A letter I just pushed off to 13 Fishing - 3 failures in as many years. I'm Done. "Major Disappointment. MAJOR!! I have 2 of your casting rods. One is a Black OBC71 that was a replacement for a like rod whose tip broke while casting a fluke bait. The other rod is (was) a 7'7" Green Medium. It's currently on the bottom of Lake Travis, TX........... I bought your rods to use for top water and light finesse baits. I bought the Green rod for inshore topwater. Great blanks, no question about it. They will cast a country mile and they fight a fish well, but your components just suck. I run 30lb PP braid and a 10-15lb flouro leader which I tie with a double uni knot. No biggie, just like a lot of other people. I fish a lot. I'm 61 yrs old and I'm out every weekend and sometime during the week. I know what I'm doing on the water and I know my tackle. Last week while throwing a weightless Senko, I see that an eyelet from the 5th guide has let loose, no biggy, pop it back in and move on. Nope!! The guide ring is broken. No rhyme or reason, just broken. OK, I can get this fixed. I'll find someone local who does rod repair to take care of it. Let's move to today. Since my fresh water TW stick is down, I'll use my 7/7 green stick that I use at the coast. I Really like this blank. Well guess what, the second guide from the tip lets loose. Same thing as the other one. The the damn guide ring is broken. JUST WTF!!!!! Angry does not come close. That is the reason your rod, your product, is at the bottom of Lake Travis, TX. I have Team Daiwa, Shimano, and G.Loomis sticks that I have had for over 20 yrs with no issues. The worst thing that's happened is the cork is rotting off some of them. I still use them every week. They been kicked around the boat for YEARS with no issue! You guys have great blanks but your components are crap. I can't get 2 years out of one of your rods without a failure. Disappointment and wasted money don't come close to how I feel right now. 3 failures is like 3 strikes. Ya'll know what that means. Understand, I'm not looking for replacement rods. Why would I want any more of your products? I can spend a little more and get the quality I thought I'd get. I belong to a close knit bass fishing community here in Austin, TX. I will be sharing this letter with them. I've heard similar rumbling from others who have used your products. That said. I'm out of TW rod for a trip tomorrow. I'll make due and hit TackleWarehouse up next week. Fix you stuff! It seems you are trying to save production costs in the wrong places. As I said, I love the blanks but your components are crap. Hope ya make it. Regards"