Honestly I don't know exactly what happened. I bought it used about 2 weeks ago and this was my second time casting it. I was casting in the pond at my office and on my forward cast the top section just broke and traveled up the line a little ways. No loud crack or apparent impact with the fly. Don't know if maybe my leader got tangled in the grass?
I called Beulah and he didn't think they had any replacement sections for the older model. I think I understood they would offer a new one at 40% off, but that's still over $400 for the Opal plus the money I had into this one, plus shipping there and back. A bit of a tough pill to swallow, but who knows if someone out there has a section, fingers crossed. I'll probably just take it as a lesson and stick to brands with a longer track record, looser warranty, and more long term support for their rods. $65 for a section I could swallow, but almost 7x that is rough.