Advice for people looking to buy ice fishing shelters

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Ice fishing is a hobby that’s pretty dangerous if you don’t prepare for it properly. Weather in particular can get very annoying so you need a good shelter to keep you safe from all that. There are two types of ice fishing shelters – portable and permanent. Unlike permanent shanties, portable shelters are supposed to be set up when you start fishing and dismantled once you’re done. Then taken home and set it up again when you need it wherever you go. That allows for more flexibility and comfort. There are few different types of shelters out there, which we’ll discuss in a moment.

 My favorite is the hub-style. I like it because it’s the simplest, strongest and cheapest option available. It works very much like camping tents – you set it up with anchors and everything, and once set up, you get in and it’s insulation protects you from outside cold. They come in different sizes and shapes, but mostly they are made for three to four people. There are larger ones available as well, i think the biggest one i saw was designed for eight people. It has it’s drawbacks too, like, for example, setting it up is not as easy as flip-over types and strong winds sometimes can damage or make it obsolete. Overall, unless you want to be moving your shelter frequently, so will need your shelter to have quick set-up system, advantages far outweigh the disadvantages and hub style shelters are definitely the way to go. When setting it up, make sure to read the instructions and follow them closely. If you don’t, you might end up wasting a lot of time like i did.

 I’ve mentioned flip-style shelters before, when i was talking about flexibility of moving shanties frequently, and that’s precisely what these things are best at. They’re super simple and super quick to set up, so even if you move your shanty several times, you won’t waste much time. Flip-style shanties are usually smaller and are intended for one or two people at most. They sometimes come with pre-installed chairs for you to sit on, so you should look out for that when choosing one. Their main economic value is ease of transportation and setup, so if you’re looking for something flexible, take a look these type of shelters made by Frabill. Mine is made by them as well and i can’t complain about anything, quality is fantastic.

 These two are the main types of ice shanties. There are few others, but they’re not that important. Other than the shelter itself, you will probably want to get portable heater and chairs to sit on and relax as well. If you choose to get a heater, make sure that your ice shanty has good insulation, or you’ll be wasting energy trying to increase temperature in there.


Ice fishing in California

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Before the introduction of internet, ice fishing community in California was rather exclusive and small. There weren’t many people who thought that they could go ice fishing in sunny state. Now, lots of people have expressed their interest and are getting into this sport. Northern California, especially, is home to many great lakes which are main destination for local ice fishing enthusiasts.

Unlike in midwest or northeast, lakes in California are rather small and weather, as you may know, doesn’t get very cold. That changes the situation a bit. Finding a lake with nice, thick layer of ice and large variety of fish can be a bit problematic. Some lakes, especially now that global warming is getting worse, don’t freeze at all, so we depend on luck as much as ourselves. In those times, when there’s no frozen lakes in California, i usually fly to Washington to go ice fishing once or twice. Carrying equipment with me is a major pain, so i sometimes leave them at home and rent everything i need in Washington. Driving is an option too, but, unfortunately, not applicable to me for various reasons.

 Although in spite of increasing temperatures every year, i rarely have to go to another state to enjoy ice fishing. Mountains always have few frozen lakes, so if you live in San Francisco or south in LA, they’re within driving range. There aren’t as many different species as in Midwest, but you can catch plenty of trout. Which is more than good enough for me.

 Good thing about ice fishing in Cali is that it doesn’t get extremely cold outside, so you’ll get by without using shelters and other safety equipment that northerners have to use. Just make sure to have quality gloves and boots to protect your toes and fingers from the cold, and you’ll be fine. There are plenty of tutorials about that.

   Ice fishing season is coming soon, and me and my ice fishing enthusiast friends all hope that we won’t have to go out of state or to the mountains to find frozen lake. San Bernadino hills is pretty good spot in California – it’s close to urban areas and usually water is frozen. So if you’re having trouble like we are, head over there. There are many other undiscovered gems as well, so if you have information on any of them, don’t hesitate to let us know.

