Ice build up on rod eyes can be a big problem when the temperature dips below 32 degrees, the line sticks to the rod, chipping it off can damage line and rod eyes.
I have always removed the top eye on my winter poles and added an extremely large rod eye, which works great, a little tap on the boat and the ice falls off, but this
extra weight can be felt on the rod and who wants to remove an eye and tie on an over size eye? No one but me, but even I hate doing this with newer rods so I came up
with something that can be removed later, a stainless steel wire bent in the shape of a rod eye with a stem to tape to the rod. I haven’t tested it yet at this time but
I am sure it will work. I may try using a glue gun if the tape comes up done, but I think this will work great and it’s cheap. Having damaged rod tips or line can cost
you a big fish so give this a try.
First cut a piece of SS wire, about 8-10″. Wrap the middle around something round to make a circle shape. Next twist the wire to close the gap and then bend in downward.
Next take it to your rod and that is all there is to it. I am using .35 diameter wire, spinnerbait size wire.
The reason this works is two reasons, the first is the SS wire eye is so large that it can’t complete close the eye to stop line from going through it freely and second, tapping the
rod on the boat makes any ice build up fall off.
Another invention by Dave Tackett, owner and maker of fisheadtackle.com