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Post By: Nomad Angler      Posted: 11/20/2022 9:20:09 PM     Points: 57    
Just wanted to say hi to the forum. I'm putting together the gear to spend my first season on the ice with my son. Hoping to pick up some bargains on Black Friday, but regardless, I expect to have everything ready to go chasing trout in the mountains in the first couple weeks of December. I plant to shift to panfish and walleye in the Front Range as the season progresses. Hope to run into some of you fine folks out on the ice! :)
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 11/21/2022 6:29:46 AM     Points: 74065
Welcome to the forum. You should find plenty of good people and good information here. Please help out by submitting lake updates when you get out and about.
 Reply by: Crosstrekfisher      Posted: 11/21/2022 9:31:10 AM     Points: 13

Why don't you post what you are thinking about getting and let the people in the forum help you and guide you on what you might want to get? Lots of helpful people here.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 11/21/2022 9:37:14 AM     Points: 74065
That's some good advice. I have enough gear to completely outfit a half dozen guys and planning to sell quite a bit of it this season.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 11/21/2022 1:54:10 PM     Points: 11333
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 11/22/2022 6:47:35 AM     Points: 2150
If your interested Lawson adventure park and resort is offering guided fishing on Georgetown lake. Great deal to get started for beginners learn the ins and out of icefishing along with ice saftey
Tight Line's and Travel Light
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 11/22/2022 7:04:12 PM     Points: 11333
Ice gear is a whole different ball game than open water gear.I would not buy one item before going out with a guide or as the guest of someone that's really good. What works for guys in Min. most likely won't work here,as everything here is really different.The Trout gear can be split into two or three groups,each needing their own gear.Perc/pan fish/crappie are their own group and eyes are all by their selfs.This is just how I see it . . .as dad used to say "do your homework" keep asking questions . . .there is a ton to learn when it comes to ice fishing here in CO . . .
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 11/22/2022 7:15:06 PM     Points: 11333
Having gone back and read your original post,it looks like your going to need mountian Trout gear first off.Only advice I have is "Dicky Rod Savers" or a leash for your rod.Trout can make a unwatched rod disappear faster than you think.
 Reply by: Nomad Angler      Posted: 11/23/2022 3:07:24 PM     Points: 57
Thank you for all the responses!

Here is most of what I'm planning to pick up for two anglers:

Strikemaster Lazer manual auger - really want 7", but the 8" is currently cheaper on Amazon...
Shappell Jet sled - Large
13 Fishing - Microtec Walleye combo - 36M
Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 combo - 28M
2ea. Beaver Dam Glass Noodle - 32" (will use open water 500 and 1000 reels to start)
2ea. Schooley's Spring Bobber Pole - 26"

I already have a fishfinder set up with a battery and a transducer arm I'm going to try out. Also have lots of open water jigs and plastics and picked up some tungsten stuff from Custom Jigs & Spins (holy smokes a 3mm jig is small...). I'm planning to pick up some rattle spoons and Rippin Rap / Jigging Rap style baits.

Any thoughts will be appreciated. Right now I'm just excited to get fishing.

@Hawaiian Punch - Thanks for the tip on rod savers. I'll definitely check those out!
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: 11/23/2022 3:31:34 PM     Points: 703

- Ice picks that you put around your neck
- Spudbar
- Throw rope as mentioned with about a .lb weight on the end
- PFDs are nice but optional(ish)
 Reply by: Nomad Angler      Posted: 11/23/2022 3:41:45 PM     Points: 57
Good callout on the safety gear JKaboom!

Planning to pick up 2 of the Eagle Claw safety kits. They include ice picks, cleats, and a whistle. I have a climbing rope that I can add to my "requirements" bucket. Will have to look around for a spud bar.

 Reply by: Nomad Angler      Posted: 11/23/2022 10:35:10 PM     Points: 57
Anyone have thoughts on a local brick and mortar store that may have some good Black Friday deals on ice fishing gear? I'm currently looking at running to Scheels Friday, but I would be interested in hearing any other suggestions.

 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 11/24/2022 7:56:38 AM     Points: 11422
Discount tackle off of Santa Fe and evans is a nice little shop. Good people run it. Sportsmanís is right down the road from there too. Not the best ice gear anymore at sportsmanís but they have some. Scheels has probably the best ice gear imo. Iíll be stopping by there Saturday. Canít wait. Lol
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 11/24/2022 9:08:04 AM     Points: 22374
Pretty good list. Here are a few more ideas. One or 2 long handled ice scoops.
Swedish pimples, ice flies, 1.5 inch tube jigs on a 1/16 oz jig head.
All tipped with a wax worm.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 11/24/2022 9:35:03 AM     Points: 11333
The "Dicky Rod Saver" mounts to your ice rod(just above the rods handle and has a spring that pops open the arms and stop you gear from going down the hole . . . .it also works as a rod prop to position your rod over the hole . . . .going to Scheels? Check out the "Tuned up" ice rods . . .very good stuff!!!!

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