2011-04-05

Ice Fishing Rod Blanks And Where To Find Them

Ice Fishing Rod Blank (s) come in several sizes, but the norm is a 28 inch blank. One of the largest and well known dealers that stock these are Merrick Tackle Company out of New York. Moreover, they are recognized as one of the largest wholesaler of rod components in the country.
 
Made by American Marathon. They come in (fiberglass only). Their sizes are (21 inch) 53. 3 mm, (32 inch) 81. 3 mm, or (50 inch) 127 mm. If you prefer a different size just cut the rod blank butt or tip to accommodate the size that you want. Obviously, cutting at the tip will always have a sensitivity change to your pole.
 
Ice Fishing Rod Blank (s) come painted black with orange tip or unpainted plain opaque white.
 
Ice Fishing Rod Blank (s) manufactured by St. Croix is a solid carbon ice blank - Color: Matte Gray Finish. They are of the best quality that one can buy on the market today. They come in spinning ultra-fast action. Length sizes are 24 or 28 inch.

Ice Fishing Rod Blank (s), if you prefer graphite and contrary to what you may have thought, can also be engineered from used 1 or 2 piece rods. They can be from poles that you no longer use or can be readily found at garage or estate sales. Many builders should take advantage of the resources that are out there. Just do some investigating and go garage shopping and one can find some pretty good deals out there.
 
Moreover, when using your own, garage or estate sale rods consideration should be also taken if considering cutting off old ferrules. More often then not, we leave the existing male ferrules on. They will be unseen in the rods handle. Sometimes, due to rod builders choice, they are cut off to change the length and sensitivity.
 
Most rod blanks come in ultra-light, light, medium or heavy. Striking power should be considered here also. Striking power has to do with the species of fish that you抮e going after. Striking power equals the point at which the pole will bend when a fish attacks your lure or bait.
 
Some anglers prefer using more sensitive poles so that they can feel every nibble while others prefer a bit more heavier pole so they do not have to worry about breakage.
 
Line guides, (depending on the length) should, as opposed to standard rods, be closer together. We prefer having them closer together especially towards the tip. Also, larger line guide eyes are recommended due to possible ice build-up.
 
Rod handles, (we like) cork but, if you prefer, graphite handles are available. Also, cork can be adapted to any length you want. We find that a longer handle gives you better leverage when bringing in a larger species of fish.
 
And finally, when ice fishing, always take out several different poles so that you can change direction at anytime.
 
And, as always, good luck and good fishing!


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