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Making Ice Fishing Tip-Ups

Most winter anglers have better things to do than hold a pole while they’re ice fishing—like putting their hands in their pockets to keep warm. That’s why ice fishing tip-ups are handy. Just slip the fishing line over one end of the tip-up and wait for a strike. When it comes, a signal flag tips up to alert you that it’s time to get busy reeling in a fish. Follow these steps to make a few tip-ups for your next outing on the ice.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Two wooden dowels, each 24 inches long (one 1/4-inch diameter, the other 1/2-inch) Narrow strip of bright-colored cloth or plastic tape Braided fishing line Tube of superglue Scissors or pocketknife
  • Two wooden dowels, each 24 inches long (one 1/4-inch diameter, the other 1/2-inch)
  • A narrow strip of bright-colored cloth or plastic tape
  • Braided fishing line
  • Tube of superglue
  • Scissors or pocketknife

Step 1
Hold the quarter-inch-diameter dowel over the half-inch one in a cross shape.

Step 2
Make four or five windings of braided fishing line around the point where the two dowels cross, checking the movement to ensure that the smaller dowel can turn freely around the braided binding.

Step 3
Tie off the braided line by looping the free end around one of the bindings, pulling tight and looping an overhand knot close the wrap.

Step 4
Clip the line close to the knot and add a drop of super glue to the windings to keep them tight.

Step 5
Attach a strip of bright cloth or plastic tape to one end of the smaller dowel.

Step 6
Place the tip-up over the ice hole so that the larger dowel rests on the bottom and extends over both sides of the hole.

Step 7
Loop your fishing line loosely around the shorter dowel on the end opposite the signal flag.

Step 8
Grab your fishing pole and reel in your catch when the signal flag tips up