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Does Tempurature Affect Fishing Gear?

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does hot or cold weather mess with your fishing gear?

is it bad for lures, line, rods and mainly reels?

i keep my poles in my car all the time and the heat has been getting hot in there and i dont want anything bad happening to my babys lol

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Extreme temps are bad for anything. I wouldn't leave my gear in a hot car, nor would I leave it in freezing temps.

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Not only might the temperatures and constant sunlight hurt the gear, but any piece of dirt off the street can see into your car and might steal your gear. Had it done to me once. :(

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well when i fish as soon as the ice breaks my guides usaully freeze up cause of the lows temps, im sure its not good for my reel either

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I leave it all in the boat all year long. We have fairly hot summers and fairly cold winters. Almost always in the shade of the garage whether it's August or February. I've never had problems. If it was just a tad bit warmer some of my crankbaits might warp. I think the direct sunlight is a problem though.

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i tend to wear shorts and t-shirts when it is hot. and when its cold i like to dress in layers.

oh... wait...

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I have a cheapo pfleuger templar that performs just fine in warm weather, but if its pretty cold out the anti reverse works about 50% of the time.

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i tend to wear shorts and t-shirts when it is hot. and when its cold i like to dress in layers.

oh... wait...

Trouble is, neither shorts nor a T-shirt help me feel any WARMER :rolleyes:

Good hearing from you again Vince :)

Roger

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Direct sunlight and extreme temps can break line down and make it start to rot. I'd have to agree with Avalonjohn, my biggest concern would be getting my tackle stolen. I had all my gear stolen once and that is a sickening feeling. :unsure:

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Yes it does.

The oil in your reel has a viscosity measured at room temperature, and higher or lower temps change the viscosity dramatically. You may not notice a difference with hotter temps because the oil will just get thinner, but thinner oil migrates out of important places like your bearings faster in those conditions, and so you will need to relube bearings more often if you fish in a hot climate.. Cold can double the viscosity of many reel oils used in bearings, making them perform quite differently, too. Heat damages copolymer fishing line, too.

If we're talking about leaving gear in the boat, outside under a cover, in hot weather, quite a few guys report cracked plastic crankbaits due to daily expansion/contraction of the plastic. Heat also makes the epoxy on your rod guides and under your handle softer, which puts them a more risk during use. All this is apart from the damage that can be caused by large swings in humidity when gear is stored in a boat under the above conditions.

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Good hearing from you again Vince :)

Thanks Roger!

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How hot/cold does it get in a truck delivering this stuff to BPS, Cabellas, Gander Mountain, etc?

you make a very good point, they dont air condtion the back of those trucks

i keep my gear in my unheated garage and so does my dad. it gets about max a little over 100* in the summer and whatever it is outside in the winter. my dad has been keeping his gear in there for 12-13 years. never had a problem

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