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Title: How to secure the reel?
Post by: steve339 on Feb 03, 2010, 10:45 PM
I recently purchased a St Croix Premier Ice combo package.  The reel is held on the handle by two "rubber bands".  The package said to apply heat from a hair dryer.  I did and it did shrink the bands a little, but the reel still moves around.  Is this normal?  Do I need to add more heat?  Or do I need to just tape it with electrical tape?  Thanks in advance for your input.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Xpressman on Feb 03, 2010, 10:51 PM
you need to heat it until it doesn't move at all.

I actually still like using tape over these heat shrink tubes, seems like they are smoother on the cradle of your hands.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: captain54 on Feb 03, 2010, 10:53 PM
I use black electrical tape.I have 6 St.Croix rods,my favorite rods.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ice--cube on Feb 03, 2010, 11:01 PM
I had the same problem with my st croix rods that I just bought. I tried the hair dryer method but that did not work like you said so I used a hand torch. I just had to move it around a lot so not to burn the cork.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Townie on Feb 04, 2010, 10:00 AM
I recommend silicone tape over electrical.

http://www.midsunspecialtyproducts.com/tommy/default.htm (http://www.midsunspecialtyproducts.com/tommy/default.htm)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ice dawg on Feb 04, 2010, 05:05 PM
I recommend silicone tape over electrical.

http://www.midsunspecialtyproducts.com/tommy/default.htm (http://www.midsunspecialtyproducts.com/tommy/default.htm)
x2
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: jjc155 on Feb 04, 2010, 05:29 PM
electical tape (3m brand) has yet to let me down.

J-
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wolverine on Feb 05, 2010, 07:12 AM
silicone tape is amazing and works great. Another one is co-flex medical tape that sticks only to itself and leaves no sticky residue.Just make sure to pull either one tight when wrapping.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: crappiekid on Feb 05, 2010, 10:23 AM
Silicone tape comfortable long lasting and great holding power.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: slipperybob on Feb 05, 2010, 01:33 PM
I use velcrow straps...works okay.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Doubles Shooter on Feb 05, 2010, 05:32 PM
I use 3M electrical tape, but the silicone tape sounds worth trying.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Woodsman on Feb 05, 2010, 06:10 PM
I ran an electrical pull tie through the rod holders & pulled it tight.
Problem solved.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: icejunky on Feb 06, 2010, 08:16 AM
I tape over the heat shrink, and the best tape option is Hockey tape...it is meant to add grip and to be use on ice...what more can you ask for
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Chi on Mar 02, 2010, 09:10 AM
been using electrical tape on my ice fishing rods for 30 plus years< its all you  need to secure a reel on a cork handle, any thing else is a waste of money. would never use a factory made reel seat does nothing but kill the feel.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Fisherman 1 on Mar 02, 2010, 11:19 AM
I picked up a pack of the silicon rubber "O" rings from B Pro, extremely tight and about 1 inch wide.  Had a beatch of a time getting them on, but the reel doesn't move at all.  Cost was a couple dollars, comes in a couple different sizes.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: walleye tattoo on Mar 02, 2010, 04:51 PM
I put the first couple of raps of electrical on backwards on both ends then rap normaly never have the sticky mess when the tape shrinks.JMO.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: jasond37 on Jul 15, 2010, 09:57 PM
I have to agree with others, electrical tape works the best.  The roll is small enough to store in a pocket on my rod bag, should I ever need to remove/change reels.  I would stay away from reel holders, they do take away some feel and always seem to work loose.  By directly attaching the reel to the cork handle you will feel more bites, and it feels more natural in your hands.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on Aug 26, 2010, 09:43 PM
Check out the brown O-rings that I use on my rods:
(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi2.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fy2%2Fhankthecrank%2FIceFishingEquipMods3-1.jpg&hash=2abaeb17511ef5ad586f78c529d842a1)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: jpicks on Aug 27, 2010, 02:21 AM
That's why I use ice rods with screw down reel seats  ::)  I like the HT polar lites series.

http://www.icefish.com/catalog/inventory.php?fam=112&cat=47 (http://www.icefish.com/catalog/inventory.php?fam=112&cat=47)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: icepack on Sep 02, 2010, 11:44 AM
I tape over the heat shrink, and the best tape option is Hockey tape...it is meant to add grip and to be use on ice...what more can you ask for

Ya, hockey tape eh. :thumbsup:
I find it to be the best.

