Author Topic: Best Thermal Tip-Up?  (Read 377 times)

Offline PikePetersen

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Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« on: Jul 13, 2020, 01:04 PM »
Fishing primarily for walleye in < 50 FOW, and frequently in single digit temps or lower so holes freezing over is a concern.

Are the orange round Frabill tip ups the best option? I have a few and they seem to work well, but wondering if there's anything better out there.
- Trigger could be better (I've considered using a dremel to make a better detent)
- Shaft on the newest ones is hard to pull down from storage to fishing mode

Offline matzilla

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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #1 on: Jul 13, 2020, 01:17 PM »
https://finickyfooler.com/products their hole cover is top notch - use whatever tip up or rigging setup you want. I've used a fooler down to 10 degrees with no freeze ups using diy black foam hole covers

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Offline hardwater diehard

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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #2 on: Jul 13, 2020, 01:21 PM »
I think a good style H style tip up along with a good closed cellfoam hole cover would be better investment in the long run . More trip sensitivity settings ..get ones with a wind trip mechanism and adjustable height .



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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #3 on: Jul 13, 2020, 04:00 PM »
I think the round frabill tipups are crap.at least the black ones with the hard plastic flags.end up with wind flags all Day long.jmo but I kicked my bro in laws down a hole one day.Some regular tipups with hole covers work great.

Offline hawg

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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #4 on: Jul 14, 2020, 12:52 PM »
Any kind you can re lube once a year work great.

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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #5 on: Jul 14, 2020, 07:44 PM »
https://finickyfooler.com/products their hole cover is top notch - use whatever tip up or rigging setup you want. I've used a fooler down to 10 degrees with no freeze ups using diy black foam hole covers

X2 regarding the FF covers - they work well with my Beaver Dam tip ups.

Offline bowski76

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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #6 on: Jul 15, 2020, 07:11 AM »
I like the HT Predator tip up. It has a large metal spool and you can adjust the drag.

Like Hardwater said, use a hole cover. I ordered 24" x 24" interlocking mats from Amazon, used a 5 gallon pail as a template to cut out the circle. I cut the foam with a pair of scissors, used a 1 1/2" hole saw to cut out the middle, then made a cut from the perimeter to the hole in the middle. Takes 5 minutes to make.

https://www.scheels.com/p/ht-enterprises-predator-tip-up/02933301429.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqPSolpvP6gIV5QiICR2B_ADCEAQYAiABEgKWlfD_BwE

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Re: Best Thermal Tip-Up?
« Reply #7 on: Jul 15, 2020, 11:24 AM »
I guess I donít understand the obsession for huge or metal spools. Iíve been using Tips ups since they were legal in Minnesota and never broken a plastic spool. I know thereís a lot of you beaver dam people out there but theyíre so hard to get apart to re-lube they just lose their appeal to me. I really love my cheap HTís and frabills that I relube once a year and they are as smooth this is the day I bought them.

 



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