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Is it Bad to Leave Rods in the Hot Summer Heat Inside a Car?

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I fish basically every single day after work. I am off from school and that is what I enjoy doing during my summers. I have been leaving my rods and tackle inside the car for conveniency.

Recently, I have had two guide linings fall off my rods. I am of course talking about the rubbery material that goes around the inside of guides. One came off a St. Croix Mojo and the other off a St. Croix Triumph.

Could it be that the heat inside the car is melting the glue holding this material down? It gets to be pretty hot in there now that I think about it.

Is leaving the rods in there doing any damage to the graphite blanks and or any of the glue holding the cork and especially the guides?

Thanks,

Carlos

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My car gets to 140 degrees when the windows are rolled up. That kinda heat isn't doing your fishing gear any good, that's for sure!

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i know heat like that kill soft plastics

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i know heat like that kill soft plastics

Sure does, Melts spro frog legs together into some rubber mess. Maybe you can get a cheap rod/reel that you can use after work and save the good stuff for other days

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Maybe put any plastic baits in a cooler with an ice pack?

Rods/Reels left in the sun on a boat deck get pretty hot, often too hot to touch the metal

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With the crazy temps we've got down here in South Florida during the summers, even more so right now, I wouldn't be comfortable leaving my gear inside of a car for the day.  It's got to get to 150+ degrees in a car down here on a hot day.  Can't be good for any types of adhesives on a rod.  That certainly can't be good for grease inside of a reel either.  I'm not sure what quantifies "high heat" in lubes, but it's gotta thin it down some in a reel at some point.

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3 inserts fell out of my mojo bass rod, and I keep it my climate controlled house .

I broke it in half to ship back and get an upgrade.

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I fish basically every single day after work. I am off from school and that is what I enjoy doing during my summers. I have been leaving my rods and tackle inside the car for conveniency.

Recently, I have had two guide linings fall off my rods. I am of course talking about the rubbery material that goes around the inside of guides. One came off a St. Croix Mojo and the other off a St. Croix Triumph.

Could it be that the heat inside the car is melting the glue holding this material down? It gets to be pretty hot in there now that I think about it.

Is leaving the rods in there doing any damage to the graphite blanks and or any of the glue holding the cork and especially the guides?

Thanks,

Carlos

DEFINATELY YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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To answer your query...yes.

Rods - Guide glue can fail and guides will get weak.

Reels - Not so much but you have to wonder of the affect on your oil and grease.

Line - Never had any problems with mono or fluoro.

Plastics - Never had any melt.

Hard Baits - Never had any problems.

Other Tackle - No problems.

Scents - They get hot and MegaStrike gets watery but that's about it. Never had a spray can blow up.

To be sure you don't ruin a favorite rod, may I suggest considering the following?:

1.  Leave windows open at the top to vent the vehicle and if it is not going to rain open the top hatch on the roof.

2.  Get an Ugly Stick.  Nothing kills an Ugly Stick.

3.  Do as above mentioned and place plastics and scents in a cooler.

4.  NEVER, NEVFER, NEVER allow JJ's Magic to get overheated.

I keep rods and reels plus baits and tackle in my car and have never had a problem.  :)

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Guide loss seems to be typical of lower end St Croix rods no matter the temperature.

If high temps were bad for gear, then everything I own is junk.  Everything stays in the boat under the cover.  Just got my wife's rig out to reline it, it was quite hot.  No big deal.

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Guide loss seems to be typical of lower end St Croix rods no matter the temperature.

If high temps were bad for gear, then everything I own is junk. Everything stays in the boat under the cover. Just got my wife's rig out to reline it, it was quite hot. No big deal.

Agreed. I have had two guide inserts fallout on my mojo which is kept in the AC unless I'm fishing.....Its the rods

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It depends on the adhesive being used.  I've had golf clubs in my trunk for days on end her in Florida, never a problem....epoxy is used and probably more than 95% of the time it's for life.

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I leave my rod and equipment inside the car at all times. I leave all the windows cracked though. The only issue I have had was my softplastics get softer and rip easier. I need to stop doing this but I never like to be without my stuff! You never know when you could be fishing.

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Rod blanks are made by the application of heat and pressure.  Blanks are baked at 275 dgrees give or take.  I wouldn't worry about the blank or any quality epoxys used.  If one material expands at a rate other than what it's attached to, that could be problematic.  Remember the old story that you should never store a graphite rod on a metal nail ?  It was supposed to weaken the blank.  Everyone was using wood dowels to save their rods. Some one start a thread on the old wive's tales of bass fishing.  I dare ya.

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Thanks you guys. I really appreciate the help. Sadly, the mojos are about the most I can afford, in that price range anyways. When I get back to school and start working at my job I have lined up there, I might be able to step it up as far as quality of rods.

Thanks for the advice.

Carlos

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