Nature’s best bivvy builders

Humans have improved bivvy building from low-tech foliage to high-tech tents, but the animal kingdom has its own master masons, carpenters and weavers to rival and exceed our species achievements.

Read on to discover the secrets of the best bivvy builders in nature.

Beaver lodges

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Beaver bivvy
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Few animals are as industrious as the beaver. Its lodges often have two rooms; a drying chamber and a family room and entrances are underwater to provide protection from predators.

Before it builds the lodge, the beaver first checks that the water is deep enough; if not, it builds a dam. The animals first divert the stream to lessen its flow and then drive wooden stakes into the river bed. Obtaining timber is no problem for a beaver, its sharp teeth and powerful jaws make chopping trees down, a piece of cake. Once the superstructure is in place, the gaps are filled with anything the beavers can get their paws or teeth into.

Master engineers – in fast flowing waters – beavers build curved dykes that are thicker at the base than the top and angled upstream. Just like us in fact.

Termite mounds

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Termite bivvy
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Long before humans invented air con, the humble termite had it sussed. Relative to its size, this humble insect builds the biggest and most sophisticated structure of any creature on earth.

Termite mounds are constructed by worker insects in the colony by mixing saliva with mud, masticated wood and faeces. The resultant construction is as hard as concrete. Hot air rising inside the mound draws air through the many subterranean chambers helping to keep the colony cool.

Because termites burrow to considerable depths, in Africa, metallurgists analyse the composition of mounds to determine whether or not there are gold deposits lying beneath the earth.

Wasp nests

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Wasp bivvy
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Wasps buzzing around during early spring are young mated queens that have made it through winter hibernation. Mating will have occurred the previous autumn and the sperm stored in a dormant state, inside the female. Awakened from her slumbers the wasp looks for a suitable nesting site.

Once found, she makes a simple paper nest of hexagonal chambers, about the size of a walnut. Into this, she’ll lay her first batch of eggs. Once enough sterile female workers have been born, the queen is free to concentrate solely on reproduction. As the numbers grow, so the nest is enlarged.

A single queen can produce a population of several thousand. Once her sperm supply begins to dwindle, the queen lays eggs that produce fertile male and females which leave the nest in search of mates. So the cycle of life begins again.

Busy bee bivvies

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Bee bivvy
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Honey bees colonise caves, rock crevices and tree hollows. They line the entrance with a resinous substance called propolis and hang their wax combs in parallel rows, suspended from the top and sides of the space. Bees move within the hive via small passageways around the sides of the combs.

Unlike wasps nests which generally last for just one season, bees will occupy the same space for several years. To keep numbers at a manageable level, the colony will split. A swarm of bees including a new queen, separates from the hive and flies off to begin again somewhere else.

Spider silk bivvies

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Spider bivvy
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Stronger than steel and with built in elasticity, it’s no wonder that scientists are examining the structure of the silk used by spiders to construct their own webs. The silk is produced by the spider’s spinneret glands and several different types can be produced by the same insect.

There’s safety line for abseiling, sticky silk for catching flies and fine wrapping silk. A single spider may be able to produce up to eight different threads. Spinning a web is nature’s way of cutting down the amount of energy expended by the spider in pursuit of its prey.

A considerable amount of protein is expended during construction of a web, but the spider is the ultimate recycler, eating its own web to recoup the nutrients before building a new one.

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How to survive up fisherman’s creek without a bivvy

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Survival- it’s a messy business
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Imagine the scenario: after a satisfying day’s fishing far away from civilization, the cold, dark night begins to creep in so you decide to get your bivvy erected. Trouble is, you’ve forgotten your bivvy — Doh!

It’s too far to walk home, the light is fading fast and the cold is beginning to snap at your bones — what do you do? You transform into Ray Mears and build a bivvy — obviously.

The decision

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A well built bivvy will help you survive
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Survival is about making decisions — choose the correct steps in a survival situation and you dramatically increase your chances of survival.

