Sometimes when I’m out ice fishing, my fishing line will catch on the edge of the ice, and it will break.  When this happens, my hands are usually too cold to re-tie a new knot to attach the hook and lure.  To solve this problem, I found that a swimming noodle (or pipe insulation wrap) combined with PVC pipe works well for a jig to hold pre-tied knots.

Cut off about five inches of poly foam.  Cut an eight-inch section of PVC pipe and spread glue onto five inches of it.  Insert the pipe into the poly foam hole securing it with the glue.  Draw lines with a marker around the poly foam (about one-half to one inch apart, depending on the size of your hooks). 

Before you leave for ice fishing, pre-tie your knots and wind the line around the grooves, securing your hook into the poly foam.  Saves time and prevents your hands from getting cold!

-Jim Lefgren

Heat a ¼” drill bit or round file with a multi-purpose lighter.  Using the heated tool, form/melt a grove in the poly foam all the way around following each line.  (Refer to the photos for more info.)


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