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Ok, so I have always wanted my very own “Green Hornet” ice rod like the one in Grumpy Old Men...(photos attached)...
One problem, I’ve never used an old school rod like this without a reel. I think I have a good ideas about how to use it, but does anybody have any tips for landing fish without a reel? Anybody use a rod like this and how do you keep them from breaking you off without a drag system?
 

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I made it from 1” white pine board, used a spare SouthBend ice rod I had laying around. Carved the body with a jig saw, 5/16” core about 8” into the body to form the shaft. Then used wood glue to secure the fiberglass handle shaft into the body. Then used a cork plug to fill the void and surround the rod. It’s simple but I like the little booger.
 

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Too freakin cool!! I love it, I've thought about making one myself.
I've been playing with palm rods for a few years. They're a blast to pull fish in with. Defiantly use a line with good stretch to it (mono) use your arm and the rod tip as a shock absorber and be patient, let the fish tire out (don't try to horse em) just do the hand over hand to bring em in.
You'll be fine, Have fun!! and post some pics!
 

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Just gotta hand line 'em. If the fish is too big he'll break off. First Halibut I ever caught was with a hand line. Granted, he fought like kelp, but he was around 120# and it was no problemo. Seriously, though, I'd say 75% of my iced fish come in hand lined...easier than taking the bobber off the line.
 

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walk backwards if you arent in a shelter...get fishes nose up and over the edge of the hole and slide onto the ice...allows you to land larger fish......no pile of line mess next to the hole with the line straight out from the hole...allows you to as grababrewski said to use arms and rod tip as shock absorber...grabbing line with hand with larger fish often is a kiss of death...
 

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Nice. All good advice. I have hand hooked several so that is good. I have a light spring bobber for this rod. I also built the handle with a flap spot to run a traditional reel or a straight line combo. Soon as the weather cooperates I with try to hook em and update on which methods work the best.
 

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I would consider putting a spool on one side.. like maybe an old fly fishing spool (I have one you can have if you want it). Just mount it with a screw and you have a way to reel... no drag needed, just palm.
 
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