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A high quality ice fishing tip up is an essential piece of ice fishing equipment. Uncle Josh is the top provider of the acclaimed Beaver Dam ice fishing tip ups, formerly known as Arctic Fisherman tip ups. These top quality ice fishing tip ups have been handmade in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin for the last 50 years.
Our selection of high quality Beaver Dam ice fishing tip ups includes both rail style and round ice fishing tip ups. Beaver Dam rail style tip ups are available in a wide assortment of colors and styles including three camouflage styles, the limited edition 50th anniversary tip-up and a jazzy green and gold tip up so you can represent your favorite Wisconsin football team on the ice.
New round tip-ups are available in two sizes, 10” and 12” in diameter, and will fit ice holes 8” to 10” in diameter. These round tip-ups are also individually assembled to ensure precision and quality.
Precision and Quality from the Trusted Name in Ice Fishing Equipment
Beaver Dam ice fishing tip ups are wind proof, freeze proof and fool proof, guaranteeing maximum performance in the harshest winter conditions. Experience proven, trusted quality and unrivaled performance on the ice with a top of the line Beaver Dam ice fishing tip up.
Uncle Josh also offers replacement parts and accessories to help you keep your Beaver Dam rail-style tip-up looking fresh and working like it did the first day you took it out of the box.
What to Know About Beaver Dam Tip Ups from Uncle Josh
Ice Fishing Tip Ups by Beaver Dam
Unless you are among the more stubborn ice-fishing purists, you don’t simply cut a single hole and drop a line, hoping a fish or two will swim by. Modern ice-fishermen know how to optimize their time on ice by drilling multiple holes and placing as many tip-ups as allowed by local law.
With minimal set up time and careful consideration, a veteran of the tip up will have several sites ready to go and slay walleye, pike, or pan fish. Using tip ups, a single fisherman can cover a wide expanse of fishing real-estate and greatly improve his chances of landing the most fish.
The short answer here is: generally very well. There’s a reason they’ve become one of the most popular pieces of ice fishing equipment out there.
But more specifically, a tip up acts as a spring-loaded trap. A tip up is placed over a freshly drilled hole, suspending the bait on a predetermined length of line so it can move freely in the water and attract other fish. The base of the tip-up rests over the hole’s opening and has a simple reel system sitting under water on a vertical shaft.
As the fish pulls on the line, the reel is drawn out to a point when it activates a trigger, rotating the shaft. The shaft then rotates a horizontal bar holding the spring loaded flag down. Essentially, as the fishing line pulls out past its set length, the trigger releases and the spring-loaded flag pops up. FISH ON!!!
- Choose the right tip up – without the best equipment, a fisherman is as good as lost. Uncle Josh has Wisconsin’s best ice fishing equipment for sale , from ice fishing rods to the best accessories. You should select a durable and highly visible tip up you can see from a distance.
- Spool the line – it is best to use braided line for ice fishing, so it doesn’t get too lost in the snow when you pull your catch through the hole. Attach a swivel to the end and a predetermined length of leader line to the swivel so the last several feet are harder for fish to detect.
- Attach an appropriate hook – as a general rule, the larger the fish you want to catch, the larger the hook should be. While sunfish may require a size 8 hook, Northern Pike and Musky will need 6/0 hooks and should be fished with heavier gauge line.
- Equip sinkers – split shot sinkers work best and are easily adjustable so you can change the depth at which your bait will run, which brings us to…
- Choosing bait – selecting the right bait depends on many factors. You should consider the species you are going for, the time of year, and do some research on what seems to work best in your location. Of course, just like any fishing trip, expect some level of experimentation to see what works best.
- Set the tip up – thread your line through the line guide loop from the horizontal reel. Place your bait in the water and set the tip up on top of the drilled hole. Pull the spring flag down and lodge it beneath the small cross bar on the vertical shaft.
- Wait patiently – or better yet, set up a few more. Try Beaver Dam’s new round Tip-up. They prevent light from entering the hole, which can spook fish. Round tip ups create a seal over the hole took keep snow from blowing in, and prevents the water from freezing.
Tip ups allow ice-fisherman to cover a wide area, upping the odds of a successful trip. Just like summer angling, however, you can have a lot of lines in the water and never get a bite if you aren’t paying attention. In order to have a great day on the ice, you need to keep the smallest details in mind. Here are some tips to keep your trip on track and get more fish on the hook and out of the water:
The Set Up:
- Know your prey, match the tackle – any experienced fisherman knows you shouldn’t expect to catch blue gill on musky lures. Knowing this, you’ll need to establish what type of fish you are after. Learn what species are native to the body of water and adjust line test, depth, type of bait, and hook size accordingly.
- Understand the lay of the land – This means planning, planning, planning. You’ll need to do your homework on the lake you plan to fish. Lake maps can be found online or at local bait shops. Find out where you’ll want to set up in advance and reduce some of the guesswork.
- Mind your spacing – setting tip ups too close to each other is a waste of resources. If you’ve found a good break, line your tip ups along the ridge at slightly different depths to see what is working.
- Be wary of dead vegetation – when you drill your hole and the auger mixes up a bunch of smelly weed debris, you’ll want to consider a different spot. Bad smells usually mean decomposition, and fish prefer the oxygen-rich fresh vegetation.
- Consider sight lines – align your tip ups so you can see each one from your base location. Make sure all the flags will point the same way to maximize the flag’s visible surface area.
As You Fish:
- Keep your bait lively – just like jumping from a hot tub to a pool will shock your system, dropping your bait into 34-degee water from the 45 degrees it’s gotten used to in your bait tank will make them sluggish. Be mindful of your bait bucket’s temperature and adjust accordingly.
- Avoid crowds – don’t stand around and tell fish stories near a baited hole. Fish are pretty sensitive to vibration, so people stomping around near a good spot will turn it into a bad one. Congregate away from your holes. It’s more fun to run to a distant sprung flag anyway, right? But with that in mind…
- Check your rigs – you should make the rounds often to make sure you haven’t lost your bait, or the hole hasn’t frozen over. Do it every twenty five minutes or so, just try to be quiet about it.