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Nellie30

Thorne Bros Ice Rods

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I got a gift certificate to Thorne Bros for my B-day recently & was thinking of using it on one of Thorne Bros custom rods. I was thinking of the Sweet Thing (24" panfish rod) w/ spring bobber. Thought I would check with the local group & see if anyone has any feedback on their rods. I think I have read everything on the "ice fishing" forum...Anyone ever use one of these? Worth the money? How's the spring bobber compared to St. Croix Legend? Appreciate any info...

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You will be very happy with that purchase. I have the panfish sweetheart 28" and it is the best panfish rod I own. I recently picked up the spring bobber and used it for the first time on Sunday and it worked great. I would say the spring bobber is a little bit better than the St. Croix spring bobber.

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In no way am I putting down Throne rods or spring bobbers, but I would prefer a St. Croix spring above all. The physical rod is a different story as you’ve probably researched.

My picture perfect panfish rod for the Rochester area to be used as a jigging rod inside a shack. Ultra Light 25" Throne custom rod, lightweight cork handle (on the short side), 4 eyelets & St Croix Spring bobber. 2# Berkley Vanish on a Tica Cetus SB or SS 500 reel taped on. That would be ideal for me. Everybody is different thou.

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ive got a sweet thing and i love it. i like the spring bobber on this rod more than my st. croix. This was my favorite rod when i got it and it still is.

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Of all the Thorne Bros rods I own, the sweetthing plus Tica reel with 4# P-Line. is exactly that. My only gripe with the spring bobber is when I fish outside my portable with it. I use 4# P-Line and when outside the line ices up a little and you have to keep the ice off the line for it to go through the end. I am going to try and drill out the hole a little bigger and then I will have the perfect pannie rod for inside or outside.

Sweet Thing ia a perfect pannie rod. I dont know of a Thorne Bros rod I dont like except for the ones I dont own.

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I really like the Thorne Brothers ice rods. I bought a couple of walleye rods from them for a recent trip to LOW and they exceeded my expectations. As for the St. Croix, I love the spring bobber mechanism and hate the blank. So, I solved that problem by building a couple of panfish rods based on the Throne Brothers blanks but using the St. Croix spring bobbers. If you have a rod you like you can wrap a single foot, size 3, wire, fly guide opposite of the tip top, apply your epoxy finish, and then insert a small rubber gromet (1/8" hole). The result is a rubber holder for a St. Croix spring bobber. If you want to see a recent post on this check here http://www.fishingminnesota.com/forum/showflat.php?Cat=&Number=979146&page=5&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=1

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