I'm leaning toward the portable. Its nothing fancy but it will keep me warm. I have never fished out of an ice house before with the excpetion of mille lacs rentals. Its would be nice to get out and not freeze my butt of every time. When it gets to zero and below its hard to convince myself to go out when I will just be sitting on a bucket out of the ice with no protection.
I used to do that when I was under educated.Now that I use the jig & I need my line straight,eyes not froze up & staying warm&toasty,my reel not froze the porty is one of my most needed pieces of gear along with a heater.
if it wasn't for my fingers freezing up I can deal with some pretty low temps. I have been out on the ice unprotected in -20 degrees on several occasions. If I don't catch any fish and can keep my gloves on all day its not bad but when i catch a fish or need to retie a lure then I need to take my gloves off and then its all over for comfort.
I am pretty hearty even though I have no body fat to keep me warm. But I think the protable is the way to go.
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If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988