Said we were gonna start bringing more wheelhouse fishin’ tips, here you go!
Whenever full-time guide Brad Hawthorne leaks a gear tweak, I listen…guy spends a TON of time on the water and ice.
Brad ditches the bobbers when rigging rattle reels and uses neutrally-buoyant fly line instead…acts like a bobber, but without the resistance. That’s the (usually) bright orange, green or blue stuff you’ll see laying on an endcap at your local bait shop. Typically comes in 30-ish yard chunks for like $4-8 and lasts forever-and-a-half. Best part = way less tangles.
He takes apart a small snap-swivel and uses the swivel portion to attach a leader (2-4 lb for panfish, 6-8 lb for ‘eyes), then slides the snap end onto his fly line to mark depth. Super cheap, fewer moving parts, and most importantly puts more fish topside:
Basking on a leather couch, shades drawn, game on…I’ve got some serious fish-house envy goin’ on, Brad! Maybe one day….
Semi-related side note: I’ll read online reviews for 2-3 hours before pulling the trigger on a $40 item — to make sure it’s exactly what I want — ‘cuz I’m a nerd like that lol. So of course I’ve been doing a pile of research on permie shacks…comparing anything and everything.
Saw that Yetti Fish Houses are on the aluminum-frame diet and weigh ’round 20% less than similar wheelhouses. Means they cut 800-1,200 lbs [!] off depending which model you’re lookin’ at, which could extend your ice-fishing season by a couple of weeks = me gusta.
Have you seen how aggressive their security systems are?