I use a tippet ring.
It serves a couple of functions, one of which is to protect the rod by giving the tippet a place to break when I’m snagged and or hooked into a bigger fish than the rod can handle.
I’m almost sure I’m the only person here, including the climbing guys that has placed my whole life on setting up knots to break for safety sake. My life depended on knowing how much pressure I could place on the knot. If the pressure exceeded a known, I wanted the knot to break. I want my tippet knot to break before my rod does.
Setting up a weak point in the system then knowing just how much pressure you can give it is critical to protecting your rod and catching fish.
You can still break a rod with poor technique, that’s beginner mistakes though. Jerking your rod to free a snag? Overly aggressive TV Bass fishing sets?
You will pay for that mistake.
Fly fishers that know rigging, especially salt water fly fishers pay close attention to this, especially those going for world records.
By and large, tenkara anglers knowledge of rigging?
Good teachers are experienced fly fishermen that have been doing tenkara for a long time both here, England and Japan. Most tenkara only fishers are knewish to fishing, they are learning everything with tenkara, many of them go through an “intermediate syndrome” where they know everything because they are just starting to get good at fishing but have not had the experience of time bla bla bla…
The tippet is all about strength AND weakness, handling AND the ability to get a uniform knot break strength over and over, even when you are tired.
I use Seaguar Grand Max FX, strong, soft, good knot strength and quality control over the length of the spool. Trouthunter works well too.
Do what you want, believe what you want, I’m knot about anything other than sharing MY experience. Get good at knowing all about the tippet you use, the knot, the material, how much you can pressure it.
I often get on a plane or drive hundreds of miles with one rod, no back up nothing, come back home and do it again with the same rod. Minimalist, that’s me, knot a salesman, not looking for friends, just talking shop with my peers.
I like a rod with some glass in it. They are tougher and I like the speed of return, the dampening. I’m not referencing the Hane, the Furaibo and the Seki Rei or the Kongo. These are tough rods but still delicate.
The Furaibo zoom is my favorite traveling “one rod” period.
You can delete the brand names and insert your own but the physics of protecting a rod are what they are and the tippet ring, tippet and a good knot break knowledge will protect a rod.
Edit: I just read the article and it’s good info, except for throwing your rod. I heard Yvon talk about doing this after smoking a joint and hooking into a big fish. Don’t throw your fucking rod in the water unless you are high AF. Fight the fish, steer it, wear it out. Read the article, it’s good and try some Seaguar Grand Max, I like the FX because it is soft.