If presented with a situation where you’re cold, wet or exhausted, building a shelter is one of the most important moves you can make. A good shelter will shield you from the elements and also hide and protect you from wildlife.

Using the terrain

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Ready made bivvy
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If you don’t have much time and the terrain is favorable, then work with what’s already there.

Caves or overhangs can provide shelter from the wind and rain, tree branches will provide an instant canopy of thick cover and fallen or standing hollow trees can be used as sleeping burrows.

Location

beware crocodiles

Read the signs
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Before building a shelter you need to decide where you’re going to build it.

Keep away from potential hazards like dry riverbeds and cliff tops and heed warning signs. No really!

Working with what you have

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Use what you have – hopefully you’ve remembered your knife
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Using what you have or what you can find is essential in a survival situation. There may be debris around you can use like bits of old rope or ripped plastic sheeting.

If you’ve brought basic tools like a multipurpose survival knife, fishing wire and a good torch, then things should be a lot easier. And don’t forget your poncho …

Poncho Shelter

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Pack a multi-purpose poncho
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If you’ve brought a poncho with you or happen to have some plastic sheeting, then you’ll be able to make a simple shelter.

The objective is to make a shape like a tent with the poncho and get underneath.

Simply run a length of rope under the poncho, attaching each end to a tree and then stake the sides into the ground with sharpened sticks. Or attach each corner of the poncho to four trees like in the picture.

Field expedient

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The field expedient bivvy
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If you’ve come truly unprepared, then the field expedient shelter is probably your best bet as it is built using only natural objects found in the immediate vicinity.

The first step is to make a simple frame using a long ridge pole, which can either be supported by placing one end on a rock, tree or Y-shaped branch stuck in the ground and the other end on the floor.

Next create ribs by leaning branches along the ridgepole, which can be secured by vines or reeds. Then cover the frame with pine boughs, leaves and smaller clumps of foliage to provide insulation.

Handy tips

Avoid sleeping directly on the floor as you will lose lots of body heat; instead insulate the floor with pine needles and grass. Place rocks or stones heated on a fire inside the shelter for extra warmth. When you’ve built your shelter, get a brew on and cook a fish supper.

Dave Lane – First Trip Of The Season

My first trip of the year was on January the second, which just happened to coincide with one of the biggest low pressure systems of the winter sweeping across the country, the forecast was pretty foreboding and they were talking about storm force winds and rain, not something you usually get the fishing rods out in?

For some reason that I still cannot figure I had decided to fish on the opposite bank to the one I usually favour, I think my reasoning was something to do with the dog actually. On the road bank of the lake Paddy only gets a pathway behind the swims and I thought that he could do with the extra exercise that the grassy area of the far bank offers. Also, I had been concentrating on the road bank for the last few trips and I was getting a bit bored of the same old view every week so it would make a nice change for me too. The fish can come out from either side and the mild weather seems to have kept them on the move a bit this year so I was just as confident whichever side I chose.

The rocky bank (as it is known) would have the disadvantage of the wind pumping straight into it but, as I’d arrived before the worst of it had hit, I was confident that I could get enough bait out there at the start and just fish over it for the two nights ahead, regardless of the conditions.

If I had realised at the time quite how severe it was going to get then I might have chosen differently but, by lunchtime I was quite happy with my swim choice, the bait had spodded out there without too much hassle and I had all four rods on good, clean areas.

By mid afternoon I was starting to have doubts as the wind had trebled in strength and the waves were starting to crash into the front of my swim, which unfortunately faced straight out into the strengthening weather. By the time it got dark the full force of the low pressure system was upon me and the radio was saying the winds were gusting at sixty miles and hour but, from where I sat, it felt more like 160 miles an hour!

If there ever was going to be a test for the new bivvy then this was the night, I had to have the door zipped firmly down the entire time as the wind would have inflated the sides and ripped the pegs out in seconds if not. Throughout the first half of the night it was unbelievably bad and then, about midnight, it was as if somebody had a switched on an extra turbo-booster and any chance of sleep went out the window.

