With the snow starting to fly Ice Fishing season is just around the corner I found this old school tactic called a Tip Down. I am going to be building a couple of these. Here is a set of instructions and a picture of what I will be using. If you use this rig or have a similar set up email me at email@example.com I would love to see what other people are using for setups.
Things You’ll Need:
- Dowel rods
- Screw-in eyelets
- Tubing clamps
- Ice fishing reel with spooled line
- Finishing nails
- Begin by constructing the “rod.” Cut a 1-inch dowel rod to 24 inches in length. Use 1 1/4-inch tubing clamps to clamp the prespooled fishing reel to one end of the dowel rod. Screw one 1/4-inch eyelet into the dowel rod directly in front of the reel, then place another eyelet at the opposite end of the dowel rod. Pass the fishing line through these two eyelets to complete the rod.
- Construct the base from 2-by-4 lumber. Cut a piece to a length of 20 inches, then cut the base into a point so you can punch it into the snow. Next, cut a 2-inch by- 2-inch deep square out of the top of the lumber, then cut notches on either side of this square perpendicular to the 2-inch side of the wood.
- Complete the tip-down by attaching bait to the end of your fishing line and letting the line to a predetermined depth through a hole in the ice. Push the base of the tip-down into the snow approximately 10 inches from the edge of the hole. Hammer two finishing nails 8 inches from the base of the reel on either side of the rod and place the nails into the notches on the 2-by-4 base. The weight of the reel will keep the tip of the tip-down up until a fish takes the bait, at which point the rod will tip down, indicating a hit.
Have a great day and keep your hat on tight.
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