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What is everyone using for added light during setup and take down of your houses. There seems to a lot of LED options out there I have had some good and bad ones over the years the most recent one I purchased comes unhooked from the straps all the time.

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The 1 that was purchased at Christmas for a family member was a Vitchelo. It's still in the box but it got excellent reviews. Purchased at big river page

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I bought a petzl tikka plus a few years ago for when I had to gut a deer after dark. it's a dandy for fishing in the dark for crappies. the regular tikka would be dandy also I bet if just for fishing. 

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 I have a Black Diamond that is great.  Its really bright but the light is also dim able so you can tone it down if needed.  It also comes with rechargeable batteries and the entire lamp can be recharged via usb. 

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I have a few, dont recall the brands, but one runs 4AAA batteries and I'm going into year two now without a recharge.  I get them every year for x-mas and bough one years back when I was wiring my basement with no lights.  Seems the cheap one are lasting me a lot longer than much of my other gear.  Plus if they break or go for a swim its less painful to replace.

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+1 on princeton tec, have three of the fuel model. use them for work, fishing and all around use. Excellent for the price. On sale now at the big C for $12.99.

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Have (2) Energizer LED, (2) Sharper Image LED ...all given as Christmas gifts to me, but not that expensive...you know, the cheap-o ones you see near the checkout counter.  Have had them for 5+ years, no issues w/ any of them.  Son even has a Lego one where the lights are in the feet and very bright.

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I like any headlamp that doesn't easily switch 'on' in your pocket and drain your batteries to zero.  Of course, you only find this out when you need the darn thing to work!  My petzls have a switch that is so stiff that I have to take a glove off to move the switch.  I got an Energizer earlier this fall (couldn't find one of my Petzl's while packing for deer season...of course it was still in my ice fishing jacket pocket.)  The Energizer switch is very easy to operate, and I have twice already found it turned on in my jacket pocket. 

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Energizer for me also.  Must have 3-4 laying around.  Great little light for the money.

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I've learned my lesson and just started buying the cheap ones. I seem to always lose mine somehow and the cheap ones seem to work just as well. Also with the cheap ones they typically only have one setting, which I like, unlike the more expensive ones where you have to press the button several times for low brightness, high brightness, red, and blue colors.

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Streamlight makes good lights. We use them at work on our hardhats. They take a lot of abuse and are incredibly bright. Probably 6 or 7 of us that have them and most make it 2-3 years. I know that doesn't sound like a long time but these get incredibly abused where I work. If I was buying a headlamp I'd buy a streamlight right away. When my battery cap broke on one I got a new light from work but took the old one home, e-mailed them and they sent me a new cap for free.

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    •     I guess when I made that statement I was wrongly assuming it would be much colder than that. In that case, it should be a nice October game just like a couple years ago at TCF. 
    • I went back the next day hoping the slush froze.  No such luck i guess water wont freeze at 31 below zero.  Sunday i tried moving my fishouse.  I kept breaking threw the slush. We hooked 3 widetracks together to my fishouse and still had to jerk the heck out of it to get it out. I did get a few crappies Saturday afternoon.  We picked up 26 crappies. 
    • Finally made it to morson over the weekend.  Fishing didn't go as planned it was extremely cold on Saturday. Ended up with a epic stuck Saturday morning it was 31 below zero when i found some major water . I was pulling my alumalite fishouse on the way to go crappie fishing  I had to jack fishouse out of the water and set it on blocks. I then packed the slush down with my widetrak  i even used my trail groomer to pack it down. I let it sit tell Sunday afternoon to freeze down.
    • See details and join the conversation at the link below.    http://fishingminnesota.com/forums/topic/210112-st-cloud-area-get-together-22418/    
    •     Ice fishing in Wisconsin can be a challenge at times. Catching walleyes is not always an easy task either. We had some crazy weather leading up to this weekend, it was -20 degrees for a solid week and a half, followed by 2-3 days of mid 30s and pushing 40 plus some rain, then we went right back down to -20 degrees.   This made for a challenge fishing tip ups this morning. I’ve got some new hole covers for my Finicky Foolers, which do work great as I’ve used them before, but unfortunately with no snow cover I made the mistake of not setting them right away and forming slush to the cover. Lesson learned. I did get a bit lucky catching that walleye as I thought it would have dropped the minnow with the line being froze.   The first fish I caught was definitely a surprise, a species I have never caught through the ice before, although I have heard they are fairly common to catch out on this lake. Still was hoping it was a giant walleye, but fun nonetheless!   With the cold we weren’t really planning on moving much. We would mark fish every 10 minutes or so but many of them were tight lipped. We did manage a couple more fish jigging, which were some good sized crappie and perch!   Overall I did end up accomplishing the goal of catching a slot walleye out here, so can’t complain.   I will be out on Petenwell Lake more times this winter!
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