Your self-made ice fishing sled can add comfort and ease to your most favorite winter-time sport, ice fishing. Although several sleds can be bought from a variety available in the market, building your own is not only a good way to save money but it will also allow you to customize it according to your needs.
Step 1: Plan Your Sled
You can plan your sled to be amazingly simple or elegantly sophisticated. Your decision should be dependent on your fishing activities. For instance, factors like how often you fish or how far you go to fish can all have an impact on your design. Some ice fishing sleds are designed simply for carriage of fishing equipment and storage to bring the fish back home. On the other hand, some more sophisticated ones may allow you to sit in them to seek shelter from bitter cold and wind. You can use the following steps to assemble a more sophisticated one and can use the method to modify it to suit your needs.
Step 2: Buy Necessary Equipment
Judging from the equipment you need to place on it, buy a plastic sled to suit your needs. If you are looking to make a sophisticated sled, you must opt for larger ones. However, in order to make a sled for storage and equipment only, you can buy a snow sled for children as well. Also, buy a water-proof cloth which should be at least twice the size of the rectangular base of the sled. Your choice of steel pipes should also complement your chosen size of the sled. However, their minimum length should not decrease below 12 feet.
Step 3: Assemble the Structure
Use a pipe bender to bend the pipes so that they make a 'D' such that each end of a pipe coincides with the end of the sled. If the pipe is long, use a pipe cutter to shorten its length to the required figure. Drill holes in the side of the pipe and the sled and use bolts to join the two together.
Step 4: Put the Cloth on the Structure
Either use waterproof adhesive or screws to place the waterproof cloth on top of the sled structure created in the previous step. Make sure that you leave no holes that may result in snow and wind creeping in. In addition, leave one end of the sled open which you may use for fishing.
Step 5: Add Other Equipment
You can also accessorize your sled by adding other equipment that may aid you in fishing. If there is space you can mount a cooler for storage at one end of the sled. Also, you can screw a PVC pipe cut into half to one corner of the sled. This can serve as a useful carrier of your fishing rod.