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I picked up a Rapala IM6 graphite rod to panfish with.
Is it safe to leave in the car all day when it's cold. Like today.
Will the cold have an effect on the rod?
Can it damage it?


Thanks

Pugs
 

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I heard that the more sensitive in graphite that you get, the more brittle it becomes, especially in the cold but I've never seen one break or broke a rod in the cold myself.
 

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I've heard the same thing that the more higher grade graphite can be very brittle but I only own medium grade and have had no problems.
 

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RE: cold weather and poles

Pugs,
I have fished as late in the season as January some years, where the line-guides would freeze from the water coming in on the line, but never had a problem with the poles integrity.
I have also fished as early as Ice-out many years, where ice was still on many parts of the lakes or ponds, and again, no problems. I got Bass Pro Shop's rods...
 

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If the particular rod has a composite reel seat and the reel is tightened to the rod, the reel seat can crack in the cold weather. Simply loosen the reel a bit between uses. On the other hand, if the reel is held in with metal rings on both ends, you are OK.
 
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