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Berkley® Lightning Rod®


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  • Multi-Modular Graphite gives the strength and sensitivity of a high end graphite rod
  • Fore-grip uses Hidden Thread Technology to reduce wear and tear on your fingers
  • Skeleton Reel Seat provides increased sensitivity while helping to reduce the overall weight
  • SS304 Guides - 20x tougher and 55% lighter than traditional aluminum oxide guides and are factory tested for dependability  
The Lightning Rod built its reputation on a unique combination of strength and sensitivity. Today, the Berkley Lightning Rod® is still the fastest, strongest, and lightest rod in its class. 
Berkley® Lightning Rod® is rated 3.7778 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from more bang for the buck I bought my first Lightning Rod over 30 years ago. To this date I own about 9 different models rarom an ultra light to a 7' 6" flippin stick. Every one is still in use except for one of the two piece models broke at the ferrel but was replaced by Berkley free of charge. I also own a Berkley Bionix 7' spinning rod that I never hit the water without. Tonight I purchased a 7' med. action casting rod and can't wait to try it out this weekend. I'm sure it will preform as well as they have in the past 30 years.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from lightning rod good action but the eyelets wear out in less than a season and I only use 6# mono on mine
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poorly made rod!! top part of reel seat broke just tightening it for the first time!!!
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the Berkley Lightning Rod! For the type of angling I do I prefer a fast action rod. The drawback is that all of the pressure is placed on the rod tip and this can lead to premature failure (stress fractures and the like). This is ok with me because I don't typically purchase ultra expensive rods. My go-to for bass fishing has been the Berkley Lightning Rod series. They are tough, live up the the abuse that I dish out and I hope the fine folks at Berkley never stop making them.
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average rod with questionable guides and reel seat I bought model LR662MLS (6'6", medium light action, fast taper, spinning) last year and have used it a few times, mostly for fishing light jigs and small Rapala-type minnow baits for walleye. The rod is light and reasonably sensitive for the price. The published line spec is 6-12 lb. I use it with an Orra S 10 reel (7.9 oz) with 6 lb and 8 lb Trilene XL. This combo is well-balanced and feels good with lures of 1/8-1/2 oz. A 1/16 oz lure is castable, with limited distance, but the rod is a tad too stiff too effectively feel such a light lure. But 1/2 oz is a reasonable upper limit. You might get away with gentling lobbing a 5/8 oz lure but anything heavier will overload the rod. Okay, so far so good. But, there are a few negatives. The guides (notably the tip) on my rod are already wearing. While all rod guides will wear over time because of friction and abrasive materials (e.g., silt, salt) that cling to the line, I have put only about 35-40 hours on this rod so guide wear this soon is premature. And the reel seat is a very poor design. In this reel seat design the cork-covered plastic fore grip rotates to act as both fore grip and the front reel foot clamp. If you don't tighten the fore grip enough then the reel works itself loose (this has happened to me several times) but if you tighten the fore grip so the reel remains secure then the fore grip feels like it is very strained and may break. Some owners have noted that their fore grip has broken. (Coincidentally a Berkley casting rod I had a few years ago with a similar-designed reel seat did break in the fore grip.) So, while this reel seat design may look clever, it is not. Also the reel seat design completely exposes the rod blank above the reel foot which, I assume, is done to improve sensitivity. I find it uncomfortable but this a matter of personal preference.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best $40 and under rod After accidentally breaking a 5 year old medium light action Lightning Rod I purchased the new model in a 6' 6" medium light as a crappie rod. It performed great and that is what I have come to expect from the Lightning Rod. I currently own 4 of them and can depend on them.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding rod for the money I purchased one a last year as a worm rod, what a great purchase. Combination of lightweight, sensitive and durable. I love the full cork handles. I have since replaced all but a couple rods with Lightning Rods.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The first 2 poles I purchased were Berkley Stinger and lightning poles back in the 80s and I still use both poles. Great product, fair price.
Date published: 2014-04-01
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