Fish on
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Layne on Sep 03, 2010, 10:28 AM
On my St. Croix's I use electrical or hockey tape, they both work great. Even seated reels can slip out or become loose, tape never fails.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SINX53 on Dec 07, 2010, 08:03 AM
I use hockey tape also. Dual purpose I also use it to tape the handles on my softball bats.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: CT-iceguy on Dec 08, 2010, 11:29 AM
I use the band-aid brand self adhesive tape. It sticks to itself not the cork and as long as you wrap it correctly, it stays rock solid all season. And its soft on the hands  ;D
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Indiananimal on Dec 08, 2010, 01:34 PM
Just seems funny to me that you spend $50 on a nice st. croix and u gotta tape the reel on! i just use the cheap ones or maybe some zipties.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: icejunky on Dec 08, 2010, 02:03 PM
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Just seems funny to me that you spend $50 on a nice st. croix and u gotta tape the reel on! i just use the cheap ones or maybe some zipties.

I dont mind having to tape my reels on, I actually prefer it. It allows me to get perfect hand placement. I hate the zipties, my father in law uses them and they are uncomfortable on the hands
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: peterpike on Dec 08, 2010, 06:37 PM
listen to the JUNKY hockey tape is the way to go its made for ice and has a nice fell to it better then electrical tape
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Indiananimal on Dec 09, 2010, 12:05 PM
ok you talked me into it. my next rod will prolly be a premier so il have to get me some hockey tape!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: PerpetuallySkunked on Dec 30, 2010, 07:02 PM
 I have used graphite reelseat bands,just like the ones that would come on a long crappie rod with a tennessee handle for years now. Infinitely adjustable,cheap,they stay in place and it looks better to me than tape. You can find these at any rod repair shop or on-line at Mudhole or any other rod building supply house.  They come in three or four different diameters so measure twice,order once!!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SoftSpot_716 on Jan 05, 2011, 06:58 AM
Frabill actually has a product available on their website called reel tape havent tried it yet but i guess its designed to handle cold temps better then electrical tape.   heres a link 


http://www.frabill.com/rods-reels/reel-tape.html (http://www.frabill.com/rods-reels/reel-tape.html)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: icejunky on Jan 05, 2011, 07:22 AM
hmmm, interesting, they call it a self adhering tape. So far nothing is better then hockey tape, but this sounds interesting. My company sells something called, it is a self adhering tape that you wrap around casts and such. Not sure if it would take on waterpetvet
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Indiananimal on Jan 05, 2011, 10:34 AM
just make sure its not too ruff. dont wanna hurt your hands now junky! ;D lmao j/j
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SoftSpot_716 on Jan 05, 2011, 05:14 PM
the one positive thing i like about that frabill tape that i would try it is that fact that they claim it wont leave that stiky residue on the rod handle if you swap reels on its and the site claims the tape is soft for a comfort grip for 6 bucks might be worth a try if ya can do 4 or 5 combos with it.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SINX53 on Jan 06, 2011, 07:43 AM
Just be careful with that stuff. It says it only sticks to itself. Well it does and if you are wrapping and make a mistake it doesn't come apart. You better be perfect or you might as well throw it in the trash. I bought some  the other day and needless to say it ended up in the trash.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SoftSpot_716 on Jan 06, 2011, 07:55 AM
other than having to be a perfectionist with it how did you like the tape?
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SINX53 on Jan 06, 2011, 08:02 AM
It is like a silicone tape. I think the package says that it stretches to 3x its length. In my opinion I think that the reel might move more on the rod than electrical / hockey tape would. If you are going to use this maybe get an extra set of hands. Someone to hold reel on rod and someone to wrap the tape. good luck.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: SoftSpot_716 on Jan 06, 2011, 09:20 AM
Sounds like too much perfection is needed hard to do quick on the ice ill stick with electrical tape or hockey tape. As far as sticky residue goes goo gone takes it off
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wallyboss on Jan 25, 2011, 11:18 AM
I use a rubber tape it has a plastic cover on it that you remove before applying. and when you stretch it it fuses to the previous layer. It is very comfortable and doesn't have any glue to become sticky. It is called Self-Amalgamating tape. I use it over top of my good reel seat because it gives me a real comfortable grip.

