So since it came up in another thread I figured I would post a pic of my quickstrike rigs I use for pike fishing.
These work excelent below a tip-up or on a rod. The design and concepts are not mine but were designed and developed by the guys from Infishermen. Doug Stange,Al linder and their buddies. Those guys are some of the first pioneers of the new age of icefishing we have today.
Things like using portable flashers,special built rods etc.
I make two styles or quickstrikes the A frame style and the inline style. Both seem to work about equally well.
the inline ones have a small piece of heat shrink tubing on them though that isn't entirely neccessary.
They are made from 7 strand wire coated and non coated. Pike aren't line shy in the least so color doesn't really matter.
We sometimes add beads or spinners to some of them but I can't say whether or not this helps. But we have the stuff so why not?
I think a shiny spinner blade would help on a wind tip-up or a jigging rod though.
I have a box of components and me and a friend or two will make up a years supply at a time at my house whilst telling fish tales around the table while we work.
The preferred bait is Hooligan though herring works good too.
I try to hang them vertically though I have read where they don't need to be perfectly vertical.
One hook behind the head and one in the back.
I like size 6 or 8 trebles. They sink in between the teeth of even the biggest pike and hold well.
The ones pictured are Daiichi bleeding bait trebles but any good treble should work.