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Lake: Rito Hondo Reservoir

Graphite Rods are Lightening Rods

Post By: johnski      Posted: 8/21/2019 7:09:25 AM     Points: 6044    
Strange events yesterday at Rito Hondo reservoir. I got to the lake at 4:30 pm hoping to salvage some fish. The reservoir is being drained and limits are suspended. The skies around were dark and popping lightening but it did not seem close. As I started assembling my 9' graphite flyrod, a spark shot out from my rod to my finger! That was weird but I thought I might have touched the vehicle. A few minutes later, it happened again and this time I was a few feet from the vehicle! I then realized it was a death wish to go fishing under such unstable and electric air. I placed the rod in the grass and got in the car for the next hour until the storm passed. It was spooky. Anyone ever experienced anything like that? Today I read the following article and I am now much more aware of the lightening hazard we fisherpersons face. Be safe out there.

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 Reply by: reddave      Posted: 8/21/2019 7:19:19 AM     Points: 8086    
Fishing at John Martin last year with a storm on the horizon, I kept hearing what sounded like power lines over my head. Didn't know what it was until I finally realized it was my rod! Every time I raised my rod tip to cast I was able to hear crackling electricity. That ended my fishing quick!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 8/21/2019 8:49:37 AM     Points: 8260    
I was on Chatty with Nate from Tightline.It was overcast and in the late afternoon.All of a sudden Nate ordered us to drop the rods into the bottom of the boat. Same thing.We were sitting ducks holding graphite rods. (The rods will attract lighting)
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 8/21/2019 10:02:58 AM     Points: 2355    
What most folks donít realize is the air and ground surrounding a storm is often electrified, sometimes miles away from the actual lightening strikes, so yes, a graphite rod, or ANY rod for that matter can become a conductor.
I have been in a situation where the lightening seemed far away, yet my hair was bristling from the surrounding electricity.
The best action is to ditch the rods and take shelter in the lowest point possible, away from ant trees or other tall objects, and wait for the storm to pass. Better safe than fried I say!
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 8/21/2019 10:21:28 AM     Points: 2136    
Iíve had something like that happen to me when I lived in Utah, we were walleye fishing casting jigs and a big nasty storm rolled in. We herd thunder around but couldnít see any lightning. Then all of a sudden I casted my jig and I was getting shocked every time my line went around the spool, it felt like static electricity shock. I made one more cast it did it again, I was gone after that.
 Reply by: D-Zilla      Posted: 8/23/2019 6:23:55 AM     Points: 2425    
Wait till your line hangs in the air....THAT will spook you but good!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 8/23/2019 7:25:41 AM     Points: 8260    
And you think Tesla was up to no good!
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 8/24/2019 6:33:59 AM     Points: 3443    
Last night at g town rods a singing sky flashing
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: 9/3/2019 3:43:06 PM     Points: 454    
I don't mess around with that stuff, and don't see why people risk it. I've been coming off the water with lighting popping off and seen people going out, some even wading into the water.

This shirt has my motto on it. "Live to fish another day"
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: 9/3/2019 3:47:22 PM     Points: 454    
Oh and one day driving home from work, near Chattfield, there were some scattered small clouds in the sky. A bit low, but nothing unusual. No rain and not big enough to even look like a rain cloud. Out of nowhere a bit of lightning came down and thunder cracked the sky. I was in shock and it made me think twice about what is safe and what is dangerous. I'm not going to live in fear, but I am going to be aware.
 Reply by: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 9/3/2019 4:50:42 PM     Points: 239    
Nothing really new to contribute to this post, but plus 1 to my pole shocking me with lightning far away at a seemingly safe distance. Also plus 1 to saying screw it and hiding out in my car for a few hours
 Reply by: cardo      Posted: 10/1/2019 6:42:53 AM     Points: 788    
That's happened to me at the Miracle Mile with my graphite boron fly rod. Every time the butt touched my forearm I would get shocked. I could actually hear the electricity crackling around the rod tip. I did the same as you-set the rod down and sat out the storm in the car.

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