I'd agree, I had a fish snap my Shadowstalker last weekend when it hopped off of the deck of a kayak with a jig in its mouth and my rod nearly vertical in a rod holder. Exact same clean, crisp snap as you describe, about 8" from the tip. Second time I've snapped this particular model. First time was a defective blank that snapped mid cast. No longer have a ton of confidence in these rods being used for anything but calicos and other small game. I am going back to wrapping my own Rainshadow sticks.Gregg,
The good people at Phenix believe my angler high sticked the rod causing the failure. They did the right thing nonetheless, and replaced the blank without charge.
Glad you got it sorted