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Question by Davidd. Uploaded on November 23, 2012
I'd buy or make an ice fishing rod. I suppose you could use a light weight pan fish rod but it will be unwieldy and it will be hard to see strikes. I have a graphite ice fishing rod I got for Christmas but I'm just as happy with the rod I made using the end piece of a panfish rod and reel I bought at an auction for $3. I cut the bottom piece off at the handle and epoxied the end piece in its place. I also wrapped and epoxied a wire strike indicator on the tip and re-spooled it with 4 pound test. You'll be happier with a short rod. You don't need to cast (unless your really bored I suppose) and you can't fit full sized rod in the shanty so you'll be left to freeze outside while your buddies drink coffee and cook lunch.
Thank You allegnmtn. I have a pan fish rod in mind that I can used. Never really did ice fishing and thought I can give it a try this year on a nearby pond.
You can use bottom half of a two piece spinning rod with a fly reel (not automatic type though). Doesn't work the greatest but it will get you by. Problem is lack of flexibility in the rod and reel icing up. A regular panfish rod will put you too far away from the hole. Also, if you want to walk away for a bit to warm up you'll find it is impossible to prop up a longer pole.
U can use what u have but it's worth getting one if you plan on going a lot
IMO you need one and you can pick up ice roods with reels for around 15-20 bucks so it wont break the bank just buying 1 or 2
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