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Find Your Perfect Fishing Bivvy

Updated on September 14, 2010

If you are just starting out and aren’t too familiar with how to keep yourself comfortable when you are out fishing then don’t worry because there is definitely a fishing bivvy out there for you. In simple terms a bivvy is a small tent that is designed for one person. Fishing bivvies are specially made to cater to the needs of fisherman and their gear. Regardless of what type of fisher you, are there is already a bivvy out there for you.

Fishing Bivvy
Fishing Bivvy

This article will help guide you through some of the points that you need to consider when in the market and buy the end of it you will realise that the most difficult part of is not deciding which one but rather specifying your own needs and resisting the temptation to buy something with lots of extras that you likely won’t need. So let’s start off by asking the right questions;

How long do you intend to stay out fishing?

This is the most significant consideration as fishing bivvies can be broken down into two main types of frames, those with a fully rigid frame, and those without. If you are only fishing during day sessions and occasionally nights though not consecutively, then you don’t need to buy something that’s bigger or sturdier than you need. The rigid frame designs are made for heavy use and they will keep the weather out to protect you and your gear during long fishing trips. These models will be large enough to accommodate all your gear and a camp bed.  For shorter sessions a lighter and simpler model is ideal. Bear in mind which seasons you fish in to make sure that you are prepared for the weather.

Where are you going to fish?

The main point here is how accessible are the waters that you are going to fish. Like with all travel and camping gear weight will be a huge factor. It may be nice to have a bit of extra room in your bivvy but you will have to make carrying it and the setup worth the effort. If you are fishing well of the beaten track then something lightweight is ideal otherwise you can afford to have something bigger the more accessible your fishing spot is.

How Much Gear Do You Need Or Like To Carry?

It’s all about space here. Consider the amount of gear you need for the length of your trip. If you are going to be staying overnight then you want enough room so as not to have to cram yourself in amongst your stuff. Take into account things like your fishing gear, clothing and camp cooking supplies. For shorter trips in good weather shelters and brollies should suffice. Along with the rest of your gear, bivvies can be heavy and only you will know how much you are comfortable carrying. You may not be the only one fishing so a 2 man bivvy may be worth looking into.

Will You Be Moving About?

Do you like to stay in one spot after you have set up or will you be more likely to move around and change swims depending on the conditions. The time it takes to set up your bivvy will be paramount. This also affects how you can respond to inclement weather conditions. If your bivvy takes too long to break down then it will likely be good enough to keep the weather at bay although you have to choose your swim very carefully as you are somewhat more committed to the location.

What’s The Weather Like?

A lightweight shelter or brolly will be sufficient for the summer months but if you are fishing beyond then and in high wind then a more durable fishing bivvy is a must. Not only will it need to be sturdy enough to keep the wind and rain out but it should be large enough to protect your gear and separate things like your bait and wet gear from the sleeping quarters. 

How Much Do You Need To Spend?

This is the question with the most varied answer. Regardless of what type of bivvy you are after be it shelter, brolly or rigid frame there will be something in every price range. Fishing bivvies can start from as low as $50 and be as expensive as $1000 for something that will keep a storm out. Bear in mind that it isn’t always the cast that more expensive fishing bivvies work better for you as it depends on your fishing habits, you may find yourself buying something you don’t need so if possible borrow one first and test it out.  

Finding the right fishing bivvy is about having what you need to do your fishing comfortably. As your needs change so will the style of bivvy that you own. Many amateurs start out either borrowing a friends or just using a conventional dome tent in their garage. Later on they may graduate to more versatile bivvies with parts and layers that can be removed depending on the season. That said there is nothing to stop you from getting more than one.


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