A self-made winter fishing rod (see picture) is a rather ancient piece of equipment used for fishing in the winter season.

The main difference from modern gear on a homemade fishing rod is the absence of a reel and the presence of a squat stand, which serves as a reel for reeling in and attaching winter equipment.

Interested fishermen are offered for consideration three of the simplest do-it-yourself designs of filly fishing rods, which are equally convenient for winter fishing with a jig and float, as well as with a spinner.

The invention was found in an old fishing magazine and, against the backdrop of the offer in stores of the same purpose, elegant winter fishing rods for fillies, perhaps it will only cause a condescending grin among some fishermen. But don't rush to hasty conclusions.

Wooden and foam fishing rod

Firstly: a hand-made wooden filly fishing rod has much more weight than a similar fragile foam fishing rod. Therefore, it is more difficult to put the fishing rod on its side or drag it during winter fishing in a gust of wind on smooth ice, which is especially important when fishing with several winter float rods at the end of winter or from the first smooth ice.

Secondly: handmade wooden crafts are easily painted in bright colors, so they are visible against the background of snow, and, thanks to their rigid construction, they are not very afraid, unlike a foam fishing rod, of accidentally ending up under a heavy fishing boot.

In the longitudinal cavity of a wooden fishing rod, the seat of the winter tackle whip practically does not wear out, and a rigid sleeve is usually glued into the round foam plastic cavity.

In addition, the design of any wooden filly fishing rod for winter fishing can be easily improved with your own hands at home. Let's say you can add a reel to a fishing rod with a jig on top and equip it with a reel of fishing line with a winter sheer lure attached.

The solid wooden handle allows you to hollow out a cavity in it in the form of a pencil case, similar to the one present in an ice fishing box, and store replaceable jigs and spinners in it while fishing. And so on.

The last argument. Any rural fisherman, deprived of the urban benefits of civilization, can make his own fishing rods from a wooden block, just as anyone can make similar gear not from wood, but from a dense foam plastic blank.

How to make a wooden filly fishing rod

First, let’s figure out how you can make a wooden filly fishing rod with your own hands according to the dimensions indicated in the drawing, then we’ll equip a homemade fishing rod.

We read the author's text. If any of the fishermen find my explanations highlighted in blue unnecessary, then just skip them.

The inventor of winter fishing rods of unique design is A. Chervyakov, Moscow. Let me remind you that the text is taken from an old magazine.

“Walk on the ice of a reservoir on a winter day and take a closer look at winter fishing rods. What a variety of models, sizes, shapes, colors! There are factory ones, but, perhaps, there are more homemade foam plastic ones.

And among all this diversity, I guarantee that you will not see the wooden winter fishing rod “filly” described by L.P. Sabaneev. Why do fishermen, especially urban ones, neglect the good old “filly” fishing rod? I think the reason is not that it is difficult to make such a winter fishing rod with your own hands, but because of following fashion.

Small winter plastic fishing rods that fit in the palm of your hand and are used by athletes are fashionable these days. Apparently, here the author of the article means winter balalaika fishing rods. Elegant, also small winter foam float fishing rods are popular.

But... Are tiny winter fishing rods convenient for everyone, which not all fishermen can make with their own hands? Can everyone hold such a fishing rod in their hand for a whole winter day? What about older people with deformed joints?

Maybe it makes sense for them to remember the homemade wooden winter fishing rod? What's good about her? The filly is “graspy”, that is, it is convenient for picking up by hand, it is stable on the ice - it can be placed near the hole, and not constantly held in the hand, and at the same time it is not afraid of the wind. The fishing line on the reel of the fillies is wound and reeled in without difficulty, and any fisherman who is not lazy can make such wooden tackle.

Let me add: a do-it-yourself winter fishing rod made from wood or polystyrene foam is practically unsinkable. Even large fish are unlikely to be able to get such a large float under the ice.

In addition, foam and wooden fillies have low thermal conductivity. As a result, fishermen holding such a fishing rod in their hands during the cold winter season have less cold hands than when fishing with a fishing rod with a handle made of plastic.

True, the fillies described in the literature are somewhat rough, but you can make a winter fishing rod more elegant, more modern, or something.

This is the goal I set myself - to make with my own hands from available wooden materials a filly that would please the eye with its appearance. Already in the process of work, I came up with three options for winter fishing rods for fillies.

Features of equipment for winter fishing rods

The design of winter models for trolling does not play as big a role as their equipment. She is the one responsible for a successful catch. Equipment options depend on the fishing method.

