What kind of line are you guys using on your tip-ups? How many of you are using fireline, and how many bandaids do you carry with you to deal with getting cut by the stuff? :D
I've used dacron with mono leaders on my tip-ups always, because it's easy to hang onto, and doesn't get cut on the ice, and you can see it easily, but I'm not sure that's the best way.
11-27-2002, 09:39 AM
All my tip-up fishing is for northerns, so I stick to the (cheap) heavy dacron line, with a short 20 lb mono leader. I'd think Fireline would be pretty tough to use in the cold due to its thin diameter.
11-27-2002, 09:44 AM
I also use dacron, like Tom. I agree with his thoughts about fireline, plus I think it would be a waste of money. You dont need it for its thin diameter, or sensivity on a tip up.
11-27-2002, 11:47 AM
Do you lubricate the shafts on your tip-ups, and what do you use?
11-27-2002, 11:49 AM
Yes, I use Blue Lube, I think its made by HT, but I could be wrong. Its made for cold weather lubrication of reels, etc.
11-27-2002, 02:52 PM
I used to use dacron about 20 years ago. This will freeze and tangle pretty easily also. I change to vinyl coated dacron. It is sold as "Tip-up Line". It doesn't soak up water, doesn't freeze and doesn't tangle very eaily. It's similar to using "Tangle-Free" decoy line for duck decoys. Before this came out my buddy used fly-fishing line.
11-27-2002, 03:19 PM
I use both dacron and the coated tipup line in back of my leader. I like the tipup line best and it's been on 1/2 my tipups for about 10 yrs but my ice season is only 2 wks to 2 months. Starting from scratch, I'd recommend it over dacron, but I've never bothered to replace the dacron I'm using on the other rigs.
Good Luck, jc