I have never lost a rod on my boat or when I was a shore fisherman.
All rods are in a rod holder or in the hand if the line is in the water, simple.
I agree with slayer, $ 1 k for a rod.
I will never know if an expensive rod is worth it's money.
I could afford one but choose not to.
I take a guy fishing on the boat that his most expensive rod and reel cost $50.
It catches as many fish as my $250 rod and reel.
The rod doesn't catch the fish, the lure does.
I'd rather spend money on lures than rods.