Fishing Tents, Bivvies & Shelters

Fishing Tent Bivvy

A good fishing tent or bivvy is an essential bit of kit to take with you on fishing trips. If you’re considering buying a new fishing bivvy or upgrading your existing fishing shelter, then this is a great place to start.

My Top-5 Fishing Tents & Bivvies

Here are the 5 best fishing bivvies and tents I recommend, along with everything else you need to know:

Best Overall: Fort Knox 2 Man Dome Fishing Tent

Here is Europe’s best selling fishing tent, and it doesn’t disappoint. Fort Knox 2.0 uses only the highest quality materials and is built for durability.

The 4 piece frame is lightweight and made from 6063 aluminium, which provides support and high dimensional stability.

A tall height of 1.6m allows plenty of room for sitting upright in your fishing armchair, with plenty of storage space for your carp tackle.

Easy access through a large multi-functional door which can be optionally removed. You have the option of choosing between a transparent door opening and a mosquito net. A separate heavy-duty groundsheet is included and can be attached to the bivvy using velcro fasteners.

Key Features:

  • 2 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • 10,000mm water column
  • Tall 1.6m height
  • Matching winter skin

Editors Rating: 4.5

Best 3 Man: Lucx Leopard Fishing Bivvy

At the top of my list is the Lucx Leopard. Any fisherman can take shelter quickly and comfortably with the special one pole system that means this 3 man bivvy is super fast to assemble with plenty of space for all your tackle.

This excellent fishing tent is made from high-quality 210D PU Nylon and hydrostatic fabric with a 10,000mm hydrostatic head so is completely waterproof and is capable of withstanding strong winds and heavy rain.

There is a large secure entrance with dual-headed zips at the front of bivvy with large windows giving you a clear view from within. There are two smaller entrances located either side with zip-up doors for fast access.

The aluminium construction is quick to assemble and take down, making this bivvy perfect for any type of fishing trip. The zip on groundsheet can be easily removed which is ideal for hosing down after a muddy session.

Key Features:

  • Large 3 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • Water column 10,000mm
  • Special one-pole system
  • Big windows with mosquito net

A winter overwrap is included and can be secured over the bivvy for added defence when fishing in cold conditions. The large size of this bivvy means you can easily fit inside two fishing chairs and all your tackle.

Best 2 Man: Lucx Tiger Fishing Bivvy

The Lucx 2 man fishing bivvy is a slightly smaller variation of the Leopard model above and is still capable of sleeping up to 3 adults. A heavy-duty bivvy that is suitable for all fishing seasons and weather conditions.

This fishing bivvy is wind, rain and snow resistant. It’s completely waterproof with protection against torrential rain with the 10,000mm water column. Made from high-quality hydrostatic fabric 210D polyurethane-coated nylon.

There’s a large canopy at the front giving added cover and shelter. There’re velcro straps fitted so you can conveniently secure your carp fishing rods outside the tent. Comes equipped with mosquito nets on doors and windows to keep you well protected in summer.

The special one pole system guarantees a long tent life by reducing pole friction. A very quick and easy to assemble fishing tent with 4 frame aluminium rods that slot together.

Advertised as a 2 man carp bivvy but perfectly capable of sleeping 3 or even just 1 fisherman who needs the extra space.

Key Features:

  • 2 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • Removable two-piece groundsheet
  • Water column 10,000 mm
  • Special one-pole system

Best Carp Tent: Lucx 1-2 Man Umbrella Bivvy

The Lucx 2 man umbrella fishing bivvy is well camouflaged for stealth fishing operations. And has been built to withstand hard rain, wind and even light storms.

Made from a lightweight yet sturdy aluminium construction, which allows for quick assembly and disassembly.

There is a removable front, which can be attached/removed depending on weather conditions.

The groundsheet is thick, durable and long-lasting. It can be removed, so it is easy to clean after a muddy fishing trip. This high-quality carp fishing bivvy has one of the best heavy-duty groundsheets.

The mosquito nets on the windows and the door provide reliable protection against unwanted pests. These nets can be rolled up when so needed.

The special pegs included can be used to lock bivvy securely to the ground.

Key Features:

  • 1-2 man bivvy
  • Umbrella tent design
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • 10,000mm water column
  • Removable groundsheet

Best Pop-Up: MK-Angelsport Fishing Tent

One of the best selling pop-up fishing tents in Europe. Due to the time-saving design, you can expect to erect this tent 90% faster than traditional fishing tents.

From experience using this tent I know it has a long service life. The rust-proof aluminium poles are extremely stable and the high-quality nylon material is waterproof thanks to the 10,000 mm water column.

