I've never broken a rod before so snapping the tip off my Helios this week has been particularly galling. Even worse, it happened in New Zealand of all places. I packed light so the only other rod I have with me is a 7'6 3 weight, nothing more than a pop gun in New Zealand.
So passing through Christchurch briefly to catch a bus to Queenstown I took the opportunity to pop into a fly fishing store and buy the cheapest 5 weight rod on their shelves. A local brand called Riverworks, it set me back NZ$149.99 (about £75). I've tested it on the grass and it casts surprisingly well with a pleasing amount of power. I'm impressed. It will do for now while I sort out the guarantee on my Orvis rod. There's something comforting knowing I have a rod just in case.