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What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« on: Dec 29, 2008, 06:33 PM »
some of the threads for this are from 2005. i think with all the new tip-ups out there, and changes/dicontinuation of others, that this should be discussed/debated/argued/beat to death! :laugh: i have several type/brands, so ill start.

traditional, 3 piece tip-ups. they work, and can be modified easily.
continental tip-ups. plastic, made in new england. no wind flags. adjustable trip mech.,tough to wind up in deep water. unbreakable!
polar tip-up. short, but you can see fish running.
frabill bigfoot classic. tall, big, cool looking, you can see fish running.
heritage tip-ups. drag. well built. new plastic spool? tall. ( i just ordered 3, but my friends have them with metal spools )

ok, i will post some pictures tomorrow of mine. please try to add pictures if you have something different. be as specific as possible with likes, and dislikes. also add pictures of modifications that have worked for you. also, what species of fish are that tip-up best for, if you use different ones for different fish.
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30, 2008, 05:54 PM »
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What is the Best Tip-up, and Why

The best tipup is a high visibility heritage style tipup with the ability to see the fish running Frabill/Polar style. Of course it doesn't exist yet, but i think that's the best tipup.  :tipup:  ;D Make them available with a built in LED for night fishing, and i'll drop a check in the mail tomorrow.

Seriously: I do love the heritage style best, but currently own black Polars and will stick with that style until my fantasy comes true. Gotta see the fish running!  :P They are compact and light (can fit 6 in an HT jigging rod bag). Downside is big baits and low visibility. Downrigger clips and telescopic masts can patch those issues to an extent. And this is the year i upgrade from the Polars to the Bigfoot Classics. Me likey big wooden tipups!

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #2 on: Dec 30, 2008, 07:22 PM »
The best tipup is a high visibility heritage style tipup with the ability to see the fish running Frabill/Polar style. Of course it doesn't exist yet, but i think that's the best tipup.  :tipup:  ;D Make them available with a built in LED for night fishing, and i'll drop a check in the mail tomorrow.

Seriously: I do love the heritage style best, but currently own black Polars and will stick with that style until my fantasy comes true. Gotta see the fish running!  :P They are compact and light (can fit 6 in an HT jigging rod bag), plus i can see the fish running. Downside is big baits and low visibility. Downrigger clips and telescopic masts can patch those issues to an extent. And this is the year i upgrade from the Polars to the Bigfoot Classics. Me likey big wooden tipups!
yeah, the bigfoots are a nice tip-up. i too would like what you wish for! :laugh:
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #3 on: Jan 02, 2009, 09:58 PM »
I have had a bunch of different brands, but I rally like the Hardwater explorer.   I've picked them up at the local fleet farm at the end of the ice fishing season for $5.

I like them because they are durable, dependable, and I can adjust the tension on the spool.
Heavy for pike / large bait, and free spool for walleye and trout.

The flag flips about 3 feet in the air, so I can see it from far away, and I have never had a flag because of the wind.

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #4 on: Jan 04, 2009, 11:46 PM »
I used polar tip ups for the last 6 seasons (the orange ones).  I decided to go with a taller tip up this year because I got tired of not seeing the traps at all when there was any snow on the lake.  I compared heritage laker and jack traps side by side and purchased 6 heritage lakers back in October.  I like the laker over Jack trap because the mechanism is easier to set than the little split ring on the Jack.  Also I like the drag on the heritage for use with larger shiners.  I have used the new traps 3 times and absolutely love the heritage quality and design.  One trip was in a 40 mph steady wind with blowing snow and I could see them for a LONG way away!  I would have never seen the flat polars.  I do miss seeing the mechanism spin with a running fish.  One thing I did was purchase white dacron braided line that has blue and red threads woven in........I can look down the hole when I get to the trap to see if line is going out.  That has helped a little. 

I believe Jack Trap and heritage are both high quality products.  I chose the laker for the price and quailty combination.....Jacks are a bit more expensive. 
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #5 on: Jan 04, 2009, 11:56 PM »
I like the concept of the reinheart tip-up it keeps the hole from freezing, but you cant see which way the fish is running until you pick it up. beaver dams and polars(wooden) work great but you have to bust ice when it is really cold. :tipup:
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #6 on: Jan 05, 2009, 10:55 AM »
Beaver Dam tip ups are hands down the best.  The are the smoothest at allowing line to be taken out or reeling the line back in.  You can see your line stop to see if line has been taken out when you get to the whole and they are durable.  Only thing most of us run in WI.

