Optimizing Your Tip Up Flag for Visibility
Here's one tip up modification that you can do on the cheap that is very effective. This enhancement is made to make your flags more visible, even from a distance.
For this you will need a roll of reflective tape in a highly visible color, and a pair of scissors.
Just cut a strip of the tape long enough to cover where the arm rests within the flag itself, and cut another piece, about a third as long, to create sort of an arrow pointed to the end of the flag.
It's important that you choose a color that is easy to see against the snow and ice, but is also a slight contrast to the color of the flag itself. This way, when the flag is down, the arrow you have created will point laterally, telling you that there is no activity, but once the flag pops, you will see it pointed up. This is especially useful when you are ice fishing at night, and you need to be able to see the flag's position at a glance using a flashlight or spotlight. Here's a picture of the finished product, combined with one of my simple ice fishing alarms.