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  1. thanks much for all in the input. Keep it coming. I'll definitely research each of the places mentioned and make some phone calls. Thanks agin.
  2. Looking for advice on a lodge to ice fish in Ontario. I live in Minnesota, so going through Thunder Bay, International Falls or Baudette doesn't matter. I'll state my absolute wish list, knowing it all can't be met. It would be best if you had actual experience at the lodge, not just word of mouth. Too many times these places just don't live up to what you've heard (in my experience). - Fished LOW last year out of Morson. Loved the fact that we fished for 4 days and never saw another person. Not looking to fish in a shanty town. Part of the experience is the seclusion. - We all have snowmobiles and portables, which is also part of the experience. Loved that we could snowmobile right from the cabin, were portable, fished different areas for 4 days for walleye, crappie and trout. No need to rent permanents. - Didn't like that we had to go 25 miles for trout. The trip was a blast, but even with a GPS I dont' have confidence we could ever get back to those spots safely. - Would like this trip to become an annual event, so the fishing has to be good. - We didn't catch a lot of walleyes. We caught 3 nice lake trout the day we got a guide. A blast, but not sure I want to devote an entire day for only 3 trout. - Walleyes are the main catch. Trout would be good. Nice-sized crappies would be a bonus. Would like numbers of walleyes just for catch-n-release...and dinner. - Cabin or lodge doesn't matter I guess. Cabin would be better. Ideally ones that have propane/electric heat. Not really looking forward to coming back to a cold cabin after an entire day of fishing because of a wood burning stove. But, I'd sacrifice this for good fishing. - Ideally (very ideally) it would be a place that also offers good summer walleye fishing. I'd like to go back every year in the summer with my family. So, a resort that would be good for a family with pre-teen kids (girls) would be awesome. There could be days where a kid or my wife isn't interested in fishing, so an atmosphere where they could put up a chair and read a good book would be nice. I'm contrasting that to some places that are much more rugged and strictly geared to fishing. - Morson was a nice area because it's not too far across the border. Would consider going as far north as Sioux Narrows area, but that's pushing it at about 8 hours from home. - The same goes for going through Thunder Bay. I have considered (and summer fished) the Armstrong area around Nipigon. That's 12 hours from home, although my parents live in Duluth, MN so I could always stay overnight there, then take the 9 hour drive the next day. But that still makes a 12 hour drive on the way home. I think that's about it. I know...it's alot to ask. But, I figured this forum would be able to provide much better info than just searching the web for days on end. thanks in advance.
  3. That is a sweet mod. I saw those pics while researching last weekend. Definitely saving that link for some ideas. The angle iron makes for a very clean look.
  4. Just bought a new Otter Cabin Pro. I framed the inside of my last portable, which worked awesome. I almost always pull behind ATV or snowmobile. But, on a trip to LOW last wintEr I cracked my sled nearly in half. Granted it was -30 in the morning and we pulled the sleds by snowmobile 25 miles. It looks like it started where I mounted the homemade hyrax. Or at the top right next to where the frame to my bench seat was mounted (I had it on hinges so I could get to stuff in the sled). So, now I'm leary of putting any unnecessary holes on the sled other than for hyrax. Do you attach your mod frame with bolts? Or let it float? I wished the manufacturers would put a rim around the inside of the sled to help with mods. The you could just flex a piece of plywood in the groove to hold the entire frame in place.
  5. Thanks for all the great ideas. I don't think an Otter wheel kit will work. From what I've seen, that's a fairly permanent mount. Plus, when I get to the lake I'd like to lift the wheels. My experience is that the sled itself rides across the lake much smoother than wheels (which tend to make the sled bounce all over the place). I too recently thought of training wheels, primarily because they're small and light. I have two sets at home collecting dust, so I may have to look into that over the next few weekends. I think I'll also try the HDPE route as a test. I've used old skis in the past (Goodwill for $2), but fear that some day I'll wear through them and before I figure it out I'll have holes in my sled. The fact that somebody has used them for 5 years is a good testament. The nice thing about this is it extends my ice fishing season. I can test this all summer by hooking up the house to the ATV and running it up and down the road (I can see the look on my wife's face already). It's all in the spirit of research. For my training wheels, picture this - a square frame, about 6" long and the width of your sled, with the wheels attached to two of corners across from each other. Put the other end of the frame through the sled. The wheel kit would rotate front to back on the part that's through the sled. Mount it close enough to the back of the sled so that when it's in the "front" position the wheels are down (the sled would rest on the wheel axel). When it's in the "back" postion the wheels flip up past the back of your sled and can be lifted a couple inches off the ground (you could keep them off the ground by just clipping them to the back of the sled). What's left to figure out is the tow bar. It needs to be rigid with the wheels down, unless I did this front and back (which is definitely a thought).
  6. I typically have my ATV hooked up to my portable fish house. I leave directly from my backyard to fish, but need to go about 2 blocks to get onto the lake. Most of the year it's tar with no snow/ice, so I hate to drag my sled across it. Today, I use a small trailer, but that's a pain once I get to the lake (every time I move to a spot I have to lift/unlift onto the trailer vs. just moving). Anybody ever seen a design for retractable wheels on a portable Otter-style house (I actually have a 2-person flip-style Polar)? I'd flip them down to go down the road, then flip them up once I get to the lake. Obviously they'd need to flip out of the way. They couldn't just lift up or they'd be inside the house once set-up. I'm thinking they could flip towards the back of the house. Also, they'd need some sort of rigid tow bar. If I use my regular tow bar, which pivots, the front of sled would drag when the wheels are down. But, how do you have a tow bar attached to something that may move front to back? That would mean an adjustable length tow-bar (certainly doable with a pin). So, I've done some thinking about this, but don't have a design yet that will work. Ok, I've done lots of thinking when the fish aren't biting. I figured with the season coming to a close, it's a great time to keep modifying the house. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.