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Best Ice Fishing Rods and Tip Ups-Peche.biz

Author:Best Ice Fishing Rod Time:2018-12-06 15:48   
There are so many types of ice fishing rods and ice trap mechanisms out there, it can sometimes be a overwhelming to on where to start.
Well that’s what this article is all about as I’m looking to clear up some of the confusion on the types of rods, lengths, tip ups and more. I’m also looking at questions to consider when buying an ice rod like what length should I get? Can I use my open water rod? Or what rod is best for specific fish species? And many more!

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Ice Fishing Rod Technology has Improved
Ice rods technology has greatly improved over the past 5 years. A part of this driver is the popularity and interest in the sport so manufacturers have started to develop these fast action tips paired with some serious backbone rods. These rods now mimic an open water rod weight and action (but of course a fraction of the size)!
What Rod Length should I get?
Ice rods lengths typically span from 18” to 48”. The most common is around 24” to 30” long. So why do we need a shorter ice rod vs. my open rod? Here are some important reasons to have an ice rod:
You can’t properly fish over the hole (see down) when fighting the fish
Longer rods won’t fit or fish well when you’re in a fishing shelter/hut
Longer rods don’t have the lighter sensitivity required for lethargic winter fish bites (fish are much less active and aggressive in the winter)
You should pick a rod length based on the size of the fish you’re targeting (e.g. shorter rod for panfish, longer for pike, lakers, etc). If you’re looking to target panfish and larger sports fish with the same rod, I’d recommend a length of 30” but ensuring you have a medium or medium-heavy action.
I also like to align rod length with the size of the lures/jigs I’m using. A simple way to think of it, the smaller the lure/bait the smaller the rod and vice versa. For example, fishing micro-jigs on a shorter small palm rod is much more effective than a longer (heavier) rod as you won’t have the same sensitivity in the longer rod.
Lastly, a big part of the rod length decision is the “fun factor”! Here’s an example to clarify, imagine using a long 40” medium-heavy rod fishing for Crappies or Perch, there won’t be much fight in the fish. You’d be able to “horse” the fish in very easily. Instead I’d prefer a 18” to 24” rod with an ultra-light weight. It may sound silly, but the fight is a very important part of the ice fishing experience for me.

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What Weight or Power of Rod should I have?
The weight of an ice rod is essentially the strength or backbone of the rod. The heavier the rating the stronger the rod is. Additionally, the rod weight often has a correlation with the rod diameter. Meaning, the heavier the rating the wider the diameter along the lower section (blanks connected to the handle) of the rod.
Common ice rods weights are:
The most common weight is the medium action as it typically suits most species and ice fishing applications. If you’re new to ice fishing and not sure what weight to get, I’d highly recommend you start with a medium rod. Again, with the technology with fast action tips available on most of the new rods and a medium power rating you’ll be good to go!
Ice Fishing Rod Guides
If you’re ice fishing outside, NOT within a shelter or hut, I’d recommend using a rod with larger rod guides. These larger guides are better suited for outdoor exposure as they won’t freeze up as easily. Less ice build up on your guides will reduce the ice fishing line “stickiness”, meaning you’re not losing line sensitivity and moves smoothly off/on the fishing reel.
Seasoned Ice Anglers often have Multiple Rods
Most seasoned ice anglers have at least 2-3 rods. In my experience, it’s not uncommon to see a 4-gallon pail full of small ice rods and tip-ups. This is typical in ice fishing as anglers are often fishing multiple holes at once (be sure to check your regulations for what you’re allowed). And when you’re fishing in extremely cold temperatures crap happens and it’s not uncommon to break/damage rods, so backups are mandatory (especially on remote fishing trips). Lastly, these rods are small and easy to store/transport along with you.