Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
grousehunter

otter, frabill or clam?

Recommended Posts

I am planning of buying a new portable this year and I am focusing on flip overs. It only needs to fit me and my dog while fishing(dog is going to be 80lbs plus). I would prefer to keep it as light as possible since I will be towing it by hand/dog power. The ones I am thinking of are the team wild perch one man or two man, frabil commando/recon dlx or clam guide/pro/scout.

If you had to pick one of these shelters for you and a dog which one would you choose keeping price, space, durability, weight and ease of use/set-up in mind. I will also be using a long rod...38" laker rod this year.

If you have one of these could you post pictures of the inside to show how much room there really is? Do not have a place to check them out in Ely.

Thanks,

Blake

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I own portables made by all three. So I will give you my opinion. With the dog as a factor you can pretty much cut out the Fish Trap Pro or Scout. I have both and fill them up myself, and know people way skinnier than myself who do as well. The seat design would on a Fish Trap would also make me question room for your dog. I own a Frabil two man and really like thier seats and dark color for heat and visability. Sled strength is not near as strong. Otter sleds are by far the thoughest sleds on the market, no questions asked. Weight wise they are no different, just make sure you check that information out on the sleds you are looking to purchase, they all list that information. The Otter material is not as prone to frosting up as the Fish Trap or Frabill. For sled depth and durability, for you and the pooch, I would have to think the Otter is going to suit you best. My $.02

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would suggest for your situation the Frabill Trekker DLX. I think you would have more than enough room with this house and it wouldn't be a back breaker to haul around. The Commando and Recon are the one man houses and might be a bit tight with a dog and yourself.

Good luck with your decision.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also own a "Pro" and I think it would be tight with an 80lb dog in there. It would work though. Just depends how comfortable you want to be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First off I would highly recommend the 2 man version no matter which brand you go with. If you spend any extended time on the ice it is so much nicer to have the room. I have an Otter Lodge II and although it may not be the least expensive or the lightest it has plenty of room both inside and in the sled. I also bring the dog along and I did a simple mod to my sled that allows the dog to keep off the ice. I pretty much just decked the whole sled. It is a bit heavy but with a long rope you can easily pull it with your waist. Hyfax also seems to help. I posted a few pictures of this mod earlier:

http://www.fishingminnesota.com/forum/ub...Mods#Post612762

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the scout and the guide and the guide would work if you are not to big. A 38" rod might be alittle tight. I use 32" rods and that is comfortable in the guide. Using the guide with one seat out would work well for fido. As for the quality compared to the rest you will get a magnatude of personnal preferences. I have Fish traps because they were a good deal and fit for me. Would i be happy with the others? Probably. What looks the best to you is what you should get.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would also say go with a two man for the room especially if your best friend is going to be going out on the ice with you. I would recommend and otter or a clam personally I don't like the frabils I have fished out of all that much.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have an older otter cabin. TONS of room solo. Very easy to fish two (or 1 + dog). I've actually crammed 3 in, one sitting on a bucket near the door with all of us fishing one hole. Not ideal, but it worked. Heavier (95 lbs) but not impossible to drag by hand through snow, and I load it down pretty good with power auger, extra 12v batteries, little cooler with cold ones, flasher, camera, etc. Might also want to look at the Otter Team Wild series. 2 man is cheaper and 20 lbs lighter (75 or 76 lbs). Has a much lighter sled. I'm not brand dedicated, but I liked the extra height vs the FT Guide. Haven't fished in the Frabills though. The new ones in the store seem nice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this