SPARE TIP SECTIONS: I don’t second guess rodmakers on their snake & tiptop quantities because a lot of folks make single tip rods (and some still order ferrules in whole sets to have that spare male on hand). Lots of other makers have built a stash of snakes and tips over the years, so they don’t order in what would appear to be a regular set, regardless of what they’re making. Once you settle on a guide type you like, it’s really worth putting at least three of the very large/small guide sizes, and six of the middle range sizes, in a drawer…that way you’ve always got a spare; for tips, two of each size should cover you entirely. Spares are great when you decide the rod could use another guide to cast better, when you get a lemon from me (every once in a blue moon I’ll ship a guide that fell into the wrong bin, or was miss-made at the factory, say with a short or lumpy foot…I’ll always make this right for you, but that doesn’t fix the delay in making it right), when you lose a guide in that 1970’s shag rug down in the basement, when your cat plays with your pile of guides, or etc. and so forth. Spares are good, cheap insurance against needing to place emergency orders.