I just Googled it  and it is that Silicone tape that some wrote about.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: QTeam on Jan 25, 2011, 08:29 PM
Friction Tape - Lowe's $1.75 roll. Same tape used on hockey sticks, baseball bats - great stuff.
Or buy Frabilt tape for 8 or 9 bucks...
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: 74redone on Feb 02, 2011, 02:02 PM
 I do alot of electrical work and the friction tape is okay,but i bought the Frabil reel tapre and it works great! It is a thinner than fristion tape and stays ply able in the cold. The Frabil tape is $5.99 at Farm & Fleet,and is well worth it IMO. My poles have the foam handles and it didnt hurt the foam or leave a sitcky residue either. This is a great product by Frabil.
 Good Luck!
  Matt





Friction Tape - Lowe's $1.75 roll. Same tape used on hockey sticks, baseball bats - great stuff.
Or buy Frabilt tape for 8 or 9 bucks...
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: mattg on Feb 02, 2011, 05:05 PM
[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1nzOfWebKA[/url

This vid shows how Pat from Thorne Bros recommends taping reels on.  Works pretty good for me
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Idahogator on Feb 02, 2011, 09:21 PM
Fixed your link, reread the simple instructions on "Hyper Link".


   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1nzOfWebKA&feature=youtube_gdata_player (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1nzOfWebKA&feature=youtube_gdata_player)


        Tom
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Chi on Feb 03, 2011, 09:00 AM
Fixed your link, reread the simple instructions on "Hyper Link".


   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1nzOfWebKA&feature=youtube_gdata_player (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1nzOfWebKA&feature=youtube_gdata_player)


        Tom
Wow, did this twenty five years ago never had any how to do intructions. LOL
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Hesperus on Feb 03, 2011, 09:32 AM
A product known as "vet wrap" found in the Fleet Farm Equine department would likely work well.  This is a non adhesive wrap that stretches and sticks to itself.  I've used this to quiet sling swivels on my gun etc.  You may want to run some adhesive tape over the top to secure the tail end.  I have a rell that is held on by cable ties and plan to do this soon and see how it works.  I may well just leave the ties in place and wrap over the top.

Available in many colors as well...

http://www.sitstay.com/dog/supplies/servlet/product_10001_10001_39106_-1_Vet+Wrap,+4+inch_13280_13328_  
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Lance Yates on Oct 12, 2011, 04:58 PM

   The absolute best way to tape the reel on is FIRST use the super thin fiberglass reinforced shipping tape, then most any black cloth electrical tape. The fiberglass reinforced tape is super thin and holds like the reel was welded on. but it is slick so the black cloth tape just covers the fiberglass tape for grip and 1 layer of the cloth tape is needed so virtually ZERO bulk is also a benefit!!!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: icejunky on Oct 12, 2011, 05:21 PM
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A product known as "vet wrap"


hmm, my company sells this stuff, going to have to give it a shot
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Gillfisher on Oct 15, 2011, 06:56 AM
I used the Frabill tape last year and it was easy to apply and worked great, it is costly though.

Where are you getting that silicone wrap from? What is the price? It seems to be similar to the Frabill tape.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: topher7694 on Oct 15, 2011, 07:20 AM
This year I will be using Cold Snap reel wraps....a nice alternative to tape and they look sharp too....
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Madpuppy on Oct 15, 2011, 08:01 AM
I've got 2 words for you "Baling Wire", fixes EVERYTHING on the farm.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Ekruger01 on Oct 15, 2011, 08:54 AM
the cold snap reel wraps are where its at. no tape residue, and it takes under 10 seconds to switch a rod from a shallow water fly reel set up, to a deep water spinning reel.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ice dawg on Oct 15, 2011, 10:13 AM
I've got 2 words for you "Baling Wire", fixes EVERYTHING on the farm.
For those of us that are Red Green  fans, duct tape is the very, very best.  ;D ;D :whistle: :icefish:
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Iceassin on Oct 15, 2011, 10:20 AM
For those of us that are Red Green  fans, duct tape is the very, very best.  ;D ;D :whistle: :icefish:

