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Old 11-10-2008, 12:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What tools do you pack for out on the ice?

We have carried with us:

Allen wrench kit for attaching blade to power head
Screwdriver for changing blades on auger (in emergency).
Vise grips (big and small) - always can use vise grips!

I have my Leatherman too for the same reasons.
Hubby also has filleting knife for sucker meat.

We used to carry a lighter for the old Paulin heater. The Buddy Heater doesn't need one - it's got that little striker in it.

We also carry a battery operated lantern, one of those tube things that they have at Gander for the ice hut, and one of those round HT lights too. (We lost both magnets and the dinky 'loop' off the back of ours.)

Also have a fold up camp shovel and a looped rope for de-snowing and climbing/hauling (i.e. climbing back up that horrible incline on the west end of Dike 3!)

Oh, and line scissors on a retractor. The serrated ones, on the chance I'm using braided line - scissors always work in an emergency! And my line clippers.

(Yeah, have a first aid kit too - you haven't fished with hubby until you have an emergency - cuts his hands and gets jigs stuck in them far too often!!!)

Hm - does the Jetboil and water filter count as tools too? Have 'em!

Oh, and the GPS - saved our sorry butts at Antero last year!

What other tools do you all take out on the ice, in addition to your augers and depth finders?
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Default Re: What tools do you pack for out on the ice?

I don't take much in the way of "tools"---

If I'm hoofing it
Crescent wrench
Leatherman
Wooden matches
Small flashlight
Extra AA batteries for GPS and flashlight
Hook file & clippers

If I'm using the snowmobile
Small socket set, extra drive belt, and sparkplugs for snowmobile
Small shovel




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Old 11-10-2008, 05:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep as Bernie says at Granby...GPS your car...a sudden mountain blizzard can make directions interesting...
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i always have a decent size file in my tackle bag, just in case i hit something with my auger. and i also carry spare blades too, just in case i hit something really big...
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I always have a bottle opener, you never know when someone will show up with beer that doesn't have twist off tops.
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Old 11-10-2008, 07:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Needle Nose pliers
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I always have a bottle opener, you never know when someone will show up with beer that doesn't have twist off tops.
A lighter doubles as a bottle opener.

Tools?! I don't go outdoors without my leatherman, but that's about it I guess.
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Tools? I don't need no stinking tools!

Throw bag full of rope
Ice Auger
Knife if fishing with bait


If the snow is deep I'll take snow shoes.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:04 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I go above and beyond, I'll usually have my power drill with me. Just to get those ice anchors started.

Bottle opener, not a bad idea, but I usually take canned beer with me while out on the ice.

Oh, and definitely need the cooler. For fish that I take home and to keep the beer from freezing while on the ice.
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I take a soft cooler for the fish. The kind you get at Sams Club to keep pizza warm, or to keep your frozen food from thawing out on the way home from the store. "Keeps hot food hot and cold food cold." Helps to keeps blood and slime from getting everywhere, and to keep the GM fox from running off with my fish!

Aviation snips come in handy for braided line, and to clip chunks of sucker meat for lake trout fishing.

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