This was a first. I have never had a fishing rod break during use. Took a little stroll the other day to cast foam poppers to Bass. I was using an 8wt Bass Bug taper line from Orvis for short casts (less than 20 feet) and at that distance it loaded the rod nicely. I would land the popper next to something that looked promising, let it sit still for a moment, twitch it, wait then a little pop or two. Then it was onto the next spot. As I cast I noticed some thing stuck on my line. Yes it was the tip of the rod. This rod was never, bumped, dropped or hit with a fly. In fact it has been treated with kid gloves, always going back to it’s spot in my office. As I looked at the rod blank I also noticed cracks between the snake guide shown above and the next snake guide. I don’t know if it was a manufacturing issue, material issue, or the back and forth stress on the Jann’s blank but it let go. I stripped the guides and reel seat off the blank to save for another project.