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #7 on: Jan 06, 2009, 02:18 PM »
here they are.

heritage

polar tip-up

traditional (modified)

continental tip-up

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #8 on: Jan 06, 2009, 03:19 PM »
Beaver dam  the only problem is they last a life time I own nine tip ups and only two beaver dams and take one guess which ones are in the outside of the rod bag.


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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #9 on: Jan 06, 2009, 07:01 PM »
I love Beaver Dams and will stick by them for a long time. They will last you forever and it is nice to know that a quality product is still being made by hand in my home state. Use a foam hole cover if you have ice up problems. Two if its really cold out.

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #10 on: Jan 06, 2009, 07:20 PM »
I've been using heritage lakers for more than 20 years. Have bought and tried lots of others and although I use my Beaver Dams every now and then, the lakers are usually the only boys that get any action. They used to have a metal reel with a little red handle that was easy to see spinning underwater, but now the reels are black plastic and are harder to see. Painting little spots on the edges of the reels makes it easier to see them spin.

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #11 on: Jan 07, 2009, 08:41 AM »
i like using hertiage tipups cause there easy to install and sit up high  i also use polar tip ups to

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #12 on: Jan 09, 2009, 12:04 AM »
Beaver Dam (Arctic Fisherman) -- without a doubt.

Use a 10" piece of armorflex with a slit the length of the radius to keep the hole from freezing (you can acutally buy these covers everywhere now).

Some of mine are 25 years old - I am currently looking for more, and I'll take used ones that are nearly 35 years old.

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #13 on: Jan 09, 2009, 12:12 AM »
Thw best tip-up is the oe with a fish on it. End of story.

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #14 on: Jan 12, 2009, 02:29 PM »
I like the heritage tip-up they are visible in deep snow and parts are available through their website

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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #15 on: Mar 12, 2009, 07:13 PM »
I don't know...I kind of like them all...for different reasons...Polars are inexpensive, work very well, store easily, so for low dollar..I'd say polar...My heritage lakers are wood, I like the big plastic spool with the drag, no problems, and they are just beauty...for pike, lakers deep snow and wind I like those. The Beaver dams are like polars but wooden and just all around nicer...I love the Beaver dams...no Jack traps yet maybe next year...
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #16 on: Mar 12, 2009, 07:21 PM »
frabill polars..... :thumbsup: the artic fires aint too bad either.....gonna couple them up with my new pooley suffern slammer & the topher tip downs....all a boy could ever need.... ;)2 :flex: :icefish: :icefish: :icefish:
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #17 on: Nov 10, 2009, 08:14 PM »
Stick tip ups. Visibility, not to mention a little reflective tape and you got a great night tip up. We get a lot of snow, snow blows into the 10" holes, turns to slush then ice( i know im not the only one) after a full days fishing, not only would a beaver dam stylw plastic  tip up be buried in snow, but all the parts not in the water would freeze over.  
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #18 on: Nov 14, 2009, 03:13 PM »
Beaver dam no doubt about it.  I have 7, 2 of which I bought used 20 years ago. they were beat up then, I have to have them re-lubed. not bad for tip ups that are probably 30-35 years old. Only thing I dislike is trying to rewind them. After having a couple polars freeze up (granted really freakin cold) I do not use anything else.  Besides made in WI not china.
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Re: What is the Best Tip-up, and Why
« Reply #19 on: Nov 19, 2009, 08:37 AM »
I've been using heritage lakers for more than 20 years. Have bought and tried lots of others and although I use my Beaver Dams every now and then, the lakers are usually the only boys that get any action. They used to have a metal reel with a little red handle that was easy to see spinning underwater, but now the reels are black plastic and are harder to see. Painting little spots on the edges of the reels makes it easier to see them spin. i too have some pushing 20yrs. the white on the reel is a good idea and so is lighter colored dacron. mine are all the metal reels except for 1.
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