I think ice fishing is becoming more popular these days, because I have so much friends asking me about ice fishing gear, especially the shelters. But answering everyone individually is very time consuming, so I thought it’d be smart to write one comprehensive guide and link it to everyone asking for advice. So let’s get to the tutorial itself.
How to Choose Best Ice Shanty?
Buying best ice fishing shelter is not easy, but it’s not as hard as some people think It is. First of all, you need to decide how large ice fishing shelter you want. Personally, I have lots of friends who are into this activity and sometimes family members as well, so when I decided to buy one, I knew that I wanted it to be as large as possible. It might be different for you though. If you don’t have any acquintances who are interested in ice fishing or just fishing, then it’s probably better to buy pop up ice fishing shelters or don’t buy it at all. Why? Because large ice fishing shelters are the best bargain for the money. But if you are lone wolf, you shouldn’t buy one and waste all the space. Instead, try making friends who are interested in ice fishing first. How do you do that? Go on online communities and discussion boards, there are lots of people who love ice fishing and will gladly go ice fishing with you. If they already have a shelter, that’s even better. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars, and you get free place and great company to do what you enjoy. There’s a little chance that you might not actually like ice fishing as a hobby. Why should you waste your money on gear that you won’t need? Just go with someone else, try it, and if you like it, then get ready to spend nearly thousand dollars, because ice fishing stuff is so expensive. You can spend less, but you get what you pay for. If you are okay with low quality products that you can’t trust, you are more than welcome to spend little. In case you already tried ice fishing and actually liked it, you need to read as much reviews as possible. If you don’t, you should at least read this article about best ice fishing shelters and buy one of the listed products.
I should also probably tell you that there are two main types of ice fishing shelters on the market. Hub style shelters are very much like regular tents, just way more durable and insulated. They are considered to be best ice fishing shelters because of their large space and not so high price. It’s also very light, but that can be considered as disadvantage as well. Because light material can’t always resist strongest winds, and something might happen. Although, unless you’re out during the storm, you will be probably fine. Setup is fairly easy and simple, and if you do it correctly, you will be fine. I think these shelters are the best for amateur anglers.
If you are more into portable products, flip style shelters are made for you. These are super easy and take very little time to set up. On the other hand, it doesn’t have as much space as hub style shelters. It’s perfect for one or two people, but it can’t accommodate more than that.
If you are looking to buy best ice fishing shanty and you don’t hesitate a little extra, you might also want shelter that comes with built in chairs and other useful additions. They cost a lot to buy separately, so it’s always smart to buy them together with ice fishing tent. You will probably need to buy a portable heater. Even though ice fishing shelters are insulated, you still need to heat them in order to be comfortable in it. You can get one for less than hundred dollars, so I guess it won’t be a huge deal breaker.