I was reading this piece on MidCurrent about fighting big fish. For many of us, fighting a fish over 50# on a fly rod is rare. Studying how to apply pressure on such big fish is important and learning from our mishaps along the way does help for the next time we are so fortunate to hook into those special fish.
I have broken six rods (3 through falls, 3 fighting fish). The fighting fish encounters were against fish sub-10#’s with the fish close at hand, the rod held more vertical, the tip bent down and hoisting/drawing the fish near me to grab the leader. That is the dangerous moment for the rod. Whether the rod tip was previously damaged by me or faulty I don’t know, but the position I put the bent rod into is often a fatal error for the rod.
Be mindful of a vertical rod with a very bent tip!!! Use the full power of the rod down down into the mid section toward the butt/handle when managing fish. And, be very careful in protecting those rod tips from banging against anything while casting or improperly storing the rod sections.