As you may have seen in my February 2020 Ice Fishing stories on the Crew Adventures page, I recently purchased some new ice fishing sticks from Outdoor Pros. They are made by a local fella in Paradise and he does a beautiful job. His sticks come painted in the Republic of NL flag & Labrador flag colours. I wanted 6 sticks for my set (enough for 2 people) so I picked up one pair of Republic of NL, one pair of Labrador and an extra set that I would custom paint. I decided to paint my last pair in colours representing the new Newfoundland Flag creating a unique 2-person set.
I think the finished product turned out great and I already had these colours in Tremclad paint in stock! The only changes I made to these lines were removing some of the spinners that came with the lines and using my own and/or hook/worm only, and installing some lead weights.
The sticks are made from 3/4" dowel and are nicely milled at the end to hold lots of line.
These sticks are a nice colourful upgrade over my old plain spruce sticks that served me well for a long time. It's also great to support a nice local artist who put a lot of time into making these new ice fishing lines.
March 2020 update: I've made a few improvements to my new ice fishing lines, first I wanted a way to quickly retrieve line when I finished fishing for the day particularly when fishing in deep water. I always have my cordless drill with me to run my ice auger, so I made a drill adaptor for each line by partially installing a 2" deck screw leaving the smooth section of screw exposed.
Next I cut off the screw head creating a perfect attachment point for my cordless drill.
Lastly I swapped out the green string for a better quality black braided line purchased at Outdoor Pros, my new drill adaptors worked perfectly for this operation!
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