12 new rods, reels, lures, augers, shelters, accessories and much more
Here are some of the hottest new items for winter-loving anglers. And for more, also see 2018’s best new ice-fishing electronics.
BEAVER DAM SUPER WAX ICE LINE
Designed specifically for tip-ups, this abrasion-resistant braid has a smooth coating of synthetic wax, keeping it free of ice in frigid conditions. It’s available in 15-, 25- and 50-pound test.
Learn more: Acme Tackle Company, 1-866-244-2277; www.acmetackle.com
LITHIUM 40V AUGER
With a 40-volt, 5-amp-hour lithium ion battery powering a brushless DC motor, this auger promises consistent speed and torque, with no slowing as the battery wanes. Available in eight- and 10-inch sizes, it recharges in 2½ hours.
Learn more: StrikeMaster, (905) 571-3001; www.strikemaster.com
LOADOUT 5-GALLON BUCKET
Injection-moulded and virtually indestructible, this ice-fishing essential can be upgraded with a utility gear belt (pictured), a three-compartment caddy that fits into the top and a transparent lid strong enough to seat the heftiest angler.
Learn more: Yeti, (512) 394-9384; www.yeti.com
WABLER LITE W55
This modern classic is half the weight of the classic Wabler, promising twice the fluttering action for shallow-water trout, salmon, walleye and pike. Snazzy new proprietary colours include Candied Ice, Burnt Orange and Half & Half Nu-wrinkle.
Learn more: Brecks Inc., (819) 563-2115; www.williams.ca
THE TRIGGER 3
Invented and manufactured in northern Ontario, this slick ice-fishing rod holder and hook-setting device is light, sturdy and easy to set up and use. It also folds compactly for storage and travel.
Learn more: Black Fox Fishing, (705) 255-0458; www.blackfoxfishing.com
DAVE GENZ LEGACY ROD
Featuring golf-style textured Winn grips, these premium graphite ice rods also sport single-leg fly guides. The line includes six models, ranging from the 24-inch Power Noodle Ultra Light to the 28-inch Medium Action.
Learn more: Clam Outdoors, 1-800-423-3474; www.clamoutdoors.com
SIERRA SLED SHELTER
Designed for run-and-gun anglers, this ultralight two-person flip-over weighs just 33½ kilograms. The sturdy aluminum frame snaps together in seconds, and there’s storage under the removable folding lawn chair-style seats.
Learn more: Eskimo, 1-800-345-6007; www.geteskimo.com
ASCENT FLOAT PARKA & BIB
Designed to help keep you afloat should you go through the ice, this outerwear promises excellent mobility. Parka features include a removable fleece liner and hood, and a waterproof phone pocket; the bib sports padded knees, storm gaiters and a removable Thinsulate liner.
Learn more: IceArmor, 1-800-423-3474; www.clamoutdoors.com
XTH PRO LODGE
With insulated windows and a triple-layer shell, this hub shelter for up to five anglers promises durability, warmth and reduced condensation. It also boasts interior storage pockets, rod and tool holders, and two propane hose ports.
Learn more: Otter Outdoors, 1-877-466-8837; www.otteroutdoors.com
ONE-MAN BOAT SEAT ON TRUNK
The name says it all: For anglers looking to stay mobile, organized and comfortable, Frabill has mounted an actual fold-down, swivel boat seat to a sturdy 56-quart plastic storage trunk with latches.
Learn more: Frabill, 1-800-558-1005; www.frabill.com
POLAR FIRE DELUXE TIGHTLINE ICE REEL
Designed to reduce line twist on delicate presentations, this fly-style reel has a machined-aluminum frame and spool, an oversized double handle, four-bearing drag and Top of Form 2:1 gear ratio.
Learn more: HT Enterprises, (920) 533-5080; www.icefish.com
Jiffy’s latest propane auger has a 38cc, four-stroke OHV engine with an aluminum transmission and tank holder. Features include a mitten-grip starter and comfortable wide-stance handles. It comes in six-, eight-, nine- and 10-inch drill sizes.
Learn more: Jiffy Ice Drills, (920) 467-6167; www.jiffyonice.com