About Innovative Tip-Down

Our innovative design provides many advantages

Many people are just starting to get turned onto tip-down fishing and the advantages of using a light set-up for perch and crappie fishing.

Tip-Downs operate by weight balancing. The upper inner tube supports the rod in a 45 degree upward angle. When a fish takes the bait, the rod simply tips down straight toward the hole, alerting the angler that a fish is on while allowing the fish to take out line.

When the rod is down, the fish has the bait. The angler then has time to grab the rod and set the hook. Once hooked, the fish is retrieved in a hand-over-hand fashion. Such a technique offers zero resistance to the fish and lets the angler know precisely when the fish has the bait.

Unlike conventional tip-ups, Tip-Downs produce more fish simply because there is no resistance when a fish grabs the bait. Conventional tip-ups require enough force to fire a mechanism that trips the flag, and this extra force often causes fish to drop the bait.

Tip-downs offer many other advantages for catching finicky fish:

  • They use light line. Most conventional tip-ups are backed with heavy line. Tip-Downs are used with all monofilament to minimize drag.
  • Finicky fish will sometimes grab and drop the bait a few times before taking it down for good. A Tip-Down only stays tipped down if the fish has the bait. If the fish lets go, the Tip-Down returns to the upright position. This allows the angler to know what is going on under the ice just by watching the Tip-Down.
  • Tip-Down gives the angler a wider variety of fishing options. Conventional tip-ups do not produce fish such as crappies and perch like a Tip-Down will. These types of fish do not like resistance, and they often are able to sense the heaviness of a traditional tip-up. Tip-Downs offer zero resistance and are lightweight from top to bottom.