How to Ice Proof Your Fishing Pole

Make your rod ice free

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

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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