home made tip downs
There is now worry about a Pike pulling your pole down the hole if you use a safety line like we do. It's a 5ft piece of very small diameter cord, very strong like paracord. We put a snap lock on the end and put an eye screw in the butt end of the rod handle and another screw eye in the frame. One end of the cord is tied to the eye in the frame and the other end is tied to the snap lock, then just put the snap lock onto the eye in the butt of the pole.
I have had Northerns pull the pole down the hole and had to retrieve it with the cord. Last weekend I caught a 41" Northern on a Tip Down.
I know some guys like the ones with spinning reels, but you have to buy the Stand, buy the pole and transport all of that mess.
The Tip Downs that we use/sell fold flat and allow a fish to take 2 ft of line with near zero resistance from 45 degrees to 0 degrees and then free fall the remainder of the way to the ice. The tip of the pole and the line goes directly into the edge hole.
The spinning reel designs bob when a fish pulls on it, no tipping with zero resistance and no feeding 2 ft of line. There is constant pressure from the rod on the line.
Am I a little bias, heck yea but I believe it is a superior product at a better price.
After watching how far superior the PVC rigs work I'm going to get some of them. The rods do hang level to the ice on a balance point. They have a wire with a u in it the rod handle balances on. When the fish bites it pulls down with almost 0 resistance. The rod slides forward and stops at the place where the handle meets the grip. The rod with the u prevents it from coming out or getting pulled down the hole. They grab the rod pull back and reel the fish in. Having watched them operate next to me I see the obvious advantage. Plus it was windy that day and the wind slightly bobbed the rod up and down. More than just the line movement my wooden ones had.
This was up on petenwell where I saw these in action. We were in 24 fow and having that reel made a huge difference in lost fish. Plus it's so much more fun fighting fish that way.