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 Try as you might, there’s nothing you can do about the Great British weather. You can watch the forecast for as long as you like, but it often takes little more than a change in the weather to wholly ruin your long-awaited angling session.

Step out with confidence and refuse to let the weather put a dampener on your spirits. Our Bivvy range features everything from the classic super-brolly system right through to the latest advances in long session bivvy design.

Firstly, it is important to make the distinction between a shelter and a bivvy. A shelter is often called a brolly or a brolly system in the angling world and the three terms are generally used interchangeably.

Bivvies, on the other hand, are more like traditional tents in the sense that they have a fitted door front and a ribbed construction. These tend to be used for longer sessions and, although plenty of anglers will use a bivvy for a quick overnight session, you’ll rarely see someone erect a bivvy if they are just planning on spending the afternoon and evening on the bank.

 

Materials & Components

The fabric which your bivvy is made from is integral to its quality. Most bivvies and shelters will use a high denier nylon fabric, the word denier refers to the density of the fabric, so the higher the number, the thicker the fabric will be. Most of the bivvies and shelters we stock tend to have 210 denier fabric, which is plenty enough to hold off the worst of the cold and rain. 

However, you will also find that some brands use their own specially designed fabric, which they have developed especially for anglers. Aquatexx (used by Trakker and Aqua in their top end bivvies) and Climatex (used by Chub) are two such examples of this.

These fabrics will tend to claim a certain level of breathability as well as the classic waterproof rating. If a fabric is breathable as well as waterproof, it significantly reduces the risk of condensation forming inside the bivvy.

‘Footprint’ refers to the amount of space on the ground the bivvy or shelter takes up. Most manufactures try to minimise footprint to create a compact shelter whilst maximising the internal space available.

 

Short Session Angling & Stalking 

If you enjoy short session angling then it is unlikely that you’ll want to take a full on bivvy with you. This is where a shelter comes in extremely useful. Lightweight and compact, shelters give you and your gear somewhere to sit away from the wind and the rain.

For the most part, the shelters we have to offer are based on a large open brolly rested on the ground, with extensions on the sides to offer additional protection from the wind. They are generally wide enough to accommodate a bedchair in case you do want to do short summer overnighter.

 

Carp Fishing, Long Session Angling, Continental Fishing 

If you’re someone who likes to enjoy long stints on the bank then chances are you’ll want to upgrade your brolly system into something a little more substantial, bivvies, or ‘bivouacs’, are perfect for this.

There are loads of different shapes and sizes of bivvy available, each of which is geared to a slightly different angling need. Two man bivvies are ideal if you’re tackling a large European swim, when it is more than possible to have two anglers in the same area without disturbing one-another.

However, most anglers favour one man bivvies for their compact size and, as a general rule of thumb, the more compact your bivvy is the more versatile you are able to be. This is because smaller bivvies tend to be lighter and they can fit into smaller swims – allowing you to tackle more swims.

As with our range of shelters, we also stock a range of overwraps in our angling collection in order to take your bivvy to the next level. Adding a second skin to your bivvy significantly increases its heat retaining capabilities, keeping you warmer when the weather is cooler. What’s more, an overwrap also reduces the risk of condensation forming inside the bivvy, too, which ensures that you stay drier and more comfortable for longer.