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 Post subject: Smelt Shack
PostPosted: January 8th, 2009, 4:21 pm 
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Anyone own a smelt shack? I was thinking about building one and putting one out someplace for recreational use.

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4 sheets of OSB - 12 2x4 studs - few hours work - and voila you are fishing.

Keep in mind there are very stiff penalties if you leave it up in the spring and it goes thru the ice.

On another note - anyone buy a winter trout license this year? And actually plan to use it?

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philipw wrote:
4 sheets of OSB - 12 2x4 studs - few hours work - and voila you are fishing.

Keep in mind there are very stiff penalties if you leave it up in the spring and it goes thru the ice.

On another note - anyone buy a winter trout license this year? And actually plan to use it?

Phil


I think your list of materials is a little simplified Phil....

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What could be missing other then a small woodstove that is optional.

Oh - nails or 3 inch screws.

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philipw wrote:
What could be missing other then a small woodstove that is optional.

Oh - nails or 3 inch screws.

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How about hinges for a door? And 12 studs wouldn't cut it either....

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greenspree wrote:
philipw wrote:
What could be missing other then a small woodstove that is optional.

Oh - nails or 3 inch screws.

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How about hinges for a door? And 12 studs wouldn't cut it either....

lol, reminds me of that TV commercial where the guy is stuck inside the building he is working on because he forgot the door.

linetwig: ever build one?

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Couple of leather straps work well for hinges.

3x3x3x3 feet - one side is the door - uses 8 2x4's - plus 2 cut for the roof and 2 cut for skids on the bottom. Left over OSB makes your roof. Even leaves you enuf scrap for a bench to sit on.

Personally I would not use a wood stove but a sterno heater and dress for the day.

Course if you want some of the mansions in Summerside they just showed on CBC news - then your talking big bucks.

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3x3x3x3?

A four dimensional 3' high smelt shack?

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greenspree wrote:
3x3x3x3?

A four dimensional 3' high smelt shack?


Please.

4 sided. 8 feet high. A sloping roof will require you to use a few chunks of left over 2x4.

4 more 2x4's and you could use the left over OSB for ramps to get it in and out of your truck.

Make sure you leave a gap at the roof for fresh air.

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2009, 6:54 pm 
I knew I heard this song before:

Quote:
Smelt Shack

If you see a faded sign by the side of the road that says
15 miles to the... Smelt Shack! Smelt Shack yeah
I'm headin' down the Malpeque highway,
lookin' for the ice fishing getaway
Heading for the ice fishing getaway, ice fishing getaway,
I got me an SUV, it's as big as a whale
and we're headin' on down
To the Smelt Shack
I had me a BMW, it seats about 2
So hurry up and bring your jukebox money

The Smelt Shack is a little old place
where we can get together
Smelt Shack fishy, Smelt Shack fish-yee.
Smelt baby, that's where it's at,
Ooo Smelt oil baby, that's where it's at

Sign says.. Woo... stay away fools,
'cause smelt rules at the Sm-e-lt Shack!
Well it's set way back in the middle of the French River,
Just a funky old shack and I gotta get back

Glitter on the ice
Glitter on the highway
Glitter on the front porch
Glitter on the leather straps

The Smelt Shack is a little old place
where we can get together
Smelt Shack fishy, Smelt Shack fish-yee.
Smelt baby, that's where it's at,
Jigginn' and a peerin', stampin' and a freezin',
wearin' next to nothing
Cause it's hot as an oven
The whole shack shimmies!
The whole shack shimmies when the smelt's
Movin' around and around and around and around!
Smelt’s are a movin', everybody's groovin' baby!
Folks linin' up outside just to throw one down
Smelt's are a movin', everybody's groovin' baby
Funky little shack! Funk-y little shack!

Hop in my SUV,
it's as big as a whale
and it's about to set sail!
I had me a BMW, it seats about two
So c'mon and bring your jukebox money.

The Smelt Shack is a little old place
where we can get together
Smelt Shack fishy, Smelt Shack fish-yee.
Smelt baby, that's where it's at,

Bang bang bang on the ice fishy!
Chip a little louder smelty!
Bang bang bang on the ice fishy!
I can't hear you
Bang bang on the ice fishy
Bang bang on the ice
Bang bang on the ice fishy
Bang bang
You're what?... Caught on a hook, fishy!

Smelt Shack, fishy Smelt Shack!
Smelt Shack, fishy Smelt Shack!
Ice Fishing, that's where it's at
Smelt Shack, fishy Smelt Shack!
Ice Fishing, that's where it's at
Jigginn' and a peerin',
stampin' and a freezin' at the JM’s smelt shack


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philipw wrote:
greenspree wrote:
3x3x3x3?

A four dimensional 3' high smelt shack?


Please.

4 sided. 8 feet high. A sloping roof will require you to use a few chunks of left over 2x4.

4 more 2x4's and you could use the left over OSB for ramps to get it in and out of your truck.

Make sure you leave a gap at the roof for fresh air.

Phil


Oh! you are listing all FOUR sides, I would normally expect to see just 3'x3' as a rectangualr building I wouldn't expect the two other sides to be different. You only use two studs per side? Most people I know make a smelt shack big enough for two (4x4) to sit in, you also don't have to rip plywood.

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2009, 7:28 pm 
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1st set of plans sound like an Outhouse...


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Both have holes in the floor.

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Maybe ya can rent out the basement :)

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My family has always had smelt shacks. The best one was the one my father made the winter before he died, he had the 4 walls made, 2 parts for the roof, and everything was actually hooked together with those things (don't know the proper name) that you would hook a door shut with. It was awesome, kinda like lego, you just took these panels down to the ice, stood them up and hooked them together. It is a really good idea to put some skids underneath in case you have a quick thaw, just have to hook on and haul, or you're not catching anything, hook on and haul her to a new spot. I have spent many, many an hour in these shacks, caught a few smelts, but most of all had a lot of laughs and some excellent memories.


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greenspree, phil, that was awesome. I have some wicked blueprints drawn up in my head. :D


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don't forget the door!!!

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My friends and I put one on the ice every year. We put it at the end of Aptos drive in Stratford (there's usually at least 15-20+ shacks in the same area).

Best advice I can give is to make sure that you put it on temporary blocks, don't set it directly on the ice or you'll have a hell of a time getting it off the ice at the end of the season (without breaking it).

You'll want some type of heat source, we use a small wood stove. A chain saw to cut the ice. A tide schedule. Some chairs or crates to sit on. Spears. A net. A battery and a light. A jigger (a stick with some string and something shiny tied to it). Some feed or bait to put in the water, an open can of sardines works well. We also put down a piece of plywood painted white at the bottom of the sea floor (weighed down with a rock or an old weight), it makes spotting the smelts much easier. Oh, and don't forget the beer, they chill very nicely in the hole.


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Whats the size of yours?

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jmweb wrote:
don't forget the door!!!


Or build it in the basement over the early winter.

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