Choose a Portable
Apart from an ice auger, the portable ice fishing hut is one of the
most important items an angler will purchase. Purchasing a portable ice
fishing hut will go a long way to ensure you have a great day while out
Today's portable ice fishing huts are available in all shapes and
sizes, this can cause anglers new to the sport of ice fishing many a
headache trying to select an ice fishing hut that is right for them.
Use the following guide to aid you in deciding and ultimately
purchasing an ice fishing hut that will suit your needs.
are They Made Of?
Today's portable ice fishing
huts are generally made of
three materials. Nylon, canvas, and poly cotton. When purchasing your
ice fishing hut make sure you buy one with the thickness material your
pocketbook can afford. The simple rule is the thicker the material, the
more protection you will receive from the wind and cold. On the other
hand the thicker the material, the more it will weigh. You need to find
a balance between weight and portability Other important factors to
consider when comparing different models is durability, and breath
ability, and fire resistance. Of these three, fire resistance might be
the most important factor to focus on. Many anglers today will bring
along a portable heat source to aid in keeping warm and many of these
can become a fire hazard if accidentally knocked over. Most portable
ice fishing huts on the market today are fire resistant.
Portable ice fishing huts that are manufactured from dark material are
superior to any other type of material. Any dark coloured hut will
absorb substantially more heat from the sun aiding in keeping you warm.
Another advantage to a dark coloured ice fishing hut is the interior of
your hut will be darker. This will help you in when peering down in to
the depths through your ice fishing hole. Also with todays tendency
towards using more electronics such as flashers and underwater cameras,
the increased darkness within your hut will allow for easier viewing.
The overall weight of your
portable ice fishing hut is one
of the most important aspects when choosing a particular model. Do you
spend a lot of time moving around? Do you tend to stay in one place
once you are set up? These questions must be addressed before
purchasing any particular model. Ask yourself what is more important,
the quality of your hut or the overall weight. Thin materials are great
for packing around and can save you from fatigue and sore muscles.
However a thin material can rip or tear easily and also will not give
you as much protection from the elements as a thicker material, meaning
possibly not staying out on the ice for extended periods of time. An
average 1 man portable ice fishing hut can run as high as 60 pounds.
that is a lot of weight to be dragging around to various locations
throughout your day. It is essential for you to factor in material,
size, and overall quality of construction when determining which hut is
right for you.
Size do I Need?
Today's portable ice fishing
huts are available in many
sizes. One man shelters all the way up to a 4-5 man hut. Make your
choice for size based on your fishing habits. If you enjoy fishing on
your own, then a good quality 1 man hut will do you nicely. Again keep
in mind your fishing habits, even if you fish alone you may have a
tendency to bring along a lot of gear. If this is the case a nice well
made 2 man tent would be ideal as it will have the extra room you need
for your additional gear. As size goes up there is a trade off for the
additional space. The larger your interior the more heat is required to
be comfortable. Make sure your ice fishing tent has adequate room
directly in front of you. This space is essential for proper jigging
action and for that all important setting of the hook. For the larger
shelters make sure that each person has adequate room to enjoy their
day. Nothing ruins a day out ice fishing more than having your friends
complain about the cramped space.
up Your Ice Hut
Basically there are two
dominant types of portable ice
fishing huts on the market today. The most convienent and fastest is
known as a folding portable ice fishing hut and is designed to fold
right over top of you. The advantage of this type of portable hut is
it's set up time. You can fold it over you and be literally ice fishing
in seconds. The other dominant type of portable ice fishing hut is
known as a tent style ice hut. This portable ice hut is very similar to
todays tents used for camping in that its lightweight aluminum or alloy
poles are hinged and just snap together quickly. This type of ice hut
is usually up in 2-3 minutes. One of its great advantages is the
variety of sizes offered
Not really a whole lot to
choose from in this section.
Either your portable ice fishing tent has built in seats or you are
required to bring along your own seating arrangements. One factor to
consider when choosing between the two is to remember that if your tent
does not come with built in seats, that is more equipment and more
weight you yourself will need to pack out onto the ice. Ensure your
char is comfortable and has some type of padding as this will also keep
you warm for a longer period of time.
Every portable ice fishing
hut needs at the very least one
window. This window is needed so the angler can keep an eye on any
tip-ups he or she may have outside the ice fishing hut. It is also a
good idea to keep an eye on the weather while being out on the lake.
Weather can change quickly and having a window to the outside world
will allow you to decide when it might be prudent to pack up and get
off the lake. Try to find a portable ice fishing hut that comes with
flaps or some kind of covering. This allows you to control the amount
of light coming in to the ice hut. By controlling the amount of light
coming in you can have the option of closing it off completely for
sight fishing down your hole, or allowing some light for your guests.
Vents are essential if you
are using a propane heater to
heat the interior of your portable ice fishing hut. Propane heaters
release fumes which can be deadly to you if you do not properly vent
your ice hut. If you are unable to purchase a portable ice fishing hut
with the vents built in you can leave the door slightly open to allow
fresh air to enter and the fumes to escape.
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