Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 208 (Fishing And Fishing Stuff): Night Sunny And Thorne Bros. Ice Fishing Rods

Sunfish on a warm, foggy night.
When: Tuesday, December 6th, from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Where: Lake Nomahegan
What: Fishing
Weather: Light rain, fog, mist, South wind at 5mph, 60 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 29.98in and steady
Moon: Waxing, just before full
Water Conditions: Low and stained

Riding the heels of another good day, I headed to Lake Nomahegan after work with the last of my nightcrawlers. It was unseasonably warm yet again, so I was hoping the fish might be somewhat active. After striking out in my first spot, I headed to the shallow end of the lake and immediately started getting bites. Eventually this produced a small sunfish, but that would be all I caught on this Tuesday.

I guess you can't have everything.

But if you do have everything, you may want to check these out....
Custom-made ice fishing rods by the Thorne Bros. in Blaine, Minnesota (www.thornebros.com).

Is it a little unnecessary to have your ice fishing rods custom-made?

Probably.

Does that make them any less enjoyable to fish with?

Absolutely not.

You can check out the full line of Thorne Bros. rods on their website. When it's time to pull the trigger, one of their rod builders will patiently spend time on the phone with you to make sure you get exactly what you want and that it meets the need of what you will be fishing for. Their builders and customer service are unfathomably friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and it has been an absolute delight dealing with this company over the years.

You'll notice these models of rods do not have traditional reel seats. The one on the left has two bands of masking tape that I applied and the one on the right has a 500 size Shimano taped onto the masking tape with electrical tape. This is fairly easy to do, and is explained down below.

So, if you're in Union County on another unseasonably warm day in December, you may want to try Nomahegan for a few sunfish. And if you're looking to take your ice fishing game to the next level or just have a few extra bucks to burn, you may want to ask Santa or the Ice Fairy to put a custom-made rod beneath your tree.

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