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ICE TIP FROM TOM: STAY HYDRATED!

Remaining warm on the ice involves various components–and some often overlooked principles. One of these is proper hydration. Cold, dry environs continually work against the body. In its worst form, dehydration may have dire health consequences. On another level–one many anglers might not even be aware of–not staying adequately hydrated also makes it difficult to…

SOMETHING NEW IS COMING TO TGO!!!!

This weekend I’m going to try something new: Providing you with live updates through our TGO Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be fishing in Saskatchewan, and–assuming I’m able to stay connected, that is–will share updates, photos, possibly even some short video clip’s to keep you informed about how the trip is going. I’m planning to be…

DID YOU KNOW…

Ice is often said to be suitable for foot travel when it becomes approximately 4” thick. Of course, caution must still be taken because ice seldom, if ever, develops uniformly. There are simply too many influencing variables–including the elevation, shape, type and depth of the waterway, the presence, direction and strength of wind or currents,…

TIP-UP TIP FROM TOM: SECURING HOOKS

Securing rigs and hooks on tip-ups, especially classic “underwater” styles like HT’s Polar, can be challenging. While no method is perfect, I’ve found stretching a heavy duty rubber band around the frame opposite the spool does the trick. Provided the overall length of your leader material is shorter than the length of the frame, simply…

Weight Gain????

GAINING WEIGHT? You may have noticed I look considerably plumper when wearing my TGO embroidered jacket on the ice, and there’s good reason for that: The oversized pockets on that Polar Fire jacket are always packed with essentials I want handy. For me, the convenience outweighs the funny look! Here’s a list of items I…

AVOIDING COLD FEET

As an ardent winter angler spending long periods of time on ice, one thing I won’t tolerate is cold feet. Ensuring this won’t happen begins with wearing comfortable, moisture wicking socks and quality, well insulated boots (a topic in itself for another time)–but here are some additional tips that will help as well: 1. Make…

ROAD TRIPS, ICE TV STYLE

Our TGO, Tom Gruenwald Outdoors film crew travels through a seasonally glacial world, pursuing various species, often in adventurously remote settings under acutely challenging conditions, exploring a diverse mélange of ice fishing situations. Something is gleaned from each experience. Here’s a glance into some lessons learned this past winter, while filming Season Four. LOCATION: Big…

GET MOVING, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

No, this isn’t another ho-hum segment encouraging ice anglers to be more mobile. While that element certainly plays a significant role in many successful approaches, what I’m referring to here is keeping your presentations–even more specifically, those set beneath tip-up and dead stick sets–moving. Wait a minute, you might say. Aren’t tip-up and dead stick…

ICE RIGGER TIPS

  You might want to consider some of these helpful pointers, too. • Turn your reel slightly away from the flag when positioning your rod handles within the holder. This allows tripped flags extra room to clear the reel (especially important when fishing in strong winds!) • Use braided line as backing before adding wire,…