Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Dark Cloud

New Ice Rod

Recommended Posts

Whipped up this new stick last night. I picked up a few of the Jason Mitchell meat stick ice rods and they are very nice! But they are only offered in a 27 inch model and I like my panfish rods much shorter. So I took and cut one down to 21 inches and built a new handle. Any shorter than that and you loose the "fast action" these rods have. Actually I cut another down to 24 inches and that rod has a nicer action than the 21 incher - atleast for my preference...

Went with a 5 inch handle blend of cork, craft foam cut into rings, and rubberized cork...

pc082528sr6.jpg

A little two-part epoxy between each ring and into a simple clamp i made...

pc082531wz8.jpg

After that off to the lathe, sorry forgot to take picts of this. If you dont have a lathe you could rig a hand drill or drill press. Or much easier - just buy a premade handle butt setion in the length you want. Thorne Brothers also offers handles already made.

I didnt do much for a fancy butt wrap as the blank diameter is so small it is a pain to try much. I just covered up the spot where I had to cut the first guide off and added a super small single foot fly guide for a hook-keeper...

pc092552hi7.jpg

I'll glue the handle tonite and put some finish on the thread and she'll be ready to fish... Beat up "man hands" and all cool

pc092537kf8.jpg

I also picked up some Thorne Brothers "powernoodle" blanks that i'll be building here soon. Aswesome rod and blank for sure...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice!!! I have a few ice rod blanks laying around, perhaps I should turn off the tv and go down and build a couple wink

I need to contact my vendor to see what they have laying around for a laker rods. I am hoping to give that a whirl and what I have now will just not take the heavy jigs needed for that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually I cut another down to 24 inches and that rod has a nicer action than the 21 incher - atleast for my preference...

I can't wait to see the 24" thanks pal. It will look great with my new Pfleuger. The comfort cork handle and taper is ideal, it looks extremely comfortable in the photo. Nice work..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DC, I'm holding on to the other blanks for you. Let me know if you want any of them. This one looks nice, can't wait for the report! Hope to see you this weekend

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this