This type of ice fishing rod is also known as a palm rod, balalaika or mormyshka rod and is used across Europe for competition fishing. These short and finesse rods are supplied with a reel. However, the reel is used as a line storage only. You have to feel the line with your fingers and pull the line to land a fish.
Mormyshka rod setup
Fishing with mormyshka requires strike indicators attached to the tip of the rod. Strike indicators are made from many different materials.
Five most common strike indicators:
- Made of thin spring wire. Use: vertical jigging light spoons or heavy mormyshka. Good for perch.
- Stiff plastic hair style strike indicator. Use: jigging spoons or heavy mormyshka. Good for perch and whitefish.
- Needle shaped plastic, very good sensitivity.
- Made of x-ray film, very easy to make. Extremely sensitive. These are probably the best strike indicators. Not recomended for jigging spoons.
- Made of hair from wild boar. Super sensitive but breaks very easily.