5 Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice

5 Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice

Check out what it takes to build high-performance ice rods that can hook and handle everything from crappie, bass, and walleye to pike, musky, and anything else lurking under the frozen surface.

Ice fisherman can already sense the season. Between the cold, crisp air and the sound of augers chewing through ice, anglers are eager to establish this year's frozen honey hole.

But getting to the hole is only half the battle, the real fun begins once the hook is set and the fight is on.

Regardless of what's hooked up on the other end, knowing your ice rod can get the job done is key to landing that next big catch.


What's the best way to guarantee your ice fishing rod is ready to go? Well that's easy— build it yourself!


Build the Ice Rod Perfect for You

Choosing from the latest, greatest, and most trusted selection of ice rod components, these ice rods can be customized for the grip you find most comfortable, the length your application demands, and of course, the fish you want to catch.

1. The MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit

The MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit is great for beginners and seasoned ice fisherman alike because it offers all the tools and supplies necessary to build 3 incredible custom ice rods all in one simple kit!

Including 3 different ice rod blanks, this kit features a 26" ultra-light and extra-fast power noodle blank, a 26" light and fast solid carbon blank, and a 30" light and fast solid carbon blank. Each MHX ice blank features a sensitive, color-coded tip that makes bite detection easier than ever, while harboring enough power in the mid-butt section to haul up any fish.

Whether you're a tip watcher looking to build a power noodle that locks up perfectly in the center or a line watcher waiting to feel the vibration of a bite, this kit includes both to give you the best range of options available in ice fishing.


Along with the rod blanks, you get 3 premium cork grips and guide layouts, 2 spools of ProWrap Thread, a CRB Hand Wrapper, ProKöte & ProPaste epoxy, and all the supplies and tools you need to build 3 of the meanest ice rods on the market.

If you're looking for a place to start in building ice rods or an easy way to upgrade your ice fishing arsenal, the MHX Turnkey Ice Rod Kit is by far the best bet.

Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice



2. MHX Solid Carbon Ice Rod Kit

If you are an ice fisherman looking for sensitivity, durability, and the right power to get fish up on the ice, the MHX Solid Carbon Ice Rod Kits are made for you.

From the blank's length and power to the rod's handle assembly and guides, simply choose what specifications will maximize your fish count in every application.

Starting with the MHX solid carbon ice rod blank, there is a range of lengths and powers to match your fishery. Available in length's from 24" to 42" and powers from Ultra-Light up to Medium-Heavy, these solid carbon blanks offer any ice angler the combination their fishing demands.

Although there are plenty of options in blanks, each MHX blank shares the brightly colored green tip for immediate alerts for fish strikes.

Whether actively hole hopping, working a flash spoon, or dead sticking for bites, there are solid carbon ice rod blanks designed to perform for you.

Start building your MHX Solid Carbon Ice Rod now.

Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice


3. CRB Solid Glass Ice Rod Kit

When it comes to ice fishing, it can be challenging to target specific species of fish and rather, you catch what's biting. While fish may vary, the CRB Solid Glass Ice Rod provides a balance of sensitivity and durability with a medium power to serve a variety of anglers and techniques.

From the blank's length to the rod's handle assembly and guides, ice fisherman can choose what specifications mean most to their fishing performance.

Considering the CRB Solid Glass Ice Blanks are available in length's from 24" to 39", you have plenty of options in length that match with the medium power for a versatile rod up for any challenge on the ice.

Although there are plenty of options in lengths, each CRB blank includes vivid orange tips for immediate strike alerts that increase hook ups across all applications.

Each kit allows you to choose your handle style and guide color, and they all include a CRB solid glass rod blank with orange tip to help with strike visibility.

From jigging a flash spoon to dead sticking and everything in between, these CRB Solid Glass ice rod kits are designed to perform.

Each lightweight, high-performance ice rod will certainly catch as many fish as it will looks from your buddies, so get to building your cool new CRB Solid Glass Ice Rod here!

Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice


4. CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite Ice Rod Kit

For ice fisherman looking for a mid-range power yet still need a specific length, the CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite merges a lightweight, durable construction with multiple length options and a medium-light power for a high-quality performance on the ice.

With the variety of ice fishing techniques available and number of fish biting at any time, this kit uses the graphite blank to establish a tactical sensitivity, durability, and performance. Backed by its medium-light power maintain hook sets and haul fish up through the ice.

From the blank's length to the rod's handle assembly and guides, ice fisherman can choose what specifications mean most to their fishing performance.

Besides its incredible sensitivity, the CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite Ice Rod is available in length's from 24" to 39" so you have plenty of options in length that are bolstered by a medium-light power to haul in fish. Each of these CRB blanks also feature a vivid orange tip for immediate strike alerts that increase the quality of hook ups and the number of fish landed.

Build the CRB Deluxe Tubular Graphite Ice Rod and see what you can pull up through the ice!

Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice


5. Build the CRB Crappie Buster Ice Rod Kit

When ice fisherman demand the ultra-light power to keep lighter fish pinned but also want more variety in length to work different techniques, the CRB Brim Buster Ice Rod brings the best balance. Between the lightweight yet durable feel and the multiple available lengths, this kit makes for a high-quality rod that's a ton of fun on the ice.

Designed for smaller fish, this ice rod kit makes catching lighter game a guaranteed good time. From the blank's length to the handle assembly and components, you can choose what parts matter most on your custom ice rod.

The CRB Brim Buster is available in length's from 17" to 36" so you have plenty of options in length while the ultra-light power helps maintain and land lighter fish. Each of these CRB blanks are designed with a vivid orange tip that works to notify you of even the softest bite.

For a great time fishing smaller species, check out the CRB Brim Buster Ice Rod Kit!

Ice Fishing Rods to Build Before First Ice


Building Custom Ice Fishing Rods

Whether getting into smaller panfish and crappie, mid-range bass and walleye, or larger lurking fish like pike and musky, you can build an ice rod tailored to your application, budget, and comfort for a truly unbeatable experience.

Ice fishing is unique an application as any and with so many different techniques, Mud Hole has worked diligently to assemble multi-option kits to fit the demands of every ice fisherman.

See what Ice Rod Kit gives you the best odds on the ice!

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