More than just a tent for fishing. Due to the small size and lightweight design, this also makes a great tent for camping, festivals or other outdoor activities. There are no individual poles that need to be threaded into the festival tent.

The large window surfaces with integrated mosquito nets in the rear and front areas of the shelter provide sufficient ventilation.

Key Features:

  • 1-2 man pop up tent
  • 90% quicker to erect than pole threaded fishing bivvies
  • 10,000mm water column
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • East to carry due to small size

More Fishing Bivvies & Tents

Here are some more fishing bivvies, tents and overwraps I reviewed:

Lucx 1-2 Man Coon Fishing Bivvy

This 1-2 man fishing bivvy is one of the smaller models available from the reputable German Lucx brand. Can easily fit inside two large bed chairs and sleep two adults.

Made from 100% waterproof hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon material this fishing tent is built to withstand hard rain and even snow.

Constructed from an ultralight, very robust 3-piece aluminium frame. It’s easy to carry the fishing tent, with a supplied transport bag.

This is a spacious fishing tent with plenty of room but for added comfort and space to store your fishing boots and tackle. This is best used as a 1 man fishing bivvy.

There is a practical canopy at the front that can be used to protect storage from the rain if you do feel like sharing that extra room with your mate or spouse.

Key Features:

  • 1-2 man bivvy
  • Hydrostatic fabric 210D PU Nylon
  • 10,000mm water column
  • Special one-pole system
  • Removable groundsheet

NGT 2 Man Bivvy Overwrap

The NGT 2 man winter bivvy overwrap is a fantastic fishing shelter and essential accessory for fishing trips. The fabric used is strong enough to sustain heavy rain and will keep you safe and dry in harsh weather.

The bivvy overwrap is supplied in a handy carry bag and ensures easy transportation.

The material used is heavy-duty and ensures a longer shelf life. This carp fishing bivvy overwrap has vents at the rear to make it comfortable even when the days are really hot. It performs equally well on a cold night, where effective insulation is provided.

Key Features:

  • Mesh and clear vinyl window/door
  • Overwrap supplied in a handy carry bag
  • Includes 12 high-grade bivvy pegs

TF Gear 2 Man Carp Fishing Bivvy

The TF Gear 2 man bivvy is ultrafast to erect in less than just 60 seconds! Hard to believe but you really can have this bivvy fully set up and ready to go in practically no time at all. This is one of the fastest erecting fishing tents on the market.

Spacious design with room for two fishing chairs comfortably inside with space in the centre for your bags and fishing tackle.

Made from heavy-duty material and completely waterproof. The Force 8 TF Gear fishing tent is twin skinned meaning it stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, making it ideal for all fishing seasons. Comes with a full set of tent pegs so you can secure it to the ground.

The fitted built-in groundsheet is included for complete protection.

Key Features:

  • Fast to erect
  • Twin-skinned
  • Built-in groundsheet

Magic3org 1-2 Man Carp Fishing Bivvy

As this fishing bivvy can be erect in such a short amount of time it makes a great day shelter for short fishing trips.

Compared to some of the more expensive fishing bivvies, this a budget fishing tent that just gets the job done. And it won’t break the bank!

Once set up, there is just enough room inside to fit a single fishing chair and some tackle. Due to the size, this is best used as a 1 man day shelter rather than a bivvy. If you wanted to take this with you on a fishing trip or overnight session you would need an overwrap (supplied separately) to protect against hard rainfall.

There is a separate groundsheet supplied, ideal for being able to leave off for day sessions, yet fits easily and really well when wanting to use as a bivvy shelter.

Key Features:

  • Quick to erect
  • 190T Taffeta PU Coating 1000MM Fabric
  • PVC windows each side
  • Separate groundsheet
  • Free carry case

FOX 1 Man Carp Bivvy with Overwrap

Suitable for all fishing seasons the best selling FOX 1 man bivvy is a popular fishing tent. Two-rib, pram-hood design featuring a generous peak for extra protection means the bivvy can be set up securely making it perfect for all weather conditions. 1 man bivvy

This fishing bivvy is very spacious and has plenty of room to store all your carp fishing tackle or even two bedchairs. This fishing tent is made from high-quality fabric with 8000mm Hydrostatic head making it completely waterproof.

Two-way letter box style door with integrated mesh insert plus PVC and solid panel options. This carp bivvy takes me under 15 minutes to put up on the bank.

It’s lightweight and easy to carry with you weighing just 7Kg. Tent poles and pegs are included with carrying case and a heavy-duty groundsheet. The main outer fabric is made from 100% polyester.

