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Ok fellas... got a 2 part question.
FIRST...... never have had the time or the inclination to be a big enough ice fisherman to invest in some ice fishing equipment (spend to much on the non-hard water fishing and hunting gear). But I decided that since I got a couple of ultra light reels layin around and decide it was high time to set them up fopr something. So where is the best palce to get a decent ice fishing rod, and what kind/brand is the best? I got jigs and the assorted, just need an auger otherwise.
Second question is, lookin through the Cabelas catalog and assorted other catalogs and decided I need to put a rod on my X-MAS list.... I've been castin w/ a couple of 6'6" Fenwicks (a pair of Eagle GT's and an HMX) love em.... love the length... any other poles you fellas suggest?

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I stopped by the Red Barn booth over the Grandstand at the State Fair and spent a few minutes looking them over. Very nice workmanship - the wooden handles are a nifty idea. They build on a variety of blanks, so you can get a true "custom" rod.

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I have used the red barn also. I got it from last year ice show. It has great sensitivity to it and has the back bone to be used for walleyes. I have used it to catch crappies and pike. good all around rod. My favorite. When I let other people use my rods this is one I keep to myself.

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Hey guys, I picked up the new Black Diamond Signature Series Red Barn Ice Fishing stick at the Ice fishing show this past weekend. Frank's only making 100 of them. My wife say's Merry Christmas to me every year with a new Red Barn Stick. I've also treated myself to a couple of these sticks. There my favorites but I also have lots of other sticks.
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