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1. Stationary fishing. In this case, the nozzle stands motionless in the water column or at the bottom, bites are transmitted using a nod. The equipment is selected according to the degree of its elasticity so that the fish cannot feel their weight and swallow the bait without fear. These can be light jigs attached to a thin fishing line. It is important that they provide synchronous play with the nod.

  • 2. Fishing in the current. In this case, special weighted equipment is used that can be held in the water flow and remain very sensitive. They necessarily contain lead leads and heavy sinkers, which can be replaced with a feeder set assembled using inline technology.

- test from 15 grams to 65 grams.

Materials for making a filly fishing rod

So, what materials and tools are needed to make wooden filly fishing rods with your own hands?

Tools: knife, file, sandpaper (not very large), drill, drills with a diameter of 4, 6 and 10 millimeters, jigsaw, screws, safety razor blade.

Materials: wooden blocks measuring 25X25X100, 30x35x100 and 30x45x100 millimeters, PVA, BF or “Moment” glue, wooden spools for thread with a diameter of 30 and 25 millimeters, cork, threaded caps from a simple ballpoint pen. See drawing 1.

On the filly handle blank (a wooden block measuring 25X25X100 millimeters) we mark future bevels, roundings, axes for installing the reel and the whip holder. (The fishing rod drawing is shown at the top of the page.)

Making a wooden filly fishing rod

To make the handle of a homemade winter fishing rod, we drill a hole with a diameter of 6 millimeters from one of the ends of the wooden block to a depth of 10 millimeters - we will then insert the whip holder into it.

The proposed dimensions of the hole for fixing the whip holder of the winter fishing rod in the filly are too small. The entry into the wooden block should be at least 30 millimeters long. Otherwise, the whip will constantly fall out of its seat in the handle.

We continue this hole, but drill it to the end of the wooden block using a 4 mm drill. We will put the whip into it in the stowed position.

Homemade foam fishing rod filly

You can make the handle of a homemade winter fishing rod with your own hands from a foam block by cutting out a piece of foam according to the dimensions suggested in the drawing above using a hacksaw blade for metal. Just don’t rush, otherwise the foam blank will begin to melt, clogging the teeth of the canvas.

The cap of a ballpoint pen does not have to protrude beyond the surface of the filly's foam winter fishing rod. It can be recessed inside a homemade foam handle.

An incorrectly burned hole can always be clogged with foam plastic crumbs coated with glue. The strength of the surface of holes burned into foam plastic is unlikely to be inferior to that of wooden cavities.

Now you can use a knife to shape the wooden or foam block and smooth out the irregularities with sandpaper. Having made the handle of a homemade filly fishing rod (wooden or foam) with our own hands, we proceed to the installation of parts and equipment.

Reel of a homemade filly fishing rod

Next, the filly should mount a reel on a homemade fishing rod, which will also serve as a support for winter tackle.

To do this, cut a wooden spool of sewing thread with a bobbin cheek diameter of 30 millimeters in half using a jigsaw (slot or hacksaw). We clean the cut areas with sandpaper and lubricate them with glue.

We also apply glue to the handle of the filly, glue the halves of the coil and, for greater strength, fasten them (through the holes) with screws. When making a reel with your own hands, make sure that the heads of the screws do not fall inside the holes in the halves of the wooden reels.

After the glue has dried, we clean the completely hand-made wooden winter fishing rod once again with sandpaper and either paint it in a bright color, or treat it with stain and impregnate it with drying oil.

When the paint or drying oil has dried, use a sharp knife or razor blade to cut two disks approximately 3 millimeters thick from the cork (cork tree bark) and glue them to the top of the filly’s handle along the same axes as the halves of the wooden spools.

Cork discs will serve to attach a hook or jig to a homemade winter fishing rod.

For the same purposes, thin, dense foam rubber can be used, which can be changed periodically. And what’s stopping us from installing a container for storing and transporting jigs or spinners inside the filly’s foam winter fishing rod?

When finished, the wooden “filly” turns out to be beautiful, stable on ice and an easy-to-use homemade winter gear.”

Equipment according to fish type

The types of equipment depend on the type of production.

1. Roach fishing. To do this, take light fishing rods that work with fishing line with a diameter of 0.06 to 0.1 millimeters, artificial baits, and small jigs.

2. Perch fishing. Forms of medium hardness with removable reels, fishing lines with a diameter of 0.12 to 0.16 millimeters, cone-shaped nods up to 10 centimeters high, brass, silver or copper balancer spinners with a length of 7 to 10 centimeters are used.

