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For those of you who are new ice fishermen, you might consider investing $5 or $6 per rod and equip your ice rods with Rod Savers.   They will literally save your rod and reel from being dragged down the hole in the blink of an eye.  They're especially valuable at places like Eleven Mile where a big fish can come out of nowhere, hit like a freight train and .... by the time you turn around at the sound of the "sploosh" of your rod and reel going down the hole.......well, you get the picture. :eek:

These little devices have saved me a lot of dough through the years! ;D



 

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Haha, what a great little gadget. I dont know about 6$ but its pretty kewl.
 

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I'll make my own I'm not paying 6 dollars but that is a cool idea. Thanks for the info don!!!!!!
 

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like Eleven Mile where a big fish can come out of nowhere, hit like a freight train
Thanks to the ongoing curse, I don't think that is a major problem for me.

On the other hand Zman is under the "NEC" (new equipment curse) so he does not have to worry either.


Dan

PS i use a wire rod holder, kinda bulky and a pain to carry around. Where do you get the rod savers at? I have seen people using them but never seen them in a store.
 

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Too bad they dont have something like this for open water, could of saved gotmuskie... maybe a teather. :p
 

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I just chain mine to Dan's ankles...and start chumming for Jaws...
 

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$6 bucks is no big deal especially if it even saves one combo. Thanks for sharing Don. And if you guys figure out something better for less let us know, but every time I've tried to make something for less..... lets just say quality is sacrificed. For example if you made something out of a coat hanger or wire and it gets bent by the fish swimming away and it costs you a big fish you will be mad for skimping. just my 2 cents
 

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Personally if those dowels are not strong and nice sized fish that smashes your bait good enoug to pull it off the rod holder (or with the rod holder) is probably going to snap them dowels just as easy. Might delay the pole long enough for you to grab it, and maybe set the hook for you.
 

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You are wrong,epic,they Will not snap.Ive been using those dickey's for 20 years and they are worth there weight in gold. I've seen many rods go down at 11-mile and antero.
 

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You are wrong,epic,they Will not snap.Ive been using those dickey's for 20 years and they are worth there weight in gold. I've seen many rods go down at 11-mile and antero.
Thats good someone has used them... From the picture you cant tell quality of the dowel.
 

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i am never far enough away from my rods for that to happen besides i am used to catching dan sized fish ;D
 

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zman said:
I just chain mine to Dan's ankles...and start chumming for Jaws...
Zman, leave it to you to come up with stupid ideas like that!  Chumming is illegal in Colorado, ya fool!  Knock it off or I will moderate your socks off! ;)

Dan
 
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Thanks Don for posting a picture...I am going to sportsmans after work today to pick up some waxies and a new heater and I will pick one up if they have them. I usually just hold my pole the entire day and have my tip-up out but I am going to try fishing two poles tomorrow. I have fished two poles before with one in a wire holder.....I am lucky I don't have a pole sitting at the bottom of 11-mile. When Antero was kicking out large trout my dad had a trout take a full size rod out of a rod holder on his canoe during the summer...it looked like a bottle rocket taking off...we both just sat there and watched in amazement!
 
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Thats good someone has used them... From the picture you cant tell quality of the dowel. 
Didn't you read my post???   ???   Lots of us experienced ice fishermen use them.   Sheesh.  Why knock something if you haven't tried it?
 
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I think Sportsmans Warehouse has them.
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I used to get mine at Uncle Milty's.   :(  Bummer.  I miss that shop. But High Country has them, too.
 

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I.ve been using them for 15 plus years and they work great. Last week Slayer literally plunged his hand in the hole at eleven mile to save my pole and reeled one in ( does that count for my fish count or his) Thats the beauty of fishing with Slayer he catchs everything Two times I grabed my pole going into the hole and the last time I cut the crap out of my fingers on the ice scrambling to the pole. How cheap are you guys 5 bucks to save a combo j/k.
 
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High Country Bass on South Sheridan has the Dickey rod savers.  Gary said he just got a shipment in.  The price is $6.79 (manufacturer upped its price this year).

Cheap insurance.
 

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Had a heck of time finding them this year. None of the big stores have them, didn't check SW. Valley on parker had them for 5 dollars.
 
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