Yup...the tough part is getting the feathers off :whistle:
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Madpuppy on Oct 15, 2011, 03:50 PM
For those of us that are Red Green  fans, duct tape is the very, very best.  ;D ;D :whistle: :icefish:
"They're ain't to many things in this world that can't be fixed with duct tape and baling wire"
My Grandad used to say that.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ice dawg on Oct 15, 2011, 04:45 PM
Yup...the tough part is getting the feathers off :whistle:
I use the same thing I use for cleaning Eel Pout.  ;D
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: lefty2053 on Oct 15, 2011, 07:00 PM
Silence is Golden, Duct tape is Silver.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: oyler on Oct 15, 2011, 08:12 PM
X3 on the Cold Snap Reel Wrap!!!  I like them because it holds the reel tight, and gives you extra grip.  I use a lot of custom rods, and they do no damage to the cork also.  And they are Cheap!!   
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: brittlab on Oct 16, 2011, 07:29 PM
X3 on the Cold Snap Reel Wrap!!!  I like them because it holds the reel tight, and gives you extra grip.  I use a lot of custom rods, and they do no damage to the cork also.  And they are Cheap!!

x4 I cant wait to try mine out.. great idea
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Idahogator on Oct 17, 2011, 01:16 AM
This year I will be using Cold Snap reel wraps....a nice alternative to tape and they look sharp too....

When a rod builder speaks, should we not listen? Is there a chance he knows best?

Thanks topher, for keepin' up with the state of the art and sharin' it.

Here's a link.                                   And some items ship free.   :o

   
http://www.coldsnapcover.com/index.cfm?ptype=results&Category_ID=59&home_id=59&mode=cat (http://www.coldsnapcover.com/index.cfm?ptype=results&Category_ID=59&home_id=59&mode=cat)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: DasRottweiler on Oct 17, 2011, 07:40 AM
ColdSnap Reel Wraps on my Hardwood handles, free swag from Topher/T7 Custom Rods---- TY Topher!
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Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on Oct 17, 2011, 07:57 AM
Viton O-Rings would do the same thing at probably a fraction of the price, that is what I use on my rods, been on them for several years now and still holding fast.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on Oct 17, 2011, 08:01 AM
Sorry I may have to correct myself, just went back to the site and read that the kit is enough for 4 combos. I put 6-8, O-rings on mine where they are only showing 4, when I tried that it was a little weak, so I use 6-8 per combo.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: surflizard on Oct 17, 2011, 08:12 AM
At 4 Bucks for the cold snaps, that mounts 4 reels for a buck a reel, it works for me !  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: DasRottweiler on Oct 17, 2011, 09:13 AM
Sorry I may have to correct myself, just went back to the site and read that the kit is enough for 4 combos. I put 6-8, O-rings on mine where they are only showing 4, when I tried that it was a little weak, so I use 6-8 per combo.
Yuppers, Using the ColdSnaps -4 seems plenty with the Pannie stiks- Gonna bump up to 6 on the "heavier" rods.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on Oct 17, 2011, 09:14 AM
Went back and looked at my pictures and I have been using Viton O-Rings as far back as 2009. They have been on there since then with no failure. Good luck to the people that are marketing them, I guess I missed the boat.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ryno on Oct 17, 2011, 08:38 PM
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It may be a little hard to see but I mark and wrap the cork with masking tape than secure reel with Scotch super 33+ electrical tape (very high quality tape that doesn't shrink or slide)  than I pretty it up with a wrap of colored electric tape and than wrap back over with the Scotch tape....this leaves a nice colored accent like the guide wraps.  This is over kill and time consuming but what the heck when using a 90 buck rod and 60 dollar reel....looks nice and finished, most importantly functional.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: toad82 on Oct 18, 2011, 04:17 PM
the cold snap reel wraps are a good idea. All they are is just livestock castration bands. I picked up a bag of 100 bands for couple bucks. work great. just an idea for anyone.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: DasRottweiler on Oct 18, 2011, 04:44 PM
Interesting first post!  :o ;D Definitely cost effective.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ice dawg on Oct 18, 2011, 05:07 PM
Yup and the cat's finally out of the bag.  :o ;D ;)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: pete/ny on Oct 22, 2011, 07:08 PM
Just used the Colsnap rod rings on 2 new Gregs Custom rods he just did for me.Thanks to all here for telling about these Coldsnap rings, they are great!!!! Hold super tight and are reuseable.No more tape for me after putting these on.Now if they would just come in an assortment of colors!!!!!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: jeffro9023 on Oct 28, 2011, 10:45 PM
Lime green duct tape  ;D
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wallydiven on Oct 28, 2011, 10:49 PM
Lime green duct tape  ;D
Why green??
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: lefty2053 on Oct 29, 2011, 07:09 AM
Why green??
So when he drops it in the hole at least it wont be lonely. The fish will cuddle up to it thinking it is a branch. ;D
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 29, 2011, 08:45 AM
electrical tape for me to in different colors been ok for my customs trout ,and steel head rods for over 30+ years
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: stoutbait on Oct 29, 2011, 08:52 AM
electrical tape is my favorite
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: kevt528 on Nov 26, 2011, 10:24 PM
Castration bands from tractor supply plus bag of 100 $1.99 tool to put them on $9.99 my reel is not going anywhere.  same thing as the cold snap bands.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: HVFD14 on Nov 27, 2011, 11:58 AM
Rescue Tape.  All sorts of colors to choose from too.  Similar to Frabill's stuff.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: danerc07 on Dec 07, 2011, 12:50 AM
I am currently using electrical tape and it seems to work very well! Hockey tape sounds like a really good idea too! I tried using the heat shrink rubber bands that came with the st croix rod and I thought they were plenty tight until I got a nice fish on during my lake of the woods trip last year. Needless to say the rubber bands failed and the fish got away.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Gillfisher on Dec 07, 2011, 05:18 PM
I use this tape, its just about like the frabill tape, it is actually thicker and you get 10 feet for about 4 bucks. Fleet Farm has it in the electrical isle.

