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#2435119 - 12/15/10 11:19 AM
best light weight portable fish house is ?
laker1 Offline
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Registered: 01/29/08
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that is around 4 x 6 feet. Easy pulling in a sled.
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#2435256 - 12/15/10 12:48 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: laker1]
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If your looking for a small lighter 1 man portable flip over I highly recomend the otter Cottage. Roomy 1 man and light enough to lift in and out of the truck easily by yourself.
You can check out all the info on them at www.otteroutdoors.com

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#2435322 - 12/15/10 01:41 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: laker1]
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Depends on your definition of lightweight...and that depends on how far you are pulling it by hand. 70lbs for a flip style isn't lightweight to me. The Frabill Recon is significantly lighter, but doesn't have a zipper door (means you can't get a sealing layer of snow on the flaps), which is a big issue in the wind. The lightest, most portable fish houses seem to be some of the kinda goofy pop ones from HT.

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#2435405 - 12/15/10 02:54 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Gunflint Guy]
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I've got the one man from HT that I converted into a dark house. It is lightweight all right - so you need to exercise some care with the pole/corner system so you don't destroy it. Mine goes into a bag about 2 feet long by about 8" diameter, and goes into the duffel bag on my kiddie tobaggan just dandy.

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#2435408 - 12/15/10 02:55 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Jackpine Rob]
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My go-to shelter is the otter Cottage. Really like it.

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#2435428 - 12/15/10 03:13 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Steve Foss]
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Non tub or suitcase style?
Ins Tent, fits in a banana boat with other gear and is light. That is what I've taken into the BWCAW fr many years.

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#2435465 - 12/15/10 03:38 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Surface Tension]
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Hey Frank - can a guy even get the Instent anymore? My 2-man spearhouse is a black Instent, and it works out pretty well - just a lot bulkier than the little HT, which means its not going more than 4 or 5 miles on MY sled.

Of course, if I can con my son into pulling it, I'm sure it can make it into Basswood no problem!

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#2435499 - 12/15/10 04:04 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Jackpine Rob]
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Rob, I see them for sale from time to time.
They do block out the light pretty good too as you know which is another reason we'd use them for sight fishing in the trout lakes. Heco is another, a little bulkier but not to bad on wight.

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#2437653 - 12/17/10 11:27 AM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Surface Tension]
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Registered: 05/06/07
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For portability and easy of setup go with a flip over style shelter. Otters and clams are both very nice houses, you can put all your gear into the sled and be fishing within minutes I would never buy another suitcase style house they are a pain to drag and setup compared to flip over styles. Go to gander or marine general and check some out for yourself to see what you like the best

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#2437748 - 12/17/10 12:28 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: gritsnham]
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Check out the hub style shelters by eskimo, and clam makes them now too. They are very affordable, set up in seconds, and very lightweight.

Just to give an idea, the Eskimo QUICKFISH 2 has the following specs:

Capacity: 2-person
Set-Up Size: 59 in x 59 in
Height: 67 in
Fishable Area: 25 sq ft
Weight: 18 lbs

It comes with 8 ice anchors which work really slick, and rope for the sides when it's really windy. This shelter retails ~$150. The size and price go up from there.

Clam has comparable hub style houses for around the same price - maybe a little cheaper, but I have not used one. My eskimo has held up well for 3 years running.
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#3057890 - 04/03/13 06:54 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: shogun]
dan z Offline
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Registered: 05/15/08
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Loc: mankato minnesota
I just pulled the trigger on a JM pro Thermal can't wait to use it next year. 60lbs dry and it has some nice little mods to boot. I am hoping to heat it with a single Coleman burner. With 13sq ft of floor space I can possibly fish to holes. Was going to buy a clam kenai but the sales guy said there pretty narrow.

Are there any negatives for this house? Besides the gray top?

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#3057982 - 04/03/13 08:48 PM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: dan z]
Jarrid Houston Offline
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Loc: South Range, WI
You will love your JM house!
I love my Scout TC by CLAM. Perfect for me, but to each there own. Defin would check out the line of CLAM houses though. Plenty of options!!!

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#3058197 - 04/04/13 08:56 AM
Re: best light weight portable fish house is ? [Re: Jarrid Houston]
DLD24 Offline
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+1 on the Eskimo hubs...I have an eskimo QF3 and upgraded to the fatfish 949i...About as simple to set up as it can get...as said above VERY good in the wind..Eskimo ice anchors work awesome too...

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