For ice fishing, you’ll want a braided or Dacron ice fishing line. Spool the line onto the tip up. In order to get the tip up flag to work, tie an arbor knot with the line around the tip up reel and hand wrap the line evenly in a clockwise direction. Make sure the line can handle the weight of the fish you’re catching.
How do you make a ice trap?
How to Make an Ice Fishing Tip-Up
- Tie a flag or other eye-catching material to the end of the top stick.
- Make sure your top stick isn’t too thick or heavy otherwise a small fish won’t be able to pull your flag up.
- Lay one stick across the hole.
- Tie your fishing line to the end of the top stick.
What kind of line do you use on a tip up?
On his walleye and northern pike rigs, he uses 10- or 20-pound Woodstock Tip-Up Line, to which he’ll connect a 3- to 8-foot fluorocarbon leader, 10-pound test. Tip-up line is not like braided, monofilament or other fishing lines used on reels, he said. It is more like braided string, with a larger diameter.
How much line should I put on my ice reel?
In either scenario, fill your spool up to roughly 1/8″ of space between the line and the lip of your reel. This is generally 3/4 of the recommended capacity.
Why are ice fishing rods so small?
Ice fishing rods are so small because they are designed specifically for use in ice. For ice fishing, you need to be close to the hole, so a standard open-water pole will be too long. You also need a more sensitive rod for ice fishing, so the small size of ice fishing rods helps with feeling the fish.