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I've heard that graphite becomes brittle and weakens in low temperatures. I was wondering if there is any truth to this and whether I should be concerned about using high modules rods in temps around 20 to 30 degrees fahrenheit.

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If thats the case I guess people who ice fish have to use bamboo or fiberglass rods... :)

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My garage got colder than 20-30 degrees in nyc lol  I wouldnt be concerned at that temperature. Now if it was -20 -30 degrees in the tundra, then I would be worried.

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I fish for steelhead through the winter, and the only rod I broke was when the leader snapped, and the rod tip hit a branch on the rebound.  I wouldn't be too concerned with temps in the 20-30s.  I fish in colder all the time.

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What I've heard (this could be wrong) is that the contraction rate of graphite is different then that of the epoxy holding the guides in place.  Therefore, delamination or some cracking can occur in the epoxy.  That's the only damage I heard that could occur due to the extreme cold.

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Thanks for all the reply's. Sounds like I have nothing to worry about.

Today was about 21 degrees. No fish and my buddies musky box was stollen right out of his truck. Almost 1500.00 worth of lures and takle.

Not one of our better days >:)

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No fish and my buddies musky box was stollen right out of his truck. Almost 1500.00 worth of lures and takle.

Not one of our better days

Don't you just hate thieves ?

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