I was doing a few practice casts this afternoon out in the bay. I was trying to get used to my 10wt Albright EXS. I got it snagged a few times and kept casting. The last cast I got the fly stuck pretty good in between a few rocks, so I pulled on the rod in every direction I could to try and get it loose. Finally I put a nice bend in the rod and tried pulling the hook out. Well what I thought was going to happen was the line was going to part or by some miracle the fly would pop out. What actually happened was the rod shattered into about 8 or 9 pieces. I had 12# test for a leader and this 10wt rod exploded right in my face. I wrote the company an email but as I read their warranty I noticed that they do not honor rods bought on SierraTradingpost.com. Morale of the story is save your money and purchase a rod like a Sage or Winston or G loomis with a lifetime warranty.