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Mr. Bear

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  1. I worked in a lab in grad school that did a lot of plating, so I took a couple of old swedish pimples in and plated them in gold leftover from some other work. They don't work any better, but I still like to grab my gold swedish pimple when I need a lucky lure. That million dollar lure is butt ugly. What a freekin waste.
  2. Buzzsaw, if the equipment comes with his knack for capturing the perfect shot, I'm all over it.
  3. I'm wondering if anybody here has played around with pin hole photography. It's really intriguing to me from both a nostalgic and optics perspective. I've seen some really nice photos taken using this method. I'm interested in how difficult it is to get into this and what equipment I would need. P.S. I've been totally inspired seeing all the great photos posted here. I admit that I'm not much of a photographer, but I work with optics a lot as an engineer and I would love to make this hobby a reality instead of a dream. Photography seems like the perfect hobby to me: fun, creative, plenty of opportunity to be a techy, great for the mind, gets you outdoors, makes you more observant and appreciative of nature, can make great memories for the family, and really not that expensive compared to a lot of other hobbies. Digital SLR here I come. (Yeah, try to get that one past my wife. )
  4. Mr. Bear

    Tip Downs

    Another option similar to these tip downs is the Appleton tip-up. I don't know if anyone makes these any more. I have a few homemade ones. The difference is that mine lean over the hole and jig in the wind a little due to a spring in the base of the T. Mine have the counter balance weight on a slide so when the tip goes down, the flag end goes up and stays up. I also drilled holes in my cross piece so it has adjustable sensitivity by changing the length of the lever arm. A loop in the line hangs on a slightly bent nail shank so the line falls off when the tip down is triggered. It's a nice feature when you're not looking at the tip up/down (whatever you call it) all the time. You know when your minnow has been stolen and you don't miss any bites. The downside is that it does drop the line a bit, but I've had good success with them. I'd use a non-dropping style when they are really picky. I use these over underwaters any time the weather allows (i.e. not too cold or windy). They are more sensitive than any underwater I've seen, and are very easy to tend. Lot's of times a fish will just very slowly pull it down so you can get to it before it tips at which point it is very easy to grab the line with no need to move an underwater out of the way. Depth control and minnow changing is where they really shine. Simply set the depth one time, tie a loop in the line, use that to hang on the crossbar, catch a fish, hang the loop back up and you are at the exact same depth. As I said before, I can see the tip-down pictured earlier in this thread as being better for really light biters, especially if you set it up at close range or even in your shack. It could be great long range too if rigged with some type of a strike sensor. Forgot to add that at times the jigging action in the wind is just what the doctor ordered. Also, they pull apart and pack very well.
  5. Hook that baby up to a Roomba and get it set up to shoot thru the ice and you could be making maps while you sleep.
  6. Yeah, I think it would be a costly project even though I already have the computer and software to do it. Might as well go buy an LX-5 that would work better instead. Yeah, I'll try to run that one by the wife. "Look at how much money I'll be saving!" It would be fun though.
  7. Just wondering if anyone has tried this. It would be a pretty hardcore do-it-yourself project for only the true nerds. My idea was to take my old laptop I don't use anymore and use LabView/LabWindows/VisualBasic to make an interface and control a port or DAQ card to operate a modified transducer. I could use my Microsoft GPS software in the background, attach notes to my spots, save flasher data and settings, have digital depth display, put in a scrolling graph, heck I could probably find an underwater camera that would work with it and split the screen between camera and flasher, take some "work" out on the ice and pretend my shack's the home office for my business and write it off on my taxes , or play some solitaire or pinball when the fishing gets slow . If I could just get wireless internet out on the ice, I could even be posting here. I guess it wouldn't handle the cold too well and the batteries wouldn't last very long, but it's fun to think about. Ah, who am I fooling. I'm never going to do this, but it would be cool.
  8. So the Vexs are already made overseas? I thought they were made right here in the Twin Cities, but I really don't know much about them. I agree that the camera/flasher unit will be coming soon. Marcum already has a camera and a flasher. It wouldn't be too hard.
