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 Fishing Bivvies - Why Not Have Some Comfort On The Bank? 
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Fishing Bivvies - Why Not Have Some Comfort On The Bank?
by: Nick Gent

Carp anglers that spend overnight sessions on the by the lakeside will no doubt appreciate a good quality fishing bivvy tent to keep out the rain and wind that the UK and Europe inevitably dishes out whilst we are fishing. If an angler becomes wet, cold and uncomfortable whilst fishing they will soon give up and go home.

Bivvies have considerably improved in design and build quality in recent years with many new improvements in frame design, fabric quality and weight issues so now the angler does not need to spend a fortune on a shelter or spend a night under a flimsy umbrella whilst fishing as many of our predecessors.

For anglers who still prefer an umbrella type bivvy which can very useful for squeezing into compact swims the new designs have now become a wider, more oval shape and can include storm sides which stop some wind and rain coming in from the sides. The centre pole can now be removed leaving room for a bedchair, holdalls and other kit. Most bivvy manufacturers now also sell an overwrap option for their brollies so you can quickly convert a brolly to a bivvy with a fold up door and front.

If you fish long sessions in the UK or abroad and prefer a bit more room or like to take a guest there are now many large, two man sized bivvies currently on the market produced by many manufacturers including the well known ones such as Fox, JRC, Trakker, Nash and Chub. The larger bivvies are capable of holding two bedchairs plus all the necessary kit such as cool boxes, cooking equipment, bait bags etc should you wish to stay on the bank for a longer session.

Many bivvy tents that are not designed specifically for fishing have fibreglass pole systems that need threading through the top sheet which can be a bit of a pain on your own or you are trying to erect in high winds, most anglers found this system too fidly and time consuming if they we only fishing quick overnight sessions so bivvy designers came up with a rigid aluminium or steel frame system similar to a pram hood design. Most anglers now tend to prefer this style of bivvy as they are extremely surdy and quick to erect and store away even in high winds.

The quality of the fabric now used in modern day bivvies has much improved in recent times and most fabrics are stronger and more waterproof than previous materials and thus much less likely to tear when ercting or packing away, a good tip is to spray your bivvy with Fabsil every now and again to keep it in good condition. Some bivvy manufacturers now produce camouflage coloured materials for the ultra cult anglers.

New features with many modern bivvies include zip off fronts or fold back sides so an angler can have the bivvy front open in good weather or if they want to keep an eye on the lake, some manufacturers also offer an anti mosquito mesh fronts or shrouds which will stop the bugs from biting during the summer months and even ventilation panels should you get too hot.

When purchasing a new bivvy consider the above features, and choose one of the reputable manufacturers and best to be prepared to invest a bit of money for a quality bivvy which will last you many years and keep you warm and dry whilst fishing on the bank.

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