How to Make an Ice Fishing Tip Up




Introduction: How to Make an Ice Fishing Tip Up

First, i should give credit to Kelvin, the cub leader who emailed me the picures and instructions - i just "instructiblized" it.

Now, let us begin...

If you're going ice fishing and you don't want your rod to go down the hole, you might want to make one of these.

What you need:

- several lengths of wood or plastic pipe (2 x 18'' and 1 x 24'' used here) - approximately the diameter of a broom handle

- nut and bolt, or screw of suitable size

- reel (the one used was $3 at Walmart)

- zip ties (at least 4)

- a few small eye screws (or round staples)

Also needed (but not pictured):

- fishing line

- hook

- bait

- ice auger

- Frozen Lake

Step 1: Begin Assembly

 Start with the 2 cross pieces (18" each of plastic pipe used here), the longer one is for the fishing rod (24" wood dowel).
Sizes don't have to be perfect, use whatever you have on hand.

Step 2: Assemble "X"

 Bolt or screw together the pieces of equal length (18"). Again, this is plastic pipe in this instance.
(An additional bolt was added on the pipe to help secure the rod.)
You can attach this to your existing fishing rod, or proceed to next step to build your own.

Step 3: Reel Assembly

 $3 reel (this one is from Walmart) attached to a dowel with zip ties.

Step 4: Attach Stick/Rod

 Secure rod to "x" with zip ties or elastic band.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

 Sitting complete, needs a line and hook.  Add eye screws or round staples to work as line guides.

Step 6: Tip It Up

Once a fish is online, it tips.
All points of contact are on the surface of the ice, not in the hole (the hole is generally 5'' - 8'' in diameter depending on the size of your auger).

Step 7: Go Fish

 Easy to pack and handle.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Not a tip up


    6 years ago

    Cool design!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    'Kelvin' and 'ice fishing' that just can't be a coincidence.

    Have done a lot of icefishing, but I think I left my rod when I moved back from Scandinavia. I may try this one


    8 years ago on Step 7

    nice, complete, easy to carry, so why haven't you made a million $$$$$$$$$ off this yet? :-D

    Just the kind of pole I like.....simple, easy to carry & light weight. :-)

    TY for sharing.