Choosing The Right Bivvy

To be able to fish effectively it is essential that you are warm, dry and comfortable when you are on the bank.

As with everything in life you generally get what you pay for, cheaper bivvies can last you for years if you are only planning to fish the odd weekend, but if you are fishing more regularly overnight and throughout the winter months, you are better advised to invest in the top end of the market to ensure long lasting, reliable service and protection. Here is our comprehensive bivvy buying guide.


This is the traditional specialist carpers choice. These can provide as much or as little shelter as is required. Infill panels which fit onto the front of can be attached this will give full frontal protection, overwraps can also be placed over the brolly, turning your umbrella into an all season shelter. They are quick to erect, easy and light to transport. This style of shelter is perfect for day trips or short overnight sessions.


These are several new shelters available. “Pram Hood” style shelters are quick to erect, and as the name suggests are erected like the hood of an old fashioned pram. These are quick and easy to erect and offer excellent stability even in the strongest winds. They also give the angler plenty of room to store all essential equipment comfortably.  A “winter skin” can be purchased for these bivvies to convert them into all season shelters, this increases warmth, stability and eliminates condensation, these shelters are extremely versatile offering comfort, warmth and easy erection.


The newest shelters to have been developed are the “quick erect” shelters, they offer unrivalled speed of erection (some under 10 seconds). These are the ultimate for those who like to begin fishing with minimum fuss, they offer twin skinned protection making them perfect for all year use, they also provide porch areas to store wet tackle and clothing. This style of shelter is perfect for both the dedicated long stay angler as well as for the occasional overnighter.


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