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11/17/11 @ 12:55 AM
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backwoods43
backwoods43
USER SINCE 3/14/10
I know there are topics for homemade tip ups, automatic fishermans, etc. I just thought we could wrap it all up in one by showing ANYTHING homemade that could save anyone money or make someones ice fishing trip easier.

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2/9/21 @ 8:52 PM
clueless
USER SINCE 10/24/04

Crowbar, wasn’t the big cork for bobbing for lake trout. I remember my dad had some. Probably used on Big Green.

2/9/21 @ 6:30 PM
crobar
USER SINCE 6/19/01

Ya Polski  one application was used at Jones Island on trolley lines...good memory

2/9/21 @ 6:23 PM
Polski
Polski
MEMBER SINCE 5/11/03

Crobar, was the bell used on the rubber band set lines that were used off piers in Lake Michigan for perch? Seem to remember fishing with my Dad that way and him using one of those bells.

Never really understood how that rubber band set line worked but obviously it did.

2/9/21 @ 6:00 PM
crobar
USER SINCE 6/19/01

Both items from late 50’s-60’s the cork ice fishing other gizmo has a bell inside ,for summer. Both used on hand lines dollar bill just for reference on size. Haven’t used them since that era....but thats all we had....an exciting when we got a bite...hint cork used in deep water...any guesses?  An. Yes I know the answer

2/9/21 @ 5:07 PM
hockeyguy39
USER SINCE 8/24/07

Polski, I've done that with my BDs too, but the trick is to remember to make the cut between 10:00 and 2:00 so the line doesn't slide out. I can tell you from experience that 7:30 does not work well.  

2/9/21 @ 1:58 PM
Polski
Polski
MEMBER SINCE 5/11/03

Another modification I did to my BD tipups was adding a marker to them. I sure many of us use a stick, board or some kind of marker next to our tipups so you and others can see where your tipup is and it doesn't get ran over.

I added a marker right on to the bolt thats already on the tipup. I used an aluminum bar I had but any kind or wood or even a heavy duty paint mixing stick would work. It's always there and folds down flat when not in use. Painted a bright color and added some reflective tape.

2/9/21 @ 1:52 PM
Polski
Polski
MEMBER SINCE 5/11/03

The comment a few post back about Beaver Dam tipups and re-spooling the line made me think about a modification I made to mine probably 20 years ago. The thing with these tipups is the cast iron (or brass) ring the line runs through and the fact that you can't just slip the line out of the ring to make rewinding easier.

I simply took a hack saw and cut a slot in the top part of it. Now the line is easy to take out and doesn't affect how the line pays off the bottom of the ring. Works great and has for a long time.

 

2/9/21 @ 11:49 AM
nphurler
nphurler
USER SINCE 6/21/09

Wimped out on fishing this past weekend with the cold front. Instead I got ready for the best time of year. 16 new tip downs to the fleet. Found a wholesaler for the HT Rods at $7.78/rod. All in cost with hardware around $9.25/unit. Time to rip some lips!

2/8/21 @ 4:09 PM
newInCudahy
newInCudahy
USER SINCE 2/21/03

Try the crown method Unreel. 

Just need to empty two bottles of Crown and put your heater on them. Wont feel the cold anymore!

2/4/21 @ 10:33 PM
grizwald
grizwald
USER SINCE 2/6/09

Someone was asking bout my smitty? Yes it could have a shack on the sled, I just don't. Only a wind break.

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