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How do you attach skis to an ice fishing sled?

But when you load it with ice fishing gear, dragging it through the snow seems complicated. To attach skis you can start by cutting the pair off of skis in their correct positions. Placing screws through the bottom of the skis into the sled.

What do you need to make a homemade fishing sled?

These homemade sleds are easy to pull and help lift your rod, traps, reel, and equipment throughout, making them a lot more comfortable. All you need is snow sleds, bolts, screws, waterproof cloth, drills, skis, or waterproof adhesives. Create such a design that is able to shelter you during cold winds.

Can you put skis on a sled?

Placing screws through the bottom of the skis into the sled. The screws should tightly secure the 24’s that you install over the base of your sled. The addition of the skis makes it easier to haul the gear through the snow. It should make your sled much more efficient than it was before the installation of the skis.

Why do ice anglers need a sled?

Without a doubt, ice anglers acquire a lot of equipment and one of the most essential pieces of gear is a sled. After all, what good is all the rest of your stuff if you can’t even get it to your fishing spot. Most of the sleds you see on the ice are nothing more than molded plastic tubs that you pull with a rope.

Gear Hauling

Many people wait for enough ice to drive their vehicle out on the ice, which alleviates the need to haul equipment over long distances. I, however, am not a fan of taking my vehicle out on the lake, so more often then not I will walk out to my spot.

Skis

First step was to acquire skis. After searching several used equipment resources online, I bought some used downhill skis. The brackets to attach boots to were no longer needed so I stripped down the skis bare.

Galvanized Pipe Fittings

There was one design aspect to this build that was absolutely necessary, and that was modularity. I needed to be able to disassemble this down to its elements so that it could fit in my car trunk.

Maximized Storage

As is with the skis, the pipe fittings are mounted to the sled with a routed piece of wood. Ideally a thick metal plate would be better (future upgrade) as this setup only supports maybe 100 pounds, I am not really setup to augment metal, so I went with the wood. Because the sled has ridges, I made relief cuts so the wood can lay snug to the sled.

Harness

One other aspect of hauling gear that bothered me was having to hold on to a rope while walking. Sounds ridiculous, but walking this way for a long distance with weight can become awkward and tiresome, so I bought a sled hardness.

Compact Gear

Overall I’ve been very satisfied with how this sled turned out. As you can see above, the sled is a nice place to store stuff up off the snow and at an easy level to reach while out fishing. It also breaks down nicely and fits in the trunk of my car with the rest of my gear as seen below.

What is the best sled for ice fishing?

When choosing the best sleds for ice fishing to haul the gear smoothly and comfortably, Smitty sleds are the choice. Let’s have a look at two reasons why Smitty sleds proved to be a desirable option.

Why do you put skis on the bottom of a sled?

It means if the snow is more glutinous, the sled is even harder to pull. But when you install the ski at the bottom of the sled, it also makes a difference. Sometimes, people face deep or fluffy snow. The sled can help act like a snowplough when large amounts of snow gather/build up in front of it. Adding the skis can make ploughing through the snow much easier.

How far can a smitty sled go?

First, a Smitty allows a vast range so everyone can haul their gear. It’s okay for anyone to pull their Smitty Sled up to two kilometres / 1.24 miles in a day.

Why is it important to know what sled to use?

It’s necessary to know because carrying goods without a reliable sled is challenging.

How to attach skis to a sled?

To attach skis you can start by cutting the pair off of skis in their correct positions. Placing screws through the bottom of the skis into the sled. The screws should tightly secure the 2×4’s that you install over the base of your sled.

Why do you need a runner kit on a sled?

People tend to install a reliable runner kit that protects the grounds of the sled from rigidity. So, if you want to go in deep snow and enjoy it without getting annoyed with the difficulty, then installing a runner kit on the sled is what you want to do.

What are the variables that make a sled easier to pull?

Such as the snow’s hardness and rigidity, the snow’s water content, air temperature, sunny or cloudy day, or Is it sticky or not?

