Bass Pro Shops® Ice Arctic Angler Tip-Up
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generally the fact that the spool is operating underwater creates a moderate amount of drag along with a certain amount of drag simply from the mechanism. I've fished over 20 years with tip ups and never had a free spooled mess equivalent to what happens with a casting reel in the hands of a novice. The designers have factored in the proper resistance in the tip ups mechanical design to prevent this from happening. Use 30lb-40lb heavy braided dacron tip up line, with a 2'- 30lb super braid leader, I use a split shot 8" up from a small treble, but everyone has their individual preferences on the hook set up. The yellow tip ups are an excellent product, we've used them many years.