It happened on my last cast before heading back to NH. The day before at SM I had hit the tip twice with a clouser. After seeing what happened to Pete's rod, I immediately put the clouser in the box. This story is complicated in that the Xi2 is customized and has different guides. I called Sage and will send my rod so they can fit the blank to other section. So my question: where can I send the new blank to have the guides mounted on the tip? I did a search on line, but would prefer to get a recommendation from the guys here. I have a Colton back up but really love my Xi2. Pete...I know how you feel buddy!