How to choose shelter for ice fishing

When it comes to ice fishing shelters, choosing good product to buy is no easy feat. Market is crowded with no-name low quality brand products, especially the online marketplaces. That’s why i decided to write this tutorial – to help you find good ice fishing tent to use on your adventures, without the fear of freezing to death.

 First things first, we should compare the brands. I will mention only few brands here, and take it as a sign of legitimacy – only the brands i’ve mentioned here are considered okay in ice fishing industry. You can ignore the rest. If anything changes, i’ll update the article.


 So now let’s get to the point – most popular ice fishing shelter brands are – Frabill, Clam, Eskimo, Otter. In my opinion, Frabill and Eskimo are the best of them all. I especially like Frabill’s quality. I’ve had few of their shelters and i’ve never experienced any troubles regarding insulation or quality of the materials. Their ice fishing shanties are solidly built and are designed to be properly insulated. Sometimes, when i’m in the shelter and there’s sun outside, i even take my shirt off and conduct my ice fishing like that. Eskimo is also good, because their products are well-rated by most trusted reviewers and customers. They are also quite innovative, coming out with different designs for improved insulation and portability all the time. Otter and Clam are decent too, but i’ve had little experience with them, so you’ll have to conduct your own research on them. Overall, they are known to be quality brands making trustworthy ice fishing-related products.

 Price for most ice fishing shelters depends on their size and type. There are few different types of them, most popular being – pop-up ice shelters and flipover ones. Pop up ice shelters usually tend to be made for large group of people – sometimes up to six. Flip-over shelters, on the other hand, are usually made for one or two at most. They’re also much simpler to set up.

 Prices vary depending on the size of shelters as well. You can find one to two person new ice fishing shelters for about two hundred dollars. There are of course some that are cheaper but quality brands cost somewhere in that range.

 If you’re limited on budget, you could always rent one, but i believe that to be waste of money. For people with limited budgets, it’s much smarter to just look out for good bargains on used ice fishing shelters online. People sometimes are looking to get rid of their ice fishing stuff, and you can snatch up excellent piece of ice fishing gear for half or even one-third of a price. That’s how i got mine. Garage sales are also worth checking out, but i think they take too much time.

Ice fishing clothes – which is most important?

Buying high quality clothing is a must when you’re preparing for ice fishing trip. In some states temperatures drop very low, and without proper boots, clothing and gloves, being on the lake can be very dangerous. Gloves are especially important, because they protect your fingers from exposure to freezing cold temperatures. There are few things you need to keep in mind when you’re buying ice fishing gloves, which we’ll discuss shortly. If you don’t live in particularly cold areas, you will probably be fine without special gloves, but good ice fishing gloves only cost around fifty dollars, so unless you’re on very tight budget, it’s worth the investment.

  As i mentioned, prices for quality ice fishing gloves can be as low as fifty dollars. Of course, there are more premium models, but you won’t need those gloves in US, except for Alaska perhaps. There are number of ways to save on ice fishing gloves – for once, you can shop for used gloves on craigslist or eBay. Due to the low prices of new gloves, not many people buy or sell them used, but it’s still worth the look. Maybe you could get lucky.

 Ice fishing mittens are worth considering as well. If you do not know what’s the difference between mittens and gloves – to put it simply, mittens have one compartment for your thumbs and one more for the rest of your fingers. While Gloves usually have one compartment for each. That makes mittens bulky and not useful. You need maximum dexterity for ice fishing. There are many minor tasks that you need to perform, and constricting mittens will get in the way of that, even though sometimes they might be warmer or more comfortable. In my opinion though, the best course of action is to have both – mittens and ice fishing gloves, and switch between them as needed. That way, you can use both and use each’s benefits to your advantage.

   It goes without saying that gloves that you use for ice fishing must also be waterproof and very warm. In freezing cold weather, you need to avoid getting exposed to moisture at all costs. To find gloves that fit all these requirements, you’re going to need help. You can either do research manually by yourself, or read this tutorial about choosing ice fishing gloves.