3. Pike fishing. It uses high-power fishing rods with whips from 40 to 50 centimeters long, multiplier reels for fluorocarbon fishing line, and braided cord with a diameter of 0.26 to 0.3 millimeters. To prevent the pike from biting them, you need to attach a leash made of Kevlar, guitar string. In this case, you need fish-shaped balancers from 5 to 10 centimeters long, which cling to the leash using swivels equipped with carabiners.

4. Bream fishing. For the equipment you need a small supply of fishing line with a float without a jig, with a hook on which there is edible bait. No additional loading required. In winter, bream does not catch at great depths.

5. Fishing for pike perch. For fishing you will need a powerful fishing rod with a smooth action, monofilament or fluocarbon fishing line with a diameter of 0.25 to 0.35 millimeters. When using artificial baits, you can fish without nodding. Spoons should have an oblong shape and a length of 7 to 10 centimeters.

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6. Fishing for crucian carp. Fishing rods are equipped with lavsan nods or thin metal plates replacing them, soft guards with high sensitivity and a length of 15 to 20 centimeters. For fishing you will need a fishing line with a diameter of 1.12 to 0.16 centimeters, a strong and thin hook with a small groove, tungsten jigs of brass, copper, silver, and red.

The choice of spinners in stores today is extremely large. But many people make them on their own; you can find enough materials at hand.

Homemade winter fishing rod filly

In the second version of the homemade winter fishing rod, the reel for winding the equipment is placed on top of the handle. For ease of gripping winter gear by hand, there is a recess at the base of the stand. At home, it can be cut while processing the workpiece (a block measuring 30x35x100 millimeters).

I would advise making this version of the filly fishing rod with your own hands, also from dense foam. The handle can be given a U-shape using the same method in which the internal cavity is cut out in a homemade foam box of a blood bottle.

The channel for attaching a homemade whip to the body of a winter fishing rod can also be drilled or burned in the desired direction, for example, with a stripped welding electrode.

Having marked the workpiece and drilled holes for the whip holder and its storage in a homemade fishing rod in the transport position, use a jigsaw or hacksaw to cut a notch in the center of the base and use a knife to process the block to the end.

We take a wooden spool (spool) for the reel that is thinner than in the first option - with a diameter of 25 millimeters. To prevent the mounting screws from protruding above the reel, we first countersink the holes in the halves of the reels with a drill with a diameter of 10 millimeters.

In the first option for making a homemade winter fishing rod, the holes for the screw heads in the halves of the reels should also be countersunk with a drill or cut out with the sharp end of a knife.

Features of choosing gear

When considering a particular fishing rod model, you should definitely pay attention to the following points:

  • The level of rigidity of the rod and the equipment with a nod;
  • Coil design;
  • Rod length;
  • Shape and material of the handle;
  • The total weight of the gear.

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If you are going to a body of water where pike and pike perch bite well in the winter months, then you should choose a fishing rod with a fairly stiff rod. Excessive softness of the whip can lead to uncertainty in breaking through the mouth of a predatory fish during hooking. If you are going to catch small-sized predators using a balance beam or a spoon, then it is advisable to equip it with a guard. The presence of a nod guarantees that you will receive a timely signal of a bite, which is difficult to miss.

As for the reel for winter lure fishing, it should be of the open inertial type. It is the one that is better than others for monitoring the speed and density of the line winding at the time of landing fish. In addition, for comfortable fishing for pike and pike-perch, it is desirable to have a braking system, because it, together with the level of rigidity of the rod, is responsible for how high-quality your hooks will be.

If we talk about the shape of the handle, then it should be such that during long-term use of the equipment you do not have a feeling of discomfort. To do this, when choosing a fishing rod, hold several models and buy the one that seems most convenient. It is also worth paying attention to the material from which the handle is made. If it is plastic, then refuse to purchase such equipment, because it is too cold. It is better to choose a fishing rod with a neoprene or cork handle that can retain heat.

If we talk about the total weight of the gear, then it should be small, because this way you will get less tired while fishing. This feature is not so important when fishing for small predatory fish when you are using a model with a light rod and reel. However, if large predators live in a reservoir, then you should not deliberately reduce the total weight of the fishing rod, making it less reliable and durable.

As I already said, there is nothing complicated in making this gear, because, in fact, we just need to make the following elementary items and connect them into one whole:

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