If anyone has the type of ice rods that have the reels attached with those plastic/rubber bands that are held in place with a friction fit they have probably experienced how the bands can come loose and the reel falls off. I have that type and had made temporary fixes with good old electricians tape. But the reside it leaves bothered me. So I think I found something better. It's a silicone tape with no adhesive. You stretch it a lot when you wrap it on and it adheres only to itself. It is supposed to fuse with itself to form a solid bond. I tried it (wrapping it over the band and closer to the reel stem) and it seems to be working well so far. Now the test will be to see how it lasts and performs in below freezing temperatures. It's available at Canadian Tires and also on eBay. Maybe other places too.
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What I use is zip ties. They use them to keep the rod and reel together at the store so I thought why not keep them on if you buy them or put them on the ones you already have. Works great and cheap or already there.
My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my fishing/hunting gear for what I said I paid for it.
I tried zip ties as well and also fond they were pretty irritating, no matter which way you turn them they dig into your hands. No problem with the electrical tape, dont take the reels off anyways. the self sealing stuff does sound good though
I also find zip ties cut into my hand. I now only buy ice rods with a proper real seat. I do have a couple old ones with the bands still, I might have to give that stuff a try and give them some new life.
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As above just purchase a rodwith a seat and problem solved. How many rods do you use in the summer with duct tape and cable ties holding on your reels? Winter fishing can be as productive as summer so why not just use decent gear and not worry about equipment loss or failure.
Yes - hockey tape! Wish I thought of that. YOU ARE CANADIAN! Do you mean stick tape or shin pad/sock tape? It's been so long since I played hockey but do players still use tape for socks? Is is rubbery? Is stick tape still like cloth?