By R. Maxine Lundquist
Below are three ice fishing rods of similar size and price. They’re all worth owning–all you have to do is decide which one is best for you:
One of the fishing rods worth looking at is the Dave Genz Split Handle Series Ice Fishing Rod. This is a 28″ Medium light rod with an unusual split-handle design that increases the rod’s sensitivity and strength. Made from graphite-wrapped fibreglass, so you get the best of both worlds, and a classic cork handle. It has stainless-steel guide frames (no rusting) with chromed rings and a soft-touch graphite screw-in reel seat. It is slightly higher priced at about thirty dollars, but Dave Genz’s name isn’t on this rod for nothing. Real value for money.
Perhaps the nicest all-around ice fishing rod available, St. Croix Premier Ice Rods are durable, sensitive and hold up well to the demanding conditions of ice fishing. Running at about twenty-five dollars, the 28″ medium rod features a solid carbon blank, stainless-steel guides and a solid cork handle. This combo comes with a 3 ball bearing aluminum spinning reel with aluminum spool and infinite anti-reverse. The rod by itself is about twenty-five dollars, but for forty-five dollars you get the combo.
Our third but by no means third-class rod is the Fenwick Elite TECH Ice Rod, a little beauty with a solid graphite blank that telegraphs fish-action on the line really well. The 26″ medium light has stainless steel frame guides with aluminum-oxide inserts which makes for smoother line-feeding. It has great hook setting capabilities. The eyelets are nicely aligned, but because they are not oversized they have a tendency to freeze up in high winds. Very reasonably price at twenty-five dollars, without the reel.
With one of these three rods sitting in your ice shack, winter is almost bearable.
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