jon, you would be wrong but i like the analogy. a lot of valid points have been brought up. i do believe that less experienced user groups probably buy less expensive gear, hence more breakage in lower end rods through less experienced hands. And its also true that every rod has its breaking point. I believe i have been told that 90% of all breaks are from loose ferruls, which wouldnt suprise me at all. doesnt matter what kind of rod you have if there is a lot of stress on a poorly connected rod. BUT like we have been talkin about, some rods are more prone to breakage. Since people dont like me talkin about TFO, i will talk about Scott which for a while broke on us all the time. We'd use them for atlantic salmon fishing and would just have rods break for no particular reason. Mainly while casting, but i also had one crack very loudly when i set the hook on a nice 20+ fish that took a dry fly. Good rod, good company, bad design of their ferruls. Now i believe they have fixed this probelm but i havent fished a Scott in awhile to find out.