Bummer event. A nasty surprise I’m sure. Kind of surprising as I have two Tenkara Times rods, a Try 390 and Watershed 400, and they have seemed pretty robust.
I’ve been tenkara fishing since 2010. I’ve only had one rod break, and that was a TUSA Ito. I ordered it before they were released. Within a month or two after they shipped it was found that some rods in the first production run had sections that had been sanded to thin, and some number of people had breakages. The thumb rule was if your Ito hadn’t already broken it was probably one without the defect. However, the following spring during a back cast three of the tip sections did break. Which TUSA replaced, no problem.
Other than that one incident I have never broken any other rod, and I have had 4 TUSA rods, a Daiwa LL rod, several Nissin rods, an Oni rod, and two Tenkara Times rods. I am always very careful to not apply any side pressure to a section when extending or collapsing them, and I’m careful to keep the tip segment completely inside the other sections when attaching or detaching the line from the lillian. Otherwise maybe I’m just lucky that I’ve never fallen on a rod, stepped on a rod or dropped something heavy on a rod when they are laying around somewhere, especially kicking around inside the car. And I am always very careful with my rods when they are completely disassembled for cleaning or drying. When possible I do that chore when I am home alone.
I’ve never ordered any spare segments to have on hand, just in case. I never carry a spare rod with me while out fishing. Maybe I would if fished someplace that was a long walk to get a replacement. But hey, with my name being Walker, I don’t mind walking, and thus far I doubt I’ve ever fished more than 45 ~ 60 minute walk from my car. Thus far it has seemed to me that having spare parts, and keeping them safe from becoming broken, would be more of a hassle to manage than the hassle to perhaps someday need to walk a few miles to retrieve another rod.