  9. Guys, just wondering what you see when you look into the future of flashers 5-10 years from now. Flashers have improved a lot over the years, but the basic technology is still the same. The marketers for these products want you to believe they reinvented the wheel with each new model, but it is almost always just a small tweak (relatively) to the existing platform. That's not necessarily bad (the old technology part), the flasher is what I would call an elegant design: simple yet effective. So what's a flasher going to be like in 10 years? Still relatively the same? If so, I bet you can kiss your American made product good-bye because someone will take it overseas to make it for less. Only thing stopping that is the attitudes of ice fishermen that tend to prefer locally manufactured stuff. I could also see Lowrance taking over market share if they want to. The Ice Machine is their first attempt at a graph for ice-fishing that I know of. It's not perfect, but I'd say they've done a pretty darn good job for a newcomer. The platform has a lot more possibilities than a flasher because of the flexibility afforded by the display and computing power. I also believe it is fundamentally cheaper to manufacture, positional and mechanical tolerances are greater without moving parts. Let's just say they come out with a unit that is just as rugged as a flasher with equivalent noise rejection and a simple user interface. (I think it is almost equivalent or better in other areas) Would you ditch the flasher for one of these? Would you ditch the flasher if they could offer it at a substantial discount to get you to change over? (they could do this due to lower manufacturing costs) Personally, between Vex, Marcum, and Lowrance, I think Lowrance has the future of the ice fishing flasher/graph market in their hands more than any other. Whether they want that market as a company is the big question mark. If they decide to pursue it, I think Vex and Marcum better come up with something truly innovative or else they'll be forced to go overseas or ride their reputation into the sunset. Or am I totally off base here and underestimating marketing power and the loyalty/tradition of the ice fishing community? Is there some FUNDAMENTAL advantage to flashers that I'm not seeing?
  10. I have to say it's rude people on the ice for me. Some people are just so ornery out there they really shouldn't even go. I mean, why do a recreational activity if it's not re-creating you. Take the test I give myself: unless I can sit out all day without catching a fish and still say I had an enjoyable day, I shouldn't be out there. I also have to mention cussing, because last year I had to listen to a group of guys in a shack yelling as if they were a 1/4 mile apart. Every other word was a profanity and a family near me ended up moving because they had young kids with them. I was even offended. It's one thing to swear in a bar, but another to swear on the ice. To me, being out on the ice is like walking into a church. It deserves some reverance.
  11. At least it wasn't a "drive-thru" ice thickness check. OK, maybe a bit lame . . . time to go to bed.
  12. Hmmm, I wonder if they'll ever come out with a "solid state" flasher unit. Maybe they have, but I wouldn't know since I have actually never used a flasher. (It's on my wish list if Santa is reading the board.) It would save power and noise and would probably bring down the cost long term as well.
  13. I have a pair of Sorel bibs that are similar to Carharts. They are very warm, sturdy, and the canvas outer helps keep them dry. I went through the ice to my waist last winter and popped out so fast that my pants hardly got wet under the bibs. (Still wouldn't recommend the experience though.) I think I paid around $70 for them on sale.
  14. Excellent picture, can I ask what kind of camera you were using. I would like to move beyond the standard point and shoot and start doing some wildlife photography.
  15. Crappie Tom, I still fish with a tip-up rig like you described, except that instead of a limber stick I have two sticks that pin together so the top one can hinge down. There is a counter weight to make the whole thing balance and various pin positions to adjust how hard it is to tip. Even have little "sails" that can clip on to make them jig in the wind if you want them to. My grandpa made them and I believe they are similar to what they call an Appleton tip-up. There are still times when I catch more on those things than any other tip-up. This is a great thread. I'm about the same age as Hanson, so I can relate to those memories. My number one enjoyment in fishing is spending time with dad and remembering grandpa. I think that is why my dad still hangs on to some of the old methods: homemade jig sticks, chiseling holes when he can, doesn't like using the flasher . . . He once convinced me to chisel holes through 30" of ice on Winnebago just so I could learn how they did it in the old days. I've since bought a drill
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