It has been almost 19 years since I got the first spey rod. I broke a spey rod for the first time 3 years ago. Since then, I have broken six more rods- not counting rods that are previously damaged or scratched by accident. I am very careful with rods, I do not overload them, most time I use midspey or WC lines. GLX- old moel 8/9 116 and 10/11 15foot were broken while landing salmon. Hardy salmon travel 10 15-4 was broken twice and 10 15-3 was broken once while casting. Two different C and D salar 10-15 6-4 were fractured while casting. I have not had any problems with Sage or Bruce and Walker or Bob Meiser' s rods yet. How can I avoid furhter fracturing the rods?- do you think casting technique matters, do you think rods get aged or worn out after many years use, does temperature affect rods, lastly rods from certain company breaks easier?