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Whats the best Tipup

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go with the thermal ones that go around the hole they are the best because u can leave them out for a long time and the hole is still fresh. ps they wont put a hole in your wallet either.

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although it is nice to have an open hole,...the standard polars are adjustable in every way and very versatile in every respect.

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I like the Frabill thermals (the round ones), but good old Polars are so strong, smooth and reliable, it is hard to recommend anything else...... <especially the wood ones>

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Hey yall
I was thinking of buying a few Frabill thermals, but I have a 10" ice auger. Will the Frabills slide in the hole (too small) or stay on top of the hole? Sorry if this question is a silly one.
Thanks Booger

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I have always like polars I have like 8 of them. I haven't ever used Frabils but I know they are popular.

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the frabill thermals are good tipups and a great deal. I've also had great success with Artic Fisherman. No problems whatsoever and lasted 10 years, but maybe a little overpriced. The frabill wood one (classic?) looks like it might be worth a shot. Dont mess with the $6 black plastic ones. Theres too much friction when the spool spins, the spindels get warped- theyre not even close to being worth $6

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drowned minnow you beat me to it. grin.gif
I was going to say the ones that catch fish!!! wink.gif

Anyways I like using the frabill thermal ones too.

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Over the years I have picked up many polars and Beaver Dams (wooden Variety). Given my experience I really like the polars, they are smooth, relativenly inexpensive, and easier to wind up the line than the Beaver Dam's. Coming from Wisconsin it seemed like I would get a couple (Beaver Dam's) every year.

Make sure youy pick up some tiny bobbers to use as line markers, they work great.

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I've always threaded a button onto my dacron as a line marker - works like a charm, but I don't vary in depths too much with my tip-ups. Might try a mini-bobber this year though - probably easier to adjust.

Anyone have problems with the flag springs on their Frabils? I bought a new polar last year and it seems like I got a wimpy spring or something - when a fish takes the line, the flag flops around at about half-mast. Coincidentally, I've named that one "limpy". shocked.gif Any ideas on where to get a new spring for it?

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Well I have a couple of about each different kind and I have to say that I like the Frabill thermals the best; esp. when it is really cold out and you can't even use the others because the hole keeps freezing up.

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Blaze, Try bending the spring the opposite direction. Also the springs can usually be rotated on the peg that they're attached to. Rotate it the opposite way. I see you nickname your tip-ups too. I have a couple that have nicknames also. One's missing a flag, I call that one my "ghetto tip-up". My frabill is called "UFO". My limpy ones I call "whisky d**k", but my girlfriend call the limpy ones by my first name! I can't figure out why, she must like me or something. grin.gif

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My vote is also for the Frabil thermal. Never had a problem with the springs, been using them for many years. I use a small split shot also for my line marker. For night fishing I modified a few of my tip-ups by adding a light that comes on when the flag goes up. hooked it to a small 9V battery which sits in the little tackle compartment.

Good fishin all...

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