When the ice begins to form, the fish slow down in their feeding habits. So my first instincts are how to improve my fishing skills through the ice.
As a beginner in ice fishing 25 years ago, I was introduced to a slip bobber. I found out really fast how sensitively the fish were biting on my line, and I had to be very attentive in watching the bobber before I could catch a fish. I was not really sold on the idea of a slip bobber because when I broke my line, my hands were too cold to reset it.
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The next year someone gave me some piano wire and beads to make a spring bobber. I liked the idea for sensitivity, but when it got really cold I was always sucking the ice off the eyelet to get my line to drop into the ice hole.
Years went by, and then one day I saw a wooden tip down! The rest is history! I began to invent a nice tip down. It gave me incentive to use my own reflexes when catching a lot of fish. Today I like large eyelet-short poles for hard water fishing. Tip downs are the only way to ice fish for quick action and satisfaction!