Another classic option to use instead of tip downs are umbrella tip ups. I got some my grandpa made that were made back in the 50s or earlier and they still work great to this day. They are made from an umbrella hinge, a post, a few staples, a counter weight (usually something like a nut or washer), and sometimes a piece or fabric or something for a flag on one end. Just do a googler search of "umbrella tip ups". They work the same as tip downs unless you prefer using a reel with a rod.