Author Topic: Looking for a new rod  (Read 3185 times)

Offline abbatoys

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Looking for a new rod
« on: Jan 20, 2015, 04:52 PM »
Looking for a new gill rod. I want something with a light enough tip I don't need to use a spring bobber, around 22", and I plan on putting a straight line spooler reel on it. Would like the price up to $30... Any recommendations???

Offline GRCrappieCrusher

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #1 on: Jan 20, 2015, 08:21 PM »
Check out the Flat Line rod from Sportsman's Direct.  I've got one in 24" mated with an Eagle Claw inline reel.  Love it and hate it.  Love fishing it but hate that it has completely ruined my taste for spinning reels when ice fishing.
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Offline Charman03

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26, 2015, 06:41 PM »
Ht pro blue for a cheap, Thorne bros for the best. No spring needed

Offline SKAMPO

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #3 on: Jan 26, 2015, 07:41 PM »
I bought a HT UL tight line combo in 24" at Meijers for like $35. I'm very happy with the sensitivity thus far and the drag on the reel doesn't feel bad either. No need for a spring bobber, the tip is plenty sensitive enough. 

Offline VanderLaan

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #4 on: Jan 27, 2015, 09:29 AM »
My new go-to gill rod is from Cabela's.  I wanted something longer that I could use outside the shanty without a spring bobber.  Bought it for $19 at one of their stores.  The tip is soft enough to signal light bites, but there is enough backbone to land the cats that seem to find my jig.  The cork handle is a nice size too.  I have the 28" UL model, but I note that it comes in a 24" UL.  Will likely try and buy a second one at the end of the season sale.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Ice-Fishing/Rods-Reels-Tip-Ups%7C/pc/104793480/c/104735880/sc/104543280/Cabelas-Easy-Touch-Ice-Rod/1389622.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Frods-reels-tip-ups%2Fcabelas%2F_%2FN-1100502%2B1000002949%2B4294389069%2FNe-1000002949%3FWTz_st%3DGuidedNav%26WTz_stype%3DGNU&WTz_l=undefined%3Bcat104543280
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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #5 on: Jan 29, 2015, 04:18 AM »
Give Thorne Bros. a call and tell them what you are looking for in a rod and to spend.
You may be pleasantly surprised.

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Offline MJB

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #6 on: Jan 22, 2016, 03:36 PM »
Gotta try the No. 8 Tackle "Snitch" rod... I wont use anything else for finicky gills
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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #7 on: Jan 16, 2018, 03:59 PM »
I second the Snitch #8 in 20in. length.  You can order them for 34.99.  However, I found some at a local dealer, Northwood Outdoors, in Pinnconning Mi. for 29.99.  I'll never use another spring bobber because of the sensitivity of this rod.

Offline Dave R

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #8 on: Jan 16, 2018, 04:36 PM »
I've got a 23" UL Fenwick Elite Tech that I like allot. I'm able to see and feel the bite at the same time.

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #9 on: Jan 16, 2018, 10:32 PM »
A 20 or 24 inch Jason Mitchell meat stick would fit what you are looking for. sensitive tip but a good back bone to them. I just started running them my self this year and really have gotten to liking them. the other option would be a noodle type rod.
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Offline Townie

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #10 on: Feb 19, 2018, 02:33 PM »
Quiverstick for sure
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Offline panfishman13

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #11 on: Mar 01, 2018, 08:18 PM »
my straight line rod right now is a HT Ice Blues Pro, which is basically your average HT ice blues rod with nicer guides and a cork handle.


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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #12 on: Mar 11, 2018, 08:09 AM »
Get a schooley artic blue
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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #13 on: Nov 27, 2018, 03:58 AM »
Get a schooley artic blue

Yup...I have 2 of those in 36" and 2 HT Arctic Blues in 48"...both are under $20 each. However, I do use the Ice Strong titanium indicators and Wolfram (Fiskas) tungsten's which are both on the pricey side. My philosophy is to have a decent enough rod, but high quality jigs and sensitive indicators are what make or break a successful trip on the ice, especially on the light bite days...which is more often than not.
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Offline Mancaveburnett

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #14 on: Nov 27, 2018, 07:02 AM »
I just bought a fenwick elite ice rod on amazon. They are still on sale, great deal. I havent used it yet but it feels great. I just paired it with a phlueger  moniceb which is nearly half off on amazon right now as well. I just got the reel last night, again havent used it yet but it feels great.

Offline lingcod

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #15 on: Dec 16, 2018, 01:06 PM »
I agree with Mancave - Fenwick elite all the way. Ive caught some serious lake trout on my 24 ML rod Also have an UL for panfish. Another plus is theprice.

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Re: Looking for a new rod
« Reply #16 on: Dec 17, 2018, 11:56 AM »
I agree with Mancave - Fenwick elite all the way. Ive caught some serious lake trout on my 24 ML rod Also have an UL for panfish. Another plus is theprice.
I have two one ML and one L.
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