The Black Magic Story
In March 2003 my son Dan and I were sitting in our cabin having a couple of beers. It had been a particularly frustrating day at Northeast Carry on Moosehead Lake. The wind was howling and the temperature was minus 30. We were completely exhausted after spending most of our time chasing and re-setting wind flags.
Now, we've been ice fishing for most of our lives and over the years we've tried just about every different jig and rig made. But we've never found one that was reliable. They have to be “tuned” just right. Often this means taking off your gloves in sub-zero weather and fiddling with the darn things. And still you get false flags or no flags despite the fact that a fish has taken the bait.
We were fed up. We decided we were going to solve this problem once and for all. We brainstormed. We made sketches. We brainstormed some more.
Our “eureka” moment came when we hit on the idea of an eccentric molded into the reel instead of a tab to trip the flag. Traditional tip-ups are based on a tab protruding from a reel hitting a bent rod and releasing the flag. Our design eliminated the precarious, “mousetrap” sensitivity and replaced it with a unique solution that ends wind flags and all other false flags as well.
The way it works is actually very simple. As the reel is turned by a fish pulling on it, the eccentric pulls the rod down, releasing the flag. And because the eccentric puts almost no tension on the line, the fish isn't spooked by line resistance. So you catch more fish. The added advantage is that it doesn't matter which way the line is wound on the reel because the eccentric works in either direction.
We called our invention Black Magic Ice Fishing Tip-Ups, patented the design, and the rest is history.
We've ended ice fishing's biggest headache.
Here's to good fishing!
George & Dan Allen