By R. Maxine Lundquist
Below are three ice fishing rods of similar size and price. They’re all worth owning–all you have to do is decide which one is best for you:
One of the fishing rods worth looking at is the Dave Genz Split Handle Series Ice Fishing Rod.
This is a 28″ Medium light rod with an unusual split-handle design that increases the rod’s sensitivity and strength. Made from graphite-wrapped fibreglass, so you get the best of both worlds, and a classic cork handle. It has stainless-steel guide frames (no rusting) with chromed rings and a soft-touch graphite screw-in reel seat. It is slightly higher priced at about forty-two dollars, but Dave Genz’s name isn’t on this rod for nothing. Real value for money.
Perhaps the nicest all-around ice fishing rod available, St. Croix Premier Ice Rods are durable, sensitive and hold up well to the demanding conditions of ice fishing.
Running at about twenty-five dollars, the 28″ medium rod features a solid carbon blank, stainless-steel guides and a solid cork handle. This combo comes with a 3 ball bearing aluminum spinning reel with aluminum spool and infinite anti-reverse. The rod by itself is about twenty-five dollars, but for fifty dollars you get the combo.
Our third but by no means third-class rod is the Fenwick Elite TECH Ice Rod, a little beauty with a solid graphite blank that telegraphs fish-action on the line really well.
The 26″ medium light has stainless steel frame guides with aluminum-oxide inserts which makes for smoother line-feeding. It has great hook setting capabilities. The eyelets are nicely aligned, but because they are not oversized they have a tendency to freeze up in high winds. Reasonably priced at about fifty dollars for the 36″ which is great for medium to heavy action, and forty dollars for the 26″ for light to medium.
With one of these three rods sitting in your ice shack, winter is almost bearable.
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