One thing you can do too if you are using a reasonable size hole. I run a 5 inch hole. I make the rod balance pin 5.25 long. It doesn't get in the way, and I don't have to use a rope on the rod. No matter how big the fish is, he's not pulling that rod in the hole.
CrappieGuy, you are the tip down king. I just don't like PVC. personal preference.
will it happen in 8 hours of fishing, no. However on cold days when the bases freeze in, I'll put my money on cedar or oak to take the abuse. Like I said, Just my preference.
After watching FishNdude's rod get taken down the hole reciently by a nice pike that bit on a 1 1/2 inch crappie minnow, I'd recommend always having the rod attached by a line to the base. FD went home and put lines on his, only takes a few min.
Amazingly, hours later, I also also hooked a strong pike on the small flathead. Handed the rod to bass Abductor, he managed to land the 30 inch fat female on 4 lb test. We found another hook and line in its mouth. FishNdude pulled and pulled on the line thru a weed bed and lo and behold, his rod came up the hole! We just about fell down laughing after high fives all around.
Anyway, I remember 2 times my rod would have gone down the hole without the line attached
I'd buy 3 today if he was still making out of wood.
My tip down's now are basically a copy of his design, I made them. right down to the 13/64th pin. actually I don't know for sure. lol.
I will not buy a pcv tip down though. I don't buy the "soak up water" bit. Stain the wood twice and you'll never have an issue. wood will last longer than pvc, believe it.
Just got my CrappieGuy tipdowns in the mail yesterday. I've had friends make them. Watched them mess around with the design and balance all day on the lake. For the time and effort it's not worth the headache. I like to make my own stuff as much as I can but for 22 bucks it's not worth it. Drop him a line at the number he provided here. You'll have them in a few days, ready to fish right out of the box. Nice clean setup.
Thanks for all the positive comments guys. Sorry I recently moved to the eastern side of the state and have not been on here in a while. Busy working on the house now that I'm retired.
I'm still making Tip Downs, you can call or text me 715-379-2376. Again thanks for the great reviews.