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 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by jamesbabond from Incredible sensitive with quick hook set I've been using this rod with a Pflueger reel. Spooled with 4lb test, flourocarbon for 3 years now. Mainly fishing the Yough River for trout. The rod translates so well that you'll actually feel your splitshot tapping the rocks as the current pushes the line down stream. I have caught several bass an also and a nice size carp with it. You wont believe how much backbone it has when you hook into large fish. Im not saying that you cant break it but its pretty darn impressive. For less than $40 if your any type of Angler your missing out if you dont own one. Im sure it will be one of your favorite go to Ultralights.
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nerf from 6'6" ML Spinning 2pc Rod I bought the 6'6" ML 2pc spinning rod (LR662MLS) not too long ago. For the price this thing is MONEY!!! I caught my very first Speckled Trout on it. That thing was huge and had the rod bent over kissing itself in the rear. Handled it flawlessly! Also, after a rough drought, I caught my first bass of the year. Not a monster, but after about 5 solid hits & 3 hook-ups this rod did the job perfectly! I am currently "window shopping" to see which one I'll be buying next! My only "complaint" is that there isn't a 2pc casting model offered. Compact portability is something I would like to have in a rod. Would I recommend this to a friend? You bet your bottom dollar I would! Get yourself one & tear 'em up!
Date published: 2013-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by Toadslinger from Lightning rods I have a ton of them, I am a professional Angler and fishing guide. I have used $300 rods and all in between I recently converted back to lightning rods, I have old ones and new ones I have had not one problem. The lightning rod originals and new can take my hookset and when your pitching flipping spinner baits no matter what they stand up to punishment. I fish 300 days a year and no problems. I have even called Pure fishing just recently to make only a few changes small changes but overall they are for the money some of the best Rods ever made.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by bloodtrail 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 carpaquack from Cann't mount reel I just bought a 5'6" light spinning after having owned several Berkley rods that I have loved. To start out with I think the handle is really uncomfortable with the space so you can feel the rod in it. I have not however been able to fish with the rod since I can't seem to find a reel that will tighten up on the rod with out the top piece of cork breaking. I have tried 3 different reels a Quantum snapshot 10, Mitchell avocet II S500UL, and a Shimano FX1000FA. All are older reels but I should still be able to use them right.
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by soManyFish 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 4 out of 5 by tdozier3 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 5 out of 5 by FasterEW from Very good bang for the buck I have several - one piece, 7 foot, medium action rods - with a variety of 300 and 400 series spinning reels on them. My boys and I use these rods from the bayou to the offshore rigs. Have pulled up everything from perch and bullreds on the same rods and NEVER had a problem. We do take care of our rods. We don't step on them. We don't try to lift huge fish out of the water with the rod. We rinse w/ fresh water after trips (as pop always did) and store them inside. We use 20-50lbs power pro and the guides are holding up just fine. My opinion is that these rods look nice, and for $39 ($29 on sale), are every bit worth the investment. Would I recommend this rod to a friend? Yes, in fact I have on numerous ocassions, and to the best of my knowledge, they are as satisfied as I am. Be sensible not to expect a $250 rod for $39.
Date published: 2013-09-26
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