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How to choose ice fishing boots

 Buying good ice fishing boots is no easy feat. There are many pitfalls that you need in order to get to the good products. This process isn’t very simple, yet, with enough practice, you get pretty good at telling the difference between high and low quality products. I know i have, which is why i considered myself to be knowledgeable enough to be writing this tutorial about ice fishing boots.

 First of all, some of you may have this question – why buy ice fishing boots at all? Can’t you just get by with using the regular winter boots? That is a legit question. Ice fishing boots are rather expensive, so if given the chance, one should try to avoid having to buy them at all. But unfortunately, they are necessary, and here’s why. When manufacturing ice fishing boots, the manufacturer’s top priority is making it waterproof, warm and comfortable, in that order. Regular winter boots might also claim to be waterproof, warm and comfortable, but they are judged at very different scales. In one case, it is unlikely that winter boots will have to be very waterproof at all. Sure, winters tend to be wet, but it’s nowhere even close to being stranded on frozen lake, where moist is surrounding you in all forms. Truth is, that while most ice fishing boots are supremely resistant to water leaks, the same can not be said of regular boots, even the good ones.

  That brings us to – how to tell the difference between good and bad ice fishing boots? Well, first of all, just like any other product, you should read reviews, both on Amazon and by bloggers. In my experience, amazon reviews tend to be more precise and honest, so i sometimes don’t bother to read bloggers’ thoughts at all. You can also learn a lot about the product by reading the review. Manufacturer might advertise it as being perfect, but sometimes, in reality, not all ice fishing boots live up to the expectations. On the other hand, customers, who have neither anything to gain or lose from lying about the product, will talk honestly about its flaws and advantages.

 You should expect to pay around two hundred dollars for solid ice fishing boots. This guide will help you in finding those. Price might seem rather high, but because of specific expectations imposed upon ice fishing boots, reputable manufacturers tend to use expensive materials to achieve all these goals. In my experience, the best place to buy them is your local retailer. Sure, Amazon is often cheap and very convenient, but it can’t beat the luxury of trying on the actual boots before handing over the money. If you’re concerned about price, you should consider second hand ice fishing boots. With some detective work, you should be able to find excellent specimen on Craigslist.

How to shop for ice fishing gear cost efficiently

Ice fishing is an interesting sport, so it’s not surprising when lots of people ask me questions about it and are generally interested. One thing most people interested in getting started in ice fishing don’t find as exciting, is high investment costs.By that, i mean cost of basic equipment. If you calculate how much you need for ice fishing clothing, shelters, rod, reel and other basic equipment, it adds up to staggering amounts really fast. Paying hundreds of dollars for ice fishing gear might seem like your only option at first, but there are ways around it. I wrote this tutorial to help people discover these new and exciting ways to save money on ice fishing equipment. I want everyone to be able to afford to go ice fishing if they want to, so i’m going to ensure that determined people learn how to get great ice fishing gear for half or even less of normal price.

 First and most popular way to save on ice fishing gear is by waiting for deals. It probably sounds obvious, but shopping holidays like Black Friday and Prime day offer excellent deals on all sorts of ice fishing products. If any of these are coming up soon, better to wait few weeks or even months, but if they aren’t, don’t worry about it, there are plenty of other ways to get quality ice fishing gear for cheap. I like to do my ice fishing-related shopping in november and time it to black friday and christmas sales. As for the best retailer in terms of price – i would say with 90% certainty that it’s Amazon. I haven’t compared prices of every ice fishing tool i own, but for most things, no other retailer can beat Amazon’s prices.


Next up, is my favorite way to save on ice fishing gear – buying them used. Used tools have bad reputation, but if you know what to look for and how to do it properly, you’ll find a rare gem in due time. Upside of buying used ice fishing tools is low price, of course. Best place to look for these rare gems is craigslist. You might have to travel a little to get your ice fishing purchase, or have it delivered to you, but when you’re saving hundreds of dollars, that’s not really an issue. Used tools are great of course, and so are clothes, but some people feel sketchy about buying second hand ice fishing apparel. If you’re one of those people, don’t worry about it. Ice fishing bibs and gloves are cheap even if you buy them new anyway.

  The last, but also smartest way to save when gearing up for ice fishing, is sharing things. If you have friends who are into ice fishing as much as you are, you can either borrow their tools, or you can pool money with them to buy things that all of you can share, like ice fishing shelter. They are usually intended for 4 people, so you might as well utilize the space to full extent. Those savings will allow you to pay premium for good ice fishing hut.

How to decide when to move or stay while ice fishing

With the advancement of technology, shifts in ice fishing began to take place. Enthusiasts no longer have to build permanent shelters on the ice, neither do they have to rely on guesswork to determine the right place to make a hole. For that matter, neither do they have to make that hole just by using their hands. There are special tools to do all of these tasks i’ve outlined above. Using those tools has its own advantages and drawbacks, but one of the most significant drawbacks has to be uncertainty of whether you have a good position or not. In the old days, you thought long and hard about the spot before you chose to start fishing there. Now, due to increased mobility, it’s no longer necessary to do as much research, but lingering question still remains and bothers us – should i stay here, or can i find better spot somewhere else?  I’ve been ice fishing on and off for ten years now, and that question has never stopped popping up in my head so far. I’ve learnt to deal with it, so i decided to write this post so i could give some pointers on how to handle the stress and have good time on the ice.

  The task of finding good location is obviously made easy with special electronic tools that tell you the location of the fish. If you chose a spot to make a hole, but you see that there are no fish underneath you, then the choice is easy – move somewhere else. But there are times when there are plenty of fish, but for some reason, they ignore the bait. When that happens, you’re dealing with something out of control and no matter how hard you try, you’re never going to catch any of them. If you will, it will be at great cost to your time. So in my experience, it’s just easier to move somewhere else.

