The Iceshack, Maine
These tip-ups are worth twice the money, but luckily for us they are very affordable. Ive used versions (no drag) of this tip-up for around 20 years, and Im still using the original ones I purchased. Ive even had one (mostly) run over by a kid on a snowmobile and it DID NOT BREAK. Ive caught loads of fish on these, from pike to brook trout. They arent idiot proof, so you need to use common sense when packing them up. The biggest thing is to loosen the wing nuts up enough to fold them up. If you dont they will squash the plastic tabs. Removing ice from the cross members helps a bunch too. To avoid large amounts of wind trips, simply dont pull out the flag to full length thus having more tension on the mechanism. This is how to control the sensitivity. You can also slightly bend the trip arm down with pliers to make sure the flag trips consistently. These tip-ups are kind of short, so I keep them within 100 yards of my eyeballs. Being black, and having bright orange flags they do stand out nicely against the snow though. After almost 20 years of use I replaced the fading flags with neon green vinyl. No swelling, no warping (unless you melt them on a heater), and nearly no worries. Light as a feather too. Small diameter braid gives you more yards on the spool in case you have one run a mile. If you take care of them, they will take care of you. Im sure if you have common sense you will like these tip-ups. I love them and will keep adding more to my basket when the wifes not looking.Fish on!
Pros: Durable, Sensitive, Hi Viz, Easy To Transport, Lightweight
Cons: Smallish spool, Not tall
Best Uses: Large Fish, Small Fish, Within 100 yards
Would you recommend this product? Yes