Steve, it is said that misery likes company and altho I really enjoyed our time Thursday nite and on Sat, on Monomoy, I really didn't want company in the "broken tip club"! Mine went back to TFO today and will take 14 to 28 days, what with transit time, before I can play with it. Like you, I have back-ups but there just is something about your favorite being missing that creates a void, whether you were planning on using it or not! Someone here on the Forum must know of a good rod-builder that is somewhat local to the NE. Keep in touch and as season progresses we can try to connect for a day or two.