  Sometimes you will be catching a lot of fish, but it’s not the species you intended to catch. This is pretty common, considering devices can’t distinguish between different kinds of fish. If that sort of thing is important to you, it’s also wise to move.  

 Now let’s talk about when you should stay. Obviously, if you like the kind of fish you’re catching and the frequency at which you’re successful in catching them, there’s little reason to move.  Although it is common pattern to see fish coming onto your bait, but only playing with it and not committing themselves to it. In my experience, that’s a good sign and if you stay put long enough, you’ll catch lot of them. There might be specific reasons for why fish aren’t biting just yet. It might be turbulent weather, something in the water, or any minor reason. Most important advice i haven’t yet given you, is to stick around for evenings and early mornings. Those are the times when day and night are switching places, and that’s when fish are most active.  So if you’ve switched spots many times but still aren’t having any luck, it might just be because of the time of the day. If you stick around for evenings and dusks, you should be able to catch your fair share of fish. Provided that you have good ice fishing equipment of course. Rod is obviously important, but ice fishing boots, gloves and shelters are just as important. Having solid ice fishing gloves is especially important.

 If you catch yourself switching holes too frequently, getting good powered ice fishing auger might be a wise idea. Manual augers are cheap and effective, but when it comes to drilling more than few holes, they are exhausting. Motorized augers, on the other hand, whether they are powered by gas or electricity, are extremely fast and efficient in drilling holes. They cost few hundred dollars, true, but the energy they’ll be saving you is worth it in the long run. That is, of course, if you’re planning to do this sort of thing often. If you’re just dipping your toe in waters of ice fishing, then it’s smarter to take your time before you make any significant investments in any of the tools i’ve outlined here. If you do decide to get powered ice augers though, make sure to pay attention to the reviews.

How to Choose Camping Tent

I recall it like it was yesterday. I was in focal Montana on a spring bear chase 50 miles from the closest town. The drive yielded excellent vistas and open nation. It was heaven on the off chance that I’ve at any point seen it. Green grass every which way, streaming brooks winding through the prairie, and snow topped mountains out there. Obviously my expectations were high as I pulled off the state parkway onto the base upkeep woodland benefit street. Subsequent to touching base at my campground, I masterminded what design I had brought for my week’s remain. With a snapping warmth of a fire and the smell of pine noticeable all around, it was one of those evenings that rinses the spirit. Much to I’s dismay how my night was going to change.

Sooner or later that night it started to snow. Remember that back home my tomatoes had been planted for fourteen days. It might be repetitive to state snow was not at the forefront of my thoughts as I traveled north. Before the night’s over snow was most likely at the forefront of my thoughts, and on my cap, resting pack, and boots. Poor creases and tent too well-worn for this sort of experience credited to the spillage that would keep me conscious in the wet cool. Indeed, even in the wake of ascending to begin a fire things didn’t beat that. In the long run my tent crumbled underneath the heaviness of the snow and all my apparatus was drenched. The close paradise of the earlier day had vanished underneath a cover of overwhelming snow.

In the wake of dissecting the circumstance, I completely understood the snow had not demolished my excursion. Snow is a piece of the experience and something you need to manage in the mountains. My excursion had headed downhill as a result of the rigging I had chosen to bring, particularly my tent. Had I brought one of my more powerful tents I would not have had any issues. As it seemed to be, the tent I chose to take was excessively exhausted for the experience, and showed me a well deserved exercise on the significance of reviewing my apparatus.

Despite the fact that this misfortune doesn’t really typify my run of the mill outdoors understanding, it shows the significance of picking an outdoors tent that accommodates your circumstance. Not every one of the tents are made equivalent, and realizing what to search for may enable you to maintain a strategic distance from a circumstance like I experienced in Montana. Regardless of whether you are hoping to purchase your initial tent, needing to update, or searching for a particular tent for another arrangement of experiences, ideally you will discover this manual for picking an outdoors tent valuable.

For explorers the undeniable decision is to purchase a lightweight tent. Today there are an assortment of tents that can suit the lightweight needs of explorers. Truth be told, a huge number presently weigh under 5 pounds, and are sufficiently minimal to stow away in a pack. These tents are by and large littler, and offer less security from the components. One thing to search for in a little tent is sufficient ventilation. Ventilation is especially vital for little tents since buildup from your breath will have a greater effect in less space. In inadequately ventilated tents you can wake up supposing it rained just to discover your breath had condensated and dampness had gathered within your tent.

In the event that you are enjoying nature closer to your vehicle you don’t need to stress over weight very to such an extent. While you may not discover pleasure in hurling around a 40 pound canvas tent, a large number in the 10 pound run are accessible. With heavier tents you by and large get more space and more security from the climate. They additionally may offer livens, for example, different rooms or patio regions. The patio zones are to a great degree convenient since they enable you to commence sloppy boots and shoes before entering your tent. Notwithstanding, the heavier your tent is, the more you will undoubtedly settled campgrounds and roadside outdoors.

For a solitary individual the puppy tent, or scout tent, is certifiably not a terrible alternative. They are for the most part light, simple to setup, and can accommodate a comfortable night’s rest. Then again, somewhere in the range of tents are developed to rest to 8 individuals. These tents are overwhelming and take additional setup time, however on the off chance that you are welcoming an extensive gathering to stay outdoors, they may be justified regardless of the issue.

Likely the most prevalent tent choice is the 4 man tent. These tents by and large give a decent blend of transportability and room.They are perfect for the family end of the week escape to your neighborhood problem area. You likewise might have the capacity to pull one into the boondocks in the event that you require the additional room. The size you can pull will rely upon your physical perseverance, the territory, and the accessible space in your pack.