In this episode of the hard water fishing show Jeff and Jason talk about ice rod trends.
- Jason tells a story about the time the bait bucket iced up the fishing rods.
- Don't put your leaky bucket next to your reels. Jeff wants to figure out how to be a beer can story writer.
- We are looking for a future guest who is a professional beer can story writer.
- Jeff Sings (prepare yourself) Real men of Genius, Mr. Beer Can Story Writer!
Jason admits that bud light is not an old man beer, but totally redeems himself by cracking open an American classic born in the land of the sky blue waters, a Hamm's. Jason pairs his Hamm's with an iced oatmeal cookie from his custom built iced oatmeal cookie dispenser.
Medium-action: Rod bends to the middle of the blank
Slow action: Rod bends to the bottom of the handle
Fiberglass and Graphite are the two main options. Graphite is more popular and sensitive, but fiberglass still has a place in the ice fishing world. One of the main benefits of fiberglass is they are more durable than graphite, and you will have less broken rods. Jason compares rod quality to 100% orange juice and 5% juice. Pay attention to the action of the rod and not just the price. If you get a cheap combo that is slow action you are going to struggle. The action of the rod is more important than what it is made of at lower price points.
We both agree that buying rods and reels separate is better than combos generally.
Jeff and Jason both agree that bands do not hold your reel on your rod. If you get a reel the best way to wrap your reel with electrical table then put the reel on and they put another layer electrical tape. That way you don't damage your cork. Low end rods typically come with a seat, high end rods do not.
Jason pays attention to the first guide, if its to small it freezes up. Having two different rods one for outside with bigger guides and smaller guides for inside.
Heated Eyelets vs Not
Jason found a patent for heated eyelets on a ice fishing rod. This could be great or the next jig up. Jeff imagines that this ice rod could look like a Ghostbusters proton pack.
Split grip is suppose to be lighter more sensitive, better balance and they look cool. Full grip is more traditional. Jason says it really does not matter when you have gloves on. Jeff is told by sales person at Cabela's that men of a certain age like the full grip, and was in that category.
Jason recommends putting your finger on the line and take the rod out of the equation.
Foam v Cork v Carbon Grip
Jason and Jeff both prefer cork. EVA foam can be more durable than cork. Jason has found that if you take the plastic wrap off the cork before you use it you may feel the fish better. Even if the plastic makes your cork look nice longer.
Carbon is something neither one of us has used, but think it might be pretty sensitive.
Rod Covers and Lure Covers
Use rod slicks and lure covers to keep your rods safe. Here is an example https://bit.ly/30FGTEH I also like the lure covers like these that allow you to keep the lures on without making a mess. https://amzn.to/3nsVcW2 I have not used this specific brand but have similar ones and they work great.
A legend from ice fishing related to a cell phone.