I didn’t see a tip down out there for a spinning setup that I liked so I thought I’d take a crack at it. I contacted icenutz and he was kind enough to give me some pointers.
There is still some work to do, but it’s far enough a long to get some feedback.
Basic idea is to get the same action as a true tip down, where a very light bite triggers the setup to tip forward to a point of true weightlessness.
In my mind the only sure way to achieve this for a spinning setup requires some adjustability of the “table” so that you can slide the spinning setup forward/backward to achieve the correct balance point. I also wanted it to be usable for left or right hand reeling.
Anyway, I came up with the idea of a table as the tipping mechanism, added some adjustable stops and a base that will fold up and secure everything. Still some work to do on the base.
I can set this to trigger with less than 1/32oz weight, and probably less but that’s the smallest weight I have right now.
Currently this is designed to be able to use rods as long as 36”, but I think up to 42” would work when it’s tipping into an ice hole.
There will be a line that runs through the center hole in the table so that a rod doesn’t go down a hole. Also, working on a line release to use this same setup for walleye/pike fishing or anytime you want to have a line release and free spool.
Would appreciate any thoughts you may have. What am I missing? Anything that you think will not work?