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Wait, the cold will ruin mono?  Sorry, fish for steelhead all winter long, with mono, and graphite rods.  They get wet.  Sometimes I even toss them in the snow for a pic. No ill effects. 

 

The fish don't know your rod and reel are freezing!

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On 1/14/2018 at 6:34 PM, Fishin' Fool said:

I would think you'd be more likely to experience a stress break in extreme cold weather but what do I know. I guess this would be a question for someone from Loomis or Shimano.

This is true. I’ve seen a few people break rods in 20F.  I’d like to know what kind of rods are good/bad in cold. Glass probably better than graphite but idk

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I keep my rods in the un-heated garage all winter, always have.

 

Couple of them have been exposed that way for 30 years or more - and the temps here regularly drop below zero in deep winter. I've never seen/felt any difference from them due to the cold. Garage should be safe.

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I run over a few of mine when it was cold outside and they broke.

 

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On January 17, 2018 at 7:13 AM, J Francho said:

Wait, the cold will ruin mono?  Sorry, fish for steelhead all winter long, with mono, and graphite rods.  They get wet.  Sometimes I even toss them in the snow for a pic. No ill effects. 

 

The fish don't know your rod and reel are freezing!

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I would agree until I gave my inlaws 600 yd spools if Big Game mono to keep for me to fish Lake of The Woods, Ontario. The line after a winter stored up there was like wire comming the spools in stiff coils, ruined it.  It gets 40 to 50 below zero up there!

Tom

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That's new meaning to "cool, dry storage!"

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On 12/15/2018 at 8:28 PM, WRB said:

I would agree until I gave my inlaws 600 yd spools if Big Game mono to keep for me to fish Lake of The Woods, Ontario. The line after a winter stored up there was like wire comming the spools in stiff coils, ruined it.  It gets 40 to 50 below zero up there!

Tom

Lines a different story for sure. Braid and mono absorb water...

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On 12/15/2018 at 5:21 PM, Joshua Vandamm said:

This is true. I’ve seen a few people break rods in 20F.  I’d like to know what kind of rods are good/bad in cold. Glass probably better than graphite but idk

I think the only rods that would explode in the cold were the old 100% boron rods in the 80s/90s. Wasn't an overly common occurrence, but they were much less able to handle stress and abuse. When they went, "they blowed up real good" 😊 

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On 12/15/2018 at 7:51 PM, Heartland said:

I run over a few of mine when it was cold outside and they broke.

Has to be the cold.  Couldn't be the truck.  🙂

 

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Mine stay in the boat in my shop, which runs 40-50 degrees depending on the outside temps. Then I fish all winter, which can be anywhere from 50-0 degrees depending on how mad I am at the fish. I can only remember breaking one rod in the winter, a Carrot Stix, folded in half during the cast like a wet noodle, so take that for what it's worth. 

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