As British anglers, we are all more than just a little familiar with the rain. British weather is notoriously unpredictable and we all will have grown accustomed to bringing the necessary precautions down to the water’s edge with us. One such precaution is the humble umbrella. However, the umbrellas that you’ll find on the coarse and match fishing section of our website are far superior to the standard umbrellas that you can pick up from any high street store. All the umbrellas we stock have been designed specifically with coarse and match fishing in mind and, as such, they offer exceptional protection against the elements. You might be wondering why you need this level of protection from the elements and, if you own a top quality waterproof jacket from our angling clothing collection then you’re all geared up for the very worst that the British weather can throw at you. However, whilst a waterproof might do a reasonable job at keeping your torso dry, there can be nothing worse than the rain beading down your back and pooling on the seat of your box, soaking the seat of your trousers. What’s more, a hood on your waterproof is all well and good whilst you’re sitting face-out over the water. However, as soon as you twist to work on a rig on your side tray then you’ve completely lost all your peripheral vision or, even worse, you turn your head to look directly into the side of your hood rather than at your station or your pole. In this situation, an umbrella is the only solution.
Types of Umbrella
We stock three different kinds of umbrellas in our range and each has a specific purpose in mind. The first of these is the umbrella which is designed to attach onto or sit next to your seat box. This is a large umbrella that can cover not only you but also your seat box and all your accessories. After all, when you’re out in the rain you don’t only have your comfort to look out for but you also need to bear in mind the implications on your tackle. These kinds of umbrellas are often angle adjustable, to ensure that you can get the perfect cover and protection from the elements. In the UK, the rain is rarely simply pouring down on you and more often than not it will be gusting at you from one side or the other – almost moving horizontally across the water and over the bank. In these sorts of conditions, an angled umbrella is absolutely essential for ensuring that you and your gear are able to remain dry throughout your match.
In our range of seat box accessories you’ll be able to find a whole collection of brolly arms, each designed with their own seat box system in mind. These arms allow you to secure your brolly to the side of your seat box, helping to ensure that it is precision positioned throughout your angling session. The arm also provides additional structural reinforcement to the brolly once erected, supporting it in the middle of its pole as well as simply at the point at which the pole meets the ground.
The next kind of brolly that you’ll find in our range is designed for the coarse fishing angler who forgoes a seat box. These brollies will often have flat backs and long storm sides, designed for resting directly on the ground. You can then set up your chair and tackle under the shelter of the brolly, allowing you to sit on the bank perfectly protected from the very worst of the elements. Anglers who have come from a carp fishing background will recognise this style of angling, which is generally associated with mobile carp fishing. Unlike carp fishing brollies, these umbrellas usually come without storm poles and you’re unable to remove their central erection pole, too.
The final kind of brolly we stock is completely unique to coarse and match angling. Known as a bait brolly, these are small umbrellas which pretty much do as they say on the tin: they are designed to shelter your coarse and match bait from the elements. These can either be attached to your seat box system via the use of a brolly arm placed underneath your side tray or groundbait bowl, or you can stand them on the floor over your larger bait bucket. These are often square, rather than heptagonal as normal brollies are, in order to cover the often square side trays that you might use on the bank.
Across the range, there are a number of features that you might want to look out for in order to ensure that you’re getting the kind of brolly that suits you needs. First things first, you’ll want to pay attention to the central boss. This is the area of the brolly that slides up the pole and houses the spokes. Whether you’re looking for a brolly to sit under or an umbrella for your bait, ideally you’ll want this boss to be as flush to the roof of the brolly as possible. The neater the boss is the greater the internal space of the umbrella. If you’re sat under it, this will maximise your head room, ensuring that you’re able to sit up tall without worry. If you’re using the brolly to protect your bait, this will ensure that your hand has maximum manoeuvrability when you’re reaching under the brolly to ball or otherwise prep your bait. Similarly, if you’re using your side tray for rig construction rather than bait storage, your small tray brolly can keep your rig bits dry and a high boss allows you to make vital terminal tackle modifications with ease.
You’ll also want to pay attention to the pole of the umbrella. Much like all things in angling, you want a pole which is both lightweight and durable. The weight of the pole is important as you don’t want your excuse for not bringing your brolly to be because it is too heavy. You’ll often find that your brolly pole is manufactured from either carbon, stainless steel, or aluminium. Carbon is the lightest of the three and stainless steel the most durable. Aluminium is a strong compromise between the two, offering the robustness of steel whilst maintaining the low weight of your umbrella. It is worth looking at the material that the arms (or spokes) of your brolly are manufactured from. Some manufacturers use fibreglass in their arm construction, in order to minimise the weight of the brolly, whereas others will rely on more traditional materials.
All of the umbrellas that we stock, here at Angling Direct, are guaranteed to be waterproof. However, it is worth looking out for a hydrostatic head rating if you’re looking for a product that goes above and beyond. It might also be worth looking to see if the product states whether or not its seams are taped. If you’re ever going to find a weak point in the fabric’s waterproof rating it will be at the seams, where the needle will have created thousands of microscopic holes. By taping these seams shut, manufacturers can create an additional barrier against the water at this weakest point of the fabric, preventing any leakages in even the heaviest of downpours.
It’s worth remembering that your umbrella isn’t only a valuable asset in the more miserable angling conditions. After all, as pleasant as you might think it will be to sit out in the sun all day, we know that we usually find ourselves desperate for shade after only a couple of hours. An umbrella is the perfect solution for this, allowing you to stay on the bank in complete comfort. Simply erect your umbrella to create a large shadow over you and your gear, keeping you sheltered from the worst of the sun’s rays all day. Sunlight contains UV rays – which can create catastrophic damage to you and your tackle.
Firstly, UV rays are classified into two different categories: UVA and UVB. UVB rays are the ones that we are most familiar with and the results of these can be seen on our skin after only a few hours of exposure. These are the rays that cause sunburn and blisters. UVA rays are the more dangerous of the two rays as their effects aren’t noticed until much later in your life. Liver spotting, moles, and other forms of cellular mutation occur as a result of UVA rays – with the most serious outcome being skin cancer. These rays can also cause serious damage to your vital tackle. Have you ever left something on your window sill, only to find it faded or degraded? This is exactly the sort of thing that can happen to your fishing tackle if it is left in the sun for too long, so it is as vital to protect this as well as you on the bank. A top quality umbrella and bait umbrella combination allows you to do just this.
As with all the tackle that we stock, here at Angling Direct, we only every use the most trusted brands on the market. This is why you’ll see Preston brollies, Maver umbrellas, and Guru bait umbrellas in our catalogue. These are all tried and tested coarse and match fishing brands with an impressive history of success in the sport. We never stock products that we wouldn’t be proud to use ourselves, so you can trust that whichever option you choose will be perfect for you. If you do have any further questions, whether they are about any of the products we stock or our order process, our customer services team are happy to help. Give them a call today for a no obligation chat in order to ensure that you get the perfect coarse and match fishing umbrella for you.