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Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wipike on Dec 11, 2011, 03:22 PM
Thanks for the tip about the castration bands - I wanted to mount a new Shimano/Meatstick combo up and didn't want to use tape this time.

FleetFarm had them for 1.80 for a hundred pack, more than enough to do all my reels/rods and it works great! 

Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Buckshots on Dec 11, 2011, 07:19 PM
I picked up a bag of castrating rings for two and a half bucks and you get 100 of them. Same thing as the cold snap things, if not better! Seriously, you can't go wrong! Bomgaars has them of you don't have a bomgaars your local farm store will. Best thing ever!! Check them out!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on Dec 12, 2011, 10:08 AM
There ya go, got enough to mount reels for the rest of your life.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: fishinnut on Dec 13, 2011, 05:09 PM
x2

Siloicone tape!!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Bennettc on Dec 20, 2011, 01:12 PM
Do the castration bands dent the cork?  I would think that enough pressure could cause a.problem. 

I like the idea of those so that I could switch between fly and spinning reels easily. 
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on Dec 20, 2011, 01:25 PM
Well the company that is marketing them said they were tested for 3 years before going to market, so I hope that they researched that out. They fit very tight I would think that they would indeed dent the cork.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Townie on Dec 20, 2011, 01:35 PM
I use this tape, its just about like the frabill tape, it is actually thicker and you get 10 feet for about 4 bucks. Fleet Farm has it in the electrical isle.