 Finding proper gear for ice fishing is easy here. Amazon deliveries are really fast, and there are plenty of quality outdoors brands who sell ice fishing equipment on Amazon. We have no shortage of retail stores selling ice angling stuff either.


Choosing ice fishing boots

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If you’re new to ice fishing, you’ve probably already realized or have been told that you need quality ice fishing boots. Without the proper equipment to protect your feet from freeze and moisture, ice fishing can be quite dangerous, so you don’t want to take any chances. There are many different options available and choosing one particular product can be a little confusing for those who are new to ice fishing. That’s exactly why i decided to write this post, to help you choose quality ice fishing boots in order to reduce the risk of anything going wrong on your trip.

Also, if you’re not living in extremely cold states in the north, you might do fine without them, but i would still advise everyone to get thick, warm socks.

 When it comes to ice fishing boots, most important is to make sure that a. Your boots will be comfortable, and b. They will keep your feet safe. Try to aim for quality brands, too, because quality of the cheap stuff tends to be completely random. They might be fine, but more often than not, cheap ice fishing boots won’t last more than a season. Ballpark number of how much you should expect to pay for quality pair of boots is around one to two hundred dollars. Anything cheaper than that, is not worth your time. Being water resistant is very important as well, so make sure to read reviews before buying anything. Boots must also be properly insulated.

  There are three famous brands – Kamik, Baffin and Muck Boots. I like the Kamik the most, so that’s the one i’ll review below. In general though, when buying individual products, pay attention to the materials and warmth rating of the boots. That rating represents the lowest temperature that the boots can withstand. It might not always be true, but as a rule of thumb, the lower the temperature, the warmer the boots are.

 Kamik boots are the first boots i’ve worn on my ice fishing trip, few years back. I rented everything needed for ice fishing, and they came in the package. I liked them so much that when i got home, first thing i did was to order them for myself. They fit perfectly and were very snug, not to mention being waterproof and freeze-resistant. Although, if you’ll be buying socks additionally, i’d recommend getting one size bigger to make room for thick socks. Even in deep snow, these kept my feet warm and safe. For that, i’ll be forever grateful and advocate of this fine brand. I’ve had my friends buy some Kamik ice fishing boots, and none of them have complained so far.


Running in the winter

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When dressing for cold temps, recall that once you move that your body warms up quick—abandoning you too warm in case you’re packaged up. The inverse is additionally valid: Once you quit running, you will chill off rapidly, so be set up to escape those wet garments quickly after completing your run. It’s constantly astute to convey a difference in dry garments to put on when you complete your run or to bounce into a warm shower if promptly accessible.

Dressing in layers is the way to running easily all winter. Layers enable you to be warm toward the beginning of a run, and after that you can without much of a stretch shed them as you warm up. Essentially tie unneeded layers around your midsection and continue running once you’re warm, or design a circle run so you can drop them off in a protected spot—like your auto—when you needn’t bother with a layer. Make sure to put your construct layer with respect to the base so as you strip layers off, the right layer is underneath.

So in the event that you are going out for a short run, a simple paced run, or you are a “little” sprinter (less weight) add 10 to 15 degrees to the outside temperature to assess your running temperature. In the event that you are going for a long run, completing a hard exercise, or have a huge weight, add 20 degrees to the outside temp. For instance, if the thermometer says it’s 40 degrees outside, your running temperature will be in the vicinity of 50 and 60 degrees.

In any case, you ought to likewise contemplate the windchill factor. At the point when winds are available, take a gander at the “feels like” temperature to figure out what to wear.

Additionally, when arranging your keep running on breezy, chilly days, endeavor to keep running into the breeze on out and have the breeze at your back on your arrival. It’s best to abstain from running into the breeze when you are wet and sweat-soaked on the grounds that you will chill rapidly.

At the point when temperatures plunge underneath solidifying, make sure and focus on nearby climate data and alerts. Chilly temperatures and dry air can disturb some wellbeing conditions, so utilize your best judgment regarding whether you should keep running outside or hit the exercise center. What’s more, look out for ice!