RE:The ultimate fishing expedition...
I did notice the two segments being apart and wondered if the rod was broken. Upon funrther inspection of the catalog cover I can't be sure the thing is broken. Looks like a mid section "separation" and the male ferrule doesn't show any splintering. Also, although possible, I don't know why T&T would want to put a broken rod on the cover of their catalog. Don't think it would do any good for their image.