Cheap & Easy Reflective Tip-Up Markers

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If you run tip-ups, as most ice fisherman do, it’s recommended to protect them them with reflective tip-up markers.  It makes it easy to locate your tip-ups at a glance, and with the reflective tape it helps to makes them stand out after dark so they don’t get run over by snowmobiles, ATV’s, or cars and trucks when the ice gets thicker. Here is how to make 5 reflective tip-up markers for ice fishing for less than $5 and 15 minutes of your time.

What’s Needed for the Reflective Tip-Up Markers

10′ section of narrow diameter PVC (about $2)
Roll of reflective tape (about $2.50)

Step 1 – Buy a 10′ section of PVC

Some narrow diameter PVC pipe. Cost under $2 at Fleet-Farm

Step 2 – Buy some reflective tape

Found in the Automotive section of Fleet Farm for about $2.50

Step 3 – Cut the PVC into 5, 2 foot sections

I used a hacksaw, but any saw should work. Since its narrow PVC, it cuts quickly.

Step 4 – Wrap the reflective tape around 1 end of each of the PVC pieces

Wrap the tape around each end of the sections of PVC

Step 5 – Enjoy your Reflective Tip-Up Markers

Reflective Tip-Up Markers for under $5. Just stick them in the snow or a pile of slush next to your tip-ups to keep them from getting run over by vehicles on the ice… and to make it easy to find your tip-ups after the sun goes down.

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Vincent Wondra

Obsessed with fishing since a child. Vince loves to share his knowledge of the sport, while helping encourage selective harvest and protection of the resource. He shares fishing reports, tips, tricks, and more during his never ending quest to be a better fisherman. PRACTICE CPR: Catch. Picture. Release.