What is the best ice shanty?
To be honest though, my scout has been great. There is nothing wrong with it at all, I would just like to get the thermal skin for it.
I also love the wind position you can put it in. The wind position was critical for me when purchasing a new shack and not many one-mans had this option - greatly increases how much I use it and the versatility. There are a lot of days where I don't need / want to be covered by flipping all the way over, but love to block the wind so its easier to jig. I use this all the time.
I use a Frabill Ranger Solo. At 48" wide, I can easily fish 2 holes without tangling unless I'm in some really deep water (over 25'). Room in the tub for a heater, and still room on the ice for minnow bucket/fish bucket.
I agree, not the best choice in a stiff wind, but any 1-man shack will get blown around if not anchored or placed behind a truck.
Unfortunately, they don't make them anymore so you have to do some looking to find one.
I will say that the 1-man flip overs really want to take off in the wind. I won't leave mine flipped up unless I bury the flaps and tub AND the auger is in it, and sometimes that isn't enough. Hate to do it, but may drill trough the bottom this year and use ice anchors.
I promote Eskimo Houses and augers. I happen to think that they are some of the best. Does that mean the others are no good, of course not. I will not slam some other producter to make an Eskimo look better, however I will point out the differences as I have done above and let you make that decision.