How to Make an Ice Fishing Pole

How to Make an Ice Fishing Pole
Ice fishing is a favorite pastime of those who call the Great White North home. It can be done out in the open on the barren landscape of a lake with minimal comfort or it can be done in a lavishly configured fish house with all the comforts of home. Ice fishing poles can run from the high-tech to the crudest form of fishing pole ever seen, but either, if properly made, can catch fish.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Old fishing pole Hack saw Super glue Rubber band Thread Nail epoxy 2-inch metal screws 40-feet fishing line
  • Old fishing pole
  • Hack saw
  • Super glue
  • Rubber band
  • Thread
  • Nail epoxy
  • 2-inch metal screws
  • 40-feet fishing line
 
Step 1
Cut down your old fishing pole. There are two pieces that you're going to want to keep. The handle and the rod end. Most of the time rods are telescoping and can be broken down by simply pulling the end section of the rod off. If not, you'll want to cut it with a hacksaw at the third eyelet. The general rule is it should be about 2 ft. in length. You will also have to hacksaw off the handle from the rest of the pole.
Step 2
Glue the two ft. of rod end in to the handle. There should be a hollow inside to the rod handle. Apply super glue both on the thick end of the rod and inside the handle tubing. Allow that to set for 2 hours. It's quite possible that the rod end will simply slide down in to the hollow handle. If this is the case, wrap a rubber band around the rod end where it inserts in to the handle for a tighter fit.
Step 3
Wet your thread and wrap it around the handle and rod where they meet. You'll probably need about 3 to 4 ft. of thread to connect and support where the two parts of the rod come together.
Step 4
Cover the thread with nail epoxy and allow it to set. Once it's hardened, you have an ice fishing pole. Then all that's needed are the finishing touches.
Step 5
Take two metal screws and drill them into the rod handle, about 5 inches apart, in the spot where the reel used to sit. You can do it on other parts of the handle as well but this is a natural spot for your line.
Step 6
Tie your fishing line in a knot around the lower of the two screws on the handle. Wrap your fishing line, going from lower to upper screw and back down to lower until you only have enough to run up through the eyelets.
Step 7
Run the line up through the eyelets and place your hook, sinker or whatever type of rigging you might want.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Make sure that there is no wiggle where you connected the rod to the handle. This could be problematic when there's a fish on the pole.
 
Make sure that there is no wiggle where you connected the rod to the handle. This could be problematic when there's a fish on the pole.

Article Written By Patrick Cameron

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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