Friday

Historic Ice Fishing Tip-Ups

4 Tip-Ups are family heirlooms from West Central Wisconsin.





Ice fishing Tip-Ups (also called Traps) are devices that allow the semi-unattended fishing of ice holes. Most Tip-Ups feature a flag or other device that signals a fish has taken the bait.




E-Z WIND
FORT ATKINSON, WIS.














The Mystery Tip-Up




Having been fully disassembled, this Mystery Tip-Up features mass manufactured components, a chromed, flat reel seat, a Pflueger reel, but no other makings.





The author can only hypothesize about The Mystery Tip-Up’s operation.



Here The Mystery Tip-Up is shown rigged similar to the many designs by Leo R. Burg of West Bend, Wisconsin or Peter M. Joyal of Methuen, Mass. Both had many patents for reel style Tip-Ups, Tip-Downs and Traps which featured flat spring flags actuated by the crank knobs of reels.



The Mystery Tip-Up reel is marked:
Pflueger
TRUMP
TRADE MARK
NO.1943
MADE IN U.S.A
(E.A. Pflueger Company Akron Ohio)




The Arctic Fisherman
BEAVER DAM, WIS.



Shown is an Original, 1960’s (not a reproduction/reissue) Arctic Fisherman Tip-Up painted in Duck Boat Green.






Wednesday

Rare Photos From Inside Santa’s House




Its hard work getting to Santa's house.




Santa's Bedroom is quaint (not too fancy).




Mrs. Clause's refrigerator is filled with Cupcakes.




Santa uses a propane heater on really cold nights.




Elves will help out in Santa's house when there are guests visiting.




Santa's loves meeting small children.




Nothing beats having your picture taken with the real Santa Clause.


Thursday

Frankenstick: Mixed-up Rod and Reel Combos | Submit your Photos

 



There is a secret world of ice fishing poles; ugly, makeshift rigs that are hardly shown anymore.





Once the norm, homespun fishing poles seem lost in today’s abundance of glitzy, high-tech combos.  





These are the author’s only Ice Rods and include:
unknown, hollow fiberglass blanks, Lakco style ice fishing stick (handle), hockey tape, reflective tape, furniture leg tip, paracord, Shakespeare ALPHA 28/35 GRAPHITE reel (old), Lock-on rod stand, cocktail fork handles and an unmarked Schooley style ice reel.




Please send in photos of your Frankenstick, if you have one, for this ongoing, community anthology. 

Tuesday

Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo


Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo

Presented By Clam Outdoors



2013 Dates:
November 1st – 3rd

Venue:
Blaine, Minnesota USA


This new sporting convention, found in the suburbs of Minneapolis, could be described as a teaching show. There is a large, well attended seminar area where presentations are sincere, relevant and understandable. Celebrity presenters also mingle while sharing information.  





Introducing
Precision, Tungsten load, and affordable.  


If you are interested in grassy camo
may be the best and is part of their Duck Blind collection.





Ice Rod Combos 
feature interchangeable lengths, actions, award winning reels 
and LED lights.