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Went to Sportsman's Warehouse today checking out the rods as I am looking to get a new one. Saw the Rapala graphite rods and was like sweet. I grabbed a 6'6" off the rack, it was a medium action and the first thing I did was bend the tip back to see where the bend is. I didn't get more than 6" of bend before it snapped. A guy who worked there heard it and turned around and I said I was just checking the action.

He said don't worry about it. I'll just send it back.

So, I start looking at other rods and I do the same thing, flex them back to see how tough they are and he yells at me saying stop doing that or you'll break another one.

Whatever.

I was pretty surprised at the Rapala rod. I would have expected it to be a bit more tough and resilient.
 

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It may have had a crack in it. I have a rapala longcast and it works pretty well.
What time did you go? We went from about 2:00-2:45 or so.
 

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Eric-The higher the modulus rating, the more brittle the graphite and the more easily it can snap. An IM8 is more prone to breaking than an IM6. But the brittleness of the graphite is what makes it sensitive so its all a compromise of sorts. I like a high modulus rod with a real fast tip but I have broken my share over the years. A like TFBear said, it could very well have been a defect in the rod-good thing you discovered it in the store and not after you bought it. Ed
 

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Another thing besides the possibility of manufacturing flaw is what kind of power was it? Action only refers to the flexibility at the rod tip end. Power refers to the overall flexibility from the rod seat to the rod tip. Since a lot of Rapalas are fairly large lures I would suspect that rapala might make a more powerful rod than other manufacturers.

Dan

But to break that easily it was most likely a manufacturer flaw, unless you slammed it in a car door first! :)
 

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So what you saying they should stick to making lures?

I agree with Dan that more then likely it was some kind of flaw in the rod.
 

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Speaking from personal experience(many times),those high-modulus rods break pretty easy-just like ed said.The guides are there to spread out the force along the entire blank-grabbing the tip and bendind will break 'em everytime!
 

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I bought a Rapala rod from Sportsman's Warehouse last year. 6'6" med. heavy action that I use for trolling. I like the heavier action for dragging heavy lures. I've put it through some pretty tough situations with snags, etc. and it stands up. The one you tested must have had a crack in it.
Daiwa is the brand that I'm not happy with anymore. Got one of their reels a few years ago. First time I used it the screw on the bail fell out and the bearing went into the rocks. Now the gears are stripped already. In my opinion, their quality has really gone down hill. Just my opnion though.
 

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Daiwa is the brand that I'm not happy with anymore. Got one of their reels a few years ago. First time I used it the screw on the bail fell out and the bearing went into the rocks. Now the gears are stripped already. In my opinion, their quality has really gone down hill. Just my opnion though.
glad to see someone else doesn't like daiwa either!
 

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Can you say Shimano? I fish 2-3 times a week and I got Shimano's that are 5 years old, work perfect and I've never even opened up the casing. Now thats reliable. Ed
 

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I have always had good luck with just your regular old Shakespeare. My current rod broke, no I don't have an arsenal of rods, in the garage somehow after somebody, not mentioning any names for fear that I will have to sleep on the couch, knocked over a 5 gallon bucket filled with stuff and it landed right on the tip.
 
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