Modern ice rods are typically very short spinning rods,
varying between 24 and 36 inches (61 and 91 cm) in length. Classic ice rods –
still widely used – are simply stiff rod-like pieces of wood, usually with a
carved wooden handle, a couple of line guides, and two opposing hooks mounted
ahead of the handle to hand-wind the line around. Ice rods are used to fish
through holes in the cover ice of frozen lakes and ponds.