At one stage I risked going out for a wee and found that my unhooking mat, rod bag and all the extra little bits and pieces I had left outside (including a bucket of maggots) were all strewn across the field behind me, hanging from bushes and brambles.

At half past five in the morning, just as the wind was at it’s very strongest, one of the rods burst into life and I actually groaned in pain at the thought of having to go out there and deal with a fish. I’d half thought it might just be a big tree branch blowing through the lines or something but no; it was definitely a carp and an angry one as well. It was almost impossible to feel what was happening at the other end of the line; in fact it was all I could do to stand upright. The worst part was the netting, as I lifted the net off the ground it was like putting up a sail, it was almost ripped out of my hand.

Somehow though, between the waves, the uncontrollable landing net and the driving rain I managed to scoop up my hard won prize and I was pleased to see that it was considerably bigger than the previous weeks offering.

Hiding behind the fir trees to the side of the swim I managed to get enough shelter to weigh him in at twenty seven pounds, a fair reward for all the endurance I suppose.

The photography was a bit hairy though as I has to set up my nice new camera on a tripod and just pray that the wind didn’t smash it to pieces before I could gat a couple of quick shots.

With the fish all sorted and returned I unzipped the door and climbed back into the comparative warmth and serenity of the bivvy only to find that my bed had been totally dog-napped and he was fast asleep with his head on my pillow!

The next day was one of the wettest and most miserable days imaginable, I really wanted to move to somewhere more comfortable (like home) but the rain just slashed down relentlessly and I decided the easiest move was to zip the door back down and go to bed, staying put for yet another wild night. Luckily though there was a slight shift in the wind, the southerly stopped and left only the strong westerly which meant that it wasn’t blowing straight at me anymore and I could actually have the luxury of an open doorway. Once again though I had the only bite of the session and the fish decided not to make a return visit for the second night. I was pleased to get the first one of the year under my belt but there must be a way of getting more than one bite every forty eight hours.

Next week I think I’ll either move about a bit more or maybe fish all four rods on different depth zigs in the hours of daylight before swapping back to the bottom for the nights. Whatever happens though, I doubt I’ll fish in conditions as severe as that again for a while.

Oh, and by the way, the bivvy stayed rock solid for the entire trip so it passed it big test with flying colours and I also managed to retrieve all my missing gear from the bushes, although most of the maggots had managed to make good their escape.

 

Dave Lane Carp Fishing Diary

Happy New Year to all of you and may all your dreams turn into bent fishing rods, wet nets and huge carp.

Now that all the festivities are over, the remains of the turkey has finally been deposited in the bin (and good riddance to it) and the relatives you thought would never leave have at last got the hint, it is time to dust off the rods and get back out there on the bank.

The weather this winter has been so mild hasn’t it, it’s more like Autumn than winter and even a mild frost is a rarity, or at least it is around here.

The winds though, they have definitely been the main feature of the last few weeks, howling great Westerly’s and South Westerly’s have been ravaging the lakes and clearing out all the deadwood from the trees. My dog has loved it, everywhere he looks there are sticks to play with, it’s like doggy heaven.

I had a trip up to Monks just before the new year, just to get a bit of a fix before the enforced lay-off and I also wanted to play about with my maggot presentation a bit, just fine tuning the rigs as the Monks carp seem to love those little wrigglers in the winter.

There were three other guys on when I arrived, which is fairly busy for mid week so I was surprised to find one of my favourite swims still free, particularly as it was nice and sheltered on the back of the wind. I do like the back of the wind in winter, I think it produces equally as many, if not more, fish than ‘on the wind’ and it makes the whole session so much more enjoyable as well.

One of the guys at the lake had taken a trip to the maggot farm so I picked up my order of two gallons and set about spodding it all out there using a ‘spomb’ which are so much easier for the maggots than a conventional spod.

With both the bottom rigs on clear spots, a couple of zigs set up at varying depths and the hardcore bivvy set up against the elements it was just a case of sticking the kettle on and waiting, and waiting, and waiting!

