement.
Next was 15 foot Spey rod from Sage. I had laid in on a driftwood log by the river and my then-young son was roughhousing with the dog. The dog got tangled in the flyline and dragged the rod down a bouldery bank. Sage didn't even charge shipping costs for some reason, and the replacement work is flawless.
2 additional rods that I provide for new learners ended up making visits to Bainbridge Island (Sage) for new top sections last season. They charged me $20 per rod, and the work is exceptional. On one rod they even replaced the old worn cork (a 12 year old RPL).
The way I see it, this is another reason to consider manufacturers who offer solid warranty service. The first reason to go with companies like Sage (name your favorite Co. here) is performance.
I did notice that the ferrule joint is tighter on one of the rods than it was before I broke the tip.
Good luck with your rod re-work, let us know how it turns out.