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Just picked some up @ Sears-- best silicone tape I've found; thicker than the rest
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Soupy944 on Dec 20, 2011, 01:54 PM
Well the company that is marketing them said they were tested for 3 years before going to market, so I hope that they researched that out. They fit very tight I would think that they would indeed dent the cork.
they do dent the cork a little, but when you are changing reels, the bands fit into the spot they were in before. i dont think its a big deal.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Bennettc on Dec 20, 2011, 02:08 PM
Planning on using them on 2 new Thornes Bros. rods.  Just want to be sure I don't ruin them.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: ice dawg on Dec 20, 2011, 04:51 PM
Just picked some up @ Sears-- best silicone tape I've found; thicker than the rest
x2
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: IM-POUNDING- R -U on Dec 20, 2011, 04:56 PM
Rubber Tape or Hockey friction tape
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: HVFD14 on Dec 21, 2011, 12:47 PM
Holy Smokes!  If you try using the castration bands, I recommend paying the extra little bit for the tool to put them on.  I used my fingers last night and after the first band I had two fingers caught between the cork and the band.  I've never felt my fingers get so cold that fast and then screaming hot 15 minutes later.  Needless to say, they were tingling a bit.  I am going to purchase the $12 tool this afternoon so I don't end up with nerve damage.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Bennettc on Dec 21, 2011, 01:00 PM
I used a funnel that I cut to size.  It wasn't too easy but it worked. 
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: oyler on Dec 21, 2011, 01:14 PM
Holy Smokes!  If you try using the castration bands, I recommend paying the extra little bit for the tool to put them on.  I used my fingers last night and after the first band I had two fingers caught between the cork and the band.  I've never felt my fingers get so cold that fast and then screaming hot 15 minutes later.  Needless to say, they were tingling a bit.  I am going to purchase the $12 tool this afternoon so I don't end up with nerve damage.

Thats why the kit from Cold Snap is so nice, it comes with the bands and the tool to install them on your rod.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Bennettc on Dec 21, 2011, 02:09 PM
Yes, I just didn't want to wait or pay for shipping.  A funnel like this would work better than what I had.

(https://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.lowes.com%2Fproduct%2Fconverted%2F044549%2F044549050348lg.jpg&hash=42bb3c2c6460090c870c1e323f7b5893)
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: oyler on Dec 21, 2011, 04:50 PM
Cold Snap has free shiping on all of their products.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wipike on Dec 21, 2011, 09:25 PM
I used a funnel that I cut to size.  It wasn't too easy but it worked.

Me too - I didn't think it was that bad, but I had one with a much longer neck like the one pictured.

Actually had a worse time cutting off the cheap plastic reel locks and not damaging the cork handle on a Frabil rod.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: marmooskapaul on Dec 23, 2011, 04:26 PM
Been using 33+ for years. Very high grade electrical tape that stays plyable and doesn't get brittle like cheap electrical tape. Simple and cost effective.
Paul
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: jperch on Dec 23, 2011, 04:36 PM
The funnel sounds like a good idea.  I used a needle nose pliers, rolled the band up over the closed plier onto the handles.  Then force a 35 mm film canister, open end facing away from the pliers,  inside the band.  The pole will now fit inside the canister, just roll the band off the canister onto the pole.  It's not too bad.  jperch
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: da man cave shack on Dec 23, 2011, 06:46 PM
I like to use zip ties with electrical tape over that. but thats just me.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: northernnyice on Dec 24, 2011, 11:09 PM
Shrink as much as possible then apply electrical tape tightly
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: George_B on Dec 25, 2011, 01:52 PM
I follow the pattern they use with zip ties when you buy the jig pole and reel in the stores. The ones I have though have somewhat of a reel as a base to start.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Gillfisher on Apr 14, 2012, 06:43 PM
I use this tape, its just about like the frabill tape, it is actually thicker and you get 10 feet for about 4 bucks. Fleet Farm has it in the electrical isle.

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff394/Gillfisher/IceShanty%20Pics/IMG_0138-1.jpg)

I no longer use this or frabill tape due to the amount of stretch this stuff has. On several occasions I hooked into walleye that were 3 to 5 pounds and the reel would just about come off during the battle and on one walleye it did come off. I had wrapped the reel feet on both sides of the reel a minimum of 4 times and stretched it good as well. The reels seemed like they were tight on the rod handles until the battle was on.

