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New Ice Toys or DIY Projects for 2017
Someone has to do it every year, so I'll take my turn in the barrel this year... What new equipment have you added to your ice arsenal for this season? Any new DIY projects you're working on? Anyone else as excited about ice season as I am? Bring on the ice baby....

For me, I got the new fish finder LX-7 by Marcum and I got a rotator for my camera so it will hopefully be more useful this year... Little new tackle, that hasn't arrived yet... Got some VMC ice flies that look awesome to me, hope the fish like them as much as I do... Picked up a used Laser 8" auger I'm setting up to run on my drill and I'm going to build a Smitty to pull my Father-in-law out onto the ice... He's old enough he can't walk very well and climbing onto a snowmobile is probably harder than walking, so I'm fix'en to build a chair sled that I'll pull with the snowmobile... Hope it will work... Just have the components so far, still need to put them together, so I'll post a photo when I complete it... What you working on? Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] New Ice Toys or DIY Projects for 2017 In reply to
If you want a smitty I,ll give you mine. If you plan to tow your FIL remember to set him far enough behind the sled so your not throwing snow on him.

Richard J
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Re: [r2u2] New Ice Toys or DIY Projects for 2017 In reply to
Hey Richard, yup you hit the big worry of pulling him behind... I was going to put my big Smitty up front and hope that pulling him behind that will have the snow knocked down so he doesn't get plastered with it... thanks for the tip, and I may have to hit you up about that Smitty if you don't use it anymore... thanks J
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I bought an IonX ice auger recently. I got tired of getting my 14 year old gas auger to work when it was cold. I couldn't get it going at all last year on the Cascade trip. The IonX is the new 10" model, so I'll be ready for the big ones.

Since I have the auger, we'll use your sled at Cascade in January. Wink

Mike


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Re: [SkunkedAgain] New Ice Toys or DIY Projects for 2017 In reply to
Yeah, I got the bug too. Canít wait. Iím going to a battery drill auger this year. Itís kind of stressing me out. My Eskimo has had never let me down. I just canít pack as much crap as I take- gotta lighten up some. Iíve been looking at the kdrill and nils convertible and canít make up my mind. Itís a Chevy dodge ford argument. I have the Milwaukee fuel drill, just need the cutter. Any opinions? I want an 8Ē hole.
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Re: [MACMAN] New Ice Toys or DIY Projects for 2017 In reply to
3 years ago I went with the 20v industrial DeWalt/Clam conversion plate, and their 6" auger w/extension kit as an option....Couldn't Be Happier....I've outdrilled Nils elec. set ups and gassers in head to heads.....to date, no probs....battery is definitely the way to go....don't go less than 20v and to anyone else thinking about Nils or Clam, or any other auger, don't try powering with a "Compact", as they just aren't powerful enough and y;ou won't be a happy camper....guluk....
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Sounds like a deal, I may have my second sled running by then. Hope so. I love my electric auger. So much quieter than my gasser. So you can drill my 10" holes. Later J
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I wish when I went electric I would have gotten an 8 inch it's the best size for all around use. Lots of good ones out there, I like my Nils, but everyone likes their drill so I can't say which is best. Be interesting to see how my new used laser is. Got it fairly cheap and they say they are good drills to take electric. We'll see but I haven't gotten it yet. Kdrills and Ions are great too so good luck choosing. Later J
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Iím definitely getting the Nils convertible this year. The handle comes off so that it can be attached to a cordless drill. It also has an oversized plate at the top so that it doesnít fall down the hole. A friend of mine had a cordless drill setup last year and we got 20 plus holes and ice spike driving out of one charge.
Think I want to replace my Coleman lantern too, chincy little carry case and handle broke the first time out.

Smoke 2, Out.
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my Wife got me the Frabill I-Float Jacket

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Mike - That IonX is going to be so nice. I'm close to pulling the trigger on one myself. My Strikemaster (gasser) still works well though so I'm having a hard time giving up on it just yet. I think a new chair will be the biggest ice toy I purchase this year. I have everything else.
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I acquired a beat up old hunting blind, the pop-up kind, that I am going to convert into an ice tent. It'll be much easier and more portable than my hammered, ancient clam-shell job that digs into the snow when sledded, and takes forever to set up the big metal poles.

I invented (probably not first) some rocking-chair type rod holders that act as automatic jiggers and rock slightly with a tiny breeze, so I'll be making a lot of those and perfecting the design.

Finally, I have a wild hair to test some of the extremely cheap lures and gear you can get from China on Ebay and Amazon, so I'll be messing with some simple inline reels, weird-looking spoons, and the like.
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After not ice fishing for over 20 years, I decided this was the year to start again. I priced new power augers to replace my hand auger and was stunned at the prices. While shopping online I saw an auger to drill adapter for around $30 and decided to give it a try. I got it and an extension, which I had to modify with some conduit to fit my Jiffy 8" auger. I also got a new Uglystik ice rod combo and a sled. These are my new toys for the ice. If the auger adapter works well enough with my Porter-Cable drill, I might have to invest in a shelter. I live in Brigham, so I'm anxious for Mantua to freeze so I can try my new toy. I need to check out the fishfinders that other will be using on the ponds.
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You'll like that Nils. I love mine. Just drilled 6 holes and pulled in a 21.5" cutty. But it's slow since. Think the group has around 10 fish iced already. That plate will save you. I had mine come loose once and would have sunk if it didn't have the plate. If you keep your battery warm you get even more holes too. Have fun this year. Later J
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Good addition this 4" ice keeps me puckering today. Stay safe with it. Later J
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Sounds like you have a fullplate. You still making lures? Think I'll do that someday. Have a great ice season. Later J
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where you at with 4 inches ??? Surprised

