Testing the new Ice Hut...
First fish of the year? Well my ?fishing? year has started off slow butat least it?s started. I have finally hit the water, hard water that is.Wanting to test out some of the fishing gear I got this holiday. Ifinally took out the Clam Nanook I scored to put it through the paces.What better place to do this at than South Park.
I met my buddy atthe lake around 7am and started dragging the sled to the spot. It didwell over the snow but I don?t have much heavy equipment like a big gasauger to weigh it down. Setup was pretty simple, hop in the seat, pullthe top over, and extend the poles. Put the rear pole in to support therear braces. Setup complete, so easy a caveman could do it.
Theshelter was very comfortable and has a lot of room, more than enough fortwo anglers. I was really surprised by this. Fishing by myself I keptswitching chairs and lounging about trying to take up room. I?ve icefished a lot in the past but always without a hut and I usually didpretty well. But the advantage of the hut was very obvious to me. Set upover 18 foot of water and being able to see clearly to the bottom assoon as the hut was pulled over the hole was awesome. Watching the fishcome in and take your jig improved hookups greatly. On top of all thatyou are fishing out of the wind and warm if you are running a heater.
Therewere a few things that I thought could make this shelter a littlebetter. The Velcro on the windows are just in the two corners instead ofall the way around the window. This allows a little more light in then Iwould like but not too much that it affects the fishing. Also thechairs don?t recline, boy that would be nice. LOL. Other than that Iwould highly recommend the Clam Nanook for those looking for a 2 personshelter. For the first trip of the year I did fairly well landing 15 fish, multiple LDR?s and even a few misses. Good times!