a kid I can remember heading out on the lake with just a
spud chisel to open holes. Only the truly hard-core ice fishermen
had augers. Even fewer had a gas auger, holy cow they must
have been rich. A depth finder was only a sinker on the end
of your line. Gps consisted of lining up between these two
buildings and out from that tree. Things have changed since
then, and fish houses are no different.
I can remember my first house was made of plywood. We had
to put it up on a sled and drag it out on the lake with the
old ski doo. When I was in shop class in high school, one
of my friends made one of the first portables I can remember.
It consisted of a plywood floor with a tarp cut to fit around
the two plywood ends that folded down. Crude, but effective.
The portable fish house industry is no different from
the rest of the fishing world. The first houses were
made from plastic and canvas, and folded up to the size
of a big trunk. They required the putting together of
poles, inserting them into holes and tying the canvas
to them. As the industry evolved to improve itself,
changes were made quickly. Over the past few years we
have seen the portable industry create some of the sleekest
most practical houses ever. Houses are now made directly
on sleds for easy transportation. With the sleds came
the pull over style house that allows an angler to pull
up to a spot and within minutes be fishing.
Anglers can now combine their sled they use for hauling
and their house they use for shelter into one. Before sleds
were loaded with gear, and the house was strapped to the
top. Now anglers can merely stack all their gear into their
portable house/sled and hit the lake. Once they reach their
spot, it’s only a couple of seconds to extend the poles
and click them into place. Drill a couple of holes; flip
the top and viola you’re fishing.
One of the leaders in the portable industry is “Otter
Outdoors”. The first ice-fishing sled I bought was
an Otter. These sleds were made from a durable plastic material.
They not only slid across the ice and snow with the slightest
pull, they also pulled deer from the woods with snow or not.
With such a successful sled design, it was only logical that
Otter move into the portable ice-fishing shelter business.
Since that time Otter has been a leader. This year Otter
has taken the all around sportsman’s needs to heart
with the design of the “Custom-Trim Lock system” this
allows anglers to attach their shelters to their sleds without
drilling. Making it simple to convert the fish house to a
work sled in the off-season. Otter also uses square tubing
in their frame design. Square tubing being much stronger
than round, ensures that your Otter house will last many
seasons. With the introduction of square tubing came the
problem of binding, Otter has come up with the “Ultra-Glide
System” to prevent binding. Couple these new designs
with deeper and taller dimensions. Otter is one of the most
spacious portables on the market today.
Otter houses come in sizes to accommodate 1,2,3 and four
anglers at a time. Otter also has a very large selection
of accessories to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable.
Items such as auger guards, rod holders, rattle reels, lights
for the houses, and rod cases. Otter also makes numerous
items for your open water pleasure. Kayaks, rafts, dock bumpers,
boat cushions, dock benches are just a few. Check out Otter
Outdoors for all your out door sporting needs. Chances are
if you need it, Otter makes it.