I bought two of these rods recently. Of course, the streams don't ice over in central Alabama where I live, but these rods have proven very effective in vertical jigging from my bass boat. I target yellow perch, crappie, white bass, bluegills and Alabama (spotted) bass in water depths of 4 to 50+ feet. The action is "light" - the parabolic action, 48" rod doesn't have an ultra sensitive, really fine tip, but for the relatively heavy (1/12 oz. or heavier) lures required when fishing from a boat in wind or current, that is a perfect action. Furthermore, the bright orange tip helps in detecting strikes. With 2- or 4-lb. test superline having a very low stretch (Nanofil, for example), these rods are hard to beat. I know the 4-foot ice fishing rods were designed for hole hopping on the ice, but they work well for deep or shallow vertical jigging from a boat. Even in a moderate wind, a 3- or 4-foot rod is about the mininum you want when fishing out of a boat, because it's just too hard to keep the line away from the boat or the trolling motor with a really short rod. On a still day, however, a shorter ice fishing rod or a rod with an ultralight tip can be used if desired. One of my 48-inch HT Supe Flex rods is rigged with an a long flat HT spring bobber, which is fairly stiff but adjustable, and I really like this combination. The additional 4 or 5 inches of length provided by the spring provides greatly enhanced visual indications when a light-biting fish is nipping at the lure. On a day when there is little wind, it is possible to fish very light lures such as those used by ice fisherman from a boat. I have more expensive ice fishing rods in my arsenal, but the HT rods are a tremendous bargain, and I've caught a ton of fish with them. I have read some reviews where the slip ring reel seats received negative ratings, but I don't find them objectionable at all. The HT Ice Blue rods are great.
Pros: Lowest cost QUALITY rod, excellent for light biting fish, great fun, the extra length of the 48" is advantageous
Cons: No real negatives
Best Uses: Hole hopping on the ice, vertical jigging reatively heavy lures from a boat, fishing really light lures with spring bobber
Would you recommend this product? Yes