The peak on this bivvy really makes such a big difference when the weather is a bit iffy, from where I sat I could still watch the water perfectly but the wind and occasional shower where kept just out of harm’s way, no annoying dripping of rainwater into the front of the bivvy area either. You do need to be comfortable at this time of year as the winter nights just seem to drag on forever and I think there was about fourteen hours of darkness to endure, luckily though the boredom was interrupted about six in the morning by a take and, after a brief but unconvincing tussle, a little mirror of around sixteen pounds rolled into the net.

Although he wasn’t the biggest of carp he was the only fish between us all that night so I was still quite happy and full of confidence for the second night, so confident that I used up the remainder of the bait and put extra effort into making sure the rigs all landed bang on the right spots. Quite often in the winter the takes can come at pretty much the exact same times each day so I was surprised, and a little disappointed when I woke up at first light and nothing else had occurred.

The conditions had stayed the same and, you would have thought, ideal but the carp had different ideas, in fact that was the only bite between all the sixteen rods fishing throughout the entire two days.

Personally, I am not convinced that the mild and windy weather is any better in the winter. We all tend to relate it to feeding weather but, is it what the fish really want. Surely the winters should be cold and frosty with high pressure and nice crisp sunny days, I know one thing for sure, it’s definitely what we need for the zigs to start working properly. I have yet to get a bite on a zig this year which is very strange as this has been my most successful method over the last two winters, it’s one of those methods that can just kick into gear at any time though and, when it does, the results can be amazing.

 

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Dave Lane Carp Fishing Diary

So I guess the hottest autumn on record has finally finished then? At Least the Carp fishing is still good!

I was out the other night and by Christ it was cold, the jetty in front of me was covered in ice by five o’clock in the afternoon and the weather man is predicting snow soon, I suppose it all had to come to an end sooner or later.

The fishing hasn’t been particularly brilliant lately either, at least it hasn’t for me anyway.

I’ve had some good sessions when shooting features for the magazines; three fish in a morning one week and then six in a day the following trip which makes for good articles but chasing the bigger ones for my own personal angling has somewhat dried up. I suppose it’s a bit like the weather, all good things come to an end eventually.

I can’t really complain though, as I have just had my most consistent years angling ever, I managed from February to November without a single blank session and that’s by far the best I’ve ever done.

Eventually it was the weed that beat me back more than anything, and once I stopped fishing over on the big lake at Reading I hadn’t really got a contingency plan to fall back on so I was stumped for a bit.

I spent a few weeks just dotting about on various waters that I fancy for next year but I’d left it all too late for the remainder of this year. The harder waters often close down as the weather starts to degenerate, particularly if there are not enough anglers fishing them and therefore no bait going in.

After a spell of chasing my tail I decided the best bet was to drop back onto Monks Pit for a couple of months and see if I could winkle out a couple from there and, hopefully, the one biggun that I didn’t manage to catch in the spring might just be obliging enough to make an appearance in the bottom of my net.

It’s not a fish that comes out very often, in fact it just went eighteen months without making a mistake so it might be a bit of a big ask, but as the man said ‘you have to be in it to win it’, and does weigh just over fifty pounds so even the slightest chance has got to be worth taking.

The problem with winter fishing though is the never ending hours of darkness you have to endure; at the moment it’s about fourteen hours a day! It’s not so bad if you have somebody else there to pass the time with but, if you find yourself angling alone it can drive you crazy and, in reality, I think that’s what puts most people off fishing throughout the winter months.

I’ve just got myself a new fishing dog, a Collie cross with an Old English Sheepdog, and he goes some way to helping relieve the boredom but he doesn’t exactly say much and, on our last trip, he slept for over twelve hours each night so I I found myself reading a couple of books instead.

In the past I used to suffer the cold and dark and stare out at the lake hoping for sightings of fish but, nowadays, I like to get nice and comfy and warm and read, or even watch a film on my little DVD player. I find it far easier to bear if you are at least comfortable and I have even started taking a bivvy light with me as well. I find that just having a bit of illumination in the bivvy, other than a crappy old head torch, makes life a lot easier and makes reading or rig tying a lot easier as well.

