Ok, I saw this on a Rollback price drop and began reading the customer feedback. Therefor I just had to respond. I've had at least eight (8) of these rods, over the past 40 years or so. Out of all eight, one got broke when my cousin slammed it in the hatchback of my Shelby Charger, that would have been 1984. The same cousin lost the tip half of the rod while casting for Pike in a lake. We were in a small boat and the tip sank when he broke the line. Other than that ; NEVER had one break, not even while realing in 36 inch northern pike on the lake. Now I do use 6# spider wire, ie 14# test with 6# dia. As for people complaining about the line; lets see the rod has been sitting in a warehouse for two years, maybe some new line might be in order if you actually want to catch fish. Also if the line is twisting and flipping under the spool while you cast; you have to much line on the spool. You need approx. 1/8" of empty space around the spool. I've often thought a bout getting an Ugly Stick, they are great; but I've never needed one. I think so highly of these rods that I bought my son one to teach him how to trout fish. Gave it to him on his birthday, he pulled it out and said dad this is exactly like the one you use. Also about 30 years ago I wrote shakespear about trouble getting parts for their reels, seems a local shop could no longer get parts. I listed every shakespear reel I could remember since I was 9 y.o. and the three I wanted to rebuild. They sent a box with three of each and every part I asked for, on the end of the invoice was a line that read "thanks for being a loyal customer......we appreciate your business ............NO CHARGE" I've looked at alot of nice reels over the years, but everyone I own says Shakespear on the side. Oh, I've given about six combos away over the years, friends kids, my one cousin's kid who's dad ran off on him ; every one of those kids have thanked me and told me 3-4 years later that they still have the rod I gave them and wouldn't trade if for a brand new one.
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