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Henry's lake in Idaho.
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Henry's Lake in Island Park. Slow fishing for me today. Only one all day. Groups up to 20 some fish. I think couple guys got 5 today. Not very good for 18-20 guys. Later J
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Sounds like you've got a great start for getting back into it. I'm up here in Idaho with the biggest bunch of gear junkies I've ever met. Man they have some cool stuff. Anyway I was talking to Jeremy at the Logan Sportsmans Warehouse and we may get a gear demo day set up in January at Hyrum so interested folks can come see the great gear that's out there. Lots of wish list stuff. Watch for posts about it and you can try it before you buy it. Later J
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Ron...I'm really looking forward to the first trip this season. It could be with my friend up your way, probably on the reservation. My tribal permit is good until December 20 and I'm sure Twin Potts will freeze by then. When you and I fish together this season I'll be glad to drill the holes.
I hope Starvation freezes by the end of December so we can get out there.

Nike


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I can't think of much I might want to add to my ice fishing gear except maybe the latest Deeper with GPS and Mapping.

But, having a lot of fishing gear doesn't mean you can get to where you want to fish as was the case except when friends took me, loaned me a house and a four wheel drive truck for some ice fishing the last two seasons.

I wanted to greatly increase my fishing capabilities, so I did my research and bought the ideal additions to my fishing equipment that can get me to fishing destinations and perform well in some of the more challenging conditions because you can't fish if you aren't there and you can't make advance commitments to be on an ice fishing team out of state when you don't know that you can get there even in snow storm conditions.

Now, I can go fishing more and to places I wouldn't have previously considered and particularly with making challenging driving conditions fun with my latest additions to my ice fishing gear. My latest improvement to my ice fishing vehicle are tires for fishing.

Black Friday sales were good and I bought both ice fishing tires and surf fishing tires for driving on loose beach sand. I already have high performance Pirellis for all season on the road.

Everything about tires is compromise. To get optimum performance in one category, you compromise in every other category. I was willing to do that by also having the different tires mounted and balanced on multiple sets of wheels to simply quickly change wheels for whichever event. In three of my different types of tires, I compromised greatly on tire life to have softer sticky tires that have optomised traction for the category for which they are specifically designed though at the cost of having to be replaced much more often. In contrast, most people go for economy and tire life at the compromise of less performance.

I've been driving on my "sand" tires the last two days. They make a huge difference in traction on dry pavement for high performance cars for which they are specifically designed. That isn't an issue for most people as dry pavement traction is already considered good enough by most. But, it's fun!

We'll get some snow Sunday and Monday, so I might change to Pirellis or Blizzaks for that because the ones good for track racing are the worst in wet and especially not to be used for snow. The all season Pirellis are fine for light snow and wet roads. The Blizzaks are for the worst of winter driving conditions. But, I can make a very quick change.

I didn't get the Blizzaks in the usual selection for my vehicle that optimizes for generally plowed roads though they'll still be excellent. Instead, I optomised specifically for deep snow covering off road trails for the whole season by going wider and to the maximum diameter and load capacity possible for my vehicle. The 2800 pound load rating will make them tough for the bumps and roughness of off road driving and at the greater speeds and suspension impacts of the car's capabilities while the larger diameter will give greater ground clearance and make the bumps and holes relatively smaller and easier to for the tires to roll over.

In each category of tire performance, the optomised choice will bring out the full performance capabilities of the vehicle and that part makes their selection make the most sense though for most of us I think we can generally agree that the fish we get from our expensive sport when we figure in the costs of boats and vehicles and all related that we are fishing for hundred dollar a pound fish. There are exceptions, but I'm at the other extreme of the range and will now have to catch more fish before they become thousand dollar a pound fish.

I also got new batteries, so when I go so far in winter off road conditions for ice fishing that a weak battery failing to start the car would be bad because it would be difficult to find a vehicle that could bring me a new battery out there.

I'm looking to enjoy a lot of ice fishing this season and I have an annual pass to our Utah State Parks.

Related posts (decision making details):

http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...ost=1023650;#1023650

http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...ost=1027127;#1027127

(Thinking about the Deeper)

http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...ost=1025091;#1025091

Ronald :)

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(This post was edited by RonPaulFan on Dec 2, 2017, 9:22 PM)
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I bought two new ice poles for this up coming season. A tickle stick from the company 13 fishing. I took that one out on open water in a friend's boat and I love the sensitivity of that rod. I caught some perch on Deer Creek to break it in. I bought the 27 inch light action and I am excited for using in on panfish. The second ice rod is a custom made one from Thorne Brothers in Minnesota. I got that in a walleye sweetheart series at 28 inches long, medium action. I havent received that one, but am anxiously waiting for it. BRING ON THE ICE!!!! Last season was too short, especially on Deer Creek. I only went on that ice twice last winter due to ice conditions. I was successful in icing my first walleye there. I caught two in back to back drops, then my battery died on my finder that day....... still kicking myself over that one.
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Re: [Freakyfisherman] New Ice Toys or DIY Projects for 2017 In reply to
We bought 2 Clam ice jackets and bib outfits, one setup for me and one for my wife. Just need new snow pac's for my feet. Picked up a new vex FLX 28 last year. Between my wife's Vex FL 8, my old Fl 8, my son's 2 FL 8's and my new FLX 28 we are set with more than enough electronics. The snow mobile is ready to go and the ice tents and gear is all set. Just need some ice. Thinking about a drill operated ice auger to replace my gas auger. Been reading a lot about them and although the snow mobile drags all the equipment out on the ice, lightening up the drag would be good.
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I just purchased a 6 sided Cabelas tent this year and doing so I needed a longer and larger sled.
I am also in the process of building a new ice rod. It has a super sensitive tip but with a strong backbone for trout and walleye.
Lots of new tackle.
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