A decent bivvy with an overwrap is a must and a nice warm sleeping bag, after all if you get cold during a winter session then the only way you are ever really going to get warm again is to go home so I try to keep warm at all times. Sensible clothing, hot meals, a good pair of boots and gloves and suddenly it doesn’t all seem such a hardship, and the results are often there for the taking if you are brave enough to man it out. Winter fishing is always a lot quieter on the banks and it often throws up a higher percentage of the bigger fish in any lake, so it really is worth persevering.

On Monks the fish seem to have a definite preference for maggots during the winter, in fact I think this is becoming a bit of a trend of a lot of waters at the moment and, although they are fiddly and a lot of work to get out there on your spots I think they can really pay dividends and turn a blank session into a successful one. I’ll certainly be giving them a good go over the next few months anyway, and between that and the zigs I’m hoping to get a few winter carp on the bank. I’ll let you know how I get on as I go; hopefully the next blog I write will be a big success story and have a string of huge fish in it, that’s the plan anyway, and it’s always good to have a plan!

 

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Features 

  • Erected in seconds
  • 3,000mm hydrostatic head 100% waterproof guaranteed
  • Heavy duty 6oz denier fabric
  • Extra tough ribs to withstand the strongest winds
  • In-built pole panel to enable efficient pole shipping
  • Supplied with high quality steel pegs
When purchasing a bivvy, it’s important to check what kind of design you’d particularly like before you get one. Not just in terms of what would suit your style of fishing best, but in relation to what may or may not be allowed on the water you’re heading to. Many day ticket, day only waters have rules in place about what type of shelters are allowed, if you are thinking of using your shelter on a particular water, then it’s always best to check the rules book before you shell out ashelter which you might not be able to put up!

Dave Lane Carp Fishing Diary

Everything is starting to change over the lake now, the weed is a major factor in where you can fish and the clear spots are slowly being engulfed by acres of Canadian pondweed.

The swim that has been so kind to me over recent weeks is starting to resemble a football pitch and fishing over the top of 100yrds of weed does not come without it own problems, particularly boats and geese, in which the lake is now covered.

It seems as if every Canadian goose within a hundred mile radius has decided to roost on this one lake and the noise at night is astronomical as they all argue about who is sleeping where!

The fish have been behaving differently as well, I think the weed is actually putting them off a bit and I have been seeing more activity in deeper areas, where the weed is not so established and the carp have got somewhere to actually swim about without battling through the underwater forests.

As a result I spent my next session in an area that I have named South Park, a large deep bay at the southern end of the pit, an area where I was seeing more and more early morning shows, mostly at range over the deep water.

My first session produced two fish, which was an encouraging start but, after having a good look from the boat, I realised I was actually fishing the wrong side of the bay. I was casting huge distances to land in slightly shallower water, just up against the weed but, by fishing the opposite bank, I could fish over the weed and half the distance which, in turn, increased my accuracy no end.

Next trip down I knew exactly where I wanted to be and, luckily, the swim was free when I arrived.

With the spots already noted from the previous week is was a relatively easy task to get all three rods sorted, even taking in to account a near gale force wind that was whipping across the surface. Setting up the new Hardcore Bivvy was a bit of fun as the gusts must have been in excess of fifty miles an hour but, once up and pegged out, it was as solid as a rock which was a good test for a new product and one that it passed with flying colours.

The first bite came a couple of hours later and by then the wind was savage, so savage in fact that I could hardly hold the rod up straight. All of my braided mainline was out of the water and being held up in a huge bow by the wind, even with a lively carp on the end. The poor fish spent most of the fight on the surface, being pounded by the waves and he was probably quite relieved when he ended up in the comparative calm of the landing net. At twenty pounds he wasn’t the biggest in the world but a great start and what a blinding looking carp as well, a real pearler and one for the future.