Using shelter to protect yourself from extreme cold is also an option. With good enough insulation and portable heater, you might not even need to wear gloves. Big disadvantage of using shelters is the upfront investment cost. Shelters, unlike gloves, are rather expensive. Still, you might have a friend who has a shelter anyway, or you might be able to find good bargain on craigslist.  That’s the best you can do to protect yourself from freezing cold.


Are hand augers practical? comparison

Augers are essential to have for any ice fishing enthusiast. You need them to make a holes in the ice, so that you can fish in the waters beneath the thick layer of ice. People use many different things to make holes in the ice. Truthfully, there are lots of tools that can get the job done, but none of them are designed specifically for it. Such tools, which are intended for ice fishing enthusiasts who want to make holes in the ice, are called ice augers. You might have heard it before because ice augers are very important part of ice fishing gear.  With today’s post, i wanted to review ice augers in general, what are they used for and how much they cost. Also i wanted to talk about different types of augers, how to decide which type you need and how to avoid getting scammed.

 Most basic type of ice auger is hand auger. These the simplest – they don’t have engines or anything like that. There’s a handle, spiral-like body and pointy end. Figuring out how to use it quite simple too. If you can’t do it right away, watch some YouTube videos and you’ll figure it out quicker than you think. Hand augers are also the cheapest, mainly thanks to their simple structure. Their one drawback is that they require human labor and take up your energy. For those who do not take ice fishing too seriously and only go out casually, hand augers are more than enough. On the other hand, if you have habit of digging lots of holes in the ice and notice yourself getting tired during the process, you might want to consider getting powered version which makes the whole process more efficient.

 Powered augers also vary. Main distinction is the fuel. Until very recently, most powered augers used gas or some kind of petroleum, but as of today there are many powered by electricity, too. Battery powered augers cost a bit more than its counterparts, too, probably because of the fact that technology is so new. Some people say that electric augers are more reliable, but i highly doubt that. Overall, i would recommend getting gas powered or hand auger if you have tight budget, and getting electric one in case you’re not worried about that.  Gas powered augers do tend to sometimes have problems starting up, but not all of them. So i’d recommend doing proper research and reading reviews before buying any product. You don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for an auger that you’ll have to replace soon.

Traveling in Europe by Sea

Europe is a mainland that has been molded by its sea legacy and delivery joins. Ships are as yet a noteworthy segment of the landmass’ vehicle organize, taking substantial cargo off swarmed interstates and permitting observing explorers an opportunity to swap the surge of present day life for a couple of calm hours on board an agreeable ship.

For some island networks, obviously, ships give life saver connects to the more extensive world. Also, during this season, the climate rushes to help us to remember the delicacy of those connections. This week, for instance, shipping administrations from the Scottish territory to Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides have all been intensely disturbed by storms.

On longer voyages around Europe, a medium-term bounce on a ship bodes well. Here is our pick of a bunch of long courses that run lasting through the year. These are on the whole courses keep running by driving transportation administrators with vessels that offer each conceivable common luxury.

My folks took me on ship excursions to France when I was a youngster and we would go down to the French Riviera going to spots, for example, Nice and Cannes. All the more as of late I went by ship around the Greek islands-bouncing between Santorini, Ios, Paros and Mykonos. It’s a fun and diverse approach to movement, in addition to I like the way that you can move around, extend your legs and purchase some espresso or snacks from the locally available bistro. Also you don’t need to stress over every one of those stuff limitations you get with aircrafts!

When purchasing tickets, Be adaptable with your ship times. Regularly the most advantageous time is the most costly one, so view the different costs and see which time is least expensive. On the off chance that you cruise during the evening the costs are frequently less expensive, yet recollect you need to pay for a lodge on the off chance that you need to get some rest. Endeavor to movement on a weekday rather than an end of the week in the event that you need to spare cash on your ticket, and maintain a strategic distance from school occasions.

Check elective ports. For example it may be less expensive to take the ship to Dunkirk instead of Calais. A few ports may likewise spare you time and fuel at the opposite end, contingent upon your last goal. Investigate the guide and make sense of which port is more helpful.