Its a given that the best ice rods allow you to tape your reel on the handle where it feels the best for you. Where you feel the right balance while holding the rod with the reel attached, for what could be hours on the ice and comfort will matter. The problem will come at the end of the season, when you cut away that black electrical tape and put the reels away until the next season.
When you start to pull that tape away from the handle of the rod, on that last layer you will notice little pieces of cork being pulled away from the handle. Now the cork or the handle itself is the second most important piece (after the blank) in the make up of an ice rod, and after a couple of seasons your handle will seriously start to fall apart on you. Here is the issue, the reason for the use a quality cork handle is for additional sensitivity, but how do you maintain your equipment as well?
The answer can be found already in many households. We use it for putting away clothes, boxing up holiday dishes and decorations, and protecting floors and windows while slapping paint on the walls. Although often overlooked during the ice season, the answer to the question is masking tape. Put your reel on the handle, slide it up and down to where it feels the best. Then remove the reel, and wrap just enough masking tape over the handle to be able to attach your reel with electric tape. Now at the end of the season, you can cut away the electric tape without causing any damage to the rod handle, and you just leave the masking tape on the handle until its time to do it again.