I am back to 3m super 33 black electrical tape.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: surflizard on Apr 15, 2012, 09:33 AM
I have not spotted any cork denting on my jig rods from the Cold Snap reel wraps, they keep the reel from moving at all, even fighting big Lake trout, nothing against anyone who uses tape, but I can't stand the idea of covering a Custom Made cork handle with any kind of tape, I'll stick with the Cold Snap Reel Wraps !! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Gillfisher on Apr 15, 2012, 12:13 PM
I'll have to give the cold snaps a try, I agree with you not wanting to cover up the customs.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: filetandrelease on May 19, 2012, 06:34 PM


if it is just a cork handle what are you covering up with a couple wraps of electrical tape ,if has a reel seat it doesn't need anything just a question all my reels are cork , even Jason Mitchell uses tape, was on line looking at stuff and noticed that right off , but to each their own, and or what makes you comfy 
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: UP jigstick on May 19, 2012, 07:49 PM

if it is just a cork handle what are you covering up with a couple wraps of electrical tape ,if has a reel seat it doesn't need anything just a question all my reels are cork , even Jason Mitchell uses tape, was on line looking at stuff and noticed that right off , but to each their own, and or what makes you comfy

Man, how much did them cork reels cost ya filet? Were they special order, limited edition or something? Can ya post a photo of 'em, I can't say as I've ever seen a cork reel before. ;D  ;D ;D  Sorry, I just couldn't resist, eh.

As to the thread topic, plain old electrical tape here. Reasonably priced, readily available, works great and there's probably a dozen rolls floating around here between the tool boxes, gadget drawers, glove boxes, etc.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: DaveSS1 on May 20, 2012, 07:32 PM
I have not spotted any cork denting on my jig rods from the Cold Snap reel wraps, they keep the reel from moving at all, even fighting big Lake trout, nothing against anyone who uses tape, but I can't stand the idea of covering a Custom Made cork handle with any kind of tape, I'll stick with the Cold Snap Reel Wraps !! :thumbsup:
Agree 100%.  Cold Snaps are perfect for the custom rods.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: hankthecrank on May 22, 2012, 07:59 AM
I'll stick with my O-rings, they aren't near as bulky as the CSRwraps and are a heck of alot cheaper,the reel wraps would be alot cheaper if a person went to a vet supply place and just bought castration bands, 100 of them for maybe a couple bucks.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wyoutdoors on Jun 08, 2012, 12:38 PM
Cold Snap Reel Wraps (http://www.coldsnapcover.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=118/category_id=59/home_id=59/mode=prod/prd118.htm) AINEC!
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: Watertooner on Jun 15, 2012, 09:56 PM
After reading the tips here, I went to our local Farm & Fleet store and bought a package of 100 rubber castration bands for a couple bucks. Those suckers are tough to flex, so I altered a plastic funnel I had laying around so that the butt of the rod barely slid inside the narrow end of the funnel. Just popped the band onto the narrow funnel end and then reversed direction so that the band could jump onto the butt of the rod. Four of those on the reel tabs anchored them very tightly to the butt.
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: bababooey on Jun 16, 2012, 09:32 AM
That's fine, but I would rather spend another dollar or two and support a company that is involved with ice fishing, not "oysters"  After all, he is the guy that came up with the idea for using them this way. And I'm sure it won't be long and most of the rods we buy will come with these already on them. I spoke with the owner of Cold Snap last year at a local ice show, and he said that they are going to have several different colors for this next ice season. Our sport is starting to get consumed by big buisiness (thanks Rapapla) and I think it is important to support the small guys. After all, they are the ones with all the good ideas.

I'll get off my soap box now. lol 
Title: Re: How to secure the reel?
Post by: wyoutdoors on Jul 01, 2012, 03:02 PM
That's fine, but I would rather spend another dollar or two and support a company that is involved with ice fishing, not "oysters"  After all, he is the guy that came up with the idea for using them this way. And I'm sure it won't be long and most of the rods we buy will come with these already on them. I spoke with the owner of Cold Snap last year at a local ice show, and he said that they are going to have several different colors for this next ice season. Our sport is starting to get consumed by big buisiness (thanks Rapapla) and I think it is important to support the small guys. After all, they are the ones with all the good ideas.

I'll get off my soap box now. lol
Agreed. Basically the previous poster mirrored Cold Snaps product Reel Wraps, which is fine. No more than what CS's product cost, I picked up some extra pkg's and gave them to my brother-in-law. The extra couple of bucks wasn't worth a trip to Co-op to copy their idea, and I'd rather support folks, and a company which attends Ice Fishing Shows, supports ice fishing contests and are all around good guys. Plus I bought a Cold Snap Auger Cover! Try getting that at Co-op!