Key Features:

  • 1 man bivvy
  • 8,000mm hydrostatic head
  • Two-rib, pram-hood design

My Top-3 Fishing Shelters & Brollies

Here are the 3 best-rated fishing shelters and brollies:

Fox Easy Shelter Plus

Fox International was established in the 1960s and has come a long way in the last fifty years, becoming one of the leading fishing manufacturers in Europe.

The Fox Easy Shelter Plus is an upgraded version of the very popular original Fox bivvy design. The Fox Easy Shelter Plus provides long session carp anglers with a super quick to erect shelter that is extremely lightweight for easier transportation.

There are front and rear mozzy mesh panels, which can be opened and closed from inside the shelter. The front panel can be completely removed or used letterbox style. The front door features two vertical toggle fixings and pegging points to further increase internal space.

Key Features:

  • Unique pop-up frame designed for rapid erection
  • 8000HH green polyester fabric
  • Front and rear mozzy mesh panels
  • Integrated peak design

CampFeuer Fishing Umbrella with Wind Barrier

The Tilt Umbrella Brolly is perfect for day fishing trips to protect you against the rainy, windy or sunny weather. The fishing shelter is made from high-grade Oxford Nylon and it’s lightweight and easy to transport.

The fishing umbrella can be adjusted to tilt at an angle. This is an excellent umbrella brolly to take on any fishing trip. The fishing shelter is spacious enough to fit two adults inside. It also features a perfect locking mechanism.

This fishing shelter combined with its easy portability is perfect for any occasion. It can be carried to concerts, outdoor events, parks, fishing or camping trips.

Its colour blends well with the environment, more so if one goes camping in the forest or lakeside fishing. At a rock bottom price, this fishing shelter umbrella is an essential bit of kit for any fisherman.

The brolly offers full coverage and is suitable for fly fishing or any other type of angling adventure.

Key Features:

  • Large 300 cm cover span
  • 210D Oxford Nylon material
  • Wind protection (cloak) barrier
  • Tilt function to adjust angle of the fishing shelter

Michigan Fishing Shelter with Top Tilt Brolly

The Michigan fishing shelter brolly is a popular accessory to take with you on short fishing trips. An essential piece of kit for day sessions, as much quicker to set up than a traditional bivvy or tent.

Lightening fast to put up on the bank with guy ropes and pegs included which help secure brolly into the ground. The fishing umbrella is lightweight and easy to transport.

This brolly has plenty of room for your fishing chair and equipment with windows on each side. The umbrella has a top tilt mechanism and you can adjust the height as needed.

Constructed from a very strong steel frame that will not bend and made from completely waterproof 210T polyester material. The side section panels do a great job of protecting you from the wind and will keep you surprisingly warm inside.

Key Features:

  • Top tilting mechanism
  • Strong durable pole
  • Waterproof 210T polyester fabric
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Free carry bag included

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to popular questions I get asked about fishing tents:

How is a Fishing Bivvy or Tent Different to a Fishing Shelter?

A fishing shelter is generally intended for short fishing trips or day sessions. Although you could do an overnighter with just a brolly or shelter in the summer as well. Fishing shelters typically use a brolly shaped design secured to the ground, with two sides for protection from the wind.

A fishing tent or bivy is generally intended for longer fishing sessions and night fishing trips. And offers 360-degree protection with windows and doors. If you’re only popping out for a few hours fishing you probably wouldn’t need a fishing bivvy. But you would consider taking a fishing shelter or brolly.

Can I Use a Conventional Tent for Fishing?

A fishing bivvy is far more advanced than a conventional tent. Don’t confuse camping tents with bivvies or shelters intended for fishing. A conventional tent is heavy, bulky and more suited for campers going camping, not for fishing.

A decent fishing shelter is:

  1. Lightweight and easy to transport
  2. Quick and simple to assemble
  3. Camouflaged into natural surroundings
  4. Suitable for sitting upright in a fishing chair
  5. Able to withstand hot and cold temperatures
  6. Able to withstand strong winds and heavy rain
  7. Able to reduce condensation

What’s a Bivvy Overwrap?

A bivvy overwrap is recommended for your bivvy when fishing in cold conditions. If you plan on fishing in the winter then you will need a bivvy overwrap. Most modern fishing tents and shelters are equipped with a twin-skin feature but older models supply a winter skin separately. So be sure to check this first when you buy a fishing bivvy.

What Are Wild Camping and Fishing Laws?

If you’re camping in the wild please don’t forget to ask the landowner for permission. And remember to follow national and local rules when freshwater fishing in England or Wales.