These are by far the best traps I've ever used. Their best feature is the fact that they're stackable 5 deep in a six gallon bucket and they always remain untangled while stored . They don't freeze easily or quickly; I've never had any difficulty removing them from the ice even when the temperature plummets below 0°.They allow you to see how a fish is running from above the ice at a decent distance by watching the T at the top of the trap.They're very rugged, a friend of mine has a few too, I watched his get run over by a snowmobile and with the exception of the telescopic flag being bent and cracked the rest of the trap was completely undamaged!
I've been using these for 6 or 7 years and they're no worse for wear. I've caught countless Crappie and Perch, plenty of Pickerel,Pike,Walleye,Bass, and the occasional Laker. They've worked well for every species of fish I have chased. I can say without a doubt that if I lost these, I would definitely replace them with 5 more of the same.
I can't say enough good things about them, I truly think they're the best traps available, but there are a couple of negatives: If you're fishing in a snowstorm they will quickly get covered up with snow. if you get several inches of snow they will become difficult to find, and may get run over by a snowmobile . They don't dry out while stored in their bucket. They really need to be removed from the bucket to dry thoroughly. If you take them out on Saturday evening and try to set them back up Sunday morning after they've been sitting in their bucket, in your truck all night,you'll find the spools to be a sold frozen chunk of pain in the ass. I almost always take them inside after fishing so this has only been an issue for me once.
One last thing, I have 3 of these orange ones which have a 200' spool capacity and 2 of the same yellow ones which have a 500' spool capacity. I've personally never had a problem with a fish spooling the reel and taking all 200' of line,however as hard as I have tried; I've yet to catch a really large, deep water Lake Trout. If I do, I hope it's with the yellow one.
Pros: tangle free, stackable, sensitive, action visible, dont freeze up easily, rugged
Cons: low profile, no longer available in green and purple
Would you recommend this product? Yes