Despite managing to get the bait back in position it was well into darkness before it ripped off again, the wind had abated a tiny bit by then and the fight was a little more predictable, especially when it ended up buried in the weed a short way out. Because of the conditions I had to enlist the help of another angler but, between us, we soon had matters under control and lovely, old looking thirty pound mirror was hoisted into the cradle in the bottom of the boat.

I was happy with my two fish for the session, my plan had come together nicely and I don’t think I would even have been able to reach them from the original swim, especially with a hooligan wind blowing in from the side the whole time.

Before leaving I managed one more trip in the boat and treated all my marks to a fair scattering of free bait, something to keep the carp interested and the swim primed for the next week, a method that seems to pay off really well at this time of year, I couldn’t wait to get back for another go.

BELOW THE SURFACE

Towards the end of summer the weed is at it’s most prolific and finding clear spots is paramount to success. I am lucky at the moment as in I can use a boat to see what is going on and, with the help of a glass bottomed bucket, I can really see the difference between different areas and how the weed layout effect the fish. From the bank this is a bit more difficult but it’s worth investing a bit of time with a marker or just a lead on a braided line to ensure that the spots you are fishing are really as good as the first might seem. We are now getting a lot of silkweed appearing, stifling previously clear areas but, more importantly, stifling the weed and this is often the beginning of the end for the larger weed beds as the silkweed will choke the light and kill of the weed below. This is when the fun really begins as huge areas of uprooted weed start to drift around the lake wiping out your lines, I can hardly wait!

TACKLE TALK

I mentioned the Hardcore bivvy earlier and, now the weather is starting to cut up a bit, it’s important to have a house you can trust. The Hardcore bivvy is a fantastic bit of fishing gear and I’m not just saying that because I designed it either. It has everything that I thought was important and all the components are interchangeable or removable so, in essence, you can build everything from the basic pram hood umbrella up to a porched two man shelter with overwrap. It also has a removable front section that you can exchange for a full mozzie panel with just one zip movement.

The main thing for me though is the strength, I like to be able to use one shelter all year around and be safe in the knowledge that it will still be there when I wake up, no matter what the British weather can throw at it and the design agle of the poles on the Hardcore Bivvy ensure maximum strength with minimum weight.

Futuristic Fishing Tackle

Apart from being much better than the stone age, living in the Technological Age has many benefits and has dramatically altered the way we do things — even fishing, folks.

So whether you’re gadget crazy or simply appreciate the support of a smart device, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a spacecraft full of futuristic, innovative fishing tackle out there right now.

Traditionalists look away now …

Bait Boats

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Stealth bait boat

If the fish aren’t biting then why not order an armada of robotic stealth ships?

Steer them stealthily out to sea and drop something a little bit tastier around your hook.

But seriously you can do that.

Bite Alarms

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Brilliant bite alarms

Read a book, rest your eyes or even have a nap whilst your waiting for the fish to bite. That’s right folks a machine will now tell you when a fish is in the neighbourhood.

Refreshed and relaxed, all you’ve got to do is wrestle the catch from the water. Man and machine working as one.

Bivvies

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Hi-tech bivvy

It’s lighter than your sandwich, tougher than Conan the Barbarian and can be erected faster than you can say, “Where’s my umbrella?”.

There’s old school bivvy and then there’s the futuristic stuff. The calm before and during the storm.

Fishing Reels

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Futuristic fishing reel

It wasn’t that long ago (really) when a long stick and a piece of string did just fine —took a while to catch anything though.

Anyway we’ve moved on since and there’s now some real high-tech reels out there.

This one’s got seven shielded A-RB’s, instant resistance-free line yield, plus Aero Wrap II and a double anodised cold forged aluminium spare spool — whatever that means.

Fishing Chairs

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Transformer fishing chair

A fisherman’s best friend is his chair and this smart fella is a Transformer chair.

No it doesn’t transform into an apache gunship, but rather a wheelbarrow to carry your gear home.

Result!

Fish Finders

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Fish finders with superpowers

Not to be confused with fish fingers, fish finders will give you the superhero powers of a dolphin as you use sonar technology to see your lunch hiding from you on the seabed.

What next — time travel waders?