How to make a hitch platform wider?

You can make your platform wider than the hauler, but make sure not to go so wide that you block your brake lights. Use at least six U-bolts to secure the plywood to the bottom of the hitch hauler’s frame. Next, drill holes in each corner of your plywood platform and insert eye-bolts pointing up.

How to secure a sled to the bottom?

Secure the board to the bottom of the sled near the corners by through-bolting with stainless hardware. Only drill holes in the recessed areas that are not actually making contact with the ice itself. Most shacks have at least four or five runners that will extend closer to the ice, so drill your holes in between the runners.

How to make a sled for a sled?

First, lay out the items where you want them to ride in your sled and make a template out of cardboard. Then lay your template over a piece of plywood and cut out the desired shapes. The plywood should be at least 1/2-inch thick, but preferably 3/4-inch if heavy items are being stored.

How wide should ice rods be?

In most cases, rod handles are not more than 1 inch wide. Before cutting, take your ice rods and measure how far you want them to extend past the tub itself. In most cases, this will be less than 6 inches. With this measurement, add the width of the tub’s lip to that number and cut the PVC to size.

How to drill holes in ice?

When you go to drill holes in the ice, place the board open in a “V” shape opening away from you, between your feet and the spot you’re going to drill. The board will shield you from water, chips, and slush, and can be used to wipe the excess away from the hole in one swift motion. Use the board in that same position upwind of the hole to keep snow from blowing in and refreezing your hole.

Can you use aluminum bar stock for shacks?

You can use a piece of aluminum bar stock or, at the bare minimum, several large, stainless-steel fender washers for support. The larger the backing plate you can get, the better off you will be. Now that you have a universal place to connect two shacks together, you need a way to hook them up.

What is a Smitty sled

Without a doubt, ice anglers acquire a lot of equipment and one of the most essential pieces of gear is a sled. After all, what good is all the rest of your stuff if you can’t even get it to your fishing spot.

Does a Smitty sled really work

Try a Smitty sled one time and I guarantee you’ll be sold. They really do work that good. A well built Smitty sled makes dragging all your ice fishing gear nearly effortless. With a standard Otter sled, hauling a full load through snow covered ice was an arduous chore for me. I barely made it a hundred yards without needing a breather.

How much does it cost to make a Smitty sled

The best part about converting your current sled into a Smitty sled is that it costs hardly anything if you shop smart. Since there are so many different ways to build one, it’s tough to say exactly how much it costs. But I can still give a good estimate of what you can expect to spend on materials for a nice Smitty sled.

Complete guide to building your own Smitty sled

Building your own Smitty sled is fairly straight forward. It’s a great off-season project and takes only a few hours to complete (depending on how fancy you want to get). The sled I’ll show you how to build is quite simple so it only requires common tools and very little carpentry skills.

Designs for portability

The true genius of a Smitty sled is customization. As long as you have the fundamental components in place, how you trick out your sled is entirely up to you.

Final thoughts

A Smitty sled brings a whole new layer of fun to ice fishing while simultaneously reducing the work required to get your gear from point A to point B. So, if you want to take your ice fishing prowess to the next level, start building yourself a Smitty sled.

Why do you need to put a blade protector cup on?

First of all, it’s always a good call to strap on the blade protector cup whenever you’re traveling in order to keep your blades sharp and prevent them from gashing up anything within reach. If you’re towing behind a vehicle, it’s also best to keep the auger down low in the sled and strapped down with your bungees.

Why are rod holders ugly?

If these rod holders look ugly, it’s because I assembled and installed them in less than five minutes. Additional improvements could include slots in the tops of the pipe to hold reel stems securely, or a board across the back to keep all the rod holders parallel and upright.

Can you mix heavy equipment with fragile rods?

The mix of heavy and/or sharp equipment with fragile rods and electronics is simply a recipe for disaster. It doesn’t have to be that way. Even if you’re a passive ice angler, a quick trip to the hardware store and an afternoon in the garage will make a world of difference for the durability and longevity of your gear.

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