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Offline Water Wolf

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Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« on: Nov 28, 2005, 11:53 PM »
What is your preference when it comes to these type of ice fishing rods?
Do you like one type better than another, and why?

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #1 on: Nov 29, 2005, 11:29 AM »
It depends on the application. If I need a sensitive feel, I go with Graphite, If I am using the rod as a strike indicator, I go with fiberglass.

By the way, I am pretty sure Carbon=Graphite

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #2 on: Nov 29, 2005, 12:19 PM »
A few years back when the graphite ice rods first hit the market, in general they were not good, brittle in the cold and were easily nicked and broken getting tossed in with other ice gear.  After I broke more than a few I went back to fiberglass.  In the last few years better strains of the material have made the rods much tougher and I have retired most of my old fiberglass rods.
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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #3 on: Nov 29, 2005, 12:24 PM »
Graphite.

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #4 on: Nov 29, 2005, 12:40 PM »
I think mine are graphite, other then my marmish rods

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #5 on: Nov 29, 2005, 12:57 PM »
i also go with graphite :tipup:  no real reason, just a preference :tipup:

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #6 on: Nov 29, 2005, 05:02 PM »
my new rob has a solid carbon fiber blank and a graphite handle feels nice but didn't get to try it out yet.  can hold it up to your voicebox and talk and feel in in the handle.


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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #7 on: Nov 29, 2005, 05:07 PM »
I use ugly sticks, those are graphite arnt they?

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #8 on: Nov 29, 2005, 05:21 PM »
Graphite's been working for me...

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #9 on: Nov 29, 2005, 05:47 PM »
I use ugly sticks, those are graphite arnt they?

Ugly Stiks are fiberglass...

Oh yeah, I use both graphite and fiberglass, although I prefer graphite.

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #10 on: Nov 29, 2005, 08:12 PM »
ugly sticks are fiber glass, i didnt know that ???

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #11 on: Nov 29, 2005, 10:57 PM »
it was always my impression that graphite was lighter, also more sensitive.
fiberglas was heavier. although i don't know how much weight is a facture
on such a short rod.

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #12 on: Nov 29, 2005, 10:59 PM »
also meant to add that the fiberglass is stronger.

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #13 on: Nov 29, 2005, 11:16 PM »
I've used both and I like graphite much better.  With smaller diameter graphite you have much better sensitivity without losing any backbone.  Fiberglass that is really sensative turns into a wet noodle when fighting pounder slabs.  Using a spring bobber as an indicator is by far my favorite thing to do with the stiffer rods.  IMO
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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #14 on: Nov 30, 2005, 10:32 AM »
If I'm jigging with it, it's graphite. If I'm setting it in a tip-down, it's glass.
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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #15 on: Nov 30, 2005, 11:10 AM »
None of the above; handline.

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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #16 on: Nov 30, 2005, 11:20 AM »
I prefer fiberglass, they have a considerably more flex and absorb more shock during the cold months than graphite(in rods of the same weight).  But for heavier applications (big lakers or toothies), graphite is stronger with a smaller diameter than glass.
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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #17 on: Nov 30, 2005, 01:15 PM »
Intersing info everyone. I like to use fiberglass for the larger fish species and carbon for the more subtle nips from the smaller fish. ;D
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Re: Carbon vs graphite vs fiberglass ice rods
« Reply #18 on: Nov 30, 2005, 07:38 PM »
Graphite every time.

 



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