Choosing the perfect ice fishing shelters isn't at all difficult, you just need to know your priorities. It's not necessary to freeze your tail off when ice fishing, having a proper ice shanty is all you need to add a little comfort to your fishing adventure. A portable ice fishing hut will allow you to enjoy dropping your line without losing the fun of the sport.
Available in every shape and size, choosing an ice fishing shelter can sometimes make fishermen puzzled and hesitant, apprehensive that they won't choose properly and meet their needs. Following these simple tips, you can rest easy knowing that your purchase will give you numerous years of pleasure, while keeping you dry and warm.
Choosing the material your ice shanty is made of is probably the most important thing to consider. Most are made from poly cotton, canvas or nylon. Each material has its own pros and cons, but the most significant aspects to take into account is the material's breathability, strength, thickness and water & fire resistance.
Thicker materials will provide more protection from the elements and will also retain heat from the inside as well. The durability of the material can cause the ice fishing shelter to rip and for seams to split. Of course, thinner materials will weigh less and make transporting easier, but finding a happy medium between transport weight and effective material weight is imperative.
Transportable ice shacks come in a broad assortment of sizes from small shelters, made for just one person, all the way up to huge ice houses that will accommodate 4-5 people. If you do the majority of your ice fishing alone, although not very safe, a small hut is usually the best option. Even if you usually fish solo, but have a large amount of equipment or are already carrying a few extra pounds yourself, selecting a two-person ice house will give you the needed extra room you'll want. However, also remember that the larger space you have, the harder job your heater will have to keep you warm enough inside.
Depending on your own height, you may also need to consider the ceiling height of your fishing shanty. It's important to have a bobhouse that will accommodate your stature while sitting. If your head is constantly rubbing the ceiling you'll quickly become aggravated with the entire day.
Portable fish houses should also be designed so that setup doesn't take more than a minute or two. Less setup time leaves you more time for the actual fishing, and let's face it, the easier it is to get to the fishing party, the more enjoyable your day will be. Designs vary between a tent and folding design. The tent style typically come with poles for setup, they offer plenty of room and aren't usually very hard to put together. The other, the folding type, fold over top of you, they are the most simple in terms of setting up. It's a good idea to experiment with both before investing.
Having windows, and how many, is usually a personal choice. The benefit of having many is being able to see your tip-ups from inside and you can also monitor the weather for any storms that may be brewing. The windows also provide a good, natural light source to the interior.
Most fishermen prefer the use of some kind of portable heater during their ice fishing escapades. If you are one of these anglers, having good ventilation is absolutely necessary. Not having a vent to allow the fumes to escape from your ice fishing shelterscan be deadly. If the bobhouse you ultimately purchase does not have any vents and you choose to use a heater, it's necessary to keep the door open to allow the toxic fumes to escape and fresh air in.
Keeping a few things in mind while searching for the perfect ice fishing shelters will make sure